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Hale Pai
Pacific American-News Journal

Iune-June 1996 Volume 2 Issue 6

  Ka Maka Lehulehu

In The Public Eye

Historic court ruling

"Ceded lands sales on hold" headlining this morning's paper (3/4/96) brought pure ecstasy to me and my family and many other Hawaiian makau throughout our Hawai'i nei. To watch the evening news and see the many happy faces who represented the Hawaiians and OHA after the court decision brought tears to my eyes. I could not help but raise my right fist into the air in triumph.

This is the second time in a month I have made this un-Hawaiian gesture. The first to our councilmen over Kuapa and now this. Us makules (73 years old) usually only shut up, watch TV and namunamu. The gesture I performed after so many years of frustration is pure haole and not aloha Hawai'i. E kala mai ia'u. Mahalo nui loa to you all for working for our benefit. To Judge -Daniel Heely: a place is waiting for you in heaven.

My eye no can see good but I was looking for others in that historical TV gathering outside the court. Were any Bishop Estate representatives there? Was Kali Watson and his hui present in support of this important ruling? How about the other Hawaiian, groups? Real refreshing yeah, to see OHA representatives speaking up on TV to support Bishop Estate "no steal my land" pilikia. I say everybody gotta come together for our Hawaiian causes. Sometimes, I wish I was younger, I like hold up the signs properly too.

Charles Kamanu

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