January 19th, 2006


Lo Lo

If Lo Lo is not careful I will post his name again. In any case someone brought this to my attention. He wrote this:

"I do not trust the majority of Hawaiian people. Too many people put their faith in DHHL and OHA. People talk about the U.S. taking their land etc, but they are quick to sell out for a freaking cheaply made ugly shirt. OHA, KAU INOA....its all the U.S., but it really doesn't matter."

Again... I may write his name here for ALL to see. I mean... Google :-)

Finding Nemo: Like WHOA

The shame of Bishop Museum

In today's paper an archivist for Bishop Museum was ordered to serve 40 months in federal prison for possessing more than 31,000 images of child pornography and 400 movies on his home computers depicting children being sexually exploited:

Man gets 40-month sentence in child porn case: Ronald Schaeffer had more than 31,000 images on his two home computers

An archivist for Bishop Museum was ordered to serve 40 months in federal prison for possessing more than 31,000 images of child pornography and 400 movies on his home computers depicting children being sexually exploited.

Ronald Schaeffer, 57, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last year to one count of possessing child pornography. He apologized yesterday to the court for his conduct, attributing it to an "overabundance of free time, idle curiosity and a dearth of good judgment."

But U.S. District Judge David Ezra said he was concerned that Schaeffer went from collecting still images of child pornography to movies of children being sexually exploited.

"Make no mistake about this, there were victims in this case," Ezra said.

By downloading the images and movies, Schaeffer helped feed a "very sick, despicable industry."

"Without people like him engaged in this activity, there would be no reason for people to supply," Ezra said.

Assistant federal defender Shanlyn Park had argued that while Schaeffer understands the seriousness of his conduct and the "horrific nature of the crime itself," there was no evidence that he was involved in producing pornographic materials or molested any child.

Schaeffer, a former member of the Peace Corps and former nurse, has no significant criminal record and has a history of stable employment and involvement in community health outreach programs, she said.

From the beginning, Schaeffer accepted responsibility, did not minimize his conduct and has learned from this experience, Park said. His family and friends continue to support him, describing him as honest, dependable and displaying no improper or offensive conduct, she said, citing letters written on his behalf.

Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2006/01/19/news/story11.html

He worked at Bishop Museum. It would NOT surprise me if they knew about it since they do possess STOLEN ITEMS that belong to the Hawaiian PEOPLE. (Damn thiefs!) In addition I feel bad for the children involved. It's despicable! Seriously... it makes me nauseous when anyone hurts a child.

If only Judge Ezra would also send some people at Bishop Museum like CEO and President BILL BROWN to jail for possessing stolen goods. Theft and perhaps fraud too. Now THAT would be awesome.


Poetry in motion

I have seen some gorgeous gorgeous men throughout my life and while my husband is Haole LOL I still have a soft spot for Hawaiian men especially if they know how to treat Hawaiian women. You know... with respect LOL In any case I read this article in today's paper and saw these pics (from the Honolulu Advertiser):

Seen at http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060119/LIFE/601190302/1076

Though I am not sure if this particular man is Hawaiian nor if he is mahu or not... Hawaiian men are poetry in motion to me. Especially if they are nice to me *LOL* Anyway I like the picture above. It shows so little yet so much simultaneously.

*drool* even if I don't know if he is mahu or not :P

Anyway my best-est friend in the world is a Hawaiian male and so far he has TOTALLY respected me. I am very lucky to have him in my life as well as my second bestest friend in the world who also happens to be a Hawaiian male. I am very very fortunate.


More on Eddie Ayau

This is a photo of him upon his recent release from jail:

Edward Ayau left the federal courthouse yesterday with wife Kainani Kahounaele after being released from federal custody.

Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2006/01/18/news/story07.html

Ayau out of prison as groups agree to start mediation

By Debra Barayuga

Opposing groups embroiled in litigation over the reburial of Hawaiian artifacts in two Big Island caves say they are committed to settling their differences "in good faith," following the release of one of the group's leaders from federal prison.

U.S. District Judge David Ezra ordered the release of Edward Halealoha Ayau, po'o or executive director of Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei, from prison into home confinement following a hearing yesterday in which the parties notified the court of their intent to mediate and settle the case.

