Archive for September, 2019

Millions March in Global Climate Strike

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Millions March in 150 Countries

in Global Climate Strike


See more very moving photos here

Youth tell National Leaders: “You are Failing us.”

US president Trump snubs the world — skips major UN climate summit

Trump has repeatedly questioned climate science, vowed to withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement and set about scrapping rules limiting carbon pollution.

Protect the Sacred!   Protect the Earth!   Protect Mauna Kea!

No TMT!  Stop Bombing Pohakuloa!  It is All One!

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

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September 27, 2019 Hilo Peace Vigil leaflet – week 940 – Fridays 3:30-5PM downtown Post Office

You are invited to hear Mr. Kaleihau Kamau share the history of obtaining the Makahiki rights within the prison system! Please share!

Monday, September 23rd, 2019
You are invited to a special meeting of Ohana Ho`opakele to listen to Mr. Kaleihau Kamau, native Hawaiian cultural practitioner who first led the Makahiki ceremony within Diamondback Correctional Center in November 2003 (the first known Makahiki ceremony within a correctional center).
The gathering will be this Thursday, September 26. 2019 at 9 a.m. in the Youth Lounge of the Church of the Holy Cross, 440 W. Lanikaula St., Hilo (right across the UH Hilo, in the mauka parking lot). If lost tel. 345-9688.
Kaleihau is one of the kiai on Mauna Kea and will share the history of the long struggle to gain the right to practice the Hawaiian religious, cultural and traditional ceremonies within the prison system. He may end with sharing how being up on Mauna Kea is related to healing the pa`ahao who have spent years incarcerated.
Come; learn what the prison system really is like!
Ron Fujiyoshi,
for Ohana Ho`opakele

Photos of Millions in Global Climate Strike Sept. 20, 2019

Friday, September 20th, 2019

Photos of Millions in Global Climate Strike around the world.  Very moving


Support needed on Mauna and at Court Friday Sept. 20, 2019

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Aloha kakou.

As many of you know Mauna Protectors are due in Hilo District court tomorrow, Friday, September 20, 2019 for arraignment at 8:30AM and others at 1:30PM for pre trial conference,. While support at the courthouse is much appreciated it is also important to maintain a presence on the Mauna, and in fact bolster the numbers of people on the Mauna, especially at this time when many kupuna will be off the mauna because of court. Your presence and solidarity is much appreciated in whatever way possible.

Jim Albertini

Ige Administration criticized in Advertiser column

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
Hawaii News | Lee Cataluna

Lee Cataluna: Casting aspersions is not leadership

                  RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM Gov. David Ige
                  held a news conference Friday addressing the spate of
                  social media posts about government employees,
                  officials and departments. Next to the governor is a
                  visual aid showing a post from Puuhonua o


    Gov. David Ige held a news conference Friday addressing the spate of social media posts about government employees, officials and departments. Next to the governor is a visual aid showing a post from Puuhonua o Puuhuluhulu.


Death threats and talk of attacks on government employees on social media or in phone messages are absolutely wrong and to be condemned and, to the degree appropriate, prosecuted. Absolutely. No question.

But there was a strong whiff of something extra going on with Gov. David Ige’s news conference Friday. Something strategic and orchestrated. Something with the mark of propaganda.

Ige and his team have been issuing news releases left and right, volleying social media blasts and staging press conferences to emphasize, even magnify and, in some cases, perhaps create the impression that the people standing against the Thirty Meter Telescope project are disorganized, lawless and dangerous.

It started out with Ige’s statement early on that there was drinking and drug use at the protest at the base of the mountain, a claim other state leaders who had spent time at Mauna Kea denied. Since then there have been news releases from the state saying rare native plants at the protest site are being trampled, that people are parking illegally and crossing the road unsafely, that protesters block emergency vehicles and leave trash at the campsite — all things that go unchecked every single day on every island but that never merit attention from the governor.

The only problem­-solving tactic Ige seems to know is to malign the opposition.

Ige’s indignation over some angry language arising from the standoff seemed overdone for effect. Certainly, nobody should be posting that garbage, and it’s scary and painful to be targeted, but sadly, it happens all the time, and not just to politicians. But this time Ige took it seriously. He even raised his voice.


Ige should get credit for calling out bad behavior on both sides of the debate, because some of the comments on social media from TMT supporters have been flat-out racist and filthy. It is heartbreaking and infuriating to see the kinds of things Hawaiians get called in their own ancestral land. That kind of hatred isn’t elevating the pro-TMT argument.

Neither are Ige’s repeated attempts to diminish and discredit the organized, erudite, focused people who call themselves kiai. (It should be noted that the leaders of the Protect Mauna Kea movement have condemned hate speech and threats and have repeated their commitment to kapu aloha, peaceful protest.)

What was particularly odd was that Friday’s news conference was a multi­media show with projected images and audio recordings of the threats. Maybe Team Ige was trying to thwart charges of “fake news,” but what they did was give the hate speech a much larger profile by delivering it to every news outlet in the state. It amplified the problem while allowing Ige and his team to tsk-tsk about it.

Ige should focus on trying to live up to the highest purpose of his office: to be an inspirational leader, a leader so earnest and open and heartfelt that even those who don’t agree with him still have respect for him. A true leader would find a way to heal this rift with everyone’s dignity and spirit intact.

This critical conflict should be resolved with face-to-face discussions and mutual respect, not with a government-led propaganda campaign from the top floor of the state Capitol meant to demonize the opposition on the mauna.

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