March/Rally (1-17-09) and Fasting/Prayer (2-25-09) To Halt Sale of "Ceded" Crown Lands
On Saturday January 17, 2009, there will be a march and rally against the State of Hawai'i's ongoing attempt to sell the lands which rightfully belonged to the Hawaiian Kingdom at annexation. These lands do not belong to the State of Hawai'i nor to the federal government, but rather they are held in trust for Native Hawaiians for several purposes, including "the betterment of the condition of Native Hawaiians (1959 Statehood Admissions Act).
Make no mistake, selling lands that rightfully belonged to the Hawaiian Kingdom will not benefit kanaka maoli. The Hawai'i Supreme Court acknowledged this in its pono January 2008 decision, citing the Apology Resolution as grounds for preventing further sale of "ceded" crown lands until all claims to those lands are resolved. While Governor Lingle and her staff argue that they are simply trying to clear up a minor legal issue of title to these lands, the ramifications of this legal maneuver are far-reaching...
Already those who seek to dismantle all programs and resources dedicated to the preservation of Native Hawaiians have seized this opportunity to propagate their revisionist Hawaiian history in the national media. Here is a sampling of their egregious statements (see bolded language in particular): "The state and Grassroots Institute of Hawai'i believe the Newlands Resolution of 1898 (the law annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the U.S.), as well as the statehood vote and Admission Act of 1959 and subsequent federal legislation address and effectively dismiss any claims Native Hawaiians may have had." (see this link for the full article -http://www.hawaiireporter.com/story.aspx?a318d495-dcab-4772-862f-00cb4de5b351)
This situation is URGENT. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the State's petition on February 25, 2009. Please spread this e-mail far and wide, and please consider the following 3 concrete actions which you can take to prevent further taking of our lands:
MARCH AND RALLY
On Saturday, January 17, 2009, meet at Kapi'olani Park (corner of Saratoga and Kalakaua) for a march (10am) and rally (11:30am). Go to http://www.stopsellingcededlands.com/ for all the information you will need.
FAST AND PRAY
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 is the day the U.S. Supreme Court will hear the State's petition to overturn the Hawai'i Supreme Court's pono ruling unless the State withdraws its petition first. I URGE US TO FAST AND PRAY AS A PEOPLE. Together, let's beseech Ke Akua to preserve our people by preserving our crown lands. Wherever you live (in the islands or abroad), please consider sacrificing one, two or all of your meals on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 in order to humble ourselves and seek His blessing and protection.
Some valuable Scriptures to help you better understand the Biblical basis for fasting in times like these:
FAST FOR DIRECTION (Ezra 8:21, 23, 31) - "I proclaimed a fast...that we might humble ourselves before God, to seek from Him a straight way for ourselves, our children, and all our goods."
FAST FOR PROTECTION (2 Chronicles 20:1-30) where three nations were coming against Judah to destroy them. King Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, proclaimed a fast for the whole nation and they asked the Lord what they should do. God heard their prayer and their fast and gave the people prophetic direction.
FAST FOR REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION (Acts 9:3-9) where the apostle Paul was confronted by a resurrected Jesus. He responded by fasting and praying in repentance for persecuting the early church and dishonoring Jesus as the true Son of God.
EDUCATE AND COMMUNICATE
I've attached a recent Honolulu Advertiser article at the end of this e-mail which is a very concise description of the legal support for our position as Native Hawaiians. We cannot risk another decision like Rice v. Cayetano from a U.S. Supreme Court which is not fully educated about the unique history of Hawai'i nor fully sensitized to the plight of the aboriginal peoples' of Hawai'i to survive in our homeland. Please take every opportunity to educate yourself (see http://www.stopsellingcededlands.com/) and to communicate with others on this vital matter. It's time for us to wake up, and to wake others up. 'E holopono me ka lokahi!!!
Me ke aloha pumehana o 'Iesu Cristo,
December 28, 2008
"State Court Correct In Protecting Ceded Lands"
Clearly, our Supreme Court looked at both the legal and equitable issues involved in this case and sought to strike a balance. Although it declined to rule on the ultimate claims of Native Hawaiians to the ceded lands, the court has protected the lands from dissipation until a political resolution can be achieved. As the court stated:
"In this case, Congress, the Hawai'i state Legislature, the parties, and the trial court all recognize (1) the cultural importance of the land to Native Hawaiians, (2) that the ceded lands were illegally taken from the Native Hawaiian monarchy, (3) that future reconciliation between the state and the Native Hawaiian people is contemplated, and (4) once any ceded lands are alienated from the public land trust, they will be gone forever."
The Hawai'i Supreme Court's decision is firmly based on Hawai'i's Constitution, statutes and case law, and our state's highest court correctly interpreted Hawai'i trust law to reach both a legally correct and morally just decision.