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An Appeal to non Kanaka to stand in solidarity with Kanaka to Protect Sacred Mauna Kea

Thursday, July 11th, 2019

Solidarity to Protect Sacred Mauna Kea

This is a moral appeal to non Hawaiians to stand in solidarity with Hawaii’s host people, Kanaka Maoli, to protect their most Sacred Temple –Mauna Kea from further desecration.  On July 15, 2019 construction equipment will be heading up to Mauna Kea to begin the building of an 18 story (180 feet) tall 30 meter telescope (TMT).  There will be Hawaiian led religious ceremonies to protect Sacred Mauna Kea  beginning at 6AM on July 15th at Pu’uhuluhulu –the intersection of Saddle Rd and Mauna kea Access Rd.   Please join in solidarity.  Hawaii’s host people have already suffered enough.  Their nation is under 126 years of US occupation.  30,000 Hawaiians are on the waiting list for Hawaiian Home Lands; Hawaiians are disproportionately incarcerated, homeless, in poverty, have the lowest life expectancy in Hawaii.  They should not have to stand alone to now protect their most Sacred Temple.  We non-Hawaiians need to step up and show our gratitude and aloha by standing shoulder to shoulder with our Hawaiian brothers and sisters.  See you on the Mauna July 15th.

On Friday July 12th join a sign holding nearest you from 3:30-5PM in Hilo, Pahoa, Waimea, Kona and possibly other sites around Hawaii Island and other islands.  The time is now to take a stand with Mauna Kea and the Hawaiian people.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

 

Stand with Mauna Kea!

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

We Stand with Mauna Kea

and All Sacred Places!

Keiki to Kupuna All Welcome

Bring a Sign, Bring Your Aloha, Be a Presence for Mauna Kea

Friday, July 12, 2019 from 3:30-5PM

Downtown Hilo Post Office – Federal Building (or anywhere you are)

Governor David Ige shibai quote at Press Conference June 20, 2019 only hours after demolishing 2 Hawaiian ahu and 2 hale on Mauna Kea that morning.

We remain committed to being good stewards of Mauna Kea, and to honoring and respecting the culture and traditions of Hawaii.” Gov. David Ige

Two very important 3 min. videos on Mauna Kea by Hawaiian Leaders
Ruth Aloua and Pua Case before the Hawaii County Council July 8, 2019  

https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2019/07/09/video-ruth-aloua-slams-mayor-kims-mauna-kea-narrative/
https://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2019/07/09/video-pua-case-testifies-to-council-about-mauna-kea/

Protect Mauna Kea! Ku Kia’i Mauna! No TMT

1. Mourn all victims of violence. 2. Reject war as a solution. 3. Defend civil liberties.
4. Oppose all discrimination, anti-Islamic, anti-Semitic, anti-Hawaiian, etc.
5. Seek peace through peaceful means and work for justice in Hawai`i and around the world.

Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

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July 12, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — week 929 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

A Hawaiian National on Independence Day

Thursday, July 4th, 2019

https://www.civilbeat.org/2010/07/2445-a-hawaiian-national-on-independence-day/?fbclid=IwAR3HIWvbX8KUnlx6Prtq-U0pg1LqM97-mMudNREcwgbbkzOXHw079_vxt1o

Lindafaye Kroll new video on Pohakuloa

Monday, July 1st, 2019
 
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ARMY PROBLEMATIC AGREEMENT 2019
As promised the YouTube link below:
Hawai’i residents ask the military commander of Pohakuloa Lt. Col. Borce some tough questions.

Army Problematic Agreement 2019  See video here
https://youtu.be/lnNGYwUjIWE

 

Protect Sacred Mauna Kea: NO TMT

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

article below from today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser

HAWAII NEWS
TMT foes vow to hold steady as construction approaches
By Timothy Hurley Today Updated 12:05 a.m.

A group of mostly Native Hawaiians rallied Friday in Honolulu against the planned Thirty Meter Telescope, vowing to exert nonviolent protest to counter what they view as desecration of Hawaii’s tallest mountain.

“We will stand firm. We will kupaa (be unmovable). We will persist. We will not give up. This telescope will not be built,” declared Davianna McGregor, University of Hawaii-Manoa ethnic studies professor.

McGregor was among a handful of speakers who appeared at a news conference Friday morning in front of the Honolulu headquarters of the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.

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The “protectors” of Mauna Kea called on the state, UH and the TMT International Observatory board of governors to stand down from the $1.4 billion, cutting- edge astronomy project.