Ezra ordered Ayau to prison Dec. 27 after he refused to reveal to the court the exact location of the 83 artifacts that Hui Malama contends they reburied in February 2000.

"We were ready for mediation from day one," said a subdued Ayau, moments after exiting the federal courthouse hand-in-hand with his wife and flanked by Hui Malama attorneys. "It would have been our preferred mode of dealing with this."

Sherry Broder, attorney for two groups that sued Hui Malama last year, said they hope to proceed "in good faith" and hopes Hui Malama does the same.

"We felt it was very appropriate to agree to allow the court to pick the two mediators so we'll be proceeding and welcome the opportunity to go ahead," Broder said.

U.S. Magistrate Kevin Chang, appointed by Ezra to oversee the litigation, announced that he had selected Nainoa Thompson, Kamehameha Schools trustee and renowned Hawaiian navigator, and Earl Kawaa, coordinator for an early childhood family education program in Waimanalo, to mediate. Both have indicated their willingness to participate, Chang said.

The parties were unable to agree on who would serve as mediators and left it up to the court to decide after submitting suggestions.

Ezra, who had indicated at a Jan. 5 hearing that he would reconsider Ayau's detention if it appeared that progress was being made toward a resolution, said that circumstances have changed in Hui Malama's apparent willingness to participate in mediation.

As a matter of basic fairness and to allow Hui Malama to participate on a level playing field, their executive director needs to participate in the discussions, Ezra said. "I think it would be helpful for the negotiations to allow Mr. Ayau to attend."

The purpose of putting Ayau in prison was not to punish him, "but to gain compliance and to some extent, we're moving to that end," Ezra said.

Only the parties in the litigation will be involved in the discussions, not all 14 claimants as initially thought.

Two claimants, the Royal Hawaiian Academy of Traditional Arts and Na Lei Alii Kawananakoa sued Hui Malama last year seeking a return of the items so that all 14 claimants can decide what should happen to them.

In 2000, Bishop Museum turned over the items to Hui Malama on a "one-year loan." The group, which was founded in 1989 to reclaim native Hawaiian remains and funerary objects from museums and construction sites, has repeatedly refused to return them, saying they were reburied in accordance with the wishes of the kupuna and were not meant for public display. They say returning the objects violates their religious and cultural beliefs and amounts to desecration.

The parties are familiar with Thompson, who has been a vocal advocate on native Hawaiian issues, more recently the Kamehameha Schools' efforts to uphold the private school's Hawaiians-only preference policy. But they are less familiar with Kawaa, who has worked for a Kamehameha Schools' outreach program since he was hired in June 2004.

Kawaa is site coordinator and Family Education specialist for the Hi'ilani Program at Waimanalo, which provides a variety of services to children and families, prenatal to age 3, said Kekoa Paulsen, spokesman for Kamehameha Schools.

Hi'ilani began providing services in December 2004 in Waimanalo and has served 81 families with a variety of programs, including parent and prenatal education and early childhood screening.

Hui Malama attorney Alan Murakami said he met Kawaa years ago when Kawaa worked for the Queen Liliuokalani Children's Center as a liaison with Hawaiian communities. Kawaa was also involved with homeless issues, assisting homeless families who were being evicted from Waimanalo Beach a couple of decades ago, he said.

Neither Thompson nor Kawaa could be reached for comment.

Murakami said he hopes the parties to the lawsuit, which includes Bishop Museum, could begin meeting early next week with the appointed mediators. They still need to work out parameters for the talks and are not entering the discussions with any preconceived notions about how it ought to work.

My question is... why is Bishop Museum involved with the mediation when they are the thieves? Or... possess stolen goods? Just saying. Bishop Musuem SUCKS. That is, they twisted Charles Reed Bishop's wish to make it into a money making machine. It's obvious that I am against people making any money off of the iwi and/or off of the oiwi. Hands off! And that is why I fully support Eddie Ayau trying to protect the iwi and thus trying to protect the oiwi.

That is... he is a good role model IF you understand him and I think I understand him. Just saying....