ANYWAY Eric Poohina is right: Hawaiians who are homeless are living on their land. They "own" it yet the irony is that cops kick them out on behalf of the state of Hawai'i and threaten them with the possibility of arrest. I wish more people (including myself) would think like him. You know... outside of the box... outside of their paradigm. Anyway I like his letter:
Homeless are living on kingdom land
Regarding the March 14 article on Act 50: The attorneys for the state and the American Civil Liberties Union both quote the U.S. Constitution. None of them understand (or they refuse to understand) that the so-called public parks the homeless people are squatting on is part of the Crown and Hawaiian kingdom government national land base. If the U.S. Constitution that the attorneys both valiantly uphold as sacred doesn't address the private property rights of the Hawaiian kanaka maoli people, then the U.S. Constitution isn't worth the paper its printed on.
The only people with the inherent right to live on the land are the Hawaiian kanaka maoli people because they have the vested interest and the title to the aina. Before the illegal overthrow of 1893 by the United States, the Hawaiian kingdom had a very sophisticated land tenure system called the mahele, which the U.S. courts in Hawaii still maintain today.
Cross-posted to hawaiians