Big Island Video News: Mauna Kea and the Occupied Hawaiian Kingdom

Talk story with Dr. David Keanu Sai and attorney Dexter Kaiama in Hilo concerning the international ramifications of the proposed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea, and the growing awareness of the continued existence of the occupied Hawaiian Kingdom.

by David Corrigan

HILO – Inspired by the kapu aloha on display during the blockade of the Thirty Meter Telescope, Hawaii residents are flocking to Mauna Kea. Last Thursday, 31 people were arrested in connection with the blockade of the $1.4 billion observatory. However, the incident only strengthened the support for the protectors of the sacred mountain. On Monday, two figures active on the international front lines of the Hawaiian Kingdom joined the gathering.

Big Island Video News interviewed Dr. David Keanu Sai and attorney Dexter Kaiama about the latest developments on Mauna Kea and the international response.

6 thoughts on “Big Island Video News: Mauna Kea and the Occupied Hawaiian Kingdom

  1. Beautiful! Yes as what Dr. Sai stated, it’s about compliance of the law! Nothing more! Because, yeah, I too personally, am not saying that telescopes should not be built on Mauna Kea, I’m just saying that if such things should be built, it has to be done under the law. Considering that Hawaii is occupied territory and that we are not legally a part of the United States, certain provisions of international law, along with the laws of occupation applies here. For instance, since the mountain is sacred and if there are religious temples on the mountain, they not only must be respected, but they cannot be seized, damaged, or destroyed. Doing so is a violation of the laws of occupation and not to mention a War Crime itself! For example, under ARTICLE 56 of the 1907 IV Hague Regulations, which by the way, is part of the laws of occupation, the Article states:

    “The property of municipalities, that of institutions dedicated to religion, charity and education, the arts and sciences, even when state property, shall be treated as private property.
    All seizure of, destruction or wilful damage done to institutions of this character, historic monuments, works of art and science, is forbidden, and should be made the subject of legal proceedings.”

    In addition, under ARTICLE 46 of said Regulations, the Article states:
    “Family honour and rights, the lives of persons, and private property, as well as religious convictions and practice, must be respected.
    Private property cannot be confiscated.”

    So to put it in other words, if Mauna Kea itself or its temples are harmed, seized or destroyed due to the telescope, it constitutes as a War Crime.

    From this point on, you cannot say you did not know this. Because now you do!

  2. Hawaiian Kingdom 2015….
    Mahalo for fighting for our chief
    w\kapu aloha

    The seeds has been planted….
    The flowers are growing

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