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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Prof. David L. Callies



David L. Callies is Benjamin A. Kudo professor of law at the University of Hawaii's William S. Richardson School of Law where he teaches land use, state and local government and real property, and an external examiner for the Hong Kong City University’s Department of Law. Prior to coming to Hawaii he practiced local government and land use law with the firm of Ross & Hardies of Chicago during which time he also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning and served as an Assistant State’s Attorney.  He is a graduate of DePauw University, the University of Michigan Law School (J.D.) and the University of Nottingham (LL.M.), and a past foreign fellow and present life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.  He is a 2009 recipient of a University of Hawaii Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Award.


He is past chair of the Real Property and Financial Services Section of the Hawaii State Bar Association; past chair of the American Bar Association Section of State and Local Government Law and the recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006;  past chair, section of state and local government law, the American Association of Law Schools;  past chair, Academics Forum, and member of Council, Asia Pacific Forum, of the International Bar Association; a member of the American Law Institute (ALI);  a Member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners (FAICP), a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL)and co-editor of the annual Land Use and Environmental Law Review (with Dan Tarlock).  He is also a board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute in Denver, the Institute for Local Government Studies in Dallas, APA’s Planning & Environmental Law digest, the Holy Nativity School in Honolulu, and the Social Science Association of Honolulu. 

Among his seventeen books are Bargaining for Development: A Handbook on Development Agreements, Annexation Agreements, Land Development Conditions and Vested Rights (with Curtin and Tappendorf) (ELI, 2003); Taking Land: Compulsory Purchase and Land Use Regulation in the Asia-Pacific (with Kotaka) (U.H. Press, 2002, republished in Japanese, 2007), Property and the Public Interest (with Hylton, Mandelker and Franzese) (Lexis Law Publishing, 3d ed., 2007); Preserving Paradise:  Why Regulation Won't Work (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1994); Regulating Paradise:  Land Use Controls In Hawaii (Univ. of Hawaii Press, 1984; 2d edition, 2010), and (with Robert Freilich and Tom Roberts), Cases and Materials on Land Use (Thomson-West, 5th ed., 2008).  His book, Land Use Controls in the United States is published in Kyoto(in Japanese) and Shanghai (in Chinese).  His latest book (with coauthors) The Role of Customary Law in Sustainable Development  was published by Cambridge University Press in 2006 and republished in paperback in 2010.  He has delivered endowed lectures at Albany Law School and at John Marshall Law School (Chicago), lectured on land issues in China, Japan and Korea,  and is a regular lecturer at the annual conferences of the American Planning Association and the American Bar Association. One of his most recent (of over 80) articles was written by request for the Asia Pacific Law Journal of Hong Kong City University for a special 2007 edition commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong’s establishment as a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, entitled Takings, Physical and Regulatory and addressing the recent use of U.S. property law precedents by Hong Kong’s highest court. 

He is presently coauthoring a book on land development by agreement  and coediting books on eminent domain and on Tax Increment Financing, all for the ABA Press, and editing the second edition of a comparative study entitled Eminent Domain in Asia and Australia for LexisNexis and Nichols on Eminent Domain.

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