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 !



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


the morality of free-market capitalism

Pope Francis denounces unemployment and the pursuit of “profit at any cost”
By: John Hayward  |  May 2nd, 2013

Pope Francis caused a stir with this Twitter message on Thursday morning: “My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centered mindset bent on profit at any cost.”
Some have interpreted this remark as a broad attack on capitalism.  Business Insider tells us the Pope might have had a specific situation in mind:
    Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned as “slave labour” the conditions for hundreds of workers killed in a factory collapse in Bangladesh and urged political leaders to fight unemployment in a sweeping critique of “selfish profit”.

    The pope said he had been particularly struck by a headline saying workers at the factory near Dhaka were being paid just 38 euros ($50) a month.
    “This is called slave labour!” the pope was quoted by Vatican radio as saying in his homily at a private mass in his residence to mark May Day.
    More than 400 workers have been confirmed dead and scores are missing in the collapse, which occurred in a suburb of the capital Dhaka last week in the country’s worst-ever industrial disaster.

As terrible as that sounds, I would not be so quick to throw the word “slavery” around.  It has a specific meaning, and it’s not “underpaid people working in terrible conditions,” however deserving of criticism such conditions might be.
But then Pope Francis returned to what seemed like a more general attack on capitalism, and he was speaking on May Day – a “commemoration” of the monstrous crime of global communism:

    The 76-year-old later spoke to thousands of followers in St Peter’s Square, urging politicians to fight unemployment and calling for greater “social justice” against “selfish profit”.
    “I call on politicians to make every effort to relaunch the labour market,” he said in his traditional weekly address.
    “Work is fundamental for dignity,” he said.

    He spoke of “labour market difficulties in various countries” — an apparent reference to the unemployment crisis afflicting Europe.
    Unemployment is often caused by “an economic conception of society based on selfish profit outside the bounds of social justice,” he said.
    The Vatican has often been sharply critical of unregulated capitalism, particularly in recent years during the global financial crisis.
    “We do not get dignity from power or money or culture, no! We get dignity from work,” he said, adding that many political and economic systems “have made choices that mean exploiting people.”

None of that has much to do with chastising the sweat-shop overlords of Bangladesh, who sound like they could do with a stern papal tongue-lashing.  I would ask the Pope to consider that the collectivist philosophies “celebrated” on May Day are what filled the mass graves of the world, not capitalism.

Furthermore, the efforts of politicians to “relaunch the labor market” by throwing around money confiscated from its rightful owners have been miserable failures, thick with corruption.  Despite all the caterwauling about “austerity,” the moribund governments of Europe (and, sadly, America) aren’t spending much less; they’ve mostly addressed their budget deficits by raising taxes.
Charity towards the impoverished is one thing, but this business of “social justice” always comes down to overbearing rulers enforcing their notion of social justice through force, punishing honest citizens who have committed no crime… and rarely achieving any significant improvement in the lives of the poor.  On the contrary, it has been the pursuit of profit that filled the modern world with technological wonders, alleviating hunger and providing the poor of developed countries with resources the crowned royalty of the last century couldn’t dream of.

“We do not get dignity from power or money or culture, no!  We get dignity from work,” said the Pope.  Well, you don’t get work without the pursuit of profit.  There is no other efficient way to bring people voluntarily together in the sustained pursuit of opportunity.  Without the pursuit of profit, we are left with taskmasters issuing commands that cannot be refused.  We trade the dignified and productive pursuit of excellence by free men and women for the endless poverty of subjects doing just enough work to escape the wrath of their overseers.

There are two ways to allocate labor: either persuade people to pursue money, or command them through the exercise of power. Prosperity cannot depend on the efforts of a selfless few who work tirelessly with little concern for reward.

And of course, part of human dignity is the desire for a better life.  Everyone aspires to improve their own lot, and provide more for their families.  This is true regardless of one’s current status.  Who is to say that this person is allowed to pursue his dreams, but that person already has enough, and must set hers aside?  In the lawful pursuit of profit, and the embrace of economic freedom, we find the dignified recognition of all ambition. 
All other approaches foster hatred and envy, as the arbiters of ambition rally bitter supporters against their designated enemies. 
It always ends in bloodshed. 
It always ends with political power exploiting people in ways that enlightened self-interest, working within the boundaries of impartial and reasonable law, cannot imagine.


