Letter for Friday, September 14, 2018

Hawaiian sovereignty bill is needed

Mazie Hirono “exposed” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh releasing his email: “… testimony needs to be clear that any program targeting Native Hawaiians as a group is subject to strict scrutiny and of questionable validity under the Constitution.”

Is he possibly a justice prejudicial against Hawaiians or a constitutionalist seeing merit in an appeal for justice regarding the fraudulent annexation of the Hawaiian Islands?

The statehood vote should have reflected the wishes of the indigenous people only. Recompense for human rights and U.S. Constitution violations against Hawaiians is possible.

The United States overthrew the Hawaiian nation for financial gain and strategic military position.

Are those similar motives to China’s atrocities against Tibet and East Turkestan Uyghurs or Russia’s illegal annexations of surrounding territories or Iran’s military presence in Syria?

“I would ask you to consider that your government is on trial before the whole civilized world, and that in accordance with your actions and decisions will you yourselves be judged,” said Queen Lili‘uokalani.

“The offense of breaking and setting aside for a specific purpose the laws of your own nation and disregarding all justice and fairness, may be to them and to you the source of an unhappy and much to be regretted legacy,” she wrote.

She continued, “May the divine providence grant you the wisdom to lead the nation into the paths of forbearance, forgiveness and peace.”

Leading by example, Hawaii’s representatives in Congress should introduce a Hawaiian sovereignty bill, giving the legislative, judicial and executive branches a chance to do what is right.

Michele Lincoln, Lahaina

  1. I saw a Vampire once September 14, 2018 12:25 am Reply

    Good points on the overthrow of Hawai’i. One issue is sustainability. Should Hawai’i have been runned over? No. But like Tahiti, a new government. That is life. No choice. We like it too.

  2. I saw a Vampire once September 14, 2018 12:55 am Reply

    Vietcong vs. Vietnam civilians 1965. USA, human rights. Is this the same? Vietnam 1965

  3. I saw a Vampire once September 14, 2018 1:26 am Reply

    Sorry. But your government failed. County.

  4. Ken Conklin September 14, 2018 4:42 am Reply

    Yes, Mazie tried to obstruct the confirmation of this Justice of the Supreme Court, and it was laughable how miserably she failed. She actually called attention to important items which most people were otherwise unaware of, such as a very detailed, excellent amicus brief written by Kavanaugh in 1999 in the Supreme Court Rice v. Cayetano decision. Thanks Mazie! You can watch a video of Mazie’s ridiculous 31-minute rant, and click a link to Kavanaugh’s amicus brief and Wall Street Journal commentary, at

    Michele Lincoln will be pleased to know that there was a Hawaiian sovereignty bill in Congress for 13 years, from 2000 through 2012. The bill was so awful that it never got to the floor of the Senate, and it died forever in December 2012 when Senator Inouye died and Senator Akaka resigned. Good riddance!

  5. Mark Beeksma September 14, 2018 4:54 am Reply

    In 1898, when the U.S. accepted requests from Hawaii to join the U.S., the population of Hawaii was around 125,000 with less than 50,000 native Hawaiians. It was clearly a mixed-race kingdom and republic.

    To suggest that we should now institute a race-based legal system is pure racism, by definition. The fact that Kavanaugh opposes this kind of racism should encourage all of us who don’t want racism promoted. The law of the land should be the same for all citizens, regardless of their color or skin.

    1. Jake September 15, 2018 4:59 am Reply

      Well stated.

  6. James September 14, 2018 7:06 am Reply

    OK, I’ll bite, even though your letter is long on rhetoric and short on specifics. What exactly is a “Hawaiian sovereignty bill”? Who or what is a Native Hawaiian? How do you define a Hawaiian? Anyone who resides in Hawaii? How do you test to determine if someone is Hawaiian so that they would reap benefits other multi-generational locals would not? Who first came to Hawaii? Philippine ancestors is the best guess followed by Polynesians from outside Hawaii. What about mixed bloodlines and percentages of ethnicity? How about some specifics instead of broad condemnations.

    1. Jake September 15, 2018 5:04 am Reply

      You are asking her to stray from the “Cultural Mafia” rhetoric and bullet points. Ask anyone that desires this “Hawaiian Sovereignty” the hard question “WHY”? and you will get deer in the headlights stare. It is purely a perceived racial issue.

  7. James I Kuroiwa September 14, 2018 7:26 am Reply

    Ms Michele Lincoln has her legal Hawaiian history kapa kahi. Remember in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court decided 7 to 2 that OHA and the State Constitution not allowing Rice to vote was unconstitutional, and in 2009, that the Apology law used by the Hawaii State Supreme Court was wrong in resolving ceded lands issues. Yes, ceded lands belong to all the citizens of the State of Hawaii. The Constitution and legal Hawaiian history has one group of Hawaiians, and that is all the citizens of the State of Hawaii, as was stated in the 1894 Constitution of the Republic of Hawaii. (Note, my grandmother was born on Kauai Oct. 17, 1894, as a citizen of the Republic of Hawaii and in 1898 under the Organic Act became a citizen of the Territory of Hawaii,) The only other sub-group under Hawaiians are the native Hawaiians (small “n”) established in 1920 by Congress for the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. Also, native Hawaiians are not indigenous to the Islands of Hawaii and never was. What Sen. Hirono exposed, was the unconstitutional racial programs funded by the Federal government, and eventually to be challenged in Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    1. Reverend Malama Robinson September 15, 2018 9:04 am Reply

      Mahalo James,
      100% on point and remarkable that tgi let your letter slip through!
      I’m with…for and forever in allegiance to

  8. Paul Ignatius September 15, 2018 1:46 pm Reply

    Good luck on your quest for freedom. I was born and raised in San Francisco in the dark primeval past known as… before the hippies, and my family had been there a while before in the quest for gold. The City is just like Kauai- same size physically the places both attract the best and the brightests capatalists from around the Globe. Unfortunately when you live in such luck to see the price of your home or condo go up 2000%, as we did in the City you take the money and move to a quieter place. And as I have taken the money and run another native leaves San Francisco and a family moves in from Tokyo, and I displace the one here in Kauai. The reason the outsiders have taken over San Francisco is because folks sold there homes with an unlimited supply of rich people bidding up your asking price. Just like Kauai. The rich people like it here, and there is no care about anything Hawaiian on the mainland. Never will be. They never give stuff back that they stole fair and square from you or me. Such is living in the USA.

  9. James I Kuroiwa September 15, 2018 5:28 pm Reply

    Malama Robinson, the Hawaiian Kingdom went pio when it became the Provisional Government of the Islands of Hawaii, the Provisional Government became the Republic of Hawaii, and the Republic of Hawaii became the Territory of Hawaii. No more Hawaiian Kingdom, all pau.

    1. Jake September 17, 2018 12:13 pm Reply

      They don’t deal well with facts.

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