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Monday, November 26, 2012
Letters to the Editor, November, 2012
By Letters to the Editor @ 1:17 PM :: 13513 Views


Nanakuli: The truth about the pim

Dear Editor,       November 26, 2012

I see you posted an article about the removal of pim (park designation) for PVT landfill. You should commend Ernie Martin for making a wrong right. Mufi Hannemann fast tracked and put that pim on private land for a reason. He tried to block PVT which is a very honest company to help his friend the Ironworkers George Paris to open up another landfill down the road in an old rock quarry.   By Mufi putting the pim, they can say they want another building material landfill. Tom Berg’s campaign manager Kimo Kelii and his son who works with Tom was all part of this scam and was on neighborhood board when this happened. They broke sunshine law never let the public know about this pim.

Why do you think he fast tracked this thru the neighborhood boards?  Then right after they put the pim the admin said they don't have money for the park.  Second you should never condemn private land.

Mufi and the unions lied about this park from day one. This has nothing to do with Waimanalo Gulch they don't take the same kind of rubbish. Watch tomorrow you will see the iron workers Mel Kahele who works for the iron workers testifying. Be careful what people tell you on this one Ernie is going against all the unions to do what is right. This park has been a lie from day one. Ernie removing this pim will help the community truly get a park because now they can find a place and also they can use money's to fix the parks they have vs making a fake pim.

I am a Republican and I live in Nanakuli and this is the truth we all know what Mufi did and why he put this pim. I can't say I agree with Ernie Martin all the time but this he did right.

Jane Lee

Nanakuli, Oahu

Related: Ernie Martin: Cancel Nanakuli Park to Make Way for PVT Landfill

Honolulu Council Special Election: Mel Kahele, Waimanalo Gulch, and other baggage


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“OHA Under Attack from Out of State” is an Irresponsible Claim

Dear Editor,  November 24, 2012

The Star-Advertiser ran a guest editorial by Derek Kauanoe on November 18, 2012 entitled “OHA Under Attack by Out of State Interests.”  Nowhere in the article is any person or group specifically identified as the out of state interest referred to in the title because there is no such party.  Instead, the article insinuates that OHA must be under attack because some donations from individuals residing out of state were made to my 2012 campaign to become an OHA Trustee-at-large.  What  the article fails to reveal is that the amount in question, contributed by 9 individuals currently away from Hawaii, is only $3,725, hardly enough to constitute a threat to OHA.  Furthermore, $600 of this amount was given by 5 of my relatives and personal friends, and $3,125 was given by 4 individuals who either grew up in Hawaii or studied at the University of Hawaii and are now working on the mainland and overseas.  Yes, follow the money; the money contributed by these individuals represents, not an attack upon OHA or Hawaiians, but an investment and return to our State by people who carry the Aloha spirit across the world.   The article goes on and cites opinions about OHA from some unspecified contributors to my campaign and suggests inaccurately that they must therefore be my opinions or positions.  To this, I simply refer readers to my campaign website ( for accurate and authorized statements of where I stand.

The claim that OHA is under out of state attack is irresponsible because of the damage it does to the public square where ideas should be debated robustly and on the basis of fact, not on the basis of fears of some unseen enemy.   To falsely associate a Trustee candidate with an attack upon OHA may be a veiled attempt to incite fear and reaction amongst Hawaiians for the shallow purpose of political gain.  Unfortunately, this kind of politics and journalism, which fails to base its claims on fact, tears apart the social fabric and generates racial disunity.  That is why I continue to campaign for the Hawaiian way of Aloha – Aloha for everyone.

Dr. Keli’i Akina

Honolulu, Oahu



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