Skip to comments.Hawaii Government Demands Cartoon be Censored
Posted on 01/30/2008 8:10:30 AM PST by ECM
A government department of the State of Hawaii is demanding the retraction of a political cartoon published Jan. 18 on the satirical web site http://www.zeroshibai.com/ The demands come in response to images and text ridiculing the Office of Hawaiian Affairs' Kau Inoa campaign as "Cow Inoa." Kau Inoa, Hawaiian for "place your name" is building a roll of Hawaiians to participate in a Hawaiian tribal government. Haunani Apoliona, writing in her capacity as "Chairperson, Board of Trustees, Office of Hawaiian Affairs" (OHA) in a Jan. 24 statement demands: "The cartoon should be pulled and the secret author publicly identified."
Apoliona -- and OHA -- apparently believe the First Amendment has been repealed and government now has the right to censor local media. The saving grace is OHA's inability to enforce this demand. OHA is a Department of the State of Hawaii created by a 1978 amendment to the State Constitution and funded by legislative appropriation. It has an elected Board of Trustees not subject to appointment by the state's Republican Governor or Democrat-controlled Legislature.
Apoliona's response to the cartoon indicates she is speaking in her capacity as OHA Chair, not as a private citizen. In addition to signing the letter with her government title, and sending it to Hawaii Reporter from her OHA email address, Apoliona's statements indicating she is speaking as a representative of her department include:
*"OHA and all those raised in Hawaii don't find it funny at all."
*"The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will continue to fight to better the conditions of Native Hawaiians."
Disturbingly, Kua also indicates that OHA believes it can determine what is and is not a "legitimate" news organization.
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
Should be a 1st Amendment salm-dunk when it hits the courts, but today you never know now.
There’s no fascist like a liberal “identity politics” fascist!
Pretty darn funny. The “Native Hawaiian” radicals will get along great with the Aztlaners in the Southwest. No gringos or haoles allowed!
Well, except John McCain, GOP nominee for president, that is ...
Thin-skin. Life is a lot easier and happier when one has a sense of humor.
I’m of Hawaiian lineage and I find this to be very funny.
Funny. But, I’m a Haole.
When liberals are in charge, the Constitution is meaningless.
"One Hawaii Reporter reader pledges to protest racism by refusing service to "haole" (white) customers
Horse no kau-kau cow kau-kau, COW kau-kau cow kau-kau!
*"OHA and all those raised in Hawaii don't find it funny at all."
Talk about breathtaking arrogance to claim to speak for everyone raised in Hawaii, as if she is the Queen speaking on behalf of her subjects! For all she knows, the author of the cartoon is a native of Hawaii, LOL.
OHA's attack on free speech should be alarming to all Americans, native Hawaiians most of all.
I'm John McCain and I approve of the limitation on political speech.
What's next, beheadings atop Diamond Head?
They don’t behead. They throw you into the volcano.
Nahhhhhh, just throw him (or her) into the volcano...
Now, 'Hawaiians' are starting to do the same thing.
And, we already have censorship when it comes to certain words and blacks.
And, we have elected officials like McLame censoring free speech with McLame/Feingold.
We have other elected ignorant buffoons...er...officials that will attempt to institute the ''fairness doctrine' again to destroy talk radio and put another stake into the heart of free speech.
Next, every stinking little (liberal) group will be demanding the same: GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP.
Talk about a 'slippery slope'.
Or they ring you with a forest of warriors with spears and keep you from moving, eating or drinking until you drop dead....
I love it.
They want their own government. And the two governments they have in mind can’t exist side by side.
So their government will be one built on censorship. *shrugs*
Do you suppose the Hawaiians will riot, torch cars, blow up Washington, and behead the cartoonist???
Silly "pink person," they throw you into the volcano!
That’s actually very well done and frames the issue perfectly.
Yep. Nothing like the truth to really piss off a liberal.
Hawaii is beautiful, but outside of the tourist areas, and especially on the non-tourist parts of Oahu, it is a third world nation with a socialist culture. People, especially the natives, live modestly. The look and feel of the real cities and villages is more like Puerto Rico and Jamaica than rural America. To their credit, Hawaiians are comfortable with this lifestyle. But I did not feel like I was in America as I spent time there.
