For my family and friends ™ (haolegirl) wrote,
For my family and friends ™

We have the right to remain silent... as well as the right to Oni pa a.

We have the right to remain silent. Unfortunately Hawaiians live in a parallel world where citizenship with the United States was forced upon us. Me personally... I am a dual citizen: Of the U.S. and of the Kingdom of Hawaii. This means that we have many many rights. One of them is that we have the right to remain silent under U.S. law as well as the right to oni pa a or... "to stand firm in what you believe in." Thus this story about a Hawaiian man, Edward Halealoha Ayau, who has a right to remain silent and not say or do anything that will be used against him in the court of law. Then again... he already knows that and I think his actions are setting a precedence and will push the envelope in terms of how the U.S. government treats Hawaiians. Fortunately MSNBC covered it which I found surprising but it's about damn time! LOL

Also each and every Hawaiian has civil rights which seems to be lost in Suganuma and Kawananakoa's claims. They have rights too... and so does Eddie Ayau. Anyway here is another story by a national medium, MSNBC:

"We did the honorable thing:"

Hawaiian man jailed after refusing to reveal location of missing artifacts

HONOLULU - A federal judge on Tuesday found four leaders of a Hawaiian group in contempt of court for refusing to disclose where they buried native Hawaiian artifacts borrowed from a museum.

Edward Halealoha Ayau, executive director of a group dedicated to the proper treatment of ancestral remains, was taken into federal custody after refusing the judge’s order to reveal the exact location of the 83 artifacts borrowed from the Bishop Museum.

“We did the honorable thing,” Ayau told Chief U.S. District Judge David Ezra.

The judge ordered Ayau to be held until he or others return the ancient objects or come forward with their location. Board members William Aila, Pualani Kanahele and Antoinette Freitas also were found in contempt but not jailed. All four belong to the group known as Hui Malama I Na Kupuna O Hawaii Nei.

The group has told the court that the items — including a human-hair wig, containers with human teeth and carved wooden statuettes of family gods — have been buried and sealed. But Ezra said Tuesday the court needs a more precise location to better preserve and protect the artifacts.

Group members allege the artifacts were looted from a cave by an archaeologist in 1905 and illegally sold to the museum. The group argued that it has simply put the items back where they belong, but 13 other groups also claim ownership of the objects.

Sherry Broder, an attorney for the groups Na Lei Alii Kawananakoa and the Royal Hawaiian Academy of Traditional Arts, which sued for the objects’ return, said Ezra already had bent over backward to accommodate members of Hui Malama.

Emotions high at hearing

Hui Malama’s supporters shouted and wept as the hearing closed, and Ezra ordered everyone but reporters to leave.

The judge ordered a man named Kihei Nahalea to spend five days in jail for contempt of court for shouting out as he left the courtroom. A crowd then gathered just outside the courtroom and began wailing plaintive Hawaiian chants.


It's great when someone stands up for what they believe in. He really epitomizes the Hawaiian word, "Oni pa a," which can mean "Stand firm in what you believe in." I like that characteristic and I like that about Eddie Ayau. I give him my vote of confidence and I predict that he will exercise his right to remain silent. And as much as I do not like how our government (U.S. government) mistreats Hawaiians I still love what this country stands for (i.e. life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness) and what the constitution guarantees to us. For that... I am grateful but still... Eddie Ayau has rights too. Just saying for the 10th time or so....

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