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Monday, March 25, 2013
Valor with Honor – Screening and Discussion with Director Burt Takeuchi
By News Release @ 1:50 PM :: 6073 Views :: Hawaii History, Military
Comprising more than 35 interviews with Japanese-American veterans who served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II, Valor With Honor tells the amazing story....
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
VIDEO: HCDA Bulldozes Ancient Hawaiian Trails for Solar Farm
By John Bond @ 10:53 PM :: 11471 Views :: Energy, Hawaii History, OHA

...huge wide roads were bulldozed through these Hawaiian sites causing massive, irreparable damage to the ancient Kualaka'i trail that is many hundreds if not one thousand years old....

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Monday, March 18: Hawaii Statehood
By Selected News Articles @ 2:03 PM :: 5099 Views :: Hawaii History

On this date in 1959, President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Hawaii Statehood Bill ....

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Our American Triumph: Civil Rights and Hawaii Statehood
By Ryan Yasukawa @ 12:08 AM :: 31751 Views :: Hawaii History

The politics of the civil rights struggle has much in common with Hawai`i’s path to statehood....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Obama Skips Inouye in Memoirs
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 PM :: 7218 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians

Obama spent most of the speech describing his own impressions of Inouye....

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Seniority? Hawaii is better off without it
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 PM :: 8047 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians

"The lesson for everybody is you don't want your town to turn into this."

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Is Abercrombie Vitousek?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:29 PM :: 11030 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Politicians

The fight between Hanabusa and Hirono over Inouye’s seat is the latest flare-up of the battle between old-boys and progressives within the Democratic Party....

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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Hawaiian Culture: "All politics was religious and all religions were political"
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 PM :: 8113 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

The notion that religion belongs in the realm of governance has its origins in the host culture, said Lilikala Kame‘eleihiwa, professor at the Kamakakuokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
Remembrance Ceremony for Senator Daniel K. Inouye
By News Release @ 12:02 AM :: 5112 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians

On Saturday, Dec. 22, Senator Inouye will lie in state from 5 p.m. to midnight in the State Capitol Rotunda. A short program will commence with the arrival of the senator’s casket....

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Monday, December 17, 2012
Senator Daniel Inouye Dies at 88
By Selected News Articles @ 5:21 PM :: 7792 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Hawaii History

Inouye died of respiratory complications at 5:01 p.m. EST (12:01 HST) Monday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, his office said....

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Saturday, December 8, 2012
Honolulu City Council to Honor December 7 Vets at Ewa Field
By John Bond @ 1:55 AM :: 7815 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii History, Military

Saturday morning at Ewa Field on Saturday, December 8, at 9 AM....

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012
How HMSA Used Health Care Advisory Council to Establish Medical Monopoly
By Selected News Articles @ 7:01 PM :: 10428 Views :: Hawaii History, Health Care

Governor Linda Lingle signed, SB 665 SDI HD2 CD1 which prohibits "a person representing a health maintenance organization under chapter 4320, a mutual benefit society issuing individual and group hospital or medical service plans under chapter 432, or any other health care organization" from membership on the Council....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
New Website: The Real Hanabusa
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 8646 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii History, Politicians

Meet The Real Hanabusa for yourself at TheRealHanabusa.com....

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Monday, June 11, 2012
Kamehameha Day: Abercrombie, Hirono, Akaka, Inouye sending Hawaiians to tribalism?
By Andrew Walden @ 10:37 AM :: 16156 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History

Kamehameha between 1782 and 1810 united the islands into the Hawaiian Kingdom, created the Hawaiian nationality and a national state from competing Polynesian groups, who themselves had been feudal--not tribal--for as much as 500 years....

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Saturday, June 2, 2012
Book: Obama's Puck's Alley Drug Dealer Killed by Gay Lover
By Selected News Articles @ 9:19 PM :: 18647 Views :: Hawaii History, Drugs, Obama

(Ray) was a long-haired haole hippie who worked at the Mama Mia Pizza Parlor not far from Punahou and lived in a dilapidated bus ....

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Saturday, April 28, 2012
The History of Natural Gas in Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 4:20 PM :: 15939 Views :: Energy, Hawaii History, Jones Act

In response to my article, a reader asks: “We get all the natural gas we need now. How does it get here? The article makes it sound impossible, but it’s here.”

