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Akaka Bill by “Addendum” was the wrong thing to attempt in the first place.

By John S. Carroll

Senator Akaka is one of the most kind and compassionate men I have ever known. He has served Hawaii well in the US House and Senate. This letter is written with respect for all he and Senator Inouye have done, not only for Native Hawaiians, but also for all the people of Hawaii.

To withhold my comments out of respect for these gentlemen would violate my pursuit of justice for Native Hawaiians. (I have children, grandchildren and eight great grandchildren, each of whom is Native Hawaiian.)

Senator Inouye just recently abandoned his plan to piggy-back the Akaka Bill to an Interior Department spending bill in an attempt to get over the procedural hurdle which has blocked its passage for the past eleven years.

This bill should have never been contemplated in the first place.

The Bill seeks RECOGNITION OF NATIVE HAWAIIANS. Given the history of Hawaii, to suggest that Hawaiians need recognition is absurd. It is ironic, indeed, that these Senators are seeking something that the “Native Hawaiians” achieved as early as 1840 when the first Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom was issued by King Kamehameha the Third. It clearly declares “God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the earth in unity and blessedness.” The Hawaiian Kingdom was recognized internationally by the execution of more than twenty treaties and by international tribunals in dealing with the British attempt to colonize Hawaii.

Creating a race based, sovereign nation within the eleven thousand square miles of these islands, quite frankly, is ludicrous! Republican leadership, under Chairman Kaauwai in this State has finally gotten a resolution against passage of the Akaka Bill, a resolution Mrs. Lingle stifled while Governor and titular head of the Party.

The Kingdom had a bi-cameral legislature, Houses of Commons and Alii, both Houses dominated by “Native Hawaiians”. The Kingdom not only assimilated persons of all races, but actively promoted bringing them to Hawaii, giving them citizenship or denizenship and integrating them into the racial fabric of this land.

No Indian tribe that I know of has ever received recognition at this level. To compare “Native Hawaiians” to Maoris, Cherokee, Arapahoe, Aleut nations borders on absurdity.

Everyone interested in Native Hawaiian history with respect to “racial issues” should read the dicta in Rex v. Booth, and see what justices appointed by the Alii had to say about the intrinsic equality of man. This was written prior to the end of the US Civil War.

However well intended, the Akaka Bill seeks to reinstate the concept of division by race that our constitution and decades of the civil rights movement have sought to erase. By drawing false parallels to Native Americans the bill distorts the true and unique history of Hawaii’s people. Further, the tactical expediency of attaching this bill to an expenditure bill so as to avoid open and honest debate would have honored neither Hawaiians nor other citizens of this state and country.

Note: John Carroll believes that all Hawaiians who qualify for homestead lands should be awarded those properties in fee.  The system of term leases “administrated” by a governmental bureaucracy is inefficient, prone to fraud and ultimately unfair to individual Hawaiians. Ruby Johnson advises Mr. Carroll on Hawaiian cultural and legal matters.

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  1. Aloha John,

    Many thanks for your long-standing and continuing strong opposition to the Akaka bill.

    I have taken the liberty of adding this commentary to my 12-year-long compilation of major publications opposing the Akaka bill. The compilation for 2011 is at
    and the index covering all the years 2000-2011

    E malama pono (take care — I like it that this phrase not only means take care of yourself, but it also means take care of and serve righteousness, which is exactly what you are doing!)

    Ken Conklin

    December 17, 2011
  2. Hello, John:

    As I recall it, you ran against Inouye about 12 years ago or so, didn’t you? I am very impressed with your website and the knowledge of the needs of the country that you show. I am impressed with the information you give of the Hawaiian nation efforts and the Akaka bill, the Jones Act and your pro-life stance. May I ask, did you not go through a divorce a few years back? (No problem but if so, I think your ex has emailed me a few times from Cape Coral.)

    Although I am 74 now, I have a13-year old, a 10 year-old and twins 8 years-old. The younger twin was supposed to be born to be a lifelong vegetable who could never do anything for himseld and it was recommended that we let Kaiser give all the nourishment to Twin A. At birth, the pediatrician was just bursting with the news that their predictions had understated how bad off the poor little thing would be and essentially said “See you should have let us do it while it was legal. Today, he excels in almost everything they predicted he would be unable to do and overall is the greatest joy of all my children. He is most athletic, makes the best grades, is least argumentative, loving, kind, considerate of others and obedient. I already have a bumper strip designed on my computer, “Elisha Q. Smith~ PRESIDENT ~ 2052 ~ Republican” and he knows I am grooming him for that position already!!!

    I highly respect Linda Lingle, and even more so, Duke Aiona, both of whom I have talked with personally face to face, but your website has really impressed me. I tentatively will plan to vote for you. Cam Cavasso is also a friend and I would have a serious problem in myself to vote against him, but at this late date, I am not seeing the level of activity, the energetic pursuit for the duty that you exhibit in your ad.

    Finally, my own life-story book, Through It All IN THE HOLLOW OF HIS HAND, is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, WestBow Press Bookstore and probably can be ordered or purchased at your local bookstore. A survivor of no less than six personal attacks on my life, a minister who has argued with the then unemployed former Soviet Ambassador to Spain, Igor Ivanov, on the street in Moscow while distributing Russian language Gospel tracts and years later recognized him as the Russian Foreign Minister as he addressed the UN to say why the US didn’t need a second UN approval to attack Saddam Hussein.

    I will be watching your campaign closely and if my book sells well possibly helping your campaign significantly.

    Rev. Samuel M. Smith

    January 29, 2012
  3. Patrick silva #

    Mr. Carroll, please read Tom Coffman’s book Nation Within: The Story of America’s Occupation of the Nation of Hawaii, Rich Budnick’s book Stolen Kingdom: An American Conspiracy, and Queen Liliu’okalani’s book Hawaii’s Story by Hawaii’s Queen. Rubellite Kawena Johnson is a very good source for cultural knowledge, but unfortunately she has been so thoroughly indoctrinated by American imperialist dogma and so docilely submissive to it, that she is not a authoritative source for knowledge about Hawaii’s political history and its current political status. Sad to say she is not a patriot to her own Lahui, Lahui Hawaii and Ke Aupuni Hawaii. If you would truly seek truth and knowledge and be a true friend to the Kanaka, seek out and consult real authorities on Hawaii’s political history and status; Dr. Jon Osorio, Dr. David Keanu Sai, and Noenoe Silva of the University of Hawaii, Tom Coffman, Leon Siu, Ehu Cardwell and Kaiopua Fife of the Koani Foundation, these would be excellent wellsprings of knowledge for you to tap into, let them guide you into the light of truth and true love for Na Mokupuni o Hawaii. I would also recommend another excellent book, by the former chief foreign news correspondent of the New York Times, Stephen Kinzer, Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change, From Hawaii to Iraq. In this engrossing narrative, Mr. Kinzer tells in detail the accounts of 14 occurrences of regime change around the world in which Americans played the lead and decisive role; the first one being right here in Honolulu in 1893. Finally Mr. Carroll, I doubt that Ron Paul would not support the de-occupation of Hawaii by the us if he read the James Blount Report and thoroughly familiarized himself with the nature and manner of the us takeover of Hawaii, as detailed in the Blount Report and Coffman’s Nation Within. Aloha palena ole

    July 29, 2012
  4. Lilia #

    I am glad you have this website, because I am on the prowl to see who shares my same values, and I would appreciate a response. What is your stance on marriage? Are you pro life or pro choice? I am a Christian and I believe in Jesus and stand with Him in solidarity. What about you? Who/What do you believe in?

    July 31, 2012

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