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REMINDER: Ohana Ho’opakele support needed on Wednesday

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Reminder!!!! Press Release on State’s Motion for Summary Judgment for the reactivation of Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) set for hearing  9AM, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Hilo Circuit Court before Judge Glenn S. Hara

Further contact: Ohana Ho’opakele President, Palikapu Dedman (home) 959-4930, Treasurer, Ronald Fujiyoshi (home) 959-9775; (cell) 345-9688, Also see www.ohanahoopakele.org and Ohana Ho`opakele on Facebook

     Ohana Ho’opakele and supporters will gather outside Hilo Court House at 8AM on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The message is strong and clear: Pu’uhonua NOT Prisons; Justice for Hawaiians; Hawaiian Misery is Not a commodity and Stop using Hawaiians against Hawaiians. At 9AM there is a hearing before Judge Glenn Hara on the State’s Motion for Summary Judgement regarding the reactivation of Kulani prison.

     Ohana Ho’opakele president, Palikapu Dedman said “Ohana Ho’opakele is looking for legal support for appeal. We are reaching out to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC), Earth Justice or any legal firm for assistance. There are key issues involved.

GENERALLY:

  1. What is the standard for circuit court review of a Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)?
  2. Is a prison a permissible use of Crown Lands?

SUBSTANTIAL LEGAL ISSUES:

  1. Final Environmental Assessment (EA) does not adhere to Act 117: “The department of public safety, in cooperation with Ohana Ho’opakele and other restorative justice groups, is directed to prepare a plan for the creation of a pu’uhonua, or wellness center. On lands owned or controlled by the State. The public land development corporation shall assist in determining an appropriate site for the center; provided that the site formerly used as the Kulani correctional facility on the island of Hawaii shall be given preference, unless another site will provide a greater possibility of success.”
  2. Crown Lands should be used for the betterment of native Hawaiians not for the general public.

FUNDAMENTAL UNDERLYING ISSUES:

               1. Disproportionate number of native Hawaiians in prison.

               2. A Hawaiian Pu’uhonua is best model for healing (rehabilitation).

               3. The present prison system (punitive justice) is not succeeding.”

      Ohana Ho’opakele President Palikapu Dedman was critical of Judge Hara’s handling of the case. Dedman said: “By punting the ball to appeal, instead of making a substantial decision at the Circuit Court level affecting the disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians in prison, Judge Hara is wasting tax payers money and suppressing Hawaiians. Judge Hara is following the same old pattern of shrinking from his responsibility as he did in the fencing case decision. It’s time for Judge Hara to stand tall and do the right thing.”

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RIMPAC Protest in Hilo

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

RIMPAC protest held in Hilo today. Here is Jim Albertini:

Support Ohana Ho’opakele in Hilo Court 9AM Wed. July 23, 2014

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Please pass the word in support of Ohana Ho’opakele.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini

Press Release on State’s Motion for Summary Judgment for the reactivation of Kulani Correctional Facility (KCF) set for hearing  9AM, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Hilo Circuit Court before Judge Glenn S. Hara

Further contact: Ohana Ho’opakele President, Palikapu Dedman (home) 959-4930, Treasurer, Ronald Fujiyoshi (home) 959-9775; (cell) 345-9688, Also see www.ohanahoopakele.org and Ohana Ho`opakele on Facebook

     Ohana Ho’opakele and supporters will gather outside Hilo Court House at 8AM on Wednesday, July 23, 2014. The message is strong and clear: Pu’uhonua NOT Prisons; Justice for Hawaiians; Hawaiian Misery is Not a commodity and Stop using Hawaiians against Hawaiians. At 9AM there is a hearing before Judge Glenn Hara on the State’s Motion for Summary Judgement regarding the reactivation of Kulani prison.

     Ohana Ho’opakele president, Palikapu Dedman said “Ohana Ho’opakele is looking for legal support for appeal. We are reaching out to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation (NHLC), Earth Justice or any legal firm for assistance. There are key issues involved.

GENERALLY:

  1. What is the standard for circuit court review of a Final EA and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)?
  2. Is a prison a permissible use of Crown Lands?

SUBSTANTIAL LEGAL ISSUES:

  1. Final Environmental Assessment (EA) does not adhere to Act 117: “The department of public safety, in cooperation with Ohana Ho’opakele and other restorative justice groups, is directed to prepare a plan for the creation of a pu’uhonua, or wellness center. On lands owned or controlled by the State. The public land development corporation shall assist in determining an appropriate site for the center; provided that the site formerly used as the Kulani correctional facility on the island of Hawaii shall be given preference, unless another site will provide a greater possibility of success.”
  2. Crown Lands should be used for the betterment of native Hawaiians not for the general public.

