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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9-11 Never forget

"This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today.
It is perpetrated by fanatics who are utterly indifferent to the sanctity of human life,
and we the democracies of this world are going to have to come together and fight it together."
     - British Prime Minister Tony Blair 2011

"We love death. The U.S. loves life. That is the big difference between us."
    Shortly after 9/11, Osama bin Laden

"We are going to win, because they love life and we love death,"
"Each of us lives his days and nights hoping more than anything to be killed for the sake of Allah."
    said Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah.

"We want to have children and offer them as soldiers defending Islam. Teach them this: There is nothing more beloved to me than wanting to die as a mujahid."
       Sheik Feiz Mohammed, leader of the Global Islamic Youth Center in Sydney, Australia
  "It is the zenith of honor for a man, a young person, boy or girl, to be prepared to sacrifice his life in order to serve the interests of his nation and his religion."
       Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

"The Americans love Pepsi-Cola, we love death,"
      Afghani al Qaeda operative Maulana Inyadullah.


racial arsonists in hilo


This cartoon is what is presented today 7/16/2013 as responsible journalistic graphic insight and commentary by out local newspaper the Hawaii Tribune-Herald.

Is this what we as a community feel represents the appropriate level of community media, reflecting our values and informing the public?

In Feb 2012, this paper applauded with their cartoons the dumping of the Rush Limbaugh radio show locally.  Rush Limbaugh slurred 29 year old law student Sandra Fluke after she testified before Congressional Democrats in favor of their national health care policy compelling her (Catholic, Jesuit) Georgetown University health plan to cover birth control for her extra-marital sex, against their religious beliefs.

"[Fluke] essentially says that she must be paid to have sex—what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She's having so much sex she can't afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex."

This was considered by the station as unacceptable behavior in this community as "egregious," and that "decency and responsibility" dictated the show's cancellation.

But somehow, this cartoon above is considered both appropriate and insightful by the Hawaii Tribune-Herald's editorial and policy directors.

Published reports state that the FBI has investigated the issue of any racial bias by Zimmerman, and concluded he had none (and according to one juror, the jury as a whole).
This  action goes way beyond being irresponsible.
This is an outrage.

This is unacceptable racial arson, deliberately and irresponsibly inflammatory, and their actions should be retracted with apologies to us all, resignations of the the responsible persons, and mandatory sensitivity training and re-education of their staff to an appropriate level of  journalistic responsibilities to the community.

"Decency and responsibility" require these actions from the paper.
See contact info below to voice your outrage.

Walter Moe, President


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4 July 2013: happy birthday america !


Forum 2 june, 2013: E Hana Kākou

Dr. Akina , the new CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and former candidate for OHA trustee, addressed the Conservative Forum for Hawaii this Sunday, 2 May 2013, on

E Hana Kākou: The Advancement of Native Hawaiians and All Residents of the Aloha State

(see entire video recording here:

Hawaiian Roll Call Bill and U.S. and Hawaiian Sovereignty Questioned

Posted By Hawaii Political Reporter On June 4, 2013

By Ross Armetta

Dr. Kelli Akina, the new CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and former OHA trustee candidate, addressed the Conservative Forum for Hawaii at the Naniloa Hotel Crown Room in Hilo Hawaii, on Sunday June 2. Dr. Akina’s topic was “E Hana Kâkou: The Advancement of Native Hawaiians and All Residents of the Aloha State.”

He was preceded by CEO emeritus and Grassroot Institute founder Richard Rowland who spoke of the concept of promoting individual liberty in our communities “2×2”.

Mr. Rowland, Paraphrasing Ronald Reagan, noted that the true decisions facing all citizens were not between the left and right politically, but between “up and down,”

Mr. Rowland stated that the average person does not know or care about the many political ideologies and divisions of government. He believes that they evaluate the decisions as moving us “up” and towards personal liberty and well-being, or “down” the accelerating path of government restriction of liberty and reducing people’s well-being. He stressed the importance of speaking to our daily contacts: to spread this concept of how to view the political ideologies and decisions made in our society.

