to change the county charter  and restore sovereignty to every citizen.

Recent quotes from three of our own county council members on their positions as elected officials are revealing as to how they view their proper roles : 

“it sometimes takes a law to change people's behavior”

 "Sometimes I have to be forced to do things that are right and I don't want to.”

 (I need) “to take charge, to lead our County, to define policy in the best interests of the people of our island. “

Frightening, isn't it !

Our county government lately has taken on 3 roles:

  • Administrative (such as determining how many police to hire, or where a road should go, or how to process garbage). This is an appropriate level of authority and responsibility for them to play.
  • Telling us what things we CAN NOT do i.e.:restricting our rights, more so every year
  • Taking our money: i.e.: taxes and fees

We the people have delegated out elected officials the power to be administrators, but we have NOT delegated them the power to restrict our lives and take our money without our permission.

The Consent of the Governed acts will restore forever this authority and sovereignty to the people of the Big Island.



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Conservative, Non-partisan  E Komo Mai !




 “Do not abandon yourselves to despair.

We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

― Pope John Paul II , 22 October, 1978

(Karol Wojtyła, 1920-2005;  canonization as Saint, April 27,2014)

The Three Marys at the Tomb

William Bouguereau 1876


Marriage & Religious Freedom by Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation Wed. May 7 , 2014 Hilo YWCA 145 Ululani St. 6:30-8:00 PM

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From: Marie Ruhland <>
Subject: Marriage & Religious Freedom by Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation Wed. May 7 ,2014  Hilo YWCA 145 Ululani St. 6:30-8:00 PM

Hi Friends,
The Heritage Foundation is in Hilo.  Please come to this discussion with Ryan T. Anderson, co-author of "What Is Marriage? Man and Woman:  A Defense."  In our battle to protect our religious freedoms, we need to be armed with good information from Conservative think tanks.  Come and join in the discussion as we learn more about defending the sanctity of marriage and our religious freedom.   Please share this email with family, friends, neighbors and church members.  Thank you.
Stand for righteousness.  Shine the light in the darkness. Do it all in Christ's love.
Marie Ruhland



Happy thanksgiving, lucky we live america !


The Real Thanksgiving Story

In the middle of December 1620 the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, leaving behind the sinfulness of the “old world” to make a “new Jerusalem” in America. Three years later, in November 1623, they had a great feast thanking God for getting them through an earlier famine, and now for a bountiful crop.

What had created the earlier famine and then the bountiful crops? The story is told in the diary of Governor Bradford, who was one of the elders of that early Puritan colony.

At first, they decided to turn their back on all the institutions of the England that had been their home. This included the institution of private property, which they declared to be the basis of greed, averse, and selfishness.  Instead, they were determined to live the “Platonic ideal” of collectivism, in which all work would be done in common, with the rewards of their collective efforts evenly divided among the colonists.  Farming was done in common, as well as housekeeping and child raising. This was supposed to lead to prosperity and brotherly love.

But their experiment in collectivism did not lead to prosperity or brotherly love.  Rather, it created poverty and envy and slothfulness among most of the members of this little society.  Here is Bradford’s description of what communism created among the Pilgrims:

“The experience that was had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years and that amongst godly and sober men, may well evince the vanity of that conceit of Plato's and other ancients applauded by some of later times; that the taking away of property and bringing in community into a commonwealth would make them happy and flourishing; as if they were wiser than God.  For this community was found to breed much confusion and discontent and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort.  For the young men, that were most able and fit for labor and service, did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense.  The strong… had no more in division of victuals and clothes than he that was weak and not able to do a quarter the other could; this was thought injustice.  The aged and graver men to be ranked and equalized in labors everything else, thought it some indignity and disrespect unto them.

“And for men's wives to be commanded to do service for other men, as dressing their meat, washing their clothes, etc., they deemed it a kind of slavery, neither could many husbands well brook it. Upon the point all being to have alike, and all to do alike, they thought themselves in the like condition, and one as good as another; and so, if it did not cut off those relations that God hath set amongst men, yet it did at least much diminish and take off the mutual respects that should be preserved amongst them Let none object this is men's corruption, and nothing to the course itself. I answer, seeing all men have this corruption in them, God in His wisdom saw another course fitter for them.”

