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Saturday, October 16, 1999

Star-Bulletin closing after 117 years

Paper still making waves in fight for its life

At first it seemed as though that the newspaper that "makes waves" cast nary a ripple over its impending demise.

Then with the brilliant "I Accuse" letter by former Star-Bulletin staffer Phil Mayer (Oct. 2) followed by an outpouring of citizen support, the actions of the state attorney general, the stunning court decision by federal Judge Alan Kay, that ripple is turning into a roaring tsunami.

May it wash those uncaring, master manipulators intent on creating a newspaper monopoly in Hawaii, right back to the East Coast. Imua!

James V. Hall
Via the Internet

We read the Star Bulletin in the '60s and '70s in Honolulu. Then after being on the mainland for 23 years we moved back to Hawaii in Kona and have been reading it again on your excellent website.

We were very disappointed with the earlier news of closure, but now sincerely hope that continued efforts to "keep you going" will be successful! Please accept this long overdue mahalo and aloha.

Gordon Monroe
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Via the Internet

Shutdown announcement



"Firearms are dangerous in the hands of an abuser. It doesn't matter what occupation the abuser is."

Nanci Kreidman
Executive director, Domestic Violence Clearinghouse
On exemptions allowing guns to be carried by on-duty Honolulu police officers served with restraining orders stemming from domestic disputes

"For years, men had their networks, such as Rotary Clubs, that provided them opportunities to interact with and learn from and support each other."

Sharon Narimatsu
Acting Leeward Community College provost
On co-founding the Organization of Women Leaders 15 years ago

Ilikai show is sleazy and offensive

Shame on the Ilikai hotel for bringing sleaze to a sleaze-free part of Waikiki. A tits-and-bums voyeur show opposite the chapel.

Apart from bringing an undesirable element to the hotel, women are offended by the display of female flesh for profit.

We will not use the hotel unless the show is closed and urge other local residents to do the same.

Lois Raynor
Via the Internet

Waikiki's Playboy show is a classy act

On Oct. 12 we attended the 8:30 p.m. sneak preview Playboy Show at the Ilikai. A top-notch show was seen and a joyful time was had. No girls pandered the audience for drinks. Keeaumoku Street or sleaze, it is not.

The show was excellently choreographed. Eight beautiful women and several muscular male dancers, all with beautiful costumes, kept the audience's attention while providing probably the best quality of dancing and showmanship on any stage in Hawaii, except for "Miss Saigon."

All but a few staunch prudes will enjoy the show. We encourage kamaaina to visit the show. It is true Vegas quality, without the bare boobs.

Jon and Nelly von Kessel
Via the Internet

OHA is an illegal invention of state

OHA logo The state, not Mr. Rice, has failed to carry out the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act (HHCA) of 1920 and the Admissions Act of 1959 5(f) trust, limiting revenues from ceded lands to native Hawaiians defined in the HHCA.

It was the state that invented OHA in 1978, unlawfully intruding into exclusive federal domain, by creating its very own definition of, and began discriminating for, "Hawaiians." Congress alone, acting in the field of the national interest, possesses the exclusive authority to set blood-quantum requirements.

The state, through OHA, has co-mingled 5(f) revenues with general public revenues behind the facade of an election where unverified, unchallenged, lower blood quantum Hawaiians indistinguishable from the general public, outnumber, outvote and exercise greater political influence at OHA, than the smaller number of native Hawaiians facing a very different and dismal socio-economic profile.

The result is OHA hoarding the 5(f) revenues while refusing to fuel the HHCA for the smaller number of native Hawaiians it pretends to represent.

I pray that the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down with vengeance the state's 1978 definition of a no minimal blood quantum "Hawaiian" and orders OHA to make per capita or direct payments to the beneficiaries Congress intended to settle onto Hawaiian homelands.

That would be simple to do, since the state has kept the identical beneficiaries on the waiting list since statehood.

Emmett E. Lee Loy
Wailuku, Maui
Via the Internet

OHA Ceded Lands Ruling

Governor Cayetano is not a haole-hater

J.N. Musto, executive director of the University of Hawaii Professional Assembly, is vicious and wrong when he called Gov. Ben Cayetano a racist "who hates haoles." (Star-Bulletin, Oct. 5.)

The governor has been a law partner with haoles, has worked well with them when he was in the Legislature and has been as friendly with haoles as with members of other ethnic groups.

Because Cayetano refuses to kiss Musto's butt doesn't make him a racist. I am a haole who does not always agree with Cayetano's policies.

Charles E. Frankel

News you hate to lose

The Star-Bulletin is making plans for its final day of publication. As a tribute to our loyal readers and letter writers the Insight section that day will be devoted to letters to the editor.

If you have special memories of reading the paper, delivering it as a kid or perhaps even working in the Star-Bulletin news room or one of the production departments, please jot down your thoughts and we will be happy to consider them for publication in our last issue.

Please submit letters according to the directions below and mark them to the attention of "Last Word -- Letters to the Editor."


-- Mary Poole
Letters editor


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