After Mr. Rowland finished, Dr. Akina began with the moving Oli Aloha welcoming chant taught to him by his mentor Winona Beamer, emphasizing aloha for all. He then defined the biggest threat to all Hawaii, and all Hawaiians, as being the present threat of ending the aloha spirit of inclusiveness (Relating to the Hawaiian Roll Call Bill). Specifically he addressed the Akaka Bill as wanting to impose a government entity on Native Hawaiians similar to that of Native American Indians which would establish government to government relations but impede government to people relations.

Dr. Akina noted that the racial divisiveness of the Roll Call Bill was contrary to the spirit of the founding documents of America: the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution – as well as the Hawaiian Constitution of 1841.

Dr. Akina also stated that when the Federal Akaka bill failed, the Hawaii State Government removed the most controversial provision of the federal bill and passed that provision as state law.

The state version of the law relates to the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission which would define Hawaiians by blood lines based after the arrival of Captain Cook – which Dr. Akina believes to be a racially divisive mechanism that is contrary to the spirit of aloha.

Dr. Akina contrasted the Roll Call’s racial division with the racial inclusion of the Kingdom of Hawaii’s Constitution of 1841. The 1841 Constitution was a declaration of rights stating equality for all : “God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the earth, in unity and blessedness”.

Dr. Akina mentioned that this enlightened Hawaiian document, instituted by King Kamehaeha III, preceded the United States ending racial inequality (the ending of slavery) by two decades.

Dr. Akina also stated that the commission had wasted millions of dollars promoting this roll, but had only gathered 9300 signatories of the estimated 500,000 eligible Hawaiians. Dr. Akina believes the lack of support by Hawaiians for the roll is a strong indicator that the leadership of OHA and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission do not represent the will of the Hawaiian population.

Dr. Akina also mentioned scandals of corruption and cronyism in the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands as described in the recent series of three articles in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. He implied that those articles portray the officials in violation of their sworn oaths of office, were promoting racial divisiveness, and were consolidating power to preserve their positions of influence rather that furthering the lives of Native Hawaiians collectively.

Dr. Akina stated that only by each individual Hawaiian becoming an owner of property, of attaining their own wealth and self-reliance, could true advancement occur. As long as OHA and DHHL refused to relinquish control of the land and assets under their control and release it to their constituents, there would be a perpetual cycle of dependency and lack of economic advancement for the Hawaiian People – that it is contrary to, and destructive of, the very concept of aloha.

Dr. Akina concluded by urging all residents to participate in OHA elections and as candidates – as all residents are entitled to do by law. Dr. Akina believes that only by enlightened reconsideration of OHA’s mission could true advancement occur, for Native Hawaiians and all Hawaii residents.

Dr. Akina’s presentation was followed by a question and answer session, in which several Native Hawaiians, including Hawaiian Sovereignty advocate and former U. S. Marine locally known as Uncle Sam, with tears in his eyes, strenuously objected to Dr. Akina’s presentation, claiming that the United States lacked legitimacy of sovereignty based on historical records and the ill-legitimate, armed overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, (that many believe effected by Sanford Dole and mercenaries – NOT by official U.S. action) as a nation as well as the U.S. President (Cleveland), at the time, strongly opposing the armed overthrow make the current government ill-legitimate and therefore not legally recognized by Hawaiian Sovereigns. It was also mentioned that President Cleveland spoke strongly and eloquently about the overthrow to the U.S. Senate and House on December 18, 1893. President Cleveland’s speech is readily available on-line and does provide insight on the matter by those who lived through the overthrow.

(He also commented that the reason he and others in the audience refused to join in the saying of the Pledge of Allegience to the Flag, which per tradition opened the Forum, was because they should all pledge allegianece to the Hawaiian Kingdom first.)

Legal Scholar, Dwight Vicente raised the point that Hawaii is not technically a state in the union as it was incorporated under the Monroe Doctrine. That is why there are 50 stars (states) and only 13 stripes – the original and full states in the Union that signed and recognized the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. One of the participants claimed that the one of the legal articles referenced in 1959 to achieve statehood is non-existent and therefore Hawaii is not legally a state.