For two years the harvest time failed to bring forth enough to feed the people.  Indeed, many starved and many died of famine.  Faced with this disaster, the elders of the colony gathered, Governor Bradford tells us, and decided that another year, and they would surely all die and disappear in the wilderness.

Instead, they decided to divide the property and fields of the colony, and gave each family a piece as their own.  Whatever they did not use for their own consumption, they had the right to trade away to their neighbors for something they desired instead.

Now, instead of sloth, envy, resentment, and anger among the colonists, there was a great turnaround in their activities.  Industry, effort, and joy were now seen in practically all that the men, women and children did.  Bradford writes:

They had very good success, for it made all hands very industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.  The women now went willingly into the field, and took their little ones with them to set corn; which before would allege weakness and inability; whom to have compelled would have been thought great tyranny and oppression…By this time harvest was come, and instead of famine, now God gave them plenty, and the faces of things were changed, to the rejoicing of the hearts of many, for which they blessed God.”

Indeed, their bounty was so great, that they had enough to not only trade among themselves but also with the neighboring Indians in the forest. In November 1623, they had a great feast to which they also invited the Indians.  They prepared turkey and corn, and much more, and thanked God for bringing them a bountiful crop.  They, therefore, set aside a day of “Thanksgiving.”


So this November 23rd, when we all sit down with our families and friends to enjoy the turkey and the trimmings, let us not forget that we are celebrating the establishment and triumph of capitalism and the spirit of enterprise in America!


Foundation for Economic Education


Last forum: Jones Act Reform now on video

From: Ken Okimoto <>
Date: November 8, 2013 at 11:05:03 AM HST
To: Conservative Forum Hawaii
Subject: Jones Act Reform video

Hello everybody,
   The video on the Jones Act at the Conservative Forum will be first aired on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 3 pm, cable channel 54 on Hawai'i Island AND also streamed statewide/worldwide on the Internet on our website,

   This 70 minute program will be followed by a separate, but related, 20 minute program called Hawai'i Political Reporter that was done by Ross as an interview after the Forum concluded. So, together they run for 90 minutes.

   Both programs will next be shown on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 am.

   Next week, I will email with future showing schedules throughout Nov.

   I hope the recording is ok. Spread the word.

   Thanks,  Ken


Portuguese Chamber of Commerce & Conservative Forum co-sponsored Forum OCT 4 : jones act reform


The Hawaii Island Portuguese Chamber of Commerce 


The Conservative Forum for Hawaii

are co-sponsoring an

educational forum on the Jones Act,

Friday October 4, 6:00pm, at the Naniloa Hotel Crown Room in Hilo.

This event is free and open to the public.

Two distinguished speakers will be presenting:

  • Dr. Keli’I Akina, president of the non-partisan free-market think tank Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, will talk on the economic aspect
  • Michael Hansen, president of the Hawaii Shippers Council, will talk on the national defense issues involved.



The Jones Act is a 1920 federal shipping law which affects nearly every product brought in to or out of Hawaii, by requiring all shipping between American ports be on American built, flagged and crewed vessels only. It has been haled as preserving a key American marine resource and sea-lift capability as a national defense supplement, and criticized as a 93 year old outdated law that increases the cost of living for every citizen substantially and unnecessarily.


Hawaiian politicians have lined up on both sides of the issue. In favor of preservation have been the majority of Hawaiian national legislators, including both our present Democratic US Senators and Congresswomen, and former Republican Governor Linda Lingle.

In favor of reform are former Governor Ben Cayetano (D), Congressmen Ed Case (D) and Charles Dejou (R). A recent bi-partisan Hawaii House Concurrent Resolution for reform was co-sponsored by Representatives Clifton Tsuji (D, Hilo), Chair, Economic Development & Business Affairs, John M. Mizuno (D), Vice Speaker, and Cindy Evans (D), Chair, Committee on Water and Land, and Gene Ward (R), Minority Leader Emeritus and Lauren Kealohilani Cheape (R), Minority Whip.

All are invited to learn more about this non-partisan issue of great importance to every citizen.

For more information contact Conservative Forum president Walter Moe 966-5420,, or Portuguese Chamber president Joseph Marsh 935-1865,

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