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“Contenders to the Throne” Nov. 2009
We took a look at local Hawaiian groups who are operating their own functional Hawaiian governments.
In the first sentence of this article you seek to undermine my government. “David Keanu Sai, who calls himself chairman of the Council of Regency.” Perhaps you are unfamiliar with the necessity doctrine and the historical precedence that requires us to fill “Pro Tempere” the offices of governance. All of the people who work in the Kingdom of Hawaii are the same government. Just as you Americans have local governments and political parties. All do not agree, but all serve the same goals.
It is ironic that the Supreme Court itself turns the table on you and quotes Queen Liliuokalani: “A so-called committee of public safety” and goes on to describe the illegal occupation of Hawai‘i. It is the State of Hawai‘i that fights for sovereignty and the state which calls itself legitimate, not us.
—KAI LANDOW, AUPUNI HAWAII
"Getting Away With It" Nov. 2009
Why does Oahu have nearly 50,000 outstanding bench warrants? In her feature story, assistant editor Tiffany Hill examined the challenges within the system’s budgets, staffing and technology.
There are so many simple means to reduce the bench warrant backlog, statewide, if only the oligarchies that run these offices would be progressive thinkers, innovators and actually care deeply for the rule of law and not just getting by. Train and arm selected state probation and parole officers and let them execute warrants for arrest at least 12 hours a week.
—COMMENT FROM AN ONLINE READER
"Taking Sides on the Big Island" Oct. 2009
Freelance writer Catherine Tarleton covered the renewed debate about whether the Island of Hawai‘i should be split into two counties.
Near the end of the article it states “Before he died, the old chief passed the kingdom to nephew Kamehameha and custody of the war god Kukailimoku and his temples to son Kiwalao.” That is an error; in fact, it was Kamehameha who received the war god and temples from Kalanipuu, the father of Kiwalao. In 1782 Kamehameha defeated Kiwalao. Kamehameha was then awarded the feathered cape Kiwalao wore in battle and the lands of Kona, Kohala and Northern Hamakua.
—KAHOKULEA HAIKU, FIELD EDUCATOR, HIIPAKA/WAIMEA VALLEY
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Best of HONOLULU
When it comes to our annual Best of HONOLULU archives, here are the top three foods readers are looking for:
1. Best Acai Bowl
2. Best Cupcakes
3. Best Portuguese sausage
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In our October story about the Hawai‘i Restaurant Association’s Third Annual Hall of Fame inductees, we had the incorrect information about Lau Yee Chai. The restaurant opened in 1929. In 1963, Hall of Fame honoree William Mau bought 100 percent of the restaurant’s shares.