The cultural matters are significant. In Hawaiian schools, there is one day a year with a Hawaiian name, which translated means "Kill Haole." Yes, it's all in jest, but the big Hawaiian bullies come out and treat the white kids pretty savagely, sometimes resorting to real violence. It is rationalized that this unofficial celebration is needed to expiate Hawaiians legitmate anger at English and American conquestion and occupation in the 19th century, but the notion of a ceremonial day, even unofficial and technically nonviolent, where natives "celebrate" killing innocent whites is extremely racist and adamantly unAmerican. But they get away with it.
Taxes are really high, too, and without tourism the island would be mired in misery. And the media is further left than that in New York or Los Angeles.
I know people who have moved there from the mainland for work, and leave within a year or two because unless you can afford the tuition at elite private schools, the public school system is horrible. And it has a ghetto mentality, so the white kids either join it or are totally ostracized.
As an observant Southern Californian, I find far more acculturation in the worst part of our Hispanic ghettos than in Hawaii.
The Senators who opposed statehood in 1959 said that Hawaii would never fit culturally with the rest of the USA. After spending much time there, I personally agree with them.
This is also a reason why we should never admit Puerto Rico as a state.
[Asbestos suit on. Flame away.]
Thats what the Pali lookout is for. They would throw the accused off for the gods to judge their guilt. If the wind blew the accused back into the arms of the accuser, they were deemed guilty.
I have some friends who moved there and came back to the mainland after a couple months, fearing for the lives of their children. That’s the first time I ever heard the word Haole.
there is a lot of hatred, racism, and violence directed towards haoles from every other ethnic group on that island. And the haoles are told, basically, that they have it coming.
I've only been to Hawaii once. I loved it--and I didn't expect to. It is unimaginably beautiful and varied. Everyone I met was just wonderful. I expected corny culture--plastic leis and hula skirts. What I found was elegance, gorgeous flower leis, beautiful classical music on the radio, high culture everywhere I went, including a beautiful blending of world cultures, mostly Asian, American, and European. I was astounded by the beauty and elegance.
Everyone was friendly to me.
However--when I went into public restrooms on Oahu, I was astonished at the graffiti on the walls. The walls were covered. It was the most ugly racist graffiti I've ever seen, tinged with homosexuality. I saw attacks on groups that I didn't even know were groups: haoles, of course, but also Japanese, polynesians, native Hawaiians, Chinese--I can even remember who.
I remember one graffito that said: "Haole, go back to your hate-filled land."
Another referred to the "pencil-d**k Japanese".
I have seen racist men's room graffiti in some places in the continental U.S.--but never of such vitriol.
I can see why they want this censored. Effective parody exposes their P.C. crusade. And this is very effective!
Just try to get a business license etc in Hilo if you’re not Japanese and or native Hawaiian.
Spot on observations. Served there from 76-78. Witnessed the same as you described. I have been back numerous times since, most recently over the Christmas 07 holiday. I was taken aback by how much more third worldly Hawaii has become in the three short years since my last visit. It is slowly becoming the new Jamaica and Haiti. A beautiful, scenic place to visit, but the Aloha spirit is more marketing hype these days when you dig a little below the surface. Lots of social engineering and liberal fascism at work there and a subsurface “native” racism that shows itself more frequently.
My wife just experienced the hatred yesterday, with a part Hawaiian co-worker blowing a fuse and yelling at her that Haoles like her did not belong here, were not welcome, etc. Really threw my wife off track, she had been loving the laid back nature of Hawaii after our lives in SoCal.
Tourists just do not see this part of the islands.
You stated that you spent a lot of time in Hawaii between ‘05-’07. I am assuming you did not live there full time during this period.
As a Hawaiian born and raised on the island of O’ahu, would like address a couple of issues.
