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Reminder: Stop Bombing Pohakuloa strategy meeting Monday, June 10th 6-8PM Kea’au Community Center

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

REMINDER!!!!!!!!  PLEASE PASS THE WORD TO OTHERS. MAHALO.

Aloha Kakou,

There will be a Stop Bombing Pohakuloa strategy meeting Monday, June 10th 6-8PM Kea’au Community Center

Please mark your calendarsStrategy meetings on Stop Bombing Pohakuloa are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month 6-8PM at the Kea’au Com Ctr.

Jim Albertini

Malu 'Aina Center for Non-violent Education & Action
P.O. Box 489
Kurtistown, Hawaii 96760
Phone 808-966-7622
email ja@malu-aina.org
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Jim Albertini testimony in Opposition to UH Mauna Kea Rules

Friday, June 7th, 2019

Testimony opposed to Mauna Kea Administrative Rules  submitted June 5, 2019

Testimony can be sent to uhhar@hawaii.edu up to 11:59PM June 7, 2019

I strongly oppose the proposed Mauna Kea Administrative Rules by the University of Hawaii

1.  Rules for Mauna Kea should be made by Kanaka Maoli cultural and spiritual practitioners who practice on Mauna Kea, not the UH, not the BLNR, etc.  There is no question that rules need to be made for controlling commercial and industrial development on Mauna Kea.

2.  It was insulting that in Hilo only 1 (out of 15) UH Board of Regents attended the hearing,  No President David Lassner either and he is the one directing the power in the proposed rules as police, judge and jury over rule violations and appeal process. The same appeared true in the Honolulu hearing and at Waikoloa. In the Sept. 2018 hearing at Imiloa in Hilo only 1 Regent attended as well.  INSULTING!!!!!  Who is HEARING?  Listening?  Hawaii is an oral cultural.  Transcripts can’t do justice to the oral testimony.

3.  No Hearings are scheduled for Lanai, Molokai and Kauai.  This is a violation of due process and should halt any consideration of the rules. and have them redone on every island.  The time restriction of 2 hrs. and only 3 min testimonies is also very restrictive.  The meetings should go as long as people want to present testimony.  In Hilo there was a cut off time for signing up to give oral testimony.

4.  A good example of why Hawaiian cultural and religious practitioners need to make the rules is because no where in the UH proposed rules does it say that Mauna Kea is considered Sacred. It is not even mentioned that many Hawaiians view the summit area as the realm of Akua.  Stop trampling on the souls of the Hawaiian people!

5.  The rules are thinly disguised but quite apparent designed to block protest of TMT construction which are really religious practice actions to PROTECT Sacred Mauna  Kea from further desecration by industrial development.  Where else does the University propose rules to control religious practice?  Does the UH try to regulate Christian religious practice? Buddhist, Jewish Muslim? etc.  How come rules to control Hawaiian religious practice on Hawaii’s most sacred temple site?

6.  I feel quite confident if Hawaii cultural and religious practitioners were to propose rules for Mauna Kea  to regulate and control commercial, industrial, and military development on Hawaii’s most Sacred Temple, it will be done in a pono way  and lead to the decommissioning and removal of all telescopes and the banning of all future commercial and industrial activities in the realm of Akua.

7.  While the proposed UH rules say in 20-26-3 that Native Hawaiian rights shall not be abridged, the  rules go on to abridge these very rights with prohibition after prohibition, requirements for registration, proof of insurance, limits to group practice, etc. etc.   In addition, there is no question that the proposed penalties in the rules are clearly designed to intimidate people from attempting to practice their traditional, cultural and religious rights in a manner to prohibit further industrial development on Mauna Kea.

8.  In Sept. 2018 not one person testified in favor of the UH proposed rules at the Imiloa public hearing in Hilo.  In the June 4, 2019 Hilo hearing, approximately 3 dozen people testified in opposition to the proposed rules. The only person who testified for the UH rules was a business person given an award by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce as an advocate for business and industry interests.  Her photo appeared in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald receiving the award on the very day of the Hilo UH rules hearing –June 4, 2019.

