Monday, December 10, 2012


The very strange state of the State of Hawaii and its case against Laulani Teale

By H. Doug Matsuoka

OK, kind of a rant here, but it's as late at night for you as it is for me. Iʻm thinking about how really weird and twisted some things are here in Hawaii:
We also have panel discussions at the law school about how non-Hawaiians can support the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement without the concept of legal support to Hawaiians coming up except only peripherally. But thatʻs not a bullet point here because thatʻs a whole other post in the near future.

So, for the record, I present a short video: Hawaiian activist Laulani Teale reciting the Kānāwai Māmalahoe in court as the introduction to her closing argument in defense of the charges against her (November 15, 2012). She also translates it for the benefit of the court:

The complete closing arguments and the judgeʻs guilty verdict are in links below.

So, yes, the verdict was guilty, favoring testimony of City & County employees exclusively over video contradicting that testimony. And yes, Teale had to represent herself after finding no attorney willing to represent her. And yes, she will be appealing but has not yet found an attorney willing to help her.

None of this makes sense to me, but I guess that is the theme of this post.

H. Doug Matsuoka
10 December 2012
Makiki, Honolulu

For more info about Laulani Teale and her the circumstances surrounding the case, click this DougNote search link (this story will be at the top for now).


Mahalo, Doug! You nailed it on the irony of the State. And mahalo so much for all your awesome assistance with all of this! Mahalo too to the many others who helped as well - some attorneys among them, to be sure. You are all so wonderful!

I do want to be clear that I did not really go looking for representation during this phase of trial. I did need procedural advice at certain points; sometimes people helped amazingly with this, and sometimes I got notably blown off by most of the "law" world (by no fault of the individual attorneys who tried their best to help when they could). But that is part of the point here, too. At the point where no recourse to justice exists, Kānāwai Māmalahoe is in full effect.

Kānāwai Māmalahoe started with an ordinary fisherman taking the law, literally, into his own hands to protect himself from government abuse when nothing else could be done, and his right to do so was validated and ceremonially sanctified in a way that cannot be broken. This is because it speaks to a universal law of humanity, and was set into Kānāwai with the power to break government itself.

I likewise needed to address Mr. Carlisle due to his heinous abuse of the common people, including myself. Why did everyone in the government seem to believe I really intended to hit him with my pū (which I certainly would not have done, and showed no evidence of wanting to on video)? Perhaps it is because they all know the law just a little better than they let on.

It was important for me to address the court in the same way, with my own hands and voice. While I think I was pretty thorough in addressing the many applicable statutes, ordinances, rules and constitutional mandates they were bound to follow, as well as in clarifying their fundamental lack of sovereign authority due to the illegality of U.S. occupation, my main point was very simple: your abuse of the people needs to stop, here and now. If your government will not recognize this here in its own ceremony of court, then the law is clear: hewa nō, make.

I needed to speak that truth in their temple.

Ua noa.

All that being said, yes, I am looking for legal advice, at least, in moving forward through the appeal process. I may also have some paintings for sale soon, as the transcripts are extremely long and expensive. Please stay tuned!


We need to have more people recite the splintered paddle law on youtube, so that the message gets out about the state in Hawaii. And how wishy washy their legislative process speaks to the people. The more it's on youtube the more we can start to believe it ourselves--as for the people stuff.

Well, Ua mau ke ea o ka 'āina i ka pono is a beautiful state motto but I think it stands as a warning - a means to put people on notice to be mindful of what sustains us and the world around us. That beauty is sustained in righteousness. When people are right in relation to one another it helps sustain righteousness; when leadership keeps clean hands, it helps sustain righteousness; when power is motivated out of a sense of equity, it helps sustain righteousness; when courts realize the difference between mere laws and justice, it helps sustain righteousness and when people care about their neighbors, it helps sustain righteousness.

I say that when I look around, I see all these things as endangered as the beauty of the land. Land becomes arid when people become corrupt. For some strange spiritual reason, our creator tries to warn us that everything we do will re-create our surroundings. So I think our leaders should read the state motto and tremble - as the volcano never stops and the air gets choke and the earth shakes and the crops fail. This is warning to us. People remember: Ua mau ke ea o ka 'āina i ka pono. Don't let the criminals run our lives.

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