Saturday, October 27, 2007

Boston Tea Party...Nawiliwili Ti Party...Kahului Ti Party

These events really gained attention with the Supreme Court decision and also the first public efforts in Nawiliwili Harbor. The repercussions of that in public involvement will be far reaching, I believe.

This made me think of the Boston Tea Party. It seemed like a small event at the time. Dumping tea bags into the harbor to protest taxation without representation. There seems to be quite a few similarities with current events. That event became known world-wide and throughout history for what it signified.

It would be important to have hundreds if not thousands of people involved. People with ti leaves, people with video cameras, and people able to protest outside the edges of the illegal security zone.
I propose a pono Nawiliwili Ti Party and Kahului Ti Party should it become necessary.

Aloha, Brad

1 comment:

MauiBrad said...

I was contacted yesterday in reference to my brief analysis of the Superferry bill text (not on this blog). The person said that I should not widely distribute analysis that helps the opposition
find their own mistakes that could be corrected. That person is in contact with the Maui plaintiffs while I am not. Apparently the Maui plaintiffs are confident with their ability to challenge the proposed bill/law.

After that conversation I thought a lot about this bill and how people may react. I think it is important for people to be aware of the power of those who have thusfar not spoken much publicly about this issue...like for example: Matson, Alexander and
Baldwin, Young Brothers, Hawaiian Electric, Senator Inouye, and Senator Akaka, just to mention a few. It is also important to be aware of the State Supreme Court in
relation to the longstanding powerstructure in Hawaii. Linda Lingle and even HI Superferry and even John Lehman do not derive their political power from the
longstanding powerstructure in Hawaii. Lingle, Lehman, and Superferry derive their power
from the current Republican powerstructure on the Mainland. This is important to keep in mind when looking at what exactly the Legislature is doing now and how
people might react in a way to be effective without unnecessarily risking their own personal safety.

I think now that there are interests in the Legislature
who listened intently to the
public testimony and are intentionally helping us and the real power structure in Hawaii
by bringing forward and passing a bill/law that by its text will be able to be invalidated by the courts.

In light of this, I think it is important that people plan their protests to be effective
but not to risk their personal safety and future for the sake of these temporary actions. Specifically as this relates to Nawiliwili Harbor, I noticed that the Nawiliwili Park appears
to be close but outside of the Security Zone. Also the intersection of Nawiliwili Road
and Waapa Road, I believe it is, that only has a stop sign and not the traffic light that
it should have, is close but outside of the Security Zone. These would seem to be
responsible, safe locations from which to mount a massive demonstration...
a Nawiliwili Ti Party, if you will.

Also, in addition to a lot of people videotaping the events, Senator Hemmings unwittingly mentioned a great idea regarding megaphones that could be made use of, in today's paper:

"Kauai senator swims upstream against ferry"

By Derrick DePledge
Advertiser Government Writer
Oct. 28, 2007

[...]

"State Senate Minority Leader Fred Hemmings, R-25th (Kailua, Waimanalo, Hawai'i Kai), has often singled Hooser out for criticism. Hemmings issued a statement after the protests on Kaua'i that mistakenly claimed Hooser was on the pier at Nawiliwili Harbor with a megaphone cheering on surfers and kayakers in the water."

[...]

"Hooser said he will ask Superferry executives and activists on Kaua'i to try to talk through their differences, perhaps with the help of the Spark Matsunaga Institute for Peace at the University of Hawai'i-Manoa."

"Hooser also said he would appeal to people on Kaua'i and Maui not to risk their safety by violating the law. "I will tell them that if they're going to protest, that they should do so legally and safely," Hooser said. "And the most effective protest is to protest with their pocketbooks."

"But I do not want to see people put in harm's way. I do not want to see people arrested or any lives ruined."

Aloha, Brad