Taking Action

Aloha people of Molokai, I had to instigate/speak up for Molokai about the American Safari Cruises boat cause it seemed as if no one else was. The week before the company made their first landing on Molokai, a test run to tie up, I happened to be at Ali’i fishpond and I passed my time talking with Uncle Merv Dudoit. He asked me if I heard about “the boat” coming. I had no idea what he was talking about so he told me and shared a letter with me from Teri Waros about the coming of a boat. That was my introduction to American Safari Cruises’ plans for Molokai. He also told me that the `Aha Ki`ole board members requested a community meeting of Teri Waros regarding this ship. He told me that “she said no need community meeting.” That raised my red flags high! 

To bring a ship that has any “scent” of cruise (one sleeps onboard) to Molokai is a no-no and the Molokai people that brought it knew so. No big boats on Molokai! Every island believes us to be the last. Let’s not be the last to submit.
Greed is the only thing that I can find that would cause the owner of one of the benefiting businesses, to tell me and I quote, “We (the businesses involved) tried to bring this ship in a few years ago and the community thought of it as a cruise ship and stopped it.  This time we decided not to tell the community!” Where’s the trust?  If the community members that assisted in facilitating this ships entry felt it was a good thing for Molokai, why was it not in the paper years ago in the planning phase? 
I spoke to a van load of the last passengers that came on this ship and they agreed with the sign I was holding “No cruise ships.” They had only been on the island for an hour and they could see and feel that cruise (type) ships do not belong here! Wake up and smell the truth!
Get up! Stand up! Stand up for her rights! Molokai needs us! Why change history? No big ships on Molokai ever! Fly in or take the ferry. This is Molokai!

Patricia Hammond (aka Patricia Chow, Sally Chow, Pat Masui, Patricia O’Neal)


6 Responses to “Taking Action”

  1. mauival1 says:

    Cruise ships are just that …. big ships. This vessel is a medium sized yacht that sleeps people, and not that many. Cruise ships carry hundreds of people with hundreds of rooms.This island’s economy is a shambles, as a woman running for mayor , how were you going to stimulate the economy, by screaming at tourists?Did you have a plan? Where is it written that people in boats have to have permission to dock here?This is not a private island ,but someone people think they own it . It is a sad situation we are in right, so much fighting and making threats. No wonder there is no world peace, there are wars going right here based on Fear. Shameful.

  2. 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.

  3. Molokaiwahine says:

    July 12, 2011
    Honorable Members
    Twenty-Sixth Legislature
    State of Hawaii
    Pursuant to Section 16 of Article I11 of the
    Constitution of the State of Hawaii, I am returning herewith,
    without my approval, Senate Bill No. 23, entitled “A Bill for an
    Act Relating to Native Hawaiians.”
    The purpose of this bill is to establish within the
    Department of Land and Natural Resources, the aha kiole advisory
    council, which may advise the Office of the Chairperson of the
    Board of Land and Natural Resources and the Legislature on issues
    relating to land and natural resources management through the
    ‘aha moku system. The bill requires the ‘aha kiole advisory
    council to submit an annual report to the Office of the
    Chairperson of the Board of Land and Natural Resources and the
    Legislature at least twenty days prior to the convening of each
    regular session listing all recommendations made by the ‘aha
    kiole advisory council and the resulting action taken by the
    Department of Land and Natural Resources over the course of the
    year. This bill also appropriates funds for an executive
    While the goals of this bill are laudable, several
    difficulties need to be addressed. First, the council is selfselected,
    not confirmed, has no defined term limits, offers no
    guidelines concerning the role of its members, and will select
    its own executive director. In addition, there is no recourse
    for inappropriate conduct by its members or the ability to remove
    for cause. The resulting council would essentially be a private
    entity funded by taxpayers with no governmental oversight.
    Second, the intent in creating the council is similar to the
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    purpose for which the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (lrOHAll) was
    created and is a natural evolution of what a new Native Hawaiian
    governing entity would seek to accomplish. If there is
    determination to not wait until this entity is formed, then the
    council should at least be placed within OHA and funded by OHA.
    Third, the bill only provides funding for an executive director.
    This assumes that all other costs associated with this
    legislation, including travel and other expenses for the eight
    council members, will be absorbed by the Department of Land and
    Natural Resources. I support the intent of the legislation to
    provide state government the knowledge of traditional Native
    Hawaiian resource management practices and welcome the chance to
    review a bill that addresses the previously mentioned concerns.
    For the foregoing reasons, I am returning Senate Bill
    No. 23 without my approval.
    Neil Abercrombie
    Governor of State Of Hawaii

  4. pahula68 says:

    The meeting last night with the Safari people (Wed, Nov 30)offered some hope for a win-win situation. I don’t know if there is a place for tourism on the island, but I do know that if it does happen it will not be anyway like the tourism operating on the other islands. Our promise when we chose to live here, was to keep Molokai, Molokai. If letting Safari get a foothold and they “rape” and “plunder” like the other developers who came bearing gifts and empty promises, then all of us who had hoped for a good relationship will bear the shame of allowing it to happen. Let’s talk about a joint venture and turn Malama Park into a cultural/visitor center. That insure control of the goings and comings of our visitors to our island and it will hold their “kokua” responsible for their well-being. No more sending the rocks back to the our postoffice after all that bad luck! Next time ask. I remain hopeful.Jane

  5. Molokai PuleO'O says:

    Copy and Paste???

  6. kalaniua ritte says:

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

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