HONOMANU AHUPUA’A, MAUI

CURRENT: OPEN CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS | as of SPRING 2019

In response to continued corporate water theft which has plagued the area of East Maui for over a century through diversion of its streams, causing destruction of the watershed’s natural environment, and because the disparity of resources for farmers is dismal to none, and because the health and wellness needs of native tenants have failed to be delivered, this notice of action is so served by a group of native tenants residing in the Honomanu Ahupua’a on the island of Maui. The intention of our Native Tenant group is to restore stream flow and make a genuine reach for food security.

Under the guidance of a registered Konohiki (Headman of an Ahupuaʻa land division), we hereby make formal announcement of the Ahupua’a restoration project which has commenced for our rural valley of Honomanu. This effort began on January 29th 2019 and includes a water study, removal of mass invasive species overgrowth, stream restoration efforts, reconstruction of ‘auwai irrigation system and taro patches, replanting of staple indigenous crops, animal husbandry, shoreline monitoring and various facets of visitor management. Volunteers are currently mediating unimaginable layers of cane grass and tangles of hau which have consumed stream beds and buried the infrastructure of what was once among Maui's largest breadbasket valleys. This overgrowth is a direct result of dewatering streams and watershed mismanagement. 

We are monitoring and restoring the Ahupua'a of Honomanu to reestablish riparian rights. We would like to communicate an open call for volunteers on the island of Maui, please send an email to aloha@kuahawaii.com should you want to contribute your time or talents to the Honomanu Ahupua'a Restoration project. Please reach out to learn more, click the button below to support. MAHALO!

3-6-19 | NATIVE TENANTS OF HONOMANU ISSUE PRELIMINARY POSITION STATEMENT REGARDING THE HONOMANU AHUPUA‘A RESTORATION PROJECT

A formal complaint and judicial notice was successfully sent by certified mail on 2-21-19 to various governing entities as a notification that the Konohiki and Native Tenants of Honomanu will be regulating the division of water for irrigation, poll taxes, land taxes, labor taxes, titles, property, mineral rights, streams, aquifers, springs, farms tenants and businesses located within the Honomanu ahupua’a.


In an effort to dispel misinformation, we are reassuring you that as a tenant whose ancestors originally settled in Ko’olau Moku, or a spouse of the foregoing that; your rights as an affiant; a living, breathing human being and not a legal artifice / legal fiction (straw man) or “Native Hawaiian” as falsely portrayed by the United States to conceal Affiants true birthright identity, will not be restricted access or rights by our project's objectives, organizers or volunteers.

Our Native Tenant group is prepared to challenge the legal system and “applicable law” which has violated affiant human rights to inheritance, nationality, life, shelter, movement, intellectual property, title, right to free trade, technology, access to law, access to history, access to media, access to education, access to equality in law and treatment, right to grow food, right to spiritual belief, right to religion, right to freedom of speech, right to expression, right to culture, right to arts, right to economy, rights to development, rights to financial freedom based on Affiant’s own estate registered in land of birth, right to live on the land of birth, right to political governance of choice, right to self-determinations without foreign control, right to housing, right to shelter, right to water, right to rites and rights of inheritance, right to live among family, right to traditions, right to lawful conditions, right to constitution based on positive laws, right to family, right to communicate, right to privacy, rights to personal property, right to contract, right to life without slavery, right to to earn wages, right to earn a living, right to civil rights, right to protection in law, right to fair treatment in positive law, right to be treated as a human, right to personal and national security, right to be born free without indentured servitude, right to live as a human, right to recognition, right to full faith and credit, right to protect resources, right to protect host cultural sites, right to clean resources, right to cultivate natural resources for uncontaminated food and water, right to refuse representation by the United States and their Occupant Administration, the State of Hawaii, Inc, right to identity, right to protection of identity, right to Treaty vestments, right to Treaty benefits, right to pass on inheritances, right to reproduction, right to teach, high to health, right to medical treatment and medicines, right to fair treatment as an individual and as part of a nation, right to birth, right to death, right to security from removal, right to legal protections of the family, right to legal protection while incarcerated for valid crimes, right two es are from forced disappearance, right to employment safety, right to inform authorities on crimes committed, right to refuse aiding and abetting a criminal, right to refuse participation in genocide, right to refuse causing injury, right to terminate invalid contracts, right to assemble, right to bear arms, right to defend a life, right to protection, right to Peace, right two disclosure, right to information, right to lawful representation, right to aid a fellow human being, right to control my destiny, right to creativity, right to knowledge, right to freedom from oppression or suppression, right to advocate for remedy, right to restoration, right to reparation and right to restitution for crimes committed agains Affiant and property.

As such, International law require that governance and legal matters within the occupied territory of the Hawaiian Islands must be administered by the application of the laws of the occupied state (in this case, the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands), not the domestic laws of the occupier (United States). Complaint submitted in 2017 to the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, pointed out historical and on-going plundering of Hawaiians and Hawaiian lands, particularly of those heirs and descendants with land titles that originate from the distributions of lands under the authority of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands. Pursuant to the U.S. Supreme Court judgment in the Paquete Habana Case (1900), U.S. courts have to take international law and customary international law into account in property disputes. The State of Hawaii courts should not lend themselves to a flagrant violation of the rights of the land title holders and in consequence of pertinent international norms. Therefore, the courts of the State of Hawaii must not enable or collude in the wrongful taking of private lands, bearing in mind that the right to property is recognized not only in U.S. law but also in Article 17 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted under the leadership of Eleanor Roosevelt.

We are taking measures to enhance vigor of the natural resources of Honomanu ahupua’a to ensure the peoples and chiefs of the area are able to sustain themselves in perpetuity. We have reestablished the ‘auwai over the past few weeks and are in the process of reopening taro patches. We estimate the majority of the taro patches at Honomanu have been dormant for over 75 years. We are conducting an extensive water and shoreline study to identify further protection needs of the natural resources in the area. Our preliminary assessment calls for restoration of full stream flow to mediate past damages and restore stream and shoreline vitality. We have implemented a visitor management mechanism for Honomanu, prohibiting access to the valley’s waterfall and mediating visitor offenses on the beach. Currently, the valley sees an approximate 200 individual visitors each day, six commercial tour operators and an average of 2 visitor vehicles get stuck on the beach everyday. We have begun the process of prohibiting visitors from driving on to the far end of the beach to diminish this particular nuisance. We have installed visitor education signage on the beach with some basic rules of the Road to Hana; “Let Locals Pass, No oxyenzone sunscreen, No illegal tours, No trespassing”.

We are doing our best to implement measures to better protect the ecosystem of Honomanu valley. Everyone is welcome to participate in this effort. Please email us at aloha@kuahawaii.com with any questions or concerns.
MAHALO.. NAPUA HUEU and KAMALANI PAHUKOA [LINEAL DESCENDANTS, KO‘OLAU - MAU

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