Fear seems to be on the internet about the Akaka Bill and what that means to those non-Hawaiians that own land in Hawaii.
Being of Hawaiian ancestry, I thought I’d add my 2 cents to the discussion. What areÂ people afraid of? Are they afraid that the land will be taken away from them? Funny how the roles reverse, isn’t it? I believe it is time that Hawaiians have their say. Hawaiians are entitled to govern themselves. We are also a proud people that have had their lands seized by a people that operated on a level of deceit. Anyone who has deluded themselves into thinking it didn’t happen lives in a different world from Hawaiians and many other native races that have had this happen to them.
I am encouraged by this Bill. Sen. Akaka, my father, my family and many other Hawaiiansâ€”Drs, Lawyers, Politicians etc.â€”have worked and struggled for this. Those that are in fear of this are those that still want to rule. The universe is changing. There is more love and light on this planet than ever before and more coming. If we turn away from fear and accept and celebrate our differences while remaining united as a human race we will all have a wonderful place to live. And isn’t that what we all want. Not to be dominated by any otherâ€”but to live in harmony?
My suggestion would be to remindÂ people that we are still a part of the United States. The ceded lands they are talking about were passed down from our Ali’iâ€”our monarchy, our ancestors. Like any non-native who feels that they should have the right to leave a legacy of land to their families, we feel the same. This bill is addressing ceded landsâ€”lands our Ali’i left for us, the Hawaiians. The United States and the State of Hawaii do owe us restitution for the use of our ceded lands that they have been using for years without payment. Like Honolulu Airport where the back lease rent is in the millions, but the State of Hawaii is saying that the just can’t pay. This is what we are targeting. Fair is fair.
Most Hawaiians are not for taking away landsâ€”we didn’t like it and most of us wouldn’t do that to someone else. Tell your clients to come here with a heart of Aloha, not wanting to change anyone, not wanting to make this another California and life will work out just fine for them. We will feel their Aloha and Aloha will be reciprocated.