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To Protest or not on Molokai

In this country people have the right to protest for or against any issue. To infringe intentionally, obstruct, hurt or intimidate people or businesses is not a right.  Behavior has consequences, whether it’s DUI or IOU.  After 9-11 and the boogie man environment, the Patriot Act is a law.  People can become to the FBI a person of interest or a suspected terrorist.  Words have meaning, choose carefully what you say and what you write—big brother is looking.

In my opinion the American Safari (AS) vessel visiting Molokai with 30 people once a week is a non-issue.  They come, they look, they buy Molokai souvenirs, beef, fruits and vegetables, get the real aloha and go home.  From my understanding, the AS had to get an okay from the State Department of Transportation, the Harbor Division, Department of Land and Natural Resources and the United States Coast Guard to dock on Molokai.  It’s okay for vans to carry people to ride the mules to Kalauapapa, visit Purdy’s Nuts, Molokai Museum, etc. 

The safari I’m concerned about is the fifty to a hundred 410-foot giraffe and elephants planted in concrete on the west end that the state wants to stretch their tail to Honolulu and have these animals catch gas, run it through its tail and sell.  That is the process that needs attention.

Molokai, are you aware that an identified Google car drove around the island taking pictures of all the homes and streets and now everything about Molokai is on the Internet?  I missed that protest.

On another note, I’m so happy that our Molokai High School graduates are welcomed to mainland colleges for educational purposes and to experience other cultures and some even choose to buy a home and live.  How would they feel if the locals in that state held signs and yelled, “You f..…ing  pineapple, go home.”  As Lucky Luck said, “If you can’t say something good about somebody, don’t say anything.”

Larry Helm, Concerned Citizen

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15 Responses to “To Protest or not on Molokai”

  1. lopakapaka says:

    Larry you tell it as it is. Still waiting to hear the Ritte Plan. All actions have a consequence. 400 lost jobs and counting so what is The Plan

  2. Moondog says:

    Each of us are different, thank God, or the world would be very boring. One thing stands out in all of this…….and that thing is rights. The first amendnent, promises the freedom of speach, and peacefull assembly. No matter what we as individuals think on that, the constitution guarentees certain human rights, that are based on morals. NO ONE can break those rights. As many of ua know, the constitution is ignored sometimes nowadays, by dc, this will stop soon all will see. This will be one Nation under God again. And, I am also one who believes the rights [under the constitution] for Hawaiians to clain full ownership of the land here. It was unconstitutionaly taken. So, in truth, the constitution, protects everyones rights….Alooohaaa

  3. Finding the Balance says:

    Well said Uncle Larry…:)

  4. kalaniua ritte says:

    the only terrorist were the people who threaten and intimidated walter ritte when he was alone by the icehouse.these people were holding signs in FAVOR of the ship.or the guy on the ship who showed his ass to us.these people are the terrorist not us protesters.

  5. Molokaiwahine says:

    We all wanted to live here and we all want to have jobs so we can live here on this beautiful island Molokai

  6. Molokai PuleO'O says:

    Julie or Terry??? I wonder???

  7. Pammy says:

    I agree with you! Mahalo

  8. pahula68 says:

    It was never about the tourists, it is a warning to the company. History reminds us that “enough” was never enough for those who came to do good but wanted more and much more.”Pineapple, go home” did happen. Who do you think we learned it from. Develop Malama Park into a place for tourists and our people as well, and we will gain the assurance that all is well by teaching and practicing aloha for our island home. Give Walter credit for the years he gave to protect our island from becoming a parking lot for Oahu. Until “they get it.” we gotta be vigilant.

  9. alan goldberg says:

    Helm you are violating the freedom of speech by frightening others to “be careful what they say…Big Brother is watching”. You are in violation of the Constition’s Freedom of Speech — you are acting like a terrorist. I am considering reporting you to the US States Attorney for this behavior against the United States Constition. Please retract your comment as well as minimizing the AFS issue which you can not prove all is OK. I do not know what your agenda is but you better get it together ASAP. I am an American citizen and I have the right to say anything I want without fear of “Big Brother”. In my opinion you are trying to scare the Community of Molokai from doing due diligence in regards to AS tours on Molokai. A protocol is necessary.

  10. Molokaiwahine says:

    Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”" as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “”dangerous to human life”" that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

  11. Molokai PuleO'O says:

    Whats going on UNCLE!!! Don’t do this to US!!! The pineapple came here and SPOILED our land, we are KALO!!! thats what we are!! Anyway SORRY I disagree with your SARCASM…

  12. Molokaiwahine says:

    Section 802 of the USA PATRIOT Act (Pub. L. No. 107-52) expanded the definition of terrorism to cover “”domestic,”" as opposed to international, terrorism. A person engages in domestic terrorism if they do an act “”dangerous to human life”" that is a violation of the criminal laws of a state or the United States, if the act appears to be intended to: (i) intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or kidnapping. Additionally, the acts have to occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States and if they do not, may be regarded as international terrorism.

  13. kd808 says:

    its sad to say that Molokai has a hand full of uneducated people in regards to the definition of a terrorist and protestor. terrorist is the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.to protest is an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid. we all have our own perception however uncle larry makes a good point in his article. i have children who may one day move away to further their education and pursue their future. i would be in great fear if my children were subjected to the same treatment that molokai is displaying. im sure the majority of us would feel the same. its sad to see such separation and animosity. i think and look at our kupuna and hope they are treated fairly when they travel or need medical attention on oahu or maui. we have family that travel to many places and my hopes is that they dont experience the karma that molokai sent out to others.

  14. basicallystupid says:

    I really looked to relocate my family and business to Molokai. I would have employed 30+ locals in addition to the 5 key people who came with me. There was just way too much “stink eye” and I passed.

    I am living on the big island and very happy here. No stink eye here just people happy to have jobs and a better life.

    If Molokai wants to live in the dark ages and have feudal lords then your welcome to it. But get real and get off welfare and get or create jobs and quit becoming the beggar island. Why do you think your crime and drug rate is going up?

  15. Molokai PuleO'O says:

    Stay on the Big Island and thank you for passing us by, you prob pay minimum wage anyways…CRIME?? DRUG RATE?? only a couple people ruining it for the island.. The bigger the numbers get the more CRIME…So don’t forget to lock your doors before you go to bed!!

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