Margaret Thatcher, RIP

The Wall Street Journal

Margaret Thatcher's Best Quotes

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher—who died Monday from a stroke at age 87—retired from public engagements in 2002 following a series of small strokes, and was only occasionally seen in public since then.

Here are memorable quotes from her public life:

"If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman." -- May 20, 1965, speech to National Union of Townswomen's Guilds Conference.

AFP/Getty Images

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher greeting people who gathered to see her in Moscow, during her official visit to the USSR in March 1987.

"There are dangers in consensus: it could be an attempt to satisfy people holding no particular views about anything.…No great party can survive except on the basis of firm beliefs about what it wants to do." -- Oct. 10, 1968, Conservative Party conference.

"I don't think there will be a woman Prime Minister in my lifetime." -- TV interview March 5, 1973.

"Ladies and gentlemen, I stand before you tonight in my red chiffon evening gown, my face softly made up, my fair hair gently waved…the Iron Lady of the Western World. Me? A Cold War warrior? Well, yes—if that is how they wish to interpret my defense of values of freedoms fundamental to our way of life." -- Jan. 31, 1976.

"The Russians are bent on world dominance, and they are rapidly acquiring the means to become the most powerful imperial nation the world has seen." -- From the speech that led to her being dubbed The Iron Lady, Jan. 19, 1976.

"To those waiting with bated breath for that favorite media catchphrase, the 'U' turn, I have only one thing to say. 'You turn if you want to. The lady's not for turning.' I say that not only to you but to our friends overseas and also to those who are not our friends." -- Conservative Party Conference, Oct. 1980.

"You don't win by just being against things, you only win by being for things and making your message perfectly clear." -- Feb. 11, 1975.

"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." -- House of Commons, March 31, 1982.

"Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope." -- Quoting St. Francis of Assisi after winning the general election, May 1979.

'No! No! No!' statement in the House of Commons on European Council Summit Oct. 30, 1990

"When you've spent half your political life dealing with humdrum issues like the environment, it's exciting to have a real crisis on your hands." -- May 14, 1982, commenting on the Falkland Islands war.

"We fought to show that aggression does not pay and that the robber cannot be allowed to get away with his swag. We fought with the support of so many throughout the world.…Yet we also fought alone." -- July 3, 1982, on the Falkland Islands war.

"I was asked whether I was trying to restore Victorian values. I said straight out I was. And I am." -- July 21, 1983, speech to British Jewish Community.

"That nations that have gone for equality, like Communism, have neither freedom nor justice nor equality, they've the greatest inequalities of all, the privileges of the politicians are far greater compared with the ordinary folk than in any other country. The nations that have gone for freedom, justice and independence of people have still freedom and justice, and they have far more equality between their people, far more respect for each individual than the other nations. Go my way. You will get freedom and justice and much less difference between people than you do in the Soviet Union." -- TV interview, January 1983

"There is no week, nor day, nor hour, when tyranny may not enter upon this country, if the people lose their supreme confidence in themselves, and lose their roughness and spirit of defiance. Tyranny may always enter—there is no charm or bar against it." -- July 19, 1984, during the coal miners' strike.

"Economics are the method; the object is to change the heart and soul." Sunday Times, May 1, 1981.

"We can do business together." -- Dec. 17, 1984, speaking of Mikhail Gorbachev.

"No one would remember the good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions. He had money as well." -- Jan. 6, 1986, television interview.

"There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families." -- Oct. 31, 1987, magazine interview.

"We are a grandmother." -- March 3, 1989, announcing the birth of her first grandchild.

"If you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything at any time and you would achieve nothing." -- May 3, 1989, commenting on her 10th anniversary as prime minister.

"I am not immortal, but I've got a lot left in me yet." -- Sept. 9, 1990.

"I cannot imagine how any diplomat, or any dramatist, could improve on (Ronald Reagan's) words to Mikhail Gorbachev at the Geneva summit: 'Let me tell you why it is we distrust you.' Those words are candid and tough and they cannot have been easy to hear. But they are also a clear invitation to a new beginning and a new relationship that would be rooted in trust." -- Eulogy at the funeral of former President Ronald Reagan, June 11, 2004.

—The Associated Press contributed to this article.


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...