9. Perhaps the ultimate hypocrisy of the UH proposed rules is the blanket exemption from the UH rules  for UH education and research activities — meaning  astronomy –telescopes!!!!!! Example —  UH wants to outlaw walking on a pu while the UH leveled entire pu’u for telescopes.

10.  It is clear as day that  the proposed rules are tilted to prioritize science over cultural and religious practice yet in the realm of Wao Akua, there should be no industrial or commercial activity.  It’s as simple as Jesus clearing the “Money Changers” from the Temple of Jerusalem.  Sacred is sacred!

11.  It has been repeated over and over that the UH which is the promoter of telescopes should not be the rule maker.  The history for decades on Mauna Kea is clear –“substantial, significant, and adverse effects on the cultural and natural resources on Mauna Kea.”  Time for the UH and the State of Hawaii to step aside. Kanaka Maoli cultural and religious practitioners should be the ones to make the rules for the Sacred Mauna.

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Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

Brief report on Hilo hearing about Univ. of Hawaii Mauna Kea Administrative rules.

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

Aloha kakou,

Here is a brief report on the Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Public Hearing on University of Hawaii Mauna Kea Administrative Rules held at Waiakea Elementary School in Hilo, Hawaii 5:30-7:30PM

A crowd of more than 100 attended the hearing.  More than 30 people spoke.  All except one person spoke in strong opposition to the proposed rules.  The person in support was Mary Begier whose photo was in today’s Hawaii Tribune Herald.  She was given an award by the Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce recognizing her work as an advocate for Business & Industry interests in Hawaii.

Those speaking in opposition to the rules represented a broad cross section of the community – -bicyclist, hikers, environmentalists, and many Hawaiian cultural and religious practitioners.  Only 1 member of the 15 member University Board of Regents was present.  The University President, David Lassner was a no show, despite being the ultimate power behind the proposed repressive rules designed to criminalize efforts to  protect Sacred Mauna Kea from further desecration by industrial astronomy development. 

The hearing was video taped by several members of the community and a few members of the media were present so I trust more info will be available in days to come.   Hearings will also be held on Wednesday, June 5th at Waikoloa Elementart & Middle School 5:30-730PM and on Maui Friday June 7, 2019 at Pomaikai Elementary School 5:30-7:30PM.  No hearings are being held on Molokai, Lanai or Kauai. And no explanation was given why no hearings there.   A hearing was held on Monday, June 3rd on Oahu at Manoa Elementary School.

Written comments are due by midnight on Friday, June 7th.
You can submit them at http://hawaii.edu/govrel/uhhar-testimony/ or by simply emailing uhhar@hawaii.edu.
 
You can read the rules here
http://hawaii.edu/offices/bor/adminrules/chapter26-proposed1.pdf

The environmental group KAHEA has provided sample testimonies

Sample one:

Thank you for accepting comments today. I am opposed to the proposed Administrative Rules. Criminal …. Meaning “relating to a crime” These proposed rules appear to criminalize customary and traditional practices of Native Hawaiians. In order to preserve the moral authority of our legal system you should be extremely mindful, exceptionally careful and highly AWARE before enacting any laws, regulations or Administrative rules that can cause an individual to be unfairly branded as a criminal. Arbitrary rules for prosecuting “made-up or pretend” offenses such as camping or hiking on puʻu or introducing materials from outside the management areas (which can be easily misinterpreted by Security forces) and initiating arbitrary punishment for those would-be offenses is a serious erosion of individual liberties. No one should be exposed to potential criminal liability for engaging in routine activities, practices or ceremonies. We all have the responsibility to protect and preserve Mauna Kea and its fragile ecosystem for future generations. The most critical, extensive, and immediate danger to Mauna Kea however, remains the construction of the massive TMT telescope and the priority given to astronomical development at the expense of Mauna Kea’s natural ecosystem and invaluable cultural resources.