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Sneak Attack: Re-write of Pearl Harbor History Awaits Death of WW2 Veterans
By Selected News Articles @ 6:41 AM :: 27900 Views :: Hawaii History, Higher Education, Military

...it is the role of academics to "correct" ... history. As one organizer commented, this will be more easily accomplished once the WWII generation has passed away. Another wrote, "America's nostalgic war memories are beginning to fray around the edges"....

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Kalapa: History of the Hawaii GE Tax
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 7:23 PM :: 10178 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

Initially set at a rate of 1.5%, it rose to a rate of 2% during the war years, and then just prior to statehood in 1959 to a retail rate of 3.5%. ...the retail rate was increased in 4% in 1965....

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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Sovereignty Mortgage Scammer Keanu Sai at it again with help from Legislators, Maui Council, University
By Andrew Walden @ 4:56 PM :: 46231 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Ethics, Hawaii History, Law Enforcement, OHA

Do the math. Sai and Gumapac have 300 “customers”. Perfect Title had 400 victims. The Maui-based Ventura-Oliver sovereignty mortgage scammers now on trial had about 300 alleged victims. That is 1000 native Hawaiian households who have allegedly fallen victim to these three alleged scams. ...amounting to 2.3% of all native Hawaiian home-owning households.

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Monday, June 6, 2011
Sun Yat-Sen Hawaii Birth Certificate causes Trouble in Taipei
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 PM :: 15601 Views :: Hawaii History

...because he had trouble entering the United States due to that country's Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the US immigration authorities decided to issue a document in 1904 that says Sun was born in Honolulu and has US citizenship....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Brookings: Muslims expel reformer from Manoa mosque, claim Arabs discovered Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 9:25 PM :: 25272 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

...he showed us the manuscript of Islam: A Religion of Peace? in which he points to the “negative” verses in the Quran and argues for their removal. “We should reject the earlier part of the Quran and use only the end part,” he told us, noting the community calls him a kafir (non-believer)....

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Dismissed in Federal Court, Convicted Felon Keanu Sai fails in effort to seize control of Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:36 AM :: 11022 Views :: Hawaii History

"The federal courts have long recognized that the determination of sovereignty over a territory is fundamentally a political question beyond the jurisdiction of the courts."

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Friday, February 25, 2011
Hawaii Legislature honored Mao Zedong collaborator
By Andrew Walden @ 7:46 PM :: 10956 Views :: Hawaii History

Ariyoshi, as editor of the ILWU’s communist line Honolulu Record weekly paper between 1948 and 1958, employed a columnist named Frank Marshall Davis--also a Communist party member--who would in the mid-1970s become a mentor to a kid named Barack Obama....

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Thursday, February 17, 2011
Flashback: East-West Center hammered for “sustained, biased and politically-motivated attack on World War II veterans”
By Selected News Articles @ 8:40 PM :: 16489 Views :: Hawaii History, Higher Education, Military

What you are observing below is the beginning of what will become a sustained campaign to re-write the history of “The Good War” and “The Greatest Generation” to fit the mold of social-democratic propaganda.  BTW: Dan Inouye is paying for all of this….

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Thursday, January 27, 2011
Beyond Marriage The Confession: Hawaii Gay marriage advocates let the polyamorous cat out of the bag
By Andrew Walden @ 3:41 PM :: 23423 Views :: Family, Hawaii History

Do you think that gay marriage advocates just want ‘equality’--they just want to have same-sex marriages made legally equivalent to traditional marriage? 

According to the activists themselves, you’re wrong....   

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Fred Rohlfing’s Island Son Presents an Alternative View of Hawaii Politics
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 10583 Views :: Hawaii History, Republican Party

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Sunday, July 18, 2010
Abercrombie denies membership in Democratic Socialists of America, blames ‘birthers’
By Andrew Walden @ 4:36 PM :: 15396 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Politicians

Neil Abercrombie’s campaign is responding to reports that Abercrombie has been a secret member of the Democratic Socialists of America.

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Monday, July 12, 2010
Neil Abercrombie: Secret member of Democratic Socialists of America?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:37 AM :: 18809 Views :: Democratic Party, Hawaii History, Politicians

  DSA's Democratic Left Nov./Dec. 1990, page 4

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Tuesday, June 15, 2010
House votes to annex Hawaii, June 15, 1898
By Selected News Articles @ 11:43 AM :: 7887 Views :: Hawaii History

On this day in 1898, the House approved Senate Joint Resolution 55 providing for the annexation of Hawaii as a U.S. territory. At the time, Hawaii was an independent republic. The vote was 209-91.

