Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Hawaiian Homelands trial begins

In many ways this is the "trial of the century" for Hawaii. Since 1921, if I understood the opening statements correctly, there has been an obligation to put Hawaiians on their land that has been shirked. The operative word here is "their" land. While applicants die on the waiting list, 30,000 acres were withdrawn and 13,000 acres sold to private interests, if I have this right, out of an original 200,000.

The trial is expected to go on until September, but the TV camera has left. Too bad, because the most compelling part of the trial will be the witnesses. So far two have been called. Who will bring their stories to the public?

I can only peck out so much on this cellphone, so more will have to wait for another day.


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