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Statement of Ali’i ‘Aimoku Ali’i Sir Paul K. Neves
Royal Order of Kamehameha I, Moku o Mamalahoa, Heiau Helu Elua to University of Hawai’i Board of Regents previous to their vote on the Mauna Kea Science Reserve Master Plan
June 15, 2000

Aloha kakou.
Thank you for the invitation to open up these wonderful festivities. We will be opposed to any development on Mauna Kea. However, some people think it is within their jurisdiction to have debate on such a subject. We shall either end the war today or we shall begin the next war tomorrow. But we will always have love for our Mauna Kea, we will always have love for our ‘aina and our people. Thank you again for this opportunity to open. We hope it will be peaceful, kind-hearted, direct and plain.

For the record, this is not a testimony. The Order of Kamehameha does not give testimony to those who have no jurisdiction. This is for your courtesy.

The Royal Order of Kamehameha's position is that the Kingdom still exists, the treaties still exist. And treaties and conventions signed between two governments exist until they are extinguished by those two parties. And they have never been.

I just need to make a couple of points.

First of all, we will never let any more development of Mauna Kea happen. Never.

Is anyone on this board qualified to take care of a sacred site? Has anyone on this board ever taken care of a sacred site? How can you sit in judgment of a sacred site that you have never taken care of?

I don't think you have the right to ask the Hawaiian people anything. I don't think we need to accommodate anymore. We have accommodated over and over again, you and your children and your children's children to these shores.

Have we ever desecrated a Shinto shrine? Have we ever desecrated a Buddhist shrine? Have we ever kicked one Christian off our shores?

And yet we are asked to accommodate once more?

And I must say, I do not want my children taught at this university that we pay taxes for. What are they going to be taught? How to desecrate a sacred site?

We give foreigners leases when 30,000 Hawaiian people died waiting for theirs, on our land? How shameful that the university would propose such a thing. A place of higher learning. How can it even get accredited in this country? Your country, not mine.

The majority of your people here are saying, "no!" But you just propose another plan. And they tell me that's dialog. That's native Hawaiian input. On my land? You want my input? I want your output! Out!

You want to create jobs? We created jobs. Kaho‘olawe created jobs. Taking all the tick-tick-tick-tick-tick off the island. So we can create jobs dismantling the golf balls. And we can employ all the carpenters unions, and all the construction unions. Plenty money. Take it all down.

I'm saying that because of the arrogance to ask the people of this good place such a ridiculous question.

In conclusion, again, like we said in the beginning, you can either end this warfare or we will start tomorrow and we will see you all in court. Thank you very much.


 
 

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