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, as formerly recognized internationally via treaties with nations including the USA and European powers, and
Whereas, the illegal overthrow of the nation 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.
Submitted by Pete Shimazaki Doktor, Hawai`i Chapter 113