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Maui News - December 4, 2011

KAHULUI - State Office of Hawaiian Affairs officials presented a proposed settlement to Native Hawaiians on Friday night in which the agency would receive $200 million in Honolulu real estate for revenue generated on Hawaiian monarchy lands.

But some of the approximately 50 people who attended the meeting at Maui Waena Intermediate School reacted with anger and distrust of OHA negotiating a deal with the state.

During a question-and-answer session, Foster Ampong said that having OHA, a state agency, negotiate with the state is like "a thief negotiating with itself."

"There's a perversion there," he said, maintaining that the state was trying to clear itself of liability over Hawaiian lands.

"It's really, really insulting to us here."

Ampong likened the proposed settlement to efforts to convince Hawaiians to support the Akaka Bill and its aim to have the federal government recognize Hawaiians as a native people.

He said both were being "shoved down our throat."

Ampong received a round of applause in support of his comments.

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Response to Kaohi

Aloha Luella Leonardi aka KaohiI have these questions needing to be answered by you. Can you answer them?I would like to know what is your understanding of the Crown and Government Lands?Also, what did you mean in your last message about my mention of Jon J. Chinen's book? Did you know him?What did you mean by, "she's (me) using the parking lot...?" Please share you mana'oi'o because as you know I have will forever, until our government is restored to stand with my ancestors as na kanaka maoli and reject the American garbage they teach...He Hawai'i Au. I've been involved since I was 20 years old and learned alot on my journeys and want to share them with the younger and older generations, as we get older I realize that this is my kuleana and should be for all who are in this movement towards restoration of our government.The things I learned that really bothers me is that alot of our people with the koko have to get over their prejudices that have been learned by the white man who came to Hawai'i, have polluted many of our people and it sounds like you have been affected by the white man's disease when I read your responses to my blogs. Do you see that? I do and that sort of bothers me, but that can be overcome with a large dose of "facing the truth" and to oki all the "bad" thoughts, learned ways and prejudices that have been instilled in our people by the foreigners who bring their pollution to our islands.As I said in my previous writings, "when our people are ready they will unite and take seriously their roles in the restoration of our government" until then, we will lose many of them along the way. I don't want to lose you in this transition of mind, body and soul. Granted I don't have a "degree" but what I learned I am willing to share and lot of what I learned comes to me by the spirits of my ancestors and people in the living as well as those who have passed on in the last 40 years.Overall, life is good as long as we are willing to share them and do it with truth and aloha.Onipa'a,Kawehi
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Aloha Kaua e All Maoliworld Members,Please go to, to place your name, with the ultimate PURPOSE and OBJECTIVE to hold hearings about the Akaka Bill throughout the entire Hawaiian Archapelego. Please take your time when navigating through this website, as there is a lot of engaging and stimulating points of view that is shared on this brand new website. We must, in the steps of our ancestors, shoot down this attempt by the united States, to turn our Country, into their playground. I beg you all to Email blast everyone you know to sign their name, so we like our ancestors did with the ku'e petition, shoot down this kaka bill once and for all. A Hui Ho. Malama Pono. Mahalo Nui. Mahalo Ke Akua!!!
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According to Henry Noa, there is a monthly EDUCATIONAL VIGIL that is held about the reinstated government. I know they were at Sandy's last month and will continue to do so. The educational vigil is to inform the public what they have done and accomplished. As more information becomes available, I will post it.It is imperative that you take care of your KULEANA and educate yourself. What would a twenty minute trip cost you if you know what have been accomplished for Kanaka Maoli already. It seems like a lifetime of waiting, however the one hundred sixteen years do not add to what have been accomplish in ten years to reinstate the Hawaiian Kingdom.I encourage you to check it out and learn more about it!

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Have you ever seen a fish swim backwards?Of jump out just to grab you?This kind of crap fish is like Daniel Innouye and Linda Lingle and her bandits!Rubbish that has no intentions of leaving.....What do you do with your trash?Innouye has been compelled to stop all Hawaiian sovereignty movements in the Hawaiian Islands! Like many ihep fishes, they consistently discredit kanaka maoli and to ensure that a AKAKA BILL is the solution to their misery.Why would you want a bill that does nothing for kanaka maoli? The IHEP fish is there to "hold" the stolen lands.These settlers have dictated and controlled politics and its time to "take control and continue to ku'e!Lingle may be quiet, but behind closed doors she is shoving her heels against our bottoms like a "kick in our ass!"There is no room for pilau fishes to be around us!CRAP THE AKAKA BILL. GET YOUR REELS AND WHIP THAT PILAU FISH THAT SURROUNDS US!

