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2014 Hawaii Primary Election Results – Office of Hawaiian Affairs


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Incumbents running for positions on the Board of Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) did well during Saturday’s (09 August 2014).  The top 3 vote getters in the At-Large-Trustee positions for OHA will be appointed to their new positions after the general election in November 2014.  Those making the cut include John D. Waihee (son of former Hawaii Governor John Waihee), Rowna Akana, and Lei Ahu Isa.  The sad part of this OHA election wa the number of blank votes counted by elections officials–352,831 or 44.7 % of the votes cast.  That’s a real disappointment, considering all registered voters in Hawaii can vote for OHA trustees.  What’s especially discouraging is that OHA manages extensive land and real estate resources that benefit Native Hawaiians.  I can’t believe that Hawaii citizens would turn their backs on saying how millions of dollars in lease rent income are used.  Very sad, considering the renewed interest in Hawaiian Sovereignty over the past few years.  Aloha, Russ.

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Did OHA Lie to the Interior Department? – Watchdog Wire


The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) recently announced a six month postponement of plans to hold elections for delegates to an ‘Aha designed to form a so-called Native Hawaiian government with which either the US or the State can “reestablish”…

Source: watchdogwire.com

This article by watchdogwire.com reporter Andrew Walden will not sit well with OHA’s Board of trustees.  Walden claims that Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees deliberately lied to Department of the Interior Officials about why they delayed plans to hold an “Aha” to form a “so-called Native Hawaiian Government with which either the United States or the state can reestablish a government to government relationship.”  Walden also accuses OHA of violating Hawaii’s Sunshine Law by not publicizing a meeting to discuss the postponement of the Aha gathering.  Walden cites specific federal and state codes which cover falsification and deception of public meeting records.  Something to “chew on” when you vote in Saturday’s primary election.  Aloha, Russ.

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Rice v. Cayetano – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


Rice v. Cayetano

Rice v. Cayetano Argued October 6, 1999 Decided February 23, 2000 Full case name Harold F. Rice, Petitioner v. Benjamin J. Cayetano, Governor of Hawaii Citations 528 U.S. 495 (more ) Prior history On writ of certiorari from the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit Subsequent history 146 F.

Rice vs Cayetano re: Office of Hawaiian Affairs elections http://t.co/opf5p7cZYH #pbsinsights

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As the 2014 primary and general elections begin to dominate local news, there has been renewed interest in voting for Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.  This article gives some background on the Rice vs. Cayetano and the Arakaki vs State of Hawaii cases  that affirmed the participation of non Native Hawaiians to vote for and run as trustees of OHA.  There has been a lot of confusion as to what these U.S. Supreme Court decisions hold for the voting public.  The Wikipedia article does a good job of explaining the significance of these landmark decisions for all residents of Hawaii.   If you’re  a registered voter, you can vote in the OHA election which will be held simultaneously with the state’s primary election in August and the general election in November.  Aloha, Russ.

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Monster Hawaii Telescope Construction Begins : DNews


The construction phase of the world’s biggest optical telescope has begun atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

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Construction on the massive 30 meter telescope (TMT) has begun on the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii Island.  Approval by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources for a sublease on 25 July 2014 has given the go-ahead for the project.  Using a primary mirror measuring 30 meters, the TMT “will dwarf all optical telescopes on Earth and in space.”  The TMT’s 492-segment primary mirror will see the universe in wavelengths from near-infrared through optical to ultraviolet.  The TMT should be ready for “first light” in 2012.  Aloha, Russ.

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Events, ballot change draw large field of candidates for Office of Hawaiian Affairs


It’s a pivotal time in history for Native Hawaiians and an unprecedented number of candidates want to be a part of it. (Events, ballot change draw large field of candidates for Office of Hawaiian …

Source: westhawaiitoday.com

According to Stephens Media Hawaii reporter Nancy Cook Lauer, this election year will be an exciting one for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA).  Lauer says 2014 is “a pivotal time in history for Native Hawaiians and an unprecedented number of candidates want to be part of it.”  A series of political and economic trends in the state of Hawaii have “brought a dramatic increase in candidates seeking a seat on the OHA Board of Trustees, a nine-member body responsible for setting OHA policy and managing the ageny’s trust for the benefit of Native Hawaiians.  According to OHA’s 2013 annual report, the trust includes more than 38,000 acres of land and $600 million in financial assets.  All Hawaii voters can vote for candidates and run for the board.  Four of the nine positions on the board are named as at-large seats representing the entire state, while the other five trustees represent Hawaii Island, Maui, Molokai and Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai and Niihau.  OHA has been in the news a lot this year, as the agency tries its hand at “nation-building” through a process known as “Kanaiolowalu,” meaning “striving with many voices.”  The process, which includes the formation of a Native Hawaiian roll, election of delegates, and a constitutional convention, was created by the state legislature in 2011 and approved by Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie.    Aloha, Russ.

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Company gets new name after protests by Hawaiians – West Hawaii Today


Company gets new name after protests by Hawaiians West Hawaii Today The state Senate Hawaiian Affairs Caucus and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs had issued a statement calling the Hula name “highly insensitive, tactless and inappropriate.” After…

Source: westhawaiitoday.com

According to the Associated Press, a company aiming to provide easier access to sexually transmitted disease test results and other medical records announced a new name Wednesday after facing protests by Native Hawaiians for using the word hula in its promotional materials.  The Los Angeles-based company will now be called Healthvana, Inc.  The previous name Hula drew complaints that it was “culturally insensitive.”  An online petition asked founder and CEO Ramin Bastani to change the name because “it exploited a sacred cultural dance.”  Bastini removed any references to “getting lei’d” in company marketing material but said the Hula name would remain.  In May, however, Bastini announced the name would change, after he understood the concerns of Native Hawaiians.  OHA CEO Kamanaopono Crabbe said the change was appreciated, “in acknowledgement that no culture should be demeaned for profit or convenience.”  Aloha, Russ.

Learn to recognize Hawaiian medicinal plants – YouTube


A free four-week workshop starting in July will help people recognize Hawaiian medicinal plants in their own backyards. Subscribe to KITV on YouTube now for …

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A nice, concise video from KITV-4 News in Honolulu about an upcoming month-long workshop on recognizing Hawaiian medical plants in your own back yard.  Cultural practitioner Leina’ala Bright will teach the course.  For details, visit http://kitv.com.  Aloha, Russ.