Community shares mana’o on cruise boat

After more than four hours of often heated and passionate testimony from 40 individuals, the Molokai community is not any closer to either accepting or rejecting American Safari Cruises from coming ashore.

Lawrence Aki, the Halawa Valley cultural practitioner who has served as the community liaison for ASC, organized tonight’s meeting. Kupuna were given ample time to express their thoughts as well as representatives of ‘Aha Ki’ole Molokai.

Protestors who blocked the ship from entering Kaunakakai Harbor on Saturday, using surfboards and small vessels, were heard from as well.

The packed and overflowing crowd at the Mitchell Pau’ole Center also had an opportunity to hear from CEO of ASC, Dan Blanchard, as he described his tour operation and answered questions.

The lateness of the hour does not allow for a complete story to be posted at this time. More comprehensive coverage on this meeting, along with photos, will appear tomorrow in The Molokai News.


6 Responses

  1. Mahalo fot the Update….

    • second that!

      6 times zones away, it’s great to hear everyone who wished to had their say.

      will be interesting to hear whether danny mateo was in attendance. i know this may be outside his official county position, but as “a leader”, he needs to actually LEAD.

      shaka (again) to lawrence.

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    Do we need to say more?

    July 12, 2011
    Honorable Members
    Twenty-Sixth Legislature
    State of Hawaii
    Pursuant to Section 16 of Article I11 of the
    Constitution of the State of Hawaii, I am returning herewith,
    without my approval, Senate Bill No. 23, entitled “A Bill for an
    Act Relating to Native Hawaiians.”
    The purpose of this bill is to establish within the
    Department of Land and Natural Resources, the aha kiole advisory
    council, which may advise the Office of the Chairperson of the
    Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Legislature on issues
    relating to land and natural resources management through the
    ‘aha moku system. The bill requires the ‘aha kiole advisory
    council to submit an annual report to the Office of the
    Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the
    Legislature at least twenty days prior to the convening of each
    regular session listing all recommendations made by the ‘aha
    kiole advisory council and the resulting action taken by the
    Department of Land and Natural Resources over the course of the
    year. This bill also appropriates funds for an executive
    While the goals of this bill are laudable, several
    difficulties need to be addressed. First, the council is selfselected,
    not confirmed, has no defined term limits, offers no
    guidelines concerning the role of its members, and will select
    its own executive director. In addition, there is no recourse
    for inappropriate conduct by its members or the ability to remove
    for cause. The resulting council would essentially be a private
    entity funded by taxpayers with no governmental oversight.
    Second, the intent in creating the council is similar to the
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    purpose for which the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (lrOHAll) was
    created and is a natural evolution of what a new Native Hawaiian
    governing entity would seek to accomplish. If there is
    determination to not wait until this entity is formed, then the
    council should at least be placed within OHA and funded by OHA.
    Third, the bill only provides funding for an executive director.
    This assumes that all other costs associated with this
    legislation, including travel and other expenses for the eight
    council members, will be absorbed by the Department of Land and
    Natural Resources. I support the intent of the legislation to
    provide state government the knowledge of traditional Native
    Hawaiian resource management practices and welcome the chance to
    review a bill that addresses the previously mentioned concerns.
    For the foregoing reasons, I am returning Senate Bill
    No. 23 without my approval.
    IGovernor Neil Abercromie
    Governor of Hawaii

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