, LOOK WHO IS IN THE TANK? IT IS US,KANAKA MAOLI SWIMMING AND HELD HOSTAGE IN OUR OWN ISLANDS!Lingle, Akaka, Innouye, Neil, Clayton Hee, OHA, DHHL, U.S., and all those those other iheps are using the reel to control us! Take that reel and whip it the other way!Can you hear the voices of our children calling and being choked by the settlers who oppressed us?Can you hear our kupuna calling?Never allow anyone to tell you who u are! Kanaka Maoli - 133 1/3%. The other 33 1/3% is the blood quantum that will be forced upon us for the next land divisions for Hawaiian Homes!Keep on dividing kanaka maoli by blood quantum. What crap! We need total independence from the settlers!
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NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE ON STATEHOOD---------------------------Hawaii's 50th statehood anniversary is a touchy topicThe golden anniversary of the islands' statehood brings mixed emotions, but observances are rolling out statewide, and culminate with an August conference.By Jay JonesApril 26, 2009From Lori Sablas' window in the West Maui town of Lahaina, the view has changed almost continuously in the nearly 50 years since Hawaii gained statehood.In 1959, Sablas was a 16-year-old high school student at Lahainaluna High School. During her youth, she took the obligatory classes in American history, yet she says she learned nothing about events that led to the U.S. annexation of the island chain in 1893."I'm from the generation of Hawaiians who weren't being educated about Hawaiian culture," she says.Against that backdrop, the 50th anniversary of statehood won't be a Disney-style celebration. So far, neither parades nor festivals are planned by the commission overseeing anniversary-related activities. It has, in fact, replaced the word "celebrate" with "commemorate.""We want to come across as being respectful of the ongoing issues of the Native Hawaiians," says Kippen de Alba Chu, the chair of the Statehood Commission. De Alba Chu is not only a native but also the executive director of Iolani Palace, the official residence of the monarchy until it was overthrown."We didn't want to be 'in your face,' " De Alba Chu says of the handful of low-key observances. The highlight -- a conference on Aug. 21, Statehood Day -- will, according to the commission's website, serve "as a launching pad for discussion about where we want to be in Hawaii's future."For some, the past is a story full of political maneuvering and skulduggery. In 1820, the U.S. government assigned its first representative to Honolulu to look after the "business interests" of the Americans who ran the highly profitable sugar cane plantations. Before long, the islands were abuzz with talk of annexation.After spending four months in Hawaii, Mark Twain found himself appalled enough to write a sarcastic letter to the New York Tribune, supposedly "supporting" a coup."We can make this little bunch of sleepy islands the hottest corner on Earth and array it in the moral splendor of our high and holy civilization," Twain wrote, tongue in cheek. "Annexation is what the poor islanders need."In 1893, a group of Americans led by sugar baron Sanford Dole succeeded in the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani while politicians in Washington looked the other way.It took 100 years for Congress to apologize. In a 1993 joint resolution, it acknowledged the illegal seizure of the Kingdom of Hawaii, describing it as "the suppression of the inherent sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people."Sablas, manager of cultural affairs for the Kaanapali Beach Hotel, just a shell's throw from her birthplace, says she didn't realize "Hawaii was taken from us until I was an adult.""We wanted to be Americans," she says without bitterness. "Statehood made it legal, like a marriage certificate."Some of her fellow kamaaina -- Hawaiian for native -- think a divorce is long overdue."I won't be celebrating the 50th anniversary of statehood. I want to get our country back," says Henry Noa, who taught school in Honolulu until a few years ago, when he was elected prime minister of the Reinstated Hawaiian Government. The organization seeks secession from the U.S.Although other nations don't recognize the legitimacy of Noa's "government," he says about 4,500 Hawaiians -- including some non-natives -- have identified themselves as "citizens." Unable to levy taxes, the organization relies on fundraisers and donations."There's difficulty in financing the building of a nation," he says. Asked whether his plans for independence are practical, Noa gets emphatic."Was it practical for the Jewish people to reclaim Israel?" he asks. "It took them 1,800 years. So what's 50 years to us?"Three days after the admission of the 50th state, Pan American became the first airline to offer jet service between the U.S. mainland and Hawaii. The islands, which had been the playground of well-heeled visitors, most of whom traveled by ship, began welcoming middle-class travelers.In 1960, fewer than 300,000 visitors arrived in Hawaii by plane. But the fields of sugar cane and pineapple quickly gave way to hundreds of beachfront hotels and condos, and by 2006, that annual head count had soared to more than 7.5 million.Clifford Naeole, the cultural advisor for the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua on Maui, teaches Hawaii's sometimes-hidden history to guests and his fellow employees."One of my most important goals is to get the visitor out of brochure mode and into a sensitive mode," he says of "A Sense of Place," the educational program he presents twice a week in the hotel's amphitheater.His presentation begins with a screening of the 1996 documentary "Then There Were None," which explains why many natives now feel like strangers in their own land."Don't measure Hawaiians by how [well] we dance the hula, how pretty our leis are or how good our mai tais taste," Naeole tells guests. Instead, he wants visitors to understand that "we were philosophers, poets, medicine men and some of the best sailors in the world" long before the arrival of the Americans.Naeole would vote for independence if he could, he says. But there are also natives who want to keep that 50th star on the U.S. flag."I think it [statehood] is a good thing," says Sablas, the Lahaina-born cultural affairs manager."We can't turn back the clock. But we can continue to be the Hawaiians that we are and to share our heritage with visitors."
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