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Judge won't stop Maui's Lahaina Halloween party

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:01 p.m. HST, Oct 27, 2011

WAILUKU >> A judge won't be stopping a Lahaina Halloween celebration.

The Maui News reports 2nd Circuit Judge Rhonda Loo on Thursday dismissed a temporary restraining order trying to stop the event.

Loo also ruled Native Hawaiian group Na Makua O'Maui and Kula resident Richard Dancil didn't have legal standing to file a lawsuit.

Their lawsuit claims county officials circumvented the Cultural Resources Commission's authority. The commission denied event permits for the past four years. This year the county removed elements of the event that would be under the commission's purview.

Opponents say it's disrespectful to hold a raucous Halloween party at a culturally sacred site.

County spokesman Rod Antone told the newspaper, "The county is fighting for the right to party" and that the event will benefit the economy.

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EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I think that it is especially appropriate to allow the Lahaina celebration to go forward. The native Hawaiian group opposing it has a selective view of the history of Lahaina. Prior to the coming of the missionaries, Laihaina was a lawless, wide open town whose native Hawaiians, especially the alii who wanted western goods and trinkets, catered to whalers with debauchery and allowed alcohol to flow freely. Indeed, it is the tale of a native Hawaiian whaler who landed in New England of such raucousness that brought the missionaries to Hawaii in the first place. Even after the missionaries came to Lahaina, and Hawaii in general, such debauchery continued until Kaahumanu outlawed native Hawaiian religion and embraced Christianity as a means of she being to ascend to the throne after the death of Kamehameha the Great -- native Hawaiian religion forbid women to succeed men to power, so her simple answer to that prohibition was to get rid of native Hawaiian religion. Politics is politics, whether practiced by westerners or native Hawaiians. Even after the ascent of Kaahumanu, and the arrival of the missionaries, Lahaina was still pretty lawless, so all that is going on now is celebrating the true nature of Lahaina.
on October 28,2011 | 03:07AM
entrkn wrote:
EducatedLocalBoy says it all as good as can be said... I wonder what he has to say about the other activities of this native Hawaiian group that is having such a negative impact on Lahaina.
on October 28,2011 | 09:24AM
postmanx wrote:
The reality is that everything non Hawaiian going on in the islands is culturally disrespectful.
on October 28,2011 | 08:34AM
jess wrote:
Yikes! I guess we are all guilty of being disrespectful, including yourself. Truth is, after the monarchy was overthrown, a lot of the Hawaiian culture was suppressed, by the Hawaiians themselves no less. This is not the fault of the Hawaiian people by any means, sadly, it was human nature. I think that now there are a lot more ways to experience the true Hawaiian culture (and I'm not talking PCC either) today than compared to 20 years ago. At least the language is being taught and passed down, there was a while there that the kupuna were worried that the younger generations weren't learning the Hawaiian way of life and carrying on the language and stories. It has gotten better, lots of thanks to the charter and Hawaiian immersion schools, and to the parents who encourage their kids to learn the culture. I really like the way EducatedLocalBoy detailed the history of Lahaina, very eloquent!
on October 28,2011 | 09:21AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I agree with you that many injustices have been done to native Hawaiians and that It's great to see that there is a native Hawaiian revival of culture and language. However, I'm glad that people see my point, which is in order to go forward constructively, one must see with 20/20 vision clarity the past, including the mistakes of the past and who was responsible for them. If you don't, to the point that the plaintiffs deny what the past was in the first place, then you are doomed to make the same mistakes over and over again. Also, my point is that so long as the partying is done safely, like how Las Vegas handles New Years, no glass cups and bottles in the streets, adequate measures to prevent cars colliding with people partying, then it's okay to celebrate Lahaina's raunchy past with a present day equivalent. The only thing that I disagree with you about is that after the overthrow of the Hawaiian government Hawaiian culture was suppressed. That suppression began long before the overthrow. The overthrow was based almost purely on economics -- namely the 2 cents a ton tax on foreign sugar. After the sugar planters couldn't get an exemption from Congress for sugar tax for sugar from Hawaii, they annexed Hawaii to America so that Hawaii sugar could be deemed to be American sugar and thus not taxable as foreign sugar. Klaus Spreckles, after whom Sprecklesville on Maui is named, was against the overthrow and was willing to pay the tax. This was because Kalakaua and the Haw'n. monarchy owed him over $1million that he truthfully bragged that he owned the King of Hawaii. Spreckles rather have had Hawaii be a sugar version of a banana republic than have American laws apply, especially the one man one vote law. An unintended consequence of the overthrow was that the native Hawaiian makaainana (commoners) could vote and controlled the government until the sugar planters co-opted Prince Kuhio.
on October 28,2011 | 10:20AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
P.S. The modern day version of Klaus Spreckles are the oil sheiks and the Communist Chinese, thanks to people like Walmart and Exxon who do business with them, they own such a huge amount of U.S. Treasury notes and bonds (T-Bills) that they own a substantial amount of America, just like thanks to King Kalakaua Spreckles owned the Hawaiian government.
on October 28,2011 | 10:51AM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I agree that native Hawaiians have suffered many injustices and that it's great that a native Hawaiian revival of language and culture is occurring ever since the 1970s when folks like me conducted sit-ins in places like Kalama Valley. I'm glas that people see my point, that one cannot go forward unless one sees the past with 20/20 vision and can truly recognize the mistakes of the past and who caused them. Pretending the mistakes never occurred like the plaintiffs have, only dooms you to making the same mistakes in the future. My other point is that so long as safety concerns are met, like how Las Vegas handles New Years, no glass cups and bottles in public, drinking only on private property, there's nothing wrong in celebrating Lahaina's raunchy past.
on October 28,2011 | 10:28AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
Did you get this on You Tube? I would not talk about something you know little of and by not saying much is being respectful.
on October 28,2011 | 12:59PM
LemonySnickets wrote:
It will rain that night.
on October 28,2011 | 10:18AM
kennysmith wrote:
at less they will have fun any way. every one should have fun.
on October 28,2011 | 11:50AM
LemonySnickets wrote:
This has all to do with lack of ethics where women run around in custumes half naked with children walking abouts.
on October 28,2011 | 01:02PM
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