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Monday, April 12, 2010
Larry Mehau supporting Neil Abercrombie
By Andrew Walden @ 10:06 PM :: 26395 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Hawaii History, Politicians

A campaign banner touting Hannemann’s Democratic Primary opponent, former Congressman Neil Abercrombie, now hangs prominently from the front gate at the Honokaa ranch of Larry Mehau.  Mehau was a key figure in the 1990s “Broken Trust” scandal at Kamehameha Schools, collecting $40,000 a month for “security” at the Kamehameha campus and more for the “protection” of Big Island Kamehameha lands . . . .

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Monday, February 22, 2010
Reservation for a Broken Trust?
By Andrew Walden @ 12:07 AM :: 23541 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, Hawaii History

Contrary to popular opinion, Indian reservations have a history in Hawaii. An Oct. 12, 1999, article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin describes the efforts of Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate (KSBE) trustees in 1995 to evade oversight of their corrupt doings. The Trustees’ self-serving investments caused losses of $264,090,257 in 1994 alone. To avoid scrutiny, they considered moving KSBE corporate headquarters out of Hawaii to the windswept plains of the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian reservation in South Dakota.

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Meheula memo questions Ed Case's record on Hawaiian entitlements
By Andrew Walden @ 5:19 PM :: 13415 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, OHA, Politicians

Meheula’s memo says: “In the late 1990s, when Ed Case was chairman of the State House Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, he repeatedly acted to reduce Native Hawaiian benefits, rights and revenues…. In the 1998 legislative session, Mr. Case proposed the 123-page ‘Native Hawaiian Autonomy Act.’ The Act would have terminated OHA and the Hawaiian Home Lands program, denied Native Hawaiians the right to self-determination and federal recognition, and reduced State liabilities to Native Hawaiians. The Act stated that its purpose is to stop the ‘continued dependence by native Hawaiians on others which prevents the development of the full potential of the native Hawaiian people.’”

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Monday, December 14, 2009
Cayetano: Hanabusa's Broken Trust connections lead to Ko Olina
By Andrew Walden @ 12:09 PM :: 49830 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Hawaii History, Politicians

 

SB Photo 1999: Jeff Stone's sister Mari Stone Wong and his then-brother-in-law, ousted Bishop Estate Trustee Dickie Wong, needn`t be as worried as they look--they're on trial in the courtroom of Judge Michael Town.

About Hanabusa's 2002 push for developer Jeff Stone to receive $75 million in Ko Olina tax credits, Cayetano writes:

"As I watched all of this, I wondered if there were any legislators who had the guts to ask the hard questions.  There was not a peep from the Democrats--or from conservative Republicans like Slom and Hemmings who had made careers in opposing social programs for the needy, or from young legislators who were learning quickly the politics of "going along to get along."  The only legislators who raised questions about the credibility of Stone's claims were Republicans Charles Djou of O`ahu and Jim Rath of Kona, Hawai`i."

If Hanabusa enters the congressional race and defeats Democrat Ed Case in the Primary, she will face off with Charles Djou in the General Election next November.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Secular Humanists push back against St Damien
By Andrew Walden @ 6:33 PM :: 16715 Views :: Hawaii History, Religion

First they come so subtly as to barely elicit notice; bundled in thick layers of effusive praise for Hawaii’s newly canonized Saint Damien.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Why Hawaii Lost the Superferry
By Selected News Articles @ 7:27 PM :: 23930 Views :: Hawaii History, Jones Act, Judiciary, Politicians

Last year, instead of enacting a law stating that the Supreme Court was wrong, the Legislature adopted special legislation exempting the Superferry pending completion of an environmental impact statement. The Supreme Court’s recent decision correctly struck down that exemption as violating the Hawaii constitutional prohibition against legislative special treatment for special interests.

The governor and Legislature were then handed a second opportunity to make the law pono by saying what everyone believed. The Legislature could enact simple language, such as the following which I recommended to the legislative leadership in March 2009, making clear that our environmental laws do not extend to "secondary" impacts:

"Significant effect" does not include or require consideration of “secondary impacts” on the environment that may result from government action. This latter provision is retroactive to enactment of this chapter.

