LETTERS for the September 20 issue
Congressional team should pursue Hawaiian Sovereignty Bill
Mazie Hirono “exposed” Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, releasing his e-mail: “…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.
Is that 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.”
“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.”
Queen Lili’uokalani 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
Impatient drivers off-roading near tracks
We live along the railroad tracks between Kapunakea Street and Fleming Road. In the middle of these streets, at Mile Marker 22, is a basketball court and a sewage pumping station that is undergoing upgrades.
During the upgrade, contractors or people using the basketball court were driving on the ocean side of the railroad tracks along the Royal Coconut Grove. With the recent downing of six poles at Canoe Beach, Maui Invitational basketball tournament at the Civic Center, or any accidents/traffic slowdowns heading north toward Kaanapali, impatient drivers are off-roading from this point north along the railroad tracks, creating dust storms and unsafe driving/speeding ocean side of the railroad track.
I contacted the county Public Works Department, Kaanapail Railroad, Kaanapali Land Management, Elle Cochran, Zeke Kalua and the state Department of Transportation. So far nothing – just us eating dirt and cleaning our houses.
Can somebody DO SOMETHING? This is NOT a road for impatient speeders, off-roaders and inconsiderate drivers!
NAME WITHHELD BY REQUEST
Support my walk around Maui
On Nov. 6, I will begin my third 165-mile fundraising walk around the island of Maui.
I did my first solo walk back in October 2014 and completed the walk in 11 days, walking 12-15 miles a day.
I successfully raised just over $3,000 for the activities departments of both Hale Makua resident care facilities of Maui.
My second solo walk was in April 2016. I raised $5,000 for the Haku Baldwin Center, an animal assisted therapy program.
I was able to do the walk in eight days by walking 20-22 miles a day. Big mistake.
On both walks, the only people who ever stopped to ask if I needed a ride or assistance were the people of Hana. To repay their kokua, I am walking to raise money for the nonprofit Ma Ka Hana Ka Iki Building Fund.
This time, I will allow up to five people to join me in hopes that with more people, we can raise more money.
So, if there are five physically fit people out there who would like to come along, you must be able to walk 12-17 miles a day (without complaining), camp out along the way and pay a fee of $990 to cover food, equipment transport, camping fees and a completion dinner by Sept. 30th.
Please contact Brian Sato @firstname.lastname@example.org. The site is GoFundMe/maui-walk-2018.
BRIAN H SATO
Lobby for greater funding for the arts
The National Assembly of State Art Agencies in Washington, D.C., is reporting funds being appropriated to state art agencies.
As it is now, Hawaii is coming in with an actual reported Fiscal Year 2018 number of $6,027,111. With a projected FY 2019 appropriation to Hawaii’s art agencies of $6,027,111, there is zero change.
States such as Minnesota for FY 2018 came in with a final number of $33,904,000. That state has projected state legislative appropriations to their art agencies of $39,275,000, a percentage of increase of 15.8.
We ask that you call or e-mail your Hawaii Senate representatives and ask for an appropriations increase of at least 25 percent to Hawaii state art agencies.
LEO THINER-BRICKEY, Honokowai