Whereas, the aboriginal people of the islands of Hawai'i, the Kānaka Maoli (indigenous Hawaiians), have the inherent right to collective self-governance and determination, and
Whereas, the independence and sovereignty of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi was formerly recognized internationally via treaties with nations including the USA and European powers, and
Whereas, the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i through the collusion of White supremacist profiteers and US military continues to undermine the inherent sovereignty of Native Hawaiian in the present, and
Whereas, Mauna Kea, a mountain historically sacred to Kānaka Maoli with a record of destructive mismanagement by the University of Hawai'i, is the contested site of yet another telescope, a colossal thirty-meter telescope (TMT) atop fragile conservation land that threatens the island aquifer, endangered species and ancient Hawaiian shrines and culture, and
Whereas, the movement to protect Mauna a Wakea (Mauna Kea) having been motivated by historical kuleana (responsibility) to mālama 'aina (ecological preservation), practices Kapu Aloha (nonviolence) demonstrated through ongoing legal challenges and peaceful civil disobedience;
Therefore Be It Resolved that Veterans For Peace supports the Kānaka Maoli kia'i (Native Hawaiian protectors) inherent right to collective self-governance and determination, including opposition to the construction on their culturally, ecologically and spiritually revered mountain of Mauna Kea. VFP honors their Aloha 'Āina (love for land/people) and condemns any acts of violence against the protectors by authorities, be them local, federal or military.
Further, Be It Resolved that Veterans For Peace calls on the State of Hawaiʻi, the University of Hawaiʻi, and the TMT partners, to cancel the TMT project on Maunakea.
Submitted by Pete Shimazaki Doktor, Hawai`i Chapter 113
Board Supports Resolution
Convention Vote: Passed
Approved unanimously by membership at business meeting.