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Short videos on Mauna kea and Pohakuloa

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Connecting the Issues Mauna Kea and Pohakuloa –State’s Failure to Protect

VIDEO: Hawaii Supreme Court Rules State Breached Trust On Pohakuloa Lease

VIDEO: Mauna Kea Costs Concern County Councilman


9 elders arrested at TMT protest plead not guilty in Hilo court

Sunday, August 25th, 2019

Hawaii News

9 elders arrested at TMT protest plead not guilty in Hilo court

Nine of the 38 people arrested last month while protesting the Thirty Meter Telescope made their first appearance in court Friday. Read more

All nine, including Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee Carmen Hulu Lindsey, pleaded not guilty to obstructing a roadway and were ordered to attend Sept. 20 pretrial hearings at the same Hilo District Court.

Nearly 200 people who oppose the stalled TMT filled the courtroom and spilled into the hallway in support of the arrested kupuna, or elders.


Meanwhile, a Big Island circuit judge dismissed a lawsuit that sought to make the developers of the TMT put up a substantial performance bond before starting construction.

However, Judge Greg Nakamura did leave a little door open when he issued a decision saying the plaintiffs could petition the state Board of Land and Natural Resources to require the performance bond before seeking any remedy in court.

The Hawaii Supreme Court had mentioned the bond in its ruling on the project’s conditional use permit. In a footnote the court urged the BLNR to ensure that areas used by TMT are restored “at no cost to the state, whether through requiring an appropriate performance bond or through imposing funding and/or other requirements.”

>> PHOTO GALLERY: Thirty Meter Telescope opponents appear in court

On Friday the Mauna Kea Hui did as Nakamura suggested, formally petitioning the BLNR to set aside the project’s construction permit until a performance bond is posted.

On a different floor in Hilo’s state Judiciary building, the courtroom of Judge Bruce A. Larson was standing-room-only as the kupuna were arraigned one after the other.

“I plead not guilty for being on Hawaiian land,” said Edleen Peleiholani as she held onto a red-and-yellow feathered kahili.

Others appearing before the judge Friday and charged with refusing to obey an officer and obstructing a roadway July 17 were Jim Albertini, Tomas Belsky, Marie Brown, Ana Kahoopii, Kaliko Kanaele, Hawley Reese and Ranette Robinson.

All were represented by legal counsel. The charge is a petty misdemeanor, which can result in 30 days in jail and as much as a $1,000 fine.

The largely Native Hawaiian kiai, or “protectors,” are protesting what many of them consider the desecration of a sacred mountain, having occupied Mauna Kea Access Road since the announced start of construction of the next-generation telescope July 15.

At the start of the protest, the kupuna volunteered to become the first to be arrested, parking themselves in a tent in the middle of the road. And that’s what happened July 17. Pictures of the arrests caused outrage among many Hawaiians and served to boost the Mauna Kea cause.

Oahu attorney Sonny Ganaden, who represented three of the kupuna, said defense attorneys have any number of options for arguing why their clients should get off, including several violations of the federal and state constitutions.

“We believe our clients were peaceably assembled, utilizing their rights under the First Amendment and the state equivalent, including the right to free speech and to gather for religious purposes,” he said. “We’re looking forward to our day in court.”

After her arraignment Friday, Lindsey said she felt no shame having to appear before the judge and answer for her alleged misdeed.

“There’s no shame at all when we protect our natural resources and sacred places. I’m proud to stand with our people,” said Lindsey, the Maui representative on the OHA board of trustees.

Among those who attended court in support of the arrested elders was Jan Espere of Waimea, who sat in the front row wearing Mauna Kea triangle earrings and a dress bearing the image of Queen Lili‘uokalani. She said she was there out of love and appreciation for the sacrifice made by those who got arrested.

“It’s more than just supporting them; it’s truly supporting the Hawaiian people,” she said.

“We stand with them today just like we did 40 days ago when they got arrested,” protest leader Kaho‘okahi Kanuha said.

Kanuha said he was proud of the kupuna.

