Posts tagged: Leon Siu

Akaka Bill: Hawaiians, Hawaiian Nationals, and Non-Hawaiians Who Are Against the Akaka Bill

By , August 11, 2010 9:24 am

Akaka Bill: Hawaiians, Hawaiian Nationals, and Non-Hawaiians Who Are Against the Akaka Bill

Akaka Bill

Akaka Bill // Photo Credit: Pono Kealoha

Leon Siu wrote a piece about the Akaka Bill which recently appeared in the Hawai’i Reporter on August 3, 2010. Here is another excerpt:

“We, the people of Hawai`i, declare our opposition to the 2010 version of the Akaka bill, and strongly object to being excluded from this legislative process,” stated Leon Siu representing the Koani Foundation, part of a coalition of Native Hawaiian groups.

“We have long been told that open, public debates in matters that affect the citizenry are part of the US democratic process. But it has not been so with the Akaka bill.”

“We, the people of Hawai`i, insist the US Senate Indian Affairs Committee hold public hearings on S.1011 in Hawai`i as soon as possible. We demand to be heard.”

The only time public hearings were held in Hawai`i on the [Akaka] bill was ten years ago.

At that hearing, people turned out in record numbers to oppose the legislation.

Since then, the only hearings held on the Akaka bill were in Washington, DC in the dead of winter, 5,000 miles from Hawai`i, and no opposing testimony from Hawaiians or anyone else was allowed.

Seen here: http://boss.hawaiireporter.com/hawaiians-demand-akaka-bill-hearings-in-hawaii-petition-shows-broad-anti-akaka-bill-sentiment/

Akaka Bill: Hawaiians Demand Akaka Bill Hearings in Hawaii

By , August 8, 2010 8:25 pm

Akaka Bill: Hawaiians Demand Akaka Bill Hearings in Hawaii

Stop the Akaka Bill

Leon Siu’s piece about the Akaka Bill recently appeared in the Hawai’i Reporter on August 3, 2010.

An excerpt:

We are contacting you to make you aware of broad opposition to S.1011, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Akaka bill, throughout Hawai`i and to ask for your vote AGAINST this bill.

Regardless of what Hawai`i Senators Akaka and Inouye have told your office, the people of Hawai`i, including Native Hawaiians, do not support the Akaka bill and are demanding public hearings be held in Hawai`i before any vote occurs in Congress.

Over the years, poll after poll has shown the citizens of Hawai`i, both native and non-native to be overwhelmingly opposed to this bill.

Seen here http://boss.hawaiireporter.com/hawaiians-demand-akaka-bill-hearings-in-hawaii-petition-shows-broad-anti-akaka-bill-sentiment/

Akaka Bill Panel Debate Sponsored by “Grassroot” Institute of Hawai’i – Hale Koa Hotel – January 15th, 2010 Video 3 of 3

By , March 1, 2010 5:20 pm

Akaka Bill Panel Debate Sponsored by “Grassroot” Institute of Hawai’i – Hale Koa Hotel – January 15th, 2010 Video 3 of 3

“Grassroot” Institute of Hawai’i sponsored a debate about the Akaka Bill that was held in Honolulu on January 15, 2010. This is where with the exception of Leon Siu some racists had an opportunity to use speaking about the Akaka Bill as a platform to speak ill of the Hawaiian people singling out and targeting Hawaiians based on their national origin, Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina. This is video 3 of 3:

Video Blog #42: Video Blog Akaka Bill Panel Debate – (Part 3) – from Kaleo Farias III on Vimeo.

Source: Kaleo Farias and HawaiiTV Blog