Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Thursday, May 3, 2001

Error in motto will be
corrected on state cars

Question: A few weeks ago, I saw something that disturbed me. A state of Hawaii vehicle was marked on the doors with a badge that read, "Conservation Enforcement Division, DLNR." Within the badge was the state seal. As I looked closer, I noticed the state motto, which read, "UA MAU KE O KA AINA I KA PONO" instead of "UA MAU KE EA O KA AINA I KA PONO" ("the life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness"). As a Hawaiian I felt insulted and embarrassed. Didn't anyone double-check this insignia before spending taxpayers' money to mark these vehicles? I wrote a letter to the chairperson of DLNR shortly after my discovery, but to no avail. I still see these vehicles on the road without any change. As a matter of respect to the people of Hawaii, I feel the badge should be removed from the vehicles immediately, and the person responsible should pay the replacement cost.

Answer: Gary Moniz, head of the Department of Land and Natural Resources' Conservation Enforcement Division, was chagrined when he discovered the error.

He and others in the department must have looked at it a hundred times, he said, and "none of us spotted it" until after the seal had been affixed to about a hundred vehicles.

"We know about it," Moniz assures you. "It shouldn't have happened. ... We are in the process of correcting it."

The decal, with an adhesive back, was printed on the mainland. Moniz said he is exploring various options, including replacing just the inner circle of the decal instead of the whole emblem.

He estimated it will cost under $300 to make the change.

Q: Can you find out where the movie "The Night Marchers" is playing? I'm having a difficult time finding out. I know it was shown on the island of Hawaii and on Maui, but where in Honolulu will it be shown?

A: The locally produced film will have its Oahu premiere May 11 at Restaurant Row's Wallace Theatre, according to Blake Cousins of Cousins Bros. Productions. Call Wallace for details.

The unrated movie, produced by Blake and his twin brother, Brent, of Honokaa, has been likened to "The Blair Witch Project," although Blake Cousins pooh-poohed the comparison in a March 15 Star-Bulletin story by Tim Ryan.

Cousins said then that, "We had footage like what's in 'Blair Witch' years before it came out," referring to the use of raw footage from moving cameras. "We take it 10 steps further than 'Blair Witch.'"

"The Night Marchers" is about a group of people exploring caves and lava tubes in Waipio Valley, where they meet the ghosts of Hawaiian warriors.

You can find out more about the movie online at


To Lorena Jones of Aiea for brightening our Easter. Not only did you support our moms during the recent teachers strike, you thought of us by providing so many generously filled Easter baskets! We hope your Easter was as bright as you made ours! -- Na Keiki of Alvah Scott Elementary's faculty


To the many wonderful people for their generous donations during the recent teachers strike. In addition to nourishing our bodies, your support nourished our spirits. Our heartfelt appreciation to all. -- Faculty of Alvah Scott Elementary


To our many supporters. We would like to extend our appreciation for your support during our strike. We were touched by your kindness, concern and generosity. -- Pauoa School teachers

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