FUNDAMENTAL UNDERLYING ISSUES:

               1. Disproportionate number of native Hawaiians in prison.

               2. A Hawaiian Pu’uhonua is best model for healing (rehabilitation).

               3. The present prison system (punitive justice) is not succeeding.”

      Ohana Ho’opakele President Palikapu Dedman was critical of Judge Hara’s handling of the case. Dedman said: “By punting the ball to appeal, instead of making a substantial decision at the Circuit Court level affecting the disproportionate number of Native Hawaiians in prison, Judge Hara is wasting tax payers money and suppressing Hawaiians. Judge Hara is following the same old pattern of shrinking from his responsibility as he did in the fencing case decision. It’s time for Judge Hara to stand tall and do the right thing.”

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Reminder

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Historic Peace vigil anniversary and RIMPAC Protest!

Aloha kakou,
This week’s Hilo Peace Vigil on Friday, July 18th from 3:30-5PM at the downtown Hilo Post office is an historic day.  It marks the 30th anniversary of the Hilo swim for peace against a visiting nuclear warship to uphold the vision of our county’s Nuclear-Free law.  On Sat. July 19th from 10-noon there is a protest against the ongoing RIMPAC military exercises by 22 nations in and around Hawaii, including bombing at Pohakuloa.  The Saturday protest will be at the Hilo airport Rd and Hwy 11 intersection.    All Hawaii stand together for justice and peace.  Mahalo.
Jim Albertini

PS More details about both events noted above are on the our website www.malu-aina.org.

30th Anniversary!

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Hilo Bay Nuclear Warship

Blockade

 warship3.jpg      July 18, 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of an historic protest in Hilo Bay to uphold the spirit, if not the letter, of Hawaii County’s Nuclear-Free law (ordinance #665) passed unanimously in 1981. On July 18, 1984 hundreds of people gathered on the Hilo docks in protest of a Pearl Harbor based visiting U.S. nuclear armed warship, USS Ouellet. The ship was coming to Hilo at the invitation of the Hawaii Japanese Chamber of Commerce for its “Let’s Sell Hawaii” Festival of the Pacific.

      For three years, despite numerous requests to respect our law, the Navy repeatedly violated the law. In June of 1984 peace activists announced a non-violent blockade of the next nuclear ship visiting Hilo. In response, the Navy, got federal authorities, to establish a martial law situation in Hilo Bay.

      On July 18 two Coast Guard cutters escorted the warship. Military speed boats, zodiacs, helicopters and Navy Seal teams were also in the harbor. Federal authorities declared that anyone entering Hilo Bay to peacefully protest the nuclear warship would be subject to a felony criminal violation with a federal prison term up to three years and a $50,000 fine. Three people entered the water from the point of pier 2 and 3 swimming toward the arriving warship in the harbor channel. They held their hands up in a symbolic message to the ship –”STOP.” Jim Snyder, Warren Wineman, and Jim Albertini were imprisoned and/or fined for their non-violent protest. Jim Albertini was released from Federal prison after a little more than a year of his 3 year sentence mainly due to international protest. For nearly 10 consecutive years, because of his non-violent protests, Jim had to obtain a federal court order to travel from Hawai`i island.

Aloha Hawai`i – Protest RIMPAC 2014

Sat. July 19th 10AM- Noon Hilo Airport -Hwy. 11 Intersection

      RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) is the world’s largest warfare exercise and is now taking place in and around the waters of Hawai`i. Twenty-two nations, 49 ships, 6 submarines, more than 200 aircraft (including killer drones) and 25,000 personnel are participating.

      In short, RIMPAC is an attack on the air, land and sea environment of Hawai`i –it’s people, plants, and animals. It desecrates and contaminates what we hold sacred and sustains our life. All Hawai`i stand together in saying –We want RIMPAC stopped! Now! Ku`e!

(See the lyrics and listen to the song – “The Ballad of Pearl Harbor” at www.malu-aina.org )

Free Hawai`i & the World from the Curse of Militarism!

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 justice in Hawai`i and around the world.
Contact: 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  http://www.malu-aina.org

Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet (July 18, 2014 – 669th week) – Friday 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office