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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Mike Hansen


Mike Hansen was born in Honolulu, attended Punah            ou School, Willamette University, and the University of Hawaii.

His maritime employment began in the early 1970’s, and included working in a shipyard, and at Hawaiian Tug & Barge in several trade positions.

After that, Mike ran his own ship agency in Honolulu from the mid 1970’s through the 1990’s.  In addition, he was involved in ship chartering and founded a container shipping company that operated a direct liner service from Honolulu to the South Pacific for more than five years.

Mike is currently active in commercial shipbroking and consulting with colleagues in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Since the late 1990’s, Mike has been the President of the Hawaii Shippers Council, and continues to be actively involved with the Jones Act and other shipping issues affecting island shippers.  He is widely known as a commenter on these issues.

The Hawaii Shippers Council is a business league organization incorporated in 1997.  The Council represents those cargo owners known as “shippers” who tender their goods for shipment with ocean carriers also known as “ship owners.”

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