“To know that those are the footsteps we follow, that they continue to clear the pathway for us going forward and show us not only what to do, but how to do it. The way they carry themselves with dignity and discipline, with a sense of calmness yet with so much strength at the same time. And so we wanted to come down here today and show them our support,” he said.

Two more groups of those arrested July 17 are scheduled to be arraigned in September and October. Among those still due to make their appearances are veteran activists Walter Ritte and Mili­lani Trask, and kumu hula Pualani Kanakaole Kanahele.

In Circuit Court on the third floor, Judge Namaka­mura dismissed the security bond lawsuit, saying it was already litigated during the project’s lengthy contested case hearing.

“They lost, so they do not get a second bite at the apple,” said Ross Shinyama, attorney for the TMT International Observatory.

Nakamura also ruled that the 1977 Mauna Kea Plan that called for the bond is obsolete and superseded by subsequent plans, Shinyama said.

Mauna Kea Hui leader Kealoha Pisciotta said the group was still deciding whether to appeal the decision.
Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled the first name of the judge.

Protect the Sacred Aug. 23, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Protect the Sacred!

Stop Building TMT — Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!

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When protecting what is Sacred is deemed a crime and desecrating what is Sacred is protected under the Rule of law, we have a problem of lawlessness and corruption.

Today, Aug. 23, 2019 some of the 38 Mauna Protectors arrested July 17, 2019 had to appear in Hilo District Court on charges of Obstruction.

Just one example: “The State of Hawaii does not follow its own laws. Under Act 45 the Department of Transportation (DOT) was supposed to compensate the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) for the land on which DOT built Mauna Kea Access Road. 25 years later DHHL has still not been compensated — typical of the State of Hawaii stealing lands from native Hawaiians. Karmic justice to see it’s own malfeasance coming back to haunt the State of Hawaii…”  Nate Yuen

The hypocrisy of Senator Lorraine Inouye, Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation telling Gov. Ige and Attorney General Connors to “Uphold the Law” and push through TMT while Inouye and the State DOT violate the law to benefit special interests as noted above.

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Hawaii Fake State Day

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Hawai’i – The “Fake State” celebrates its “Fake” Statehood!

Tomorrow (Aug. 16, 2019) is the 60th Anniversary of Statehood. The important article below appeared in today’s Star-Advertiser. We—Kioni Dudley, Poka Laenu, and Leon Siu — will be holding a Press Conference tomorrow, Friday, at 10:00 AM on the ‘Iolani Palace grounds, near the gazebo, where the three of us will read paragraphs from the newspaper article for the benefit of those shooting soundbites, and then answer questions about our findings. It would be great to have some supporters there. Please consider coming.

Please also be aware of the website mentioned in the article – On the website you will find our “Call for Review of the Historical Facts Surrounding UNGA Resolution 1469 (xiv) of 1959 Which Recognized Attainment of Self-Government for Hawaii,” which is currently being circulated, and gaining support, among the member nations of the United Nations. The “Call” more broadly discusses all of the things in the newspaper article. We expect the United Nations General Assembly to pass a “Resolution for Review” in coming months. Nearly three-quarters of the nation members of the UN General Assembly are former colonies.

The site also has a description of a proposed Hawaii National Transitional Authority to deal with restoration.

And it has a Resolution which we hope to have the State Legislature pass prohibiting discrimination against Hawaiian Nationals.

We need you to read these three documents and to sign your name endorsing them on the website.

We hope to see you tomorrow. Kioni Dudley, Leon Siu, and Poka Laenui

August 15, 2019

Statehood questioned at Hawaii’s 60th

by Kioni Dudley, Leon Siu, and Poka Laenui

August 16, 2019, marks the 60th Anniversary of Statehood for Hawai’i. It will go little noticed. This article offers new information on illegalities and fraudulence regarding the statehood vote, and why it should not have been accepted by the United Nations.

In 1945, the United States, as a founding member of the United Nations, accepted all U.N. Charter obligations. As a nation with Territories, under Article 73 of the Charter, it took on, “as a sacred trust, the obligation to. . . develop self-government” for the descendants of the nations it had occupied. The U.S. did this for some territories. But in Hawaii, it did just the opposite. Our people achieving “the full measure of self-governance” was never mentioned. The statehood vote offered only movement from a U.S. Territory to a U.S. state. Total absorption rather than required liberation.

