Hawaiian activists give lecture on Kaua’i this weekend

Keanu Sai, of O’ahu, and Mahealani Pai, of Hawai’i Island, will give

presentations in a two-day gathering of Native Hawaiians this weekend, Saturday

and Sunday, April 15 and 16.

David Keanu Sai, Agent for the Hawaiian

Kingdom Government presently in arbitration proceedings at the Permanent Court

of Arbitration (World Court) at The Hague, Netherlands, will give a talk on

“Hawaiian Arbitration at the World Court.” Oral proceedings are scheduled

before the court this summer, in July.

Sai says, “The case involves a

Hawaiian subject, Lance Paul Larsen, who has been illegally incarcerated by a

foreign government for following Hawaiian Kingdom law.” Larsen asserts that his

government, the Hawaiian Kingdom, is responsible for his protection.

The

issue before the World Court is whether Larsen’s rights as a Hawaiian subject

are being violated under international law, and if so, does he have redress

against the Hawaiian Government.

On March 1, 1996, Sai accepted an

appointment to serve as Acting Regent by the Trustees of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Trust Company, the only general partnership at the time established by Hawaiian

statute since 1893. The company had assumed the role of the Cabinet council

which serves as the Council of Regency for the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Since his

appointment, vacancies in the Cabinet Council have been filled and in 1999 he

resumed the seat of Acting Minister of Interior and Chairman of the Council of

Regency. These appointments remain subject to approval by the Legislative

Assembly of the Kingdom.

Mahealani Pai has had his own struggles on his

ancestral homeland at Honokohau Beach, on the ahupua’a of Honokohau, the Kona

side of Hawai’i Island.

The Pai ‘ohana trace their heritage on this beach

for 14 generations, but National Park Service bought the land and called it the

Kaloko-Honokohau National Cultural Park. After several years of struggle and

attempts at negotiations, Pai and his family were evicted from the property in

February 1997.

Pai continues to take care of the fish ponds in the area, a

responsibility passed down from his ancestors. And he continues to have

problems with the National Park Service.

The two day gathering is free and

open to all. Both days will include a potluck dinner. For more information

regarding times and location, call Puanani Rogers at

821-2267.

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