Choon James: Answer to Civil Beat Questions – Traffic Congestion

  1. Honolulu has some of the worst traffic congestion in the nation. Some see rail as part of the solution. What else should the city do to alleviate congestion?

There have been various suggestions ranging from work schedules amongst civil government workers or UH and public/private schools students, bus rapid transit, telecommuting, and so forth.

 I am no expert in this area. I could list some of the ideas put forth by others but it does not do the city justice.

 What I think would be good is if we offer a substantial cash prize  for a traffic decongestion competition.

 NASA does competitions regularly for solutions.

 We need to be sure to keep the lobbyists, publicists, marketeers, and the good old boys club at bay.

 Allow the independent and fresh minds to have a go at the solutions.

 Then, allow the public to review and opine on the ideas put forth and choose the most viable and effective ones that reflect our island values and sense of place.

 Our residents have valuable local knowledge and wisdom and can contribute to the solutions.



Choon James: Answer to Civil Beat Questions – Homelessness

  1. A recent survey found that homelessness remains a problem on Oahu. What should be done? Do you support an islandwide sit-lie ban? Why or why not? 

There will always be the poor amongst us in this modern cash economy. There is no one silver bullet to this homeless issue. Some require mental health/ addiction help, but most need rental units. Coordination with state and federal is imperative.

 Singapore efficiently provides affordable public rentals tied to the tenants’ income. We need to concentrate on creating more truly affordable rental units.

 I do not support an island-wide ban.

 Since the first sit-lie bill in 2014 for the Waikiki Special District, I’ve consistently testified at Council hearings that ‘sit-lie” bills must be accompanied with options for those affected.  Pushing the homeless around does not solve the problem.

 Undoubtedly, we must maintain clean, vibrant and safe public spaces for the public and businesses.    

 However, burning personal items into ashes is cruel. Confiscating personal papers and medication is inhumane and creates more complications for the down trodden.

 Over a million dollars were squandered through court settlements and legal fees because the city violated due process in its sit-lie implementations.

 HUD CDBG funds have been diverted from non-profits and homeless shelters for pork and pay-to-play projects.

Tents line both sides of Olomehani Street in Kakaako near the Ohe Street intersection. 30dec2014 photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat



Choon James: Answers to Civil Beat Questions

                                                      CIVIL BEAT QUESTIONS

1. How do you think the city should pay for the operation and maintenance of rail once it’s built?

Shouldn’t this O & M costs be addressed at the initial stages?

This flawed Rail project began with Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB) executive Wayne Yoshioka being appointed by Mayor Mufi Hannemann as City Transportation Director.

City then contracted with PB to design the rail route. City then hired InfraConsult LLC to coordinate with PB. (Three PB principals formed InfraConsult prior to the City’s contract).

HART, the semi-autonomous transit authority, was formed with nine appointed directors with no transit background. (Mr. Robert Bunda, fellow candidate, joined the HART Board in 2013.)

The 2012 federal Porter Report stated that Oahu had the ability to pay for its rail project, but must forgo other expenses!

 HART recently shifted this unknown O &M duty to the City Transportation but retained the lucrative Transit Orient Development (TOD).

Earlier, Mayor Caldwell and HART disputed city council’s jurisdiction over HART fiscal decisions. Today, Caldwell and HART want the council to sell $44M bonds to appease the FTA!

 Experts have questioned the ridership estimate of 119,600 trