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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stop crony capitalism in hawaii

Dear Forum:

There is no more blatant example of crony capitalism present in Hawaii, hurting every citizen by  forcing everyone to subsidize a favored and protected few at every one else's expense, than the Jones Act restrictions on shipping goods to Hawaii.
EVERY citizen pays an unnecessary extra amount for nearly everything we consume here on our isolated island homes, due to near-monopoly restrictions on who is legally allowed to ship to Hawaii.

This unfair protectionism is based on "logic" that dates back to World War I, and is supported only by those totally in the g
rip of crony capitalism and their co-conspirator unions,  or deluded by "logic" long since outdated and more irrelevant every day.

Both prominent political parties in Hawaii have perpetuated this raping of every citizen so a special few can benefit, both Democrats (nearly all, except Ed Case and very few others) and Republican (including Linda Lingle and Duke Iona, and all their political accolades.)
Few to no politicians has proposed ending or amending the Jones Act for Hawaii.

Until now.

Now, there is a bi-partisan movement starting to reject this tremendous and expensive injustice.

Please pay attention, and put your efforts towards repealing / amending this major impediment to better lives for every citizen of our islands.

Only the re-introduction of a Super-ferry would even come close to improving the cost of living and standard of living of every citizen of these islands.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:     Ask Rep Yamane to hear Jones Act reform resolutions
Date:     Sun, 31 Mar 2013 13:42:49 -1000
From:     Michael N. Hansen <>
To:     Michael N. Hansen <>

March 31, 2013
Ask Rep Yamane to hear Jones Act reform resolutions

Dear Friends,

A bipartisan group of five members of the Hawaii State House of Representatives introduced a pair of companion resolutions calling on the U.S. Congress to enact federal legislation exempting the noncontiguous domestic trades of the U.S. – Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico – from the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act for large oceangoing self-propelled ships.

The resolutions are House Concurrent Resolution 150 (HCR150) and House Resolution 119 (HR119).

The Hawaii Shippers Council (HSC) strongly supports the measures and wishes to have them adopted by the Hawaii State Legislature.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser endorsed the resolutions in an editorial published on March 28, 2013.  The title of their editorial is “Modify Jones Act to assist Hawaii.”

The House Speaker’s office has referred the Jones Act reform resolutions for hearing by four committees of the State House of Representatives.

The first referral is for a joint hearing of two key committees of jurisdiction over the issue:

·         The House Committee on Transportation (TRN)
·         The House Committee on Economic Development & Business (EDB)

The two committees, TRN & EDB, must hear the resolutions, pass them out of their joint hearing before the resolutions can move onto the other two house committees for hearings.

The Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the EDB Committee are Rep. Clift Tsuji (D) and Rep. Gene Ward (R), respectively. 
They both sponsored the resolutions – HCR150/HR119. 
And, they support the resolutions being heard and passed out of their joint hearing with the TRN committee.  
Rep Ward issued a press release on March 20, 2013, announcing introduction of the measure.

The two Chairmen of the Committees are responsible for jointly scheduling the first hearing of the resolutions. 
The key to scheduling the hearing is Rep. Ryan Yamane, Chairman of the House Transportation Committee, who has so far declined to do so.

We ask you to contact Rep. Yamane on Monday morning, April 1, 2013, expressing your support for the resolutions HCR150/HR119, and respectfully request that he arrange to hear them in a timely fashion.  You can contact Rep. Yamane by email, fax and telephone.

Please contact Rep. Yamane again even if you have previously contact him in regards to this matter.

Best regards,

Michael N Hansen
Hawaii Shippers Council
Tel:         808 947-4334

The Hawaii Shippers Council (HSC) is a business league organization incorporated in 1997 to represent cargo interests – known as “shippers” – who tender goods for shipment with the ocean carriers operating the Hawaii trade.
Please contact the HSC at email if you wish to be placed on our email list
The contact information for Rep. Yamane is as follows:

Ryan I. Yamane
House District 37
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 420
Phone: 808-586-6150
Fax: 808-586-6151

Sample Letter to Rep Yamane

Please find below a sample message to Rep Yamane that can be sent by fax or email.

