50 percent said they believe Americans on the continental United States respect Native Hawaiians and their opinions.
In the morning plenary session, writer and filmmaker Tom Coffman provided the most comprehensive historical background of contemporary Hawai'i...
(No, Coffman provided the Gramscian propaganda version of Hawaii history. Comprehensive, it was not. One-sided is more accurate.)
...acknowledging both the positive effect statehood had on ensuring social, political and economic opportunities for Hawai'i citizens and the challenge of confronting "the deeply hurtful hidden aspects of history." In discussing the pending Akaka bill, Coffman concluded: "The state of Hawai'i in its current configuration may be temporal but Hawai'i is timeless." (In other words, sovereignty was never given up, independence is coming. Of course, Tsai wrote this.)
Tsai did not record that the next speaker got up and started with, "We'll, I am celebrating."
Maui News: Shouts, stamps mark statehood, Hawaii leaders cautious to use ‘commemorate’ over ‘celebrate’
Idiot brainwashed college kids, at least one confused European tourist, and RCPers deface US flag in front of Honolulu Convention Center and the whole state is expected to concern itself with their opinion. BTW, Jean Stavrue, with the scissors, is a counselor at LCC-W. Your tax dollars at work.
SB: Protesters decry overthrow of kingdom
One of the organizers, Hayden Burgess, also known as Poka Laenui, spoke to the group before the march and asked demonstrators to remain peaceful and leave potential hecklers alone. Laenui said he expected only 10 to 20 people, "so it's already a success." Lorenz Gonschor, a German native who has lived in Hawaii for six years, joined demonstrators at Ala Moana Beach Park after researching Hawaii's political history.
Maui GMO taro ban proposal goes to full council
The committee was unable to arrive at a consensus even after hearing dozens of testifiers and receiving hundreds of e-mails in support, said Council Member Bill Medeiros, who grew up in Hana eating taro and introduced the ban. It is essential to protect the sacred and healthful staple of the Native Hawaiian people, he argued.
However, Mayor Charmaine Tavares appears to be lukewarm to Medeiros' plan to protect taro.
The mayor sent a letter to the committee, stating that she does not support a ban against genetic modification of taro, at least for now. Tavares said the law would be unenforceable because there are no "reputable scientific tests" to distinguish between authentic and genetically modified taro.
TOTALLY RELATED: UH cared for HALOA for 104 years with no help from any activists , The Future of Fraud
New health complex in Hana step closer to reality, but some residents against it
The Hana Community Health and Wellness Village plan includes an expansion of the existing health center, senior housing, a nutritional training center, a conferencing and technology center, administrative offices, a traditional cultural healing center, a physical therapy and fitness center and employee housing.
Other components of the project have been eliminated in response to community objections, including a pool, "wellness cottages," a maintenance building and a laundry room. The fitness center and technology center also were reduced in size. Critics had said some of those elements made the project seem more like a spa retreat for nonresidents than a medical center for the community.
Hana Health has applied for a change in zoning from "interim" to "public/quasi-public," and a state district boundary amendment from "agricultural" to "rural."
Council members voting to recommend the land-use changes acknowledged the community division over the proposal, but said it was time to move on with the project that already has been under review for several years.
Lewin: Health care reform benefits Isles
Newsflash: Former Democrat Gubernatorial candidate and Waihee appointee likes Obamacare. Dog bites man.
He kupa hānau o ka 'āina? UH Hawaiian Studies goes "Birther", gets space in Star-Bulletin
Synopsis: Since Hawai'i was never legally annexed to the U.S., but is currently under U.S. occupation, the fact that Barack Obama was born here in Hawai'i calls his presidency into question because, under the laws of occupation, he cannot be a natural-born U.S. citizen.
(And yes, Hawaii WAS legally annexed. Wash, rinse, repeat.)
Mainland prisons cheap but problematic
The cost of housing an inmate at Hawaii's Women's Community Correctional Center is $86 a day, compared with $58.46 a day at the private Kentucky facility. That may be due to the low pay at Corrections Corp. of America's Otter Creek, low even by Kentucky standards. A federal prison in Kentucky pays workers with no experience at least $18 an hour, while Otter Creek pays $8.25 an hour, and nearby Kentucky state-run prisons pay $9.22, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
(Just another blast of HGEA job trust propaganda. If the KY workers are so underpaid, why do the inmates consistently rate the CCA programs as vastly superior to those in Hawaii? When the unions don't run the prison as a job trust, the prison can actually do some rehabilitation. Amazing.)
Shipping antitrust lawsuit dismissed
One of the plaintiffs, Aloha Agricultural Consultants Inc., had filed an action saying Matson's and Horizon's surcharges were an identical 1.75 percent when they were introduced in 1999 and had been raised 27 times at the same levels.
But in dismissing the cases, District Court Judge Thomas Zilly noted a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that said the practice of raising prices in lockstep by firms in a concentrated market was not in itself unlawful and must be accompanied by enough factual matter to suggest a pact between the two shipping lines existed.
The class-action lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning the plaintiffs could amend their lawsuit with claims that aren't barred by the Filed Rate Doctrine and are otherwise consistent with Zilly's dismissal order.
DLNR officer returned to duties
The officer, a four-year employee of DLNR, had been placed on administrative leave after the department received nine written complaints about him last year.
The officer will return to his field patrol duties, DLNR said.
At a Pig Hunters Association meeting in November, dozens of hunters and fishermen said he was overbearing and harassed people. Some accused the officer of drawing his weapon on children, ordering people to take off their clothes and threatening people.
"It appears that several complaints were registered by individuals who were caught violating the law and that many of the complaints were based upon their disagreement with the laws protecting Hawai'i's resources," Thielen said in a news release.
The two people who said they were ordered to take off their clothes withdrew their complaint after being informed the department had audio records of the incident, Thielen said.
In another case, the officer drew his gun in the "low ready" position in the presence of children who were with seven unleashed hunting dogs, Thielen said. Once the dogs were secured, the officer holstered his weapon, witnesses told DLNR.
Ethics panel runs out of field audit funds
The state Ethics Commission says it only had enough money to complete field audits of about 30 of the public financial interests disclosure statements filed by some 168 high-ranking state officials.
Pine Trees: Residents turn out in force at meeting
More than 400 people attended the informational meeting regarding safety and access to the popular Pine Trees surf spot and Kohanaiki area Friday evening at the Kealakehe High School cafeteria that was attended by representatives from the state's departments of Transportation and Business, Economic Development and Tourism, as well as state Sen. Josh Green D-North Kona, Honokohau, Kailua-Kona and Keauhou, state Rep. Cindy Evans, D-North Kona, South Kohala, and state Rep. Denny Coffman, D-North Kona, Honokohau, Kailua-Kona and Keauhou.
(400 people over NELHA closing a gate due to lack of security funding.)