Dr. Akina gracefully responded to the questions and statements briefly pointing out that it was common for nations to change rule and be succeeded by others throughout history. Many could point to grievances about the legality or the legitimacy of the succession, including several of Hawaii’s monarchs when they too ascended to power. Dr. Akina’s emphasis seemed to be that in practical terms this is where we are – time does not go backwards – and that we are better off to strive toward the ideals of the U.S. and Sovereign Hawaiian Constitutions relating to equality and recognition of all people as Hawaiians.

Dr. Akina conveyed that it was important to emphasize the inclusiveness of all the Hawaiian community (aloha) and not seek or cause divisiveness, which would harm everyone. He again praised the spirit of the Declaration of Independence, and of the Hawaiian Kingdom’s own constitution, of equality for all: government by consent of the governed.

The event was attended by at least 65 people including local Council Member Gregory Illagan, and Representative Faye Hanohano, and former State Senate Candidate Daryl Smith as well as several Hawaiian groups, and legal scholars Tim Rees and Dwight Vicente. It was recorded by Hawaii Political Reporter and will be aired on Na-Leo channel 53 at 9PM on the upcoming (June 4 ) and next Tuesday. The group was representative of the local community in general and included persons and parties from diverse ideologies.

Although strong emotion was present the spirit of aloha prevailed. The Conservative Forum ( a non-profit , non-partisan organization) and the Naniloa Hotel provided a seemingly appreciated, by the majority of attendees, educational and communicative venue for this complex and powerful issue. The Forum occasional hosts a variety of events. Information can be found on their website.

( Dr Akina’s full presentation (over 1 hour) is available here

and at Hawaii Political Reporter’s, and Hawaii News Daily’s websites.)

The video of Dick Rowland's speech is on YouTube (minutes 8 - 30)


June 2nd Forum: Kelii Akina, PhD


Dr. Keli'i Akina, former OHA trustee candidate and now the new CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, will be presenting "E Hana Kākou: The Advancement of Native Hawaiians and All Residents of the Aloha State”, at the Conservative Forum for Hawaii,

Sunday June 2nd, 2:00 pm,

at the Naniloa Hotel Crown Room in Hilo.

In an April 2013 newspaper article, Dr. Akina wrote: “The Grassroot Institute is a strong advocate for the constitutional rights and liberties of all people including Native Hawaiians and promotes the value of “E hana kākou”– all people in Hawaii working together for a better economy, government and society. Hawaiians are rejecting an effort to impose a narrow political agenda on their community, choosing instead to affirm the Aloha spirit as the basis for society.”

“The lack of support by Hawaiians (to enroll a registry of Native Hawaiians willing to constitute a sovereign nation) is a strong indicator that the leadership of OHA and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission do not represent the will of the Hawaiian population.  The roll efforts are an attempt to impose a narrow political agenda upon a constituency which values the benefits of United States citizenship as well as the Hawaiian tradition of inclusiveness.  Clearly, this is not government “of the people by the people and for the people,” nor does it promote the Aloha spirit throughout society.”

Dr. Akina is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader. Akina has decades-long experience leading non-profit organizations and is an expert in East-West Philosophy. He has taught at universities in China and the United States, and continues as an adjunct instructor at Hawai`i Pacific University and the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa.

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research institute dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, the free market, and limited, accountable government throughout Hawai`i and the Asia-Pacific region.

Also addressing the Forum will be Richard Rowland, former Grassroot Institute CEO and Founder, speaking  briefly on Individual Freedom in a speech titled “UP or DOWN -- The POWER of YOU; TWO by TWO”.

All are invited to this free presentation.

For event information contact Conservative Forum for Hawaii President Walter Moe at 966-5420or email Conservative Forum online:

For questions about Grassroot Institute contact Grassroot Institute Executive Director Tim Lussier at 808-591-9193 or email and  online at