Also note that I fully support Ayau because he is trying to protect the iwi:
Photo of Edward Halealoha Ayau
Leader of Native Hawaiian Group Jailed for Contempt
Dec 28, 2005, 07:00 PM EST
HONOLULU (KHNL) The executive director of the Native Hawaiian organization Hui Malama is in federal custody today. And Edward Ayau will stay behind bars until the location of more than 80 Hawaiian cultural artifacts is revealed.
Judge David Ezra called this a sad day for him as he reminded the courtroom this is a case of Native Hawaiians suing Native Hawaiians.
Despite this ruling, the group says it has no intention of giving the judge what he wants.
"I took those kupuna and i put them back where they belong" said one demonstrator.
"I did it too, all of us" said another.
Defiant Native Hawaiians say know where 83 Hawaiian cultural artifacts were placed, but they'll never tell.
"That's not something we divulge. That's one of the secrets we have. And it will always be a secret with us." said Pualani Kanahele Kanakaole.
Members of Hui Malama say the federal courts can hold their executive director Edward Ayau in custody indefinitely and they still won't budge.
"It is not possible for a Hui Malama member, with the purposes for which they were organized to reveal this information. It is absolutely against their conscience." said Alan Murakami, attorney for Hui Malama.
Supporters say the courts don't understand Hui Malama's cultural practices.
"I believe there are laws against grave robbing. It's an American law it's a Hawaiian law against grave robbing." said Lilikala Kamaleihiwa of the Center for Hawaiian Studies.
Members of Hui Malama say they now consider Ayau to be a martyr and the are even more determined to stick to their position.
Hui Malama borrowed the artifacts from the Bishop Museum five years ago and say they'll never be returned. Judge Ezra did find three other supporters of Hui Malama in contempt, but they were not jailed.
Seen at http://www.khnl.com/Global/story.asp?S=4291091
He has the right to remain silent. Then again this epitomizes how shitty the U.S. government treats Hawaiians. I've known this ever since I was a little girl and I know that many people are surprised that I still think this partly because I married a Haole dude and because I "own" three properties now but if something is wrong I not going lie about it. In this case... the way that they are treating Eddie Ayau is wrong. He is NOT a criminal though I know that they are trying to make a criminal out of him. That is what they usually do to try to stop some people so that they can try to get rid of you. Anyway I don't appreciate the way that our government (the U.S. government) is treating Eddie Ayau. It's hewa... or "wrong."
It also shows how the U.S. government is trying to act as though it has jurisdiction in Hawaii. It does not. Instead the U.S. is illegally occupying Hawaii and the Nation of Hawaii still exists. It's just not officially recognized by the U.S. which is convenient for them to do so but that does not mean that it does not exist. Theoretically this means that the U.S. should get out of our country (the Kingdom of Hawaii.) How you like dat. Also I don't advocate violence but if other Hawaiians start getting pissed off then I am not sure that I will be able to stop them because they can be vicious. Once again... the past is prologue and I am afraid that what some Hawaiians did to Captain James Cook will happen again. Unfortunately... that is what I predict. That there will be some or a few Hawaiians who will resort to violence soon because they feel as though they are not being heard. I predict that it will be someone like Sonny Banks. (I could not find much online written about him but that does not surprise me because most if not all indigenous cultures have oral histories... not written histories like there are in the Haole Worlds.) That is, a mixed breed. The significant difference will be that he will be Hawaiian and Haole. Again... the past is prologue.
Anyway I'm sending out the copy of the petition today. In the Haole World I use my Haole name. In the Hawaiian World I use my Hawaiian name. Unfortunately the two worlds are colliding right now and I have to use both my Haole name and my Hawaiian name which makes me laugh because some people are unaccustomed to it but it's normal for Hawaiians to have a Haole name and a Hawaiian name so I am not special in any way *L* Anyway it should get to him in five days or so. That is how long it takes for mail to travel from the East Coast to Hawaii. Long huh.