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First of all... sorry this is so long but my Livejournal pops up for Hawaiian related issues and if I don't write about Hawaiian related issues... then who else will? So... sorry to those who have added me but I am passionate about writing about Hawaii and about Hawaiians both of which are important to me.


Well I also read this article about some people BASHING Hawaiians. I don't like it when they do that because when they do they are bashing Hawaiian children and bashing me. Anyway this is the article:


Akaka bill put to test on civil rights


By Dennis Camire
Advertiser Washington Bureau



WASHINGTON — The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will consider opposing arguments today on a bill to allow Hawaiians to form their own government. Opponents say the measure could have wide-ranging implications for state governments across the nation.

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, D-Hawai'i, is opposed by some conservative Republicans in the Senate. Opponents say the measure is unconstitutional because it would create a race-based government.

"The supporters consider it to be a potential fundamental breakthrough. The opponents have described it as a form of racial balkanization," said Kenneth L. Marcus, staff director for the civil rights commission.

The commission, which has no enforcement powers, could make a recommendation to Congress after the hearing, making it the latest in a long line of governmental groups trying to deal with Hawaiian issues.

"We're going to be commissioned to death," said Frederick Holck of Kailua, a retired Army colonel who is of Hawaiian ancestry. "It should be an open and shut case for federal recognition."

But opponents see the issue differently, said Ken Conklin of Kane'ohe, a retired teacher and longtime critic of the so-called Akaka bill.

If successful, "then the way I see it, the state of Hawai'i enters an apartheid sort of system" since it would create a tribal organization with about 20 percent of the state's population, said Conklin, one of 13 people who won a court case eliminating the Hawaiians-only restriction for election as an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee. "That new tribe would be authorized to negotiate for land and money and political power. It will affect all of us."

Noe Kalipi, counsel for Akaka, and Viet Dinh, a professor at Georgetown Law Center and former assistant attorney general at the Justice Department under President Bush, will support the Native Hawaiian bill before the commission.

Dinh co-wrote a paper in 2005 that argued Congress has both the moral and legal authority to enact the bill.

"The Supreme Court has confirmed that Congress has broad ... constitutional authority (to) recognize indigenous governments and to help restore and restructure indigenous governments overtly terminated or effectively decimated in earlier eras," he wrote in the paper, prepared for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. "That authority extends to the Native Hawaiian people and permits Congress to adopt the (Native Hawaiian bill)."

Kalipi said she plans to show the commission why Hawaiians are an indigenous people and not a racial class under federal policies and should be recognized by the government.

Of the five groups of indigenous people in the United States, Hawaiians are the only ones who do not have a political mechanism to deal with the federal government, Kalipi said. The other groups are American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Chamarros on Guam and American Samoans.

"The bill provides parity with respect to this federal policy and in respect to the other groups," she said. "It brings Native Hawaiians up to a level playing field ... where everybody else is right now. It doesn't even give (them) any special rights."

But H. William Burgess, a Honolulu attorney and strong opponent of the Native Hawaiian bill said he will urge the commission to reject the bill as having "terrible" consequences for the country because it would recognize a new privileged class consisting of anyone with an indigenous ancestor.

"It would give them political status and power and entitlements and privileges that are denied to all other citizens of the United States," he said. "It would assist and enable and aid and abet people of one racial group.

"It would have within it the germ of eventually breaking up every state into separate sovereign governments."

Gail Heriot, a professor at the San Diego University School of Law, also will oppose the bill before the civil rights commission, arguing that it is unconstitutional on due process and equal protection grounds.

The Supreme Court bolstered that idea in 2000 when it ruled Hawai'i could not discriminate and prevent nonethnic Hawaiians from voting in state elections for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees.

"With the bill, they (supporters) are trying to do indirectly what they can't do directly," she said.




Seen at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060120/NEWS23/601200365/1173/NEWS





A few points:

1. So far members of the Senate are rejecting it which is good news.

2. Frederick Holck of Kailua said it best: "We're going to be commissioned to death," said Frederick Holck of Kailua, a retired Army colonel who is of Hawaiian ancestry. "It should be an open and shut case for federal recognition." Hawaiians should already have been federally recognized. Unfortunately we are seen as less than human in their money game.

3. Lastly Ken Conklin a well-known anti-Hawaiian is quoted as saying,

"If successful, "then the way I see it, the state of Hawai'i enters an apartheid sort of system" since it would create a tribal organization with about 20 percent of the state's population, said Conklin, one of 13 people who won a court case eliminating the Hawaiians-only restriction for election as an Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustee. "That new tribe would be authorized to negotiate for land and money and political power. It will affect all of us."


- He states that we would be a tribe. Hawaiians were never part of a tribe. Instead we were and part of a NATION. He treats us as less than Indian in this case.

- Notice how he focused on land, money, and power. That is what it's about TO THEM but to the Hawaiians whom I know it's about respecting the iwi, the aina, and the oiwi. Just to name a few. Eddie Ayau is one example of this. Again... Hawaiians are pawns in their money and power game.


How do I know? Because they do not ask Hawaiians. They do not INCLUDE Hawaiians. We have no say and in essence this is an embarrassment to America.


In addition to bashing Hawaiians in the process... that is anti-civil rights. Do Hawaiians have a say? No. What about Hawaiians' civil rights? That's right. This is America. Hawaiians have no civil rights in America. I could go on but the rest of my posts here pretty much explain my stance and my mana o (or "thoughts.")


Lastly the panel presenting to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights was discussing the Akaka Bill... NOT CIVIL RIGHTS... which does a disservice to all Americans. Just saying. DISCUSS CIVIL RIGHTS OF HAWAIIANS. Oh that's right. They won't discuss that and instead will focus on discussing land, power, and money. Is that the American Way? I hope not.




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