By doing so, the law would state what everyone always believed it meant and the Superferry would have been allowed to continue providing essential transportation to Hawaii's citizens and competition to interisland airlines.

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Sunday, June 14, 2009
Obama's Other Controversial Church
By Andrew Walden @ 12:01 AM :: 30343 Views :: Family, Hawaii History, Military, Religion

While John McCain was being tortured as a prisoner of war in Hanoi, First Unitarian Church of Honolulu -- at which the elementary-age Obama would later attend Sunday school after returning from Indonesia in 1970 or 71 -- was sheltering deserters and AWOLs recruited by ‘flirty fishing' coeds from a Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) group known as "The Resistance".  The deserters' exploits were front page news for months on end in mid-1969 Honolulu.  They were also proudly trumpeted by the Honolulu SDS tabloid, "The Roach". 

The contrast between the war hero POW and the Obama deserters' church would have made a pretty good campaign commercial.  But nobody in Honolulu spoke up to claim Obama's First Unitarian connection until after Election Day. 

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Obama's Muslim Roots: What a difference a year makes
By Andrew Walden @ 8:57 PM :: 15714 Views :: Akaka Bill, Ethics, Hawaii History

Speaking in Turkey, April 6, President Obama claimed: "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation."  This is not new.  Obama has delivered similar remarks going back to at least 2008.  These are usually coupled with "we are not a (or--We are also a) Jewish nation, Muslim nation, Buddhist nation, nation of unbelievers, etc"  

But in Germany June 3, as he prepared to travel to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Obama changed his meme--announcing "The US is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world.”

Toby Harnden of the UK Telegraph writes:

As ABC's Jake Tapper and Sunlen Miller astutely outline here, the Obama administration is embracing the new president's inner Muslim, as it were. Deputy national security adviser stated that Obama had "experienced Islam on three continents...growing up in Indonesia, having a Muslim father -- obviously Muslim Americans [are] a key part of Illinois and Chicago".

So that's once, twice, three times a Muslim?

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
50th Anniversary of Statehood -- Remarks by Governor Linda Lingle
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 4:25 PM :: 10442 Views :: Hawaii History

Statehood was achieved through the dedication and perseverance of these great leaders, along with the people of Hawai‘i – who in 1959 voted 17 to one in support of statehood.

They voted for basic rights and privileges of American citizenship. 

They voted to have a voice in Washington.

And, as Governor Ariyoshi said so well in his 50 Voices of Statehood piece, they voted for “control over our own destiny.”

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Sunday, December 7, 2008
Statement on Ceded Lands Issue
By News Release @ 12:52 AM :: 11983 Views :: Akaka Bill, Hawaii History, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, OHA

News Release from Governor's office responds to December 6, 2008 Honolulu Advertiser article. The Advertiser quotes Bill Meheula, a key player in Dan Akaka's 2006 reelection campaign and Lilian Kame'eleihiwa, of the UH Hawaiian Studies Dep't who ague that OHA has a claim to ceded lands and seem to imply that the State has taken a new position in its appeal to the US Supreme Court requesting the Court overturn the Hawaii Supreme Court ruling blocking the state from selling ceded lands.

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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
The Frank Marshall Davis network In Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 11:57 AM :: 10138 Views :: Hawaii History, Obama
by Andrew Walden AIM In a July 14 news release the “Honolulu Community Media Council” (HCMC) denounces Accuracy In Media and the Pittsbur...
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Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Italian Government Disowns Honolulu Consul Letter Recognizing Hawaiian Kingdom Government
By Andrew Walden @ 10:54 AM :: 13813 Views :: Akaka Bill, DHHL, Hawaii History, Law Enforcement, OHA

In a Feb­ru­ary 28, 2008 letter, Hon­orary Vice-Consul of Italy in Hawaii, Car­men Di Amore-Siah, purports to grant the Hawaii King­dom Gov­ern­ment group recognition by the Gov­ern­ment of Italy.

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Sunday, May 8, 2005
Know Thy Enemy: Koji Ariyoshi
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 AM :: 10568 Views :: Hawaii History

PBS Hawai`i’s propaganda piece on the life of Hawai`i communist Koji Ariyoshi should be required viewing for lovers of freedom who understand the value of knowing their enemy. Somehow the program manages to tell the story of Hawai'i's most prominent Communist without once letting on that Ariyoshi was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, USA.

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