[Pnews] Maui judge issues arrest warrant over Kaleikoa Kaeo's refusal to speak English - Hawaiian anti-colonial stand!
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Thu Jan 25 13:48:48 EST 2018
Maui judge issues arrest warrant over refusal to speak English
By Timothy Hurley - January 24, 2018
A Maui District Court Judge on Wednesday issued a bench warrant for the
arrest of Kaleikoa Kaeo, a University of Hawaii Maui College assistant
professor of Hawaiian studies, after he refused in court to acknowledge
himself in the English language.
Kaeo, who was scheduled to start a trial for his 2015 arrest for trying
to block a shipment of parts to the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope
atop Haleakala, spoke in the Hawaiian language when Judge Blaine
Kobayashi asked him repeatedly if he was present for the trial.
While an interpreter was provided for Kaeo during his initial court
appearance, Kobayashi in December approved a motion by the Maui
Prosecutor’s Office requiring that the trial be conducted in English.
Office of Hawaiian Affairs Chief Executive Officer Kamanaʻopono Crabbe
posted a statement on the OHA website:
“The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is deeply disturbed and offended that
Hawaiian studies assistant professor Kaleikoa Kaʻeo was prohibited from
defending himself in ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi during his court hearing today and
that a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Punishing Native
Hawaiians for speaking our native language invokes a disturbing era in
Hawaiʻi’s history when ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi was prohibited in schools, a form
of cultural suppression that substantially contributed to the near
extinction of the Hawaiian language,” the statement said.
“It is disappointing that the state government continues to place
barriers on ‘Ōlelo Hawaiʻi, 40 years after Hawaiʻi’s constitution was
amended to recognize the Hawaiian language as an official language of
the state. We demand that the State Judiciary find an immediate solution
to this issue,” it said.
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