January 9th, 2006

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Letter

I finally took a peek at the local newspapers online. In it... I could not stop laughing when I saw this letter to the editor because I know how Kekuewa can be a prick YET sometimes what he writes... is true. In any case... I laughed when I read this letter because it's true! Worse... he hits the nail on the head about bones having a price tag which is not part of the Hawaiian culture while offering to assess Harris' ancestors' bones and placing a monetary value on them. I especially like the part about assessing their intelligence. What the hell??? *L* What a prick... yet so true. Here is his letter to the editor:


BURIAL ITEMS: HAWAIIAN RELIGION IS BEING MISINTERPRETED



Is cultural voyeurism a religious practice?


In recent articles surrounding the lawsuit against the Bishop Museum and Hui Malama, there have been a number of claimants posing to be Hawaiian cultural practitioners in order to gain influence over the public and power over the repatriation process.


Cy Kamuela Harris of the Temple of Lono has publicly stated that he was taught that funerary objects should be placed in the museum for all too see. This statement is inconsistent with any of the traditions and practices that I have ever heard of concerning Hawaiian religion.


If this be the case, then I suggest Harris be the first in donating the bones and burial items of his immediate family to the museum in order to perpetuate our traditional cultural practices. In fact, I am a trained archaeologist and would be more than willing to do studies on his family to assess their intelligence and place monetary value on these "artifacts."


Kekuewa Kikiloi
Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner


Seen at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060109/OPINION02/601090305/1104



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What they are doing to Molokai... ruining her



Wow. In this letter... if it wasn't for people like him, Walter Ritte of Molokai... the Hawaiian Islands would probably be ten times WORSE. Unfortunately he has discovered that Monsanto and Dow Chemical Company which are two chemical firms are on farm lands on Molokai. What the hell???? That is sacreligious and blasphemous! In essence they are ruining her while trying to make a profit. Did it make CNN? Of course not... because Hawaiians and their Home land are disrespected in order for people to make a profit off of her. This is "business as usual" which I think is wrong or "hewa." Of course I have no problem with capitalism. However when it destroys the earth and/or people and/or culture then I have a problem with it. In this case Monsanto and Dow are using land on Molokai in order to make a profit. Possibly millions.

Is this the kind of America we are proud of? Is this the kind of world we are proud of where we allow companies to destroy the land in order to make a profit?!?!?! Seriously. Well here is his letter:


MOLOKA'I: CHEMICAL FIRMS ARE ON OUR FARM LANDS




Two of the largest chemical companies in America are farming on Moloka'i: Monsanto and Dow.


They say, "Don't worry ... " but if you do your homework, and type in these two names (Monsanto and Dow) on the Web, you will begin to
worry.


When you do even more homework, you will realize that government has been neutralized, and these companies are doing "field testing" on our farm lands instead of in the laboratories, where the tests should be done. Then you will find that the chemical companies do not have to write on their permit applications where these tests are and what they are testing here on Moloka'i. You will also find out that these test products are considered "substantially equivalent" by the federal government, and thus need not be regulated.


The history of these two chemical companies, the secrecy of their open-field testing, the unknown consequences of this new technology, the huge amount of lands under their production on Moloka'i, and the worldwide controversy of GMO foods all point to the need for local input and protection.

We feel threatened by these new farmers on Moloka'i and seek relief from our government officials.


Walter Ritte
Hui Ho'opakele 'Aina


Seen at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060109/OPINION02/601090305/1104


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Picture of protesting Hawaiians



I love it when people protest whether they are Hawaiian... or non-Hawaiian. Fighting for one's rights is something I admire... greatly. Here is a picture of people preparing to protest the illegal purchase of artifacts by the Bishop Museum:








Eleven-year-old Kamalei Kam-Aweau, left, helped Naupaka Hoapili, 12, apply finishing touches to a sign yesterday protesting the Bishop Museum's purchase of native Hawaiian artifacts. Protesters gathered in front of the Bishop Museum under the direction of UH Hawaiian-studies graduate student Mehana Hind, who was overwhelmed with the support and turnout she received from sending a few e-mails. Protesters also called for the resignation of the museum director, Bill Brown.





Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2006/01/09/news/wild.html






This picture also epitomizes how many Hawaiians are STILL fighting for their rights. Doesn't it make people wonder why they are doing so? Obviously some people are unhappy. VERY unhappy with the status quo and I realize that makes some people feel uncomfortable.



Typically it makes them feel guilty. However sometimes protestors are not protesting "YOU" and instead are protesting against other people. Unfortunately I notice that some people take it personally. That is when I can see that someone feels guilty for some thing. Real or imagined. Why feel guilty if you are not guilty? Just saying.... I can understand why some people don't like it when people protest. However I like it when people do (protest) :P



In any case, I want Bill Brown to be fired due to several reasons. One of them being that he wants to possess stolen artifacts that were stolen by David Forbes. Thus the dilemma that Hui Malama and other Hawaiians face nowadays: Do we return the iwi and the moepu to its original resting place? OR do we allow people like Bill Brown, Suganuma, and/or Kawananakoa to place them in museums then charge people to see them? Hmmm an easy choice for me. That is... PROTECT THE IWI. Period. Thus I fully support Eddie Ayau aka Edward Halealoha Ayau and other Hawaiians and other people like him because there are some non-Hawaiians who try to understand the importance of the iwi and/or the importance of the oiwi ("Hawaiian.") For that... I am grateful that there are some people who understand or... who try to understand.


Anyway Bill Brown CEO and President of the Bishop Museum is one more person who is trying to profit off of Hawaiians and thus off of our kupuna and off of our iwi. I never ever sell my iwi nor do I plan to do so and I do not appreciate it when he and others make millions off of my iwi. It's hewahewa. Or... super duper WRONG. It's something that I have no problem reconciling simply because that is something NON-NEGOTIABLE to me. My iwi and the iwi of my kupuna are NOT for sale. Unfortunately he disrespects that as while possessing stolen property that was stolen by David Forbes and probably by many others. Hey... if they stole our nation (i.e. the Nation of Hawaii) then chances are they stole other things too. Just saying... I want him fired. I do not want him to resign because he won't. He seems too high makamaka to do so. That and MONEY HUNGRY so the hell with resigning. I want him FIRED and I hope to see him fired soon.


More pics later.