Not all of the public schools are “horrible”, though I would say that most of them are. Your description and the so called history behind “Kill Haole Day” is new to me. It is true that in a lot of the public schools, the students generally know about “Kill Haole Day”, which is the last day of the school year. I attended public school throughout, and although the student body is aware of this designated day, I’ve rarely seen an incident involving violence. This day is not “celebrated”, but merely recognized. Furthermore, if a student is caught attacking another student, they are disciplined. Your description is inaccurate, although the sentiment expressed is fair.
“But I did not feel like I was in America...”
I should hope not. Tourist don’t spent thousands of dollars to visit Hawaii only to feel as though they travelled over an ocean to visit their back yard. There is free enterprise, a democratic government in place, paved streets, military bases, and law enforcement, churches of diverse beliefs, etc.
Unfortunately, the liberal government has ruined the state. They, along with Hawaiian activists have helped to keep the native population uneducated. It is a tragedy.
My grandparents and great grandparents, let alone my parents, did not share the same sentiments these activists espouse.
Hawaii is not the paradise it used to be, which is why I cannot bring myself to live there any longer. It is too painful to watch it dissolve further into the socialist/communist sinkhole it has become.
But the "Kill Haole" day is real. It even has its own link at Wikipedia. And here are some quotes about it from online media:
"Kill Haole Day is an annual ritual in Hawaiian public schools in which any haoles, or Caucasians, that dare to come to school are beat up by non-haole locals. Traditionally, this day is observed on the last day of classes. ... Public school administrators claim that the traditional beat downs given out on the last day of classes have subsided in recent years, but that could be window dressing as teachers have been known to literally walk away from racial violence."
"Growing up in Hawai'i, being part Hawaiian myself, I never had to face any of the prejudices some locals show toward haoles. I never even realized that haoles were picked on in school. I always thought "Kill Haole Day" was an exaggeration. I went to Kamehameha, so we never saw that, because we were all part Hawaiian. But, while here in Florida, I met a haole guy who went to high school in Hawai'i while his dad was stationed at Barber's Point, and he said he used to get beat up all the time."
"At my elementary school, the last day of school was called "Kill Haole Day." It was when kids of the non-white races, who were in the majority, would pick on white kids -- call them names, throw rotten eggs at them, beat them up."
"A hate crimes bill could open up the state to lawsuits because of the practice known as "kill haole day" in Hawaii public schools, a Republican state representative says. Rep. Jim Rath (R, Kona) questioned advocates of the bill (Senate Bill 605, SD1) about a provision that would allow lawsuits for acts of violence, threats, intimidation or harassment based on race and other factors. Rath suggested that "kill haole day" is a long-standing tradition in some schools and unless the state is able to completely eliminate "kill haole day," it would open the state up to liability."
Incidentally, the definition of ‘haole’ is, in general, foreigner. Obviously, it can be used in a derogatory manner.
You stated Kill Haole is ‘celebrated’. Not so. And I must express strong disagreement to the term, “annual ritual...”, which was stated in one of the quotes. Furthermore, if you’ll notice the hyperbole; “...in which any haoles, or Caucasians, that dare to come to school are beat up by non-haole locals.” Any? These examples are anecdotal, and as I have mentioned previously, I only witnessed one or two occasions while growing up where a haole was assaulted. What is important to note is that I attended “country” schools. Any individual out there that’s ever lived in Hawaii will understand what I mean when I say, “country”. These are schools whose student body consist of mainly non-white individuals, and thus increases the incidents of racial conflict/violence between white and non-white students. One would naturally assume that with all that is being said, I would surely have witnessed far more incidents of violence, and yet I have not.
Another factor that needs to be considered is what school these individuals attended. If you attended a public school which was located in a wealthy neighborhood, the chances of racial violence is far less likely.
tom h, you said, “’Kill Haole’day is real” I did not deny that it is real. I wanted to point out the misinformation that was expressed in your post.
I must mentioned that I do not question any individuals experiences in these incidents, and I know that although I had the great fortune of not having to witness many assaults, I know they occur. But personal experience doesn't automatically mean that your encounter or opinion represents a complete and well rounded view.
For the record, censoring the cartoon is asinine. And besides, it’s very funny.