Native Hawaiian and Faith leaders are ramping up pressure on Gov Ige to veto HB499, just passed by the Hawaii legislature. The bill extends 65 year leases to tenants on state-owned public land to nearly 100 years, without competition. In so doing, it perpetuates historic injustices and continues the denial of Native Hawaiian claims to the land. Here is how one reporter, Andrew Gomes, described the bill, its rationalization by supporters and the arguments from opponents.

The Pacific Justice and Reconciliation Center is supporting the series of protests and sign-waving. In extending an invite to all, clergy and lay persons, to join in the call for a veto, the Center’s President, Dr. Kahu Kaleo Patterson described it as “a tremendous opportunity to engage in a community issue that is at the heart and soul of these islands, the Cathedral, and the Episcopal Church of Hawaii.”

May 7th & 14th Sign-Waving in front of Governor’s Residence on Beretania St.

(Washington Place Queen’s Residence) 3:30 – 6:00 pm

May 21/22 Sign-Waving and Overnight Vigil Governor’s Residence

(Washington Place Queen’s Residence) 10:00 am -10:00 am

He welcomes inquiries from those interested and can be reached at 808 330-3769.

He also welcomes donations towards the cost of additional security (an estimated $1000) during these events.

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