 *** your name ***
 
Sample two:
 
I oppose the administrative rules because they infringe upon the constitutional rights of individuals seeking access to Mauna Kea for traditional, customary and religious practices and the constitutional rights for those who wish to access Mauna Kea to engage in free speech.
*** your name ***
 
Please share this email with others.  Mahalo.

Jim Albertini Malu ‘Aina Center For Non-violent Education & Action P.O. Box 489 Ola’a (Kurtistown) Hawai’i 96760 Phone 808-966-7622 Email ja@malu-aina.org Visit us on the web at www.malu-aina.org

U.S. Militarism – What is it good for?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

U.S. Militarism

War, War & More War… What is it good for?

We must see now that the evils of racism, economic exploitation, and militarism are all tied together.

And you can’t get rid of one without getting rid of the other.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

“Endless war, caused by militarism. does not make us safer, more secure, or more free. In fact each new war strengthens our culture of violence, weakens civil liberties, promotes militarization of our police, and increases the power of the executive branch. Many observers think this is moving us toward authoritarianism and the decline of democracy.”

Phil Anderson

https://duluthreader.com/articles/2019/05/30/17068_militarism_in_america?fbclid=IwAR3eXi7nKglfHmQ-eXBgaBS1ajGt5Ub37M15SWwR1U5wNo-jlN_7n29ZWXg

The right thing to do is to stop the march to war in Iran, Venezuela, etc. Demilitarize the U.S., Hawaii & the World!  Wage Peace Not War! Work for Justice & Save the Earth!

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.

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P.O. Box 489 Kurtistown, Hawai’i 96760 Phone (808) 966-7622. Email: ja@malu-aina.org

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June 7, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet — week 924 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

More info from KAHEA on Mauna Kea rules

Monday, June 3rd, 2019
Aloha e nā ʻOhana Mauna,
 
This is a very important week to submit testimony and take a stand as Mauna Kea protectors. Please click on the link below to read the proposed rules.  You may use the sample testimony below and share/review the attachments.
 

http://hawaii.edu/offices/bor/adminrules/chapter26-proposed1.pdf

 
Sample one:
Thank you for accepting comments today. I am opposed to the proposed Administrative Rules. Criminal …. Meaning “relating to a crime” These proposed rules appear to criminalize customary and traditional practices of Native Hawaiians. In order to preserve the moral authority of our legal system you should be extremely mindful, exceptionally careful and highly AWARE before enacting any laws, regulations or Administrative rules that can cause an individual to be unfairly branded as a criminal. Arbitrary rules for prosecuting “made-up or pretend” offenses such as camping or hiking on puʻu or introducing materials from outside the management areas (which can be easily misinterpreted by Security forces) and initiating arbitrary punishment for those would-be offenses is a serious erosion of individual liberties. No one should be exposed to potential criminal liability for engaging in routine activities, practices or ceremonies. We all have the responsibility to protect and preserve Mauna Kea and its fragile ecosystem for future generations. The most critical, extensive, and immediate danger to Mauna Kea however, remains the construction of the massive TMT telescope and the priority given to astronomical development at the expense of Mauna Kea’s natural ecosystem and invaluable cultural resources.

 *** your name ***
 
Sample two:
 
I oppose the administrative rules because they infringe upon the constitutional rights of individuals seeking access to Mauna Kea for traditional, customary and religious practices and the constitutional rights for those who wish to access Mauna Kea to engage in free speech.
*** your name ***
 
Sample three:
*** see pdf attachment ***
 
Written comments are due by midnight on Friday, June 7th. 
You can submit them at http://hawaii.edu/govrel/uhhar-testimony/ or by simply emailing uhhar@hawaii.edu.
 
KAHEA 
 
Kū Kiaʻi Mauna! 
 
Me ke aloha no ka mauna,
Ka ʻOhana Mauna


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