To send by Email:

1)      Copy the text and click here:
2)      Enter in the subject field: HCR150/HR119
3)      Paste the copied text in the body of the email message
4)      Edit the text to personalize it.
5)      Add your name (and company if applicable) after the closing.
April 1, 2013

The Honorable Ryan I. Yamane
The House Committee on Transportation
Hawaii State Capitol, Room 420
415 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Subject:               House Concurrent Resolution 150 / House Resolution 119 (HCR150 / HR119)

Dear Representative Yamane,

I/We strongly support HCR 150 / HR 119 and respectfully request that you join with Chairman Clift Tsuji of the House Committee on Economic Development and Business and schedule the above mentioned companion resolutions for a timely hearing.

The cost of shipping to the islands is an important economic issue to every business and resident in Hawaii.  The Jones Act reform proposed in the resolution would help to address one of the main cost drivers, that is, the extraordinary high cost of constructing deep draft oceangoing ships in the United States.

You are Chairman of the House Transportation Committee with direct jurisdiction on the matters involved with the subject resolutions.  Therefore, I/we believe you have the duty to provide a forum for the public to express themselves in regards to this issue in a hearing held by your Committee.  You also owe that obligation to the other members of the two Committees who wish to hear the resolutions.

You must hear the voices of all the people of Hawaii, and not only listen to the special interests who do not want to see the Jones Act changed in any way.

Respectfully submitted,



Star-Advertiser Endorses Jones Act Reform

by Michael N Hansen, President, Hawaii Shippers Council
Saturday, March 30, 2013

The major daily newspaper in the State of Hawaii, the Honolulu Star Advertiser, published their editorial on Thursday, March 28, 2013, endorsing the pair of companion resolutions introduced in the Hawaii State House of Representatives on March 13, 2013.  Those resolutions call on the U.S. Congress to enact an exemption from the U.S. build requirement of the Jones Act for the noncontiguous domestic trades of the U.S. – Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

The resolutions, House Concurrent Resolution 150 (HCR150) and House Resolution (HR119), were introduced by a bipartisan group of five members of the Hawaii State House.

The Hawaii Shippers Council (HSC) strongly supports the measures and is looking forward to their adoption by the Hawaii State Legislature to demonstrate support in the noncontiguous jurisdictions for the limited Jones Act reform proposal described in the resolutions.

An outline of the HSC’s noncontiguous trades Jones Act reform proposal can be found here.

Modify Jones Act to Assist Hawaii

Star-Advertiser Editorial:

Mar 28, 2013

For nearly a century, foreign-built ships have been blocked from carrying cargo directly from the mainland to Hawaii, resulting in higher prices for consumers.

Two Republicans and three Democrats in the state Legislature are calling for Congress to create a narrow exemption from the Jones Act that would allow foreign-built ships to be used on the route — a change that likely would lower cargo costs for island consumers….

The law's effects are large. The U.S. International Trade Commission estimated in a 2002 study that the Jones Act costs the nation's economy between $119 million to $9.8 billion a year by denying access to lower-cost shipping. Ward maintained in 1997 that Hawaii residents pay $1 billion a year — $3,000 per household — in higher prices because of shipping costs. Those figures can only have increased since then.

In the past, Ed Case was the sole Democrat who shared that concern, proposing an exemption of Hawaii when he was U.S. representative from 2002 to 2007….

The proposed resolution spearheaded by Ward points out that Gov. Neil Abercrombie has urged the Legislature to "move forward" with allowing import of liquefied natural gas from the mainland.

It asserts that none of the "special tank ships" that transport LNG have been built in the United States since the 1970s, and that buying such US-built ships now "would be cost prohibitive."

It says that U.S.-built ships cost five times as much as foreign-built ships. Purchasing foreign-built ships for carrying LNG makes economic sense.

Abercrombie has been flexible on the issue in the past. As a U.S. House member in 2003, Abercrombie and the late U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye won a narrow exemption from the 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act, similar for cruise lines to the Jones Act's rules for cargo shipments. That allowed Norwegian Cruise Line to use three foreign-built ships for interisland cruises.

Since building LNG tank ships in the U.S. is regarded as too expensive, the exemption of Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico from the Jones Act — as long as foreign-built ships be used — would "revitalize" shipping to those destinations.

The resolution calls for maintaining the Jones Act requirements that those ships be U.S.-flagged, -owned and -crewed, so the proposal is narrow compared with past exemption proposals.

Our Legislature should pass this resolution to push the limited-exemption issue in front of Congress, where Hawaii's delegation can then work toward its enactment...


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