Archive for the ‘Hawaii Independence’ Category

UH Board of Regents meeting in Hilo on Mauna Kea

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015


Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action

P.O. Box AB Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760

Phone 808-966-7622 Email

April 16, 2015

Aloha University of Hawaii President, David Lassner, and members of the University Board of Regents

      My name is Jim Albertini. I am the president of Malu ‘Aina Center for Non-violent Education and Action. Our non-profit organization in Kurtistown has been growing food to share with people in need and working for justice, peace and aloha ‘aina for the past 35 years. I am also the secretary of Ohana Ho’opakele, an organization seeking to build Pu’uhonua as alternatives to prison which disproportionately lock up Native Hawaiians.

      I am one of the 31 people arrested on Mauna Kea on April 2, 2015 seeking to protect the sacred temple – Mauna Kea, from further desecration by construction of the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

      My background is Catholic Christian. I’ve had 17 years of Catholic education, graduated from a Catholic University and studied and taught theology in Catholic schools.

      The arrests on Mauna Kea took place during what is called Holy Week in the Christian calendar, a week that commemorates Jesus death and resurrection. Also within Holy week is the important biblical story of Jesus entering the Temple in Jerusalem and driving out the moneychangers who were exploiting the people and desecrating the sacred.

      On April 2nd I went to Mauna Kea to stand with others who believe as I do that Mauna Kea is sacred. I went to stand in solidarity with Native Hawaiians who are asking that their spiritual beliefs, religion, culture, and traditional practices be taken seriously. I went to the mauna to add my voice in saying enough desecration. I went to the mauna to say: if we are going to live in a pono way, the sacred must come before dollars, profit, jobs, etc. Mauna Kea is not a commodity. It is time to honor, respect, protect, and aloha Mauna Kea. It is time for aloha ‘aina to be the guiding light for Hawaii and the world and time to cancel TMT. If money has become your false god, then go bulldoze your own temple – Wall St. the big banks, pick a Fortune 500 company Wallmart, McDonalds, Lockheed Martin, but No TMT on the sacred Hawaiian Temple –Mauna Kea.

      Recently, after more than 30 years of geothermal development in Hawaii, the Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission finally agreed to do a study on the social/psychological impacts to Native Hawaiians from geothermal drilling into Pele. Isn’t it time to do a similar study on the social/psychological impacts to Native Hawaiians from telescopes on Hawaii’s most sacred temple – Mauna Kea?


     Jim Albertini

Ohana Ho`opakele Press Release: Ohana Ho`opakele files Appeal in the Intermediate Court of Appeals in Opposition to Judgment allowing Kulani to Reopen as a Prison!

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015


Ohana Ho`opakele files Appeal in the Intermediate Court of Appeals in Opposition to Judgment allowing Kulani to Reopen as a Prison!

President Palikapu Dedman announced, “Ohana Ho`opakele’s appeal will have an impact not only on whether the first modern Pu`uhonua will be built at Kulani but also on the future standards of Environmental Assessments (EAs) related to native Hawaiian issues. Activists for Hawaiian rights and scholars will find this legal brief of interest to them.”

Attorneys for Ohana Ho`opakele led by Mr. James M. Dombroski of Petaluma, CA filed their opening brief in the Intermediate Court of Appeals on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 electronically at 11:27 AM.             (A filed copy of the opening brief can be found online at A Final Judgment in Favor of State Defendants and Against Ohana Ho`opakele was entered in the Third Circuit Court on November 14, 2014 by Judge Glenn S. Hara. Appealing this verdict Plaintiffs-Appellants were Ohana Ho`opakele, Ralph Palikapu Dedman, Ronald S. Fujiyoshi, James Albertini, Luella Nohea Crutcher, Samuel Kaleleiki Jr. (deceased), Van Keoki Kahumoku and Cedric Ali`i Kai Ah Sing.

The argument summarized in the 80-page appeal is as follows:

In Act 117, the Legislature found that a pu`uhonua would help the community, in particular native Hawaiians, by providing culturally-based substance abuse treatment and intervention, and further found Kulani “would be an ideal site for such a wellness center.”

The Act’s purpose was to “create a wellness center that reestablishes highly recognized native Hawaiian cultural practices….” Act 117 directed PSD to work “in cooperation with Ohana Ho‘opakele and other restorative justice groups to prepare a plan for the creation of a pu`uhonua, or wellness center … provided that the site formerly used as the Kulani correctional facility on the island of Hawaii shall be given preference….”

PSD reactivated the Kulani Correctional Facility without satisfying the substantive legal requirement of Act 117 to prepare a plan for creation of a pu`uhonua in cooperation with Ohana Ho`opakele. The environmental review process (1) did not include the Ohana or its members as consulted parties, (2) did not include consideration of a pu`uhonua as an alternative to the proposed reactivation of Kulani as a minimum security prison and (3) ignored potential impacts on endangered species that are presumed to be significant.

For more information on Ohana Ho`opakele, see or contact             Telephone contact is Mr. Palikapu Dedman at 808-959-4930 or Ronald Fujiyoshi at 808-959-9775.

Star Advertiser poll on Mauna Kea

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

I urge you to click above and vote YES that OHA should oppose TMT on Mauna Kea.


Jim Albertini

2015 Merrie Monarch parade aloha ‘aina for Mauna Kea and Pohakuloa

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Aloha kakou,
The 2015 Merrie Monarch parade had a great turn out of hundreds carrying Hawaiian flags, signs and banners for Aloha ‘Aina with particular concerns for Mauna Kea and Pohakuloa.  There were lots of spirited chants along the way and the response of the thousands lining the parade route was enthusiastic support.  In fact many people lining the parade route had their own signs for Mauna Kea and against the TMT (Thirty Meter telescope).  What I found to be very moving was the look in peoples eyes as they saw such a large contingent in the parade for Aloha ‘Aina.  People’s joy, sense of pride, and hope was very heartening.  Clearly a strong movement for aloha ‘aina has been born and is growing rapidly.  The activities on all the islands and around the world for Mauna Kea  is strong testimony of this movement.
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Navy Ship denied entry to Hilo Harbor

Friday, April 10th, 2015


This ship  USS Chung-Hoon is a guided missile warship coming to the Merrie Monarch Festival in Hilo. What’s merrie about a warship?  In fact, it’s a reminder that a US warship — the USS Boston, entered Honolulu Harbor in January 1893 and landed troops to assist in the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the Hawaii nation on behalf of greedy sugar business interests.  For the Merrie Monarch Committee, or whoever invited the Navy to send a warship into Hilo for the Merrie Monarch festival, this defies historical logic. It would be like inviting the Klu Klux Klan to a civil rights rally.  Go figgah!   Or maybe it is history repeating itself.  Perhaps the ship was going to land troops to assist in arresting Hawaiians protesting the desecration of Mauna Kea by the TMT construction taking place there.

Jim Albertini