Governor: Telescope protests about treatment of Hawaiians
HONOLULU The governor of Hawaii acknowledged Tuesday that an ongoing protest about a telescope planned atop the states highest mountain is also about addressing the treatment of Native Hawaiians going back more than a century.
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Well it all started with the racist greedy white men who overthrew the Hawaiian government and actively engaged in the genocide of the native race through force and religion, that didn’t work so now both the State and Federal thugs continue that ongoing agenda to flush the Hawaiians down the toilet so they can plunder its riches.
It the State wants to find a resolution, then it show let the Hawaiians determine what to do with its millions of acreas of Crown Lands that was originally set aside for their own benefit. Stop the rip off $1 dollar a year illegal leases and force these two illegal entities to pay market values which should exclusively go directly to Native Hawaiians, not OHA or any State agencies including the corrupt DNLR.
Can anyone explain how – specifically – the telescopes on Mauna Kea desecrate the mountain? There are other things built on Mauna Kea that have no connection to traditional Hawaiian culture – roads for example. Why isn’t it desecration when native Hawaiians go up in motor vehicles or walk around in shoes manufactured in China or carry cell phones (whether they work up there or not) or wear bifocals/sunglasses? None of that was on Hawaii before “first contact”. Is it that the telescope array on the mountain is more obvious , large! and newsworthy than mundane things like shoes and provides a convenient point of access for other political & social issues that existed before any of the telescopes were there ( or could even have been built)? Is there some sort of arbitrary unmarked boundary on the way up the mountain, above which is sacred space, and below which it is OK to engage in all aspects of introduced ‘Western culture? Where do the activists define that boundary as being? If the entire mauna is sacred, doesn’t everything else that is not traditional Hawaiian need to be removed too? Including everything the US military has laid claim to that is, geologically speaking, on Mauna Kea?