Pacific American-News Journal
Iune-June 1996 Volume 2 Issue 6
Makua The End Of The Road?
By Guest Columnist Kamuela Monet
50 year old Henry Rosa is a tall, well built,
articulate and soft spoken man. A graduate of St. Anthony School
and Vietnam veteran, Rosa, leader of the Makua Council says that
"Makua means Parent and is the bosom of the Hawaiian
Sovereignty movement. This is where we will make our stand. This
is our wounded knee."
Encamped on Makua Beach in makeshift tents are
approximately 400 Hawaiian men, women and children. Driven to
desperation to the end of the road, homeless in their own land,
these proud people will be "evicted" by an armed force
of an estimated 500-800 Hawai`i State police and Federal marshals
on June 15, 1996.
"You cannot evict someone from land you do
not own", says Rosa referring to US Public Law 103-150
enacted by the US Congress on November 23, 1993. "The United
States admitted that it stole the land from our people; then gave
it to the Territory of Hawai`i (an agency of the Interior
Department) which became the State of Hawai`i. Now the State
wants us to leave so the tourists won't have to look at our tents
on the beach. Looks bad." "Simply put, you steal my
car, give it to your cousin...then I take it back..whos car
is it? It is my car" Rosa continues.
Research has shown the following:
An inspection of Land Patent Grant and Royal
Patents at the State of Hawaii department of land and natural
resources revealed that all of Makua valley, from the mountain to
the sea (ahupua'a) was part of the crown or "ceded"
Makua beach is located at the end of a dead end
road on the extreme west end of the Hawaiian island of 0'ahu. To
get there, one must travel from the capitol city of Honolulu with
its high rise condominiums, through the new city of Kapolei where
US mainland developers and the State of Hawai`i have built
thousands of new homes to house new arrivals to Hawai`i from the
Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and the US mainland. Past the
"power retail" Eagle Hardware, Computer City, Office
Max and McDonalds on H-1 freeway and the Li'ilani Hotel resort
and golf course where Japanese tourist play.
As you pass the Kahe power plant, the H-1 freeway
becomes a two lane road, Farrington Highway with the smattering
of old homes, run down stores and poorly kept beach parks.
Hawaiian people live between the power plant and Makua, some 6
miles away. Farrington Highway runs past the US Military base at
Lualualei, the US post office, police station, Waianae High
school, Makaha surfing beach and then nothing but dried out scrub
land. The road narrows at Makua cave where Makua beach begins.
One half mile past Makua Beach the road dead ends at a rocky
outcrop called Kaena Point.
The striking beauty of Makua beach is deceiving.
Rosa explains... "the water is nearly lifeless. The leaking
military munitions at Lualualei has entered the water table and
the ocean, poisoning the marine life. No squid, almost no fish,
very little limu (edible sea weed). But this is the end of the
road for us. We have come home to mother's bosom."
An old man enters the open tent area where we are
talking. He introduces himself as a rancher in the area and asks
Rosa if he wants to sell his wooden shack before the police come.
Rosa declines the offer explaining that "it will be
sacrificed to the white man's bulldozer god." The old man
talks about Makua valley and all the ancient Heiau (Hawaiian
temples) located on his land. Rosa confirms that the place was
once very sacred to Hawaiians.
I asked Rosa what he thinks will happen on the
15th. "Governor Cayetano decided to wait until the 15th so
that the kids could finish school" he says with a chuckle.
"An overwhelming force of approximately 500 will converge
upon us by land sea and air. In the early morning, they will
block the road at Makua cave; then in a pincer movement descend
upon us from both ends and also the middle. I saw the maneuver
many times in Nahm." Henry explains while indicating the
enemy troop positions on a scrap piece of paper using the pen he
borrowed from me.
I asked him what can people do to help.
Rosas eyes sparkle as he replies that he invites supporters
to come into Makua early on June 14. Bring a sleeping bag and $25
cash for bail . All of the women and children will be evacuated,
only men will be left to occupy the land. It will be peaceful,
civil disobedience. Expect to be arrested for trespassing.
Rosa continues, They dont have the
facilities to arrest and process 2,000 people.
Note: Hawai`i Revised Statutes 708-815 defines "Simple
Trespass": A person commits the offense of simple trespass
if he knowingly enter or remains unlawfully in or upon premises.
Simple trespass is a violation.
HRS 708-816 "Defense to Trespass": it is a defense to
prosecution for trespass as a violation of sections 708-814 and
108-815 that the defendant entered upon and passed along or over
established and well defined roadways, pathways, or. trails
leading to public beaches over government lands, whether or not
under private lease to private persons.
The Hawai`i Supreme Court has upheld that Native
Hawaiians can access traditional areas that are not developed,
unimpeded, for the purpose of gathering traditional materials.
When I left, I gave Henry a one ounce Silver
Universaro Coin as a donation to the cause. He thanked me and
told me that he will keep it as a memento of Makua Beach; vowing
that he will return again and again until the life leaves his
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE PEOPLE OF MAKUA
Show up Friday morning, June 14, 1996,
with you sleeping bag and $25 cash.
Contribute to the Makua Defense Fund.
Send Cashier Checks or Money Orders to:
Ho'o Mau Hala 'o Ku Inc
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
Ph: (808) 638-8934 Fax: (808) 638-8018
The money will be used to bail out those
protesters without $25 cash and prepare a legal defense. Your
Kokua (help) is appreciated
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