University of Hawaii Board of Regents Meeting November 6th 2019.
Lisa wrote me on my radio station’s email, and asked me to attend the UH Board Of Regents meeting with her on November 6th, to go over a recent video that I made address how to move forward with the Thirty Meter Telescope project.
Letter from Lisa:
Aloha Ryan, my name is Lisa (name redacted) I have been closely following all your YouTube videos regarding our Hawaiian issues and not only do I wholeheartedly support what you are doing, but also agree with your viewpoints on all the subject matters you’ve presented. So much so, that I forwarded the link to your “IMUA TMT, how to move forward with building the Thirty Meter Telescope” video to the Board of Regents and they would like to add it as part of the agenda for the next meeting on November 6th. Of course you would be better suited explaining your video and viewpoints better than I would. I had also included certain clauses from the Queen Lili’uokalani Deed of Trust that supports DHHLs position on this matter. So my question to you is would you be willing to present your presentation alongside me at that meeting? If getting together beforehand is at all possible, please let me know. Respectfully, Lisa mahalo!
This was my response:
I hope that I can be of help. I can lend any of my research.
So for reference, the only thing that I can really add. Is that the compensation that is required for land transfers according to Act 14. In 1995 DHHL was given payment of $600,000,000 (600 mil) as payment for the lands used for public and government usage. On top of that between OHA and DHHL, $10’s of millions have been paid each year for decades.
Furthermore, in regards to DHHL, Article 12 Section 4 says that DHHL lands are to be used for both Native Hawaiians AND the public. Never one or the other, but for both.
Section 4. The lands granted to the State of Hawaii by Section 5(b) of the Admission Act and pursuant to Article XVI, Section 7, of the State Constitution, excluding therefrom lands defined as “available lands” by Section 203 of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, as amended, shall be held by the State as a public trust for native Hawaiians and the general public. [Add Const Con 1978 and election Nov 7, 1978]
And as a minor note, that should be well known, is that there was an agreed-upon MOA between DHHL, DOT and Hawaii County giving DOT control of the road.
If you would like to meet up, I am available tonight. But tomorrow and Wednesday I am obligated to my children for their school.
These are the two videos that I made with my idea for a plan forward with TMT.
I ended up going to the meeting after all. I had to take care of my children’s obligations first, then quickly drive over an hour to Hilo for the meeting, and then I had to turn around and go back up to pick up my kids. I will note that the protesters that were there were very rude during Lisa’s speech, dozens of people interrupting her, and screaming out, while she was attempting to talk. Edward Ayau met us outside, along with dozens of other protesters. One protester in a wheel chair actually hit Lisa with a stick, and then later followed her out to the parking lot to verbally assault her some more. Edward Ayau invited us to a public debate in a week at University of Hawaii. We’ll see how that goes. When he “debated” us outside of UH at this event, he just kept saying the same thing over and over “stolen lands” and refused to let either of us make a point.
Lisa was very brave and on point. I am glad that I attended. Mahalo!
~ Ryan Thompson
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