Archive for February, 2009

American Thinker: The Akaka Bill: A Cash Cow for Democrats

February 22nd, 2009

American Thinker: The Akaka Bill: A Cash Cow for Democrats

Abolish OHA > Hawaii Free Press

February 21st, 2009

Abolish OHA > Hawaii Free Press

FOXNews.com – 19th Century Belgian Priest Who Aided Lepers in Hawaii to Become Saint

February 21st, 2009

FOXNews.com – 19th Century Belgian Priest Who Aided Lepers in Hawaii to Become Saint

According to the Akaka Bill, Saint Damien would not be Hawaiian enough to have equal rights in the new government, simply because of his bloodline.

He Hawaii au – Hanai

February 20th, 2009

Kamakakehau Fernandez was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was adopted by Robyn Nae’ole, and raised on Maui. He grew up speaking Hawaiian, in a Hawaiian family, steeped in Hawaiian culture. He is today a talented artist, carrying on the tradition of Hawaiian language music. There can be no doubt that Kamaka’s heart and soul are tied to the Hawaiian Islands.

But the Akaka Bill won’t consider Kamaka Hawaiian, even though Hawai’i is the only homeland he has ever known. Kamaka is African-American by blood, and according to the Akaka Bill, Kamaka’s language, culture, and family do not matter. The Akaka Bill does not recognize the tradition of hanai, and will not allow Kamaka to carry on the legacy of his native Hawaiian mother, simply because of his race.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Hanai - MP3 (unknown, 2,427 hits)

He Hawaii au – Indigenous

February 20th, 2009

Many hundreds of years ago, the first Polynesian colonists arrived in the Hawaiian Islands. Over time, they developed a unique society and culture distinct from their original homelands.

After contact with the Western world in 1778, the Kingdom of Hawai’i developed as a multi-racial society, declaring that all people were “of one blood” in their first constitution in 1840. Hundreds of years later, Hawai’i has once again developed a unique society and culture distinct from its origins.

The Akaka Bill will only recognize one racial group out of the many that comprise our unique Hawaiian society and culture today as “indigenous.” The Akaka Bill will tell people who have no other homeland in the world that they cannot have equal rights in Hawai’i, simply because of their race.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Indigenous - MP3 (unknown, 2,239 hits)

He Hawaii au – Colorblind OHA

February 20th, 2009

Under the United States Constitution, we are all entitled to equal protection under the law, no matter what our race is. When the State of Hawaii only allowed Native Hawaiians to vote for OHA Trustees, it was violating the constitution.

Akaka Bill supporters believe that by pretending that Native Hawaiians are a tribe, they can ignore the constitution.

Every Native Hawaiian only program would be just as worthwhile if it did not discriminate by race. A Japanese child can learn to speak Hawaiian. A Portuguese man can run a taro farm. A Chinese woman can require help with diabetes.

Helping individuals in need, regardless of their race, is the only way to cure our social ills. Judging people by their blood and assigning resources based on race only makes things worse.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Colorblind OHA - MP3 (unknown, 2,341 hits)

He Hawaii au – New government

February 20th, 2009

Everyone is subject to the laws of the local, state and federal governments. Our taxes pay for government and the public services they provide. Each tax dollar is precious, and we strive to use that money to directly benefit the public which paid it.

The Akaka Bill will create a new government, with more overhead, which will affect everyone in the State of Hawai’i. The Akaka Bill government will not be directly accountable to the general public, but only to those defined as “Hawaiian” by race.

One third of the “Hawaiians” identified by the Akaka Bill do not live in Hawai’i today, and may have never lived there before. These people, simply because of their race, will lay claim to lands and resources which should be for the benefit of the entire public of Hawai’i.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - New government - MP3 (unknown, 2,312 hits)

He Hawaii au – Hawaiian enough?

February 20th, 2009

The Hawaiian Homelands set up in 1921 were for “Native Hawaiians” who were at least one half Native Hawaiian. If you did not have the right amount of ancestry, you were not “Hawaiian” enough.

The Akaka Bill is going to let nine “experts” decide who is, and isn’t “Hawaiian” enough to be in the new tribe. Even if you sign up for Kau Inoa, you may not be “Hawaiian” according to these nine “experts.”

And even if these nine “experts” decide you are “Hawaiian” enough, the new tribal leadership can “disenroll” you from the tribe later on. Even if you are pure Native Hawaiian, descended from King Kamehameha the Great himself, the Akaka Bill provides no protections for you.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Hawaiian enough? - MP3 (unknown, 2,359 hits)

He Hawaii au – Not enough (2)

February 20th, 2009

Mau Piailug is from the island of Satawal. A master navigator, he taught his craft to the sailors of the Hokule’a, bringing celestial navigation back to the Hawaiian Islands for the first time in hundreds of years.

Through his works, the Hawaiian Renaissance made some of its greatest leaps, bringing a sense of pride and accomplishment to all of Hawai’i.

But that doesn’t matter according to the Akaka Bill. Since Mau cannot trace his ancestry to people in the Hawaiian Islands before 1778, no matter how instrumental he was in the recovery of Hawaiian culture, he can never be considered “Hawaiian.”

The Akaka bill will tell Mau Piailug, and all other Micronesians in Hawai’i, that they cannot have the same rights as the Native Hawaiians he taught to navigate by the stars.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - Not enough (2) - MP3 (unknown, 2,387 hits)

He Hawaii au – The next haole

February 20th, 2009

Portuguese. Chinese. Filipino. Japanese. Native Hawaiian. European.

People of every background built the Kingdom of Hawai’i and the State of Hawai’i.

Local Hawaiians come from all backgrounds, most of us so kapakahi you cannot tell our ancestors just by looking.

But things are going to change. The Akaka Bill is going to find out who is really “Hawaiian.” The Akaka Bill is going to find out who can call Hawai’i their homeland, and who cannot.

The Akaka Bill is going to tell people who have never even been to Hawai’i that they have special rights to our Islands, simply because of their race. The Akaka bill is going to tell families that have lived and died in Hawai’i for over 200 years that they cannot share in these rights.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

  He Hawaii au - The next haole - MP3 (unknown, 2,186 hits)