With more than 50 people holding signs and flags of protest, speakers accused authorities of using heavy-handed and racist tactics in removing Native Hawaiian structures from the mountain last week, including two ahu, or altars, that were built on the TMT site in 2015.

“We’re also here to voice our concerns over what looks like the state’s gearing up for the excessive use of violence when the protectors of Mauna Kea have only shown aloha in this struggle,” said Candace Fuji­kane, board member of KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance.

“I want to ask the question here: Why is the state risking our lives and our safety for a private corporation?” said Fujikane, a UH English professor. “They are looking at arresting us for a private corporation, and we need to ask the question, Why? … Why?”

KAHEA attorney Lance Collins called on the state Board of Land and Natural Resources and Gov. David Ige to renounce the use of a recently purchased Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), also called a sound cannon, which has been used for crowd control and confrontations with protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock, N.D., and elsewhere.

Collins, a Maui attorney, said the device potentially violates state and federal laws and a United Nations convention against using military weapons for torture.

In a statement, the DLNR said its purchase from LRAD Corp. was for a portable battery-powered public address and hailing system and not a weapon. It said the purchase was for the smallest system the company offered.

“We understand and acknowledge the concerns raised regarding use of excessive force on nonviolent noncombatants. The LRAD system purchased by DOCARE is not intended to be used in that way,” the statement said.

Collins said his clients remain suspicious, considering the $15,000 cost for the system.

“We call on the board to publicly renounce the use of these devices and other military weapons against civilians and get rid of it as soon as possible,” he said.

State officials last week issued a “notice to proceed” for construction of the 180-foot-tall observatory following more than 10 years of planning, approvals and delay.

One of three “next- generation” telescopes being planned around the world, the TMT will have a resolution 12 times sharper than that of the Hubble Space Telescope and be capable of seeing more than 13 billion light-years away.

TMT International Observatory is a nonprofit based in Pasadena, Calif., with partners that include Caltech, the University of California and astronomy institutions in Canada, India, China and Japan.

TMT officials said construction would take a dec­ade and begin sometime this summer after they consult with state officials on logistical issues.

On the same day the notice to proceed was issued June 20, groups of state employees and law enforcement ascended the mountain and removed four structures — two altars and two hale — that officials described as unauthorized.

“Make no mistake, this is violence and aggression,” Mauna Kea Hui leader Kea­loha Pisciotta said Friday.

Cultural practitioner Billy Freitas told reporters he was praying at one of the ahu when DLNR employees and armed officers interrupted.

“The way it was dismantled? Totally unacceptable,” Freitas said. “I hope they have it in their hearts to ask forgiveness for what they’ve done.”

UH earlier issued a statement saying removing the ahu was not its first choice.

“The university and others attempted to engage with those believed to be responsible for building the unauthorized structures in hopes of reaching an agreement on the future of the ahu. Those efforts were not successful.

“UH cooperated with state agencies in removal of the ahu so that the Conservation District Use Permit CDUP for construction and operation of TMT can be acted upon safely. The ahu were removed in a manner consistent with guidance from Kahu Ku Mauna, the cultural advisers to the Maunakea Management Board and UH.

“It is important to remember that the Hawaii Supreme Court specifically affirmed BLNR’s conclusion that these two ahu that were constructed on the TMT Access Way in 2015 as protests against TMT are not protected as Native Hawaiian traditional or customary rights.”

Speakers on Friday countered that while the ahu might not be historical, they are culturally significant because they were built in a ceremony to honor the sacred mountain and to serve as sites of religious observance and practice for Native Hawaiians.

They also said the university made only halfhearted attempts to contact them regarding the removal, if at all.

Pisciotta said the protectors will continue to protest without resorting to violence.

“Make no mistake, we have not been violent, and we have no intention of being violent. But we have intention to continue to protect and stand for our mauna,” she said.

“Aloha is the greatest power in the universe,” she added. “We are not powerless — we are powerful, and that is why the state is trying to trigger us all to be violent, to give them justification to be violent.”

Fujikane suggested an alternative for preventing further friction.

“The Canary Islands government has said they are happy to have the TMT. There is a peaceful resolution to this conflict. There does not need to be a confrontation on Mauna Kea,” she said.

TMT officials have maintained that a mountain on La Palma in the Canary Islands is their second choice.

https://www.staradvertiser.com/…/tmt-foes-vow-to-hold-ste…/…