Hawaiian Leaders Condemn Violence Against OHA

Contact: Amy Kalili and Adrian Kamaliʻi
Email: weloaloha@me.com
Phone: (808) 330-3342
Date: January 23, 2019

Condemning acts of violence against Office of Hawaiian Affairs’ staff on January 17, 2019

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i – January 23, 2019 – A prominent group of leaders in the Native
Hawaiian community are calling for a greater level of accountability for entities, organizations
and their own communities and families in relation to the events that unfolded last week at the
Office of Hawaiian Affairs and will be making a joint statement at a press conference tomorrow.

Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Time: 10:30am – Protocol
11:00am – Statement

Location: Nā Lama Kukui (OHA Offices), 560 N Nimitz Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96817
On January 17, 2019, 13 men stormed the OHA offices in a failed attempt to seize the agency
and its assets. In the process, they physically assaulted multiple staff (one whose ribs were
fractured), intimidated dozens more, and tried to take possession of trust assets that belong to
the Native Hawaiian people. Five of the 13 were arrested on minor charges and released on
nominal bail.

The group is calling for a higher level of accountability from those who committed the acts, law
enforcement to exact the appropriate punishment, and the Hawaiian community itself to hold
each other accountable to an even higher standing of conduct, honoring the hard work by man for decades who serve their boarder community and act upon their sovereignty.

“The harmful acts that took place days ago stand in stark contrast to the expressions by
hundreds of our people that gathered that very same day and time last week in peaceful
demonstration at ʻIolani Palace to remember the events of January 17, 1893,” notes Native
Hawaiian advocate, educator and practitioner, Punihei Anthony. “We are certain that our
Queen, who herself invoked a kapu maluhia or a decree of peace in the face of violence, would
not condone these violent acts and neither do we.”

Those standing in solidarity include well-respected Native Hawaiian advocates, educators,
lawyer, healers, and cultural practitioners from communities, organizations and institutions
across the state who are working in their own ways to pursue and act upon self-determination.
While they represent a cross section of a diverse set of beliefs, strategies and political
ideologies, they will stand united tomorrow to make this statement, calling for a higher level of
accountability and holding themselves to that same standard.