The ballot wording was bogus. U.N. Resolution 742 (VIII), adopted in 1953, required that plebiscites offer “freedom of choosing between several possibilities, including independence.” The wording of the statehood ballot question was: “Shall Hawaii immediately be admitted into the Union as a State?” The only possible answers were “Yes” and “No.” No option for independence was provided. The vote did not comply with the Charter or Resolution 742.

The UN Charter expects only the citizens of the occupied nation—in our case the descendants of Hawaiian Kingdom subjects–will make decisions regarding their self-governance. During the 61 years that Hawaii was a Territory, however, there was a huge in-migration of American settlers, as well as transient U.S. military personnel and their dependents. The 1900 census shows 2,900 Caucasians living in the islands. In 1959, it had ballooned to 202,230. Any American citizen 20 years or older who had lived in Hawaii for at least a year was allowed to vote, even U.S. military. And they did. Thus, the wrong people voted.

During the Territory era, the United States made tremendous efforts to inculcate belief in a virtuous America. During those six decades, schools assiduously avoided any mention of the U.S. invasion, overthrow, and takeover of the Hawaiian Kingdom…or the skirting of the Constitution to achieve Annexation. A valid referendum requires that voters give informed consent. But decades of US hiding the facts made informed consent impossible. Had statehood voters known the truth. . . .

The official report states that 94% of voters supported statehood, but the facts are quite different. The 94% only counts the Yes and No votes cast. When blank ballots are included, only 77% of those who voted actually voted for statehood. But even more shocking is the fact that, in the most important election ever held in Hawai’i, only 35% of those of eligible age actually registered and turned up at the polls. Sixty-five percent “voted with their feet” against statehood by staying home. When the blank votes and “votes with their feet” are factored in, only 27% of eligible voters cast a ‘Yes’ vote at the polls, far below the 50% required to win.

America knew that the UN would soon pass its “Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonized Countries and Peoples.” Great pressure would mount to liberate Hawai’i. The statehood vote was a sham to quickly secure United Nations approval for US permanent retention of Hawaii–just twelve months and two days before the Declaration was passed.

We three authors recently wrote “A Call for Review of the Historical Facts Surrounding UNGA Resolution 1469 (xiv) of 1959 Which Recognized Attainment of Self-Government for Hawaii.” It amplifies the facts above and is currently being disseminated at the United Nations and to the public. Please read it and add your name in endorsement at Also find information there about the Hawaii National Transitional Authority, and a Resolution for the State of Hawaii to recognize Hawaiian Nationals as a people living in the Hawaiian Islands with all the lawful rights of a free people.

It’s time to show support.

Kioni Dudley Leon Kaulahao Siu Poka Laenui

Kioni Dudley, Ph.D., educator, Hawaiian scholar, co-author A Call for Hawaiian Sovereignty, activist.

Leon Kaulahao Siu has served as the U.N. Hawaiian Kingdom Minister of Foreign Affairs for the past 20 years

Poka Laenui, Attorney, Chair – Native Hawaiian Convention, Spokesperson to UN (1983 to 1990), Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee (1982 – 1986)

Protect Sacred Mauna a Wakea — No to TMT and Stop Bombing Pohakuloa Aug. 16, 2019

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Protect Sacred Mauna a


Say No to the 30 Meter Telescope (TMT)

Historic gatherings of thousands of people continue at Pu’uhonua o Pu’uhuluhulu and elsewhere in Hawaii and throughout the world in the spirit of  Kapu Aloha (nonviolence)  to protect  Mauna a Wakea and all Sacred sites from desecration.

You don’t need to be Hawaiian to be affected by what’s taking place atop Mauna Kea.  You don’t need to be from Hawaii to understand that it is a desecration.  You simply need to be human with respect to all people, their history, their stories, and their traditions on their land. TMT in Hawaii is not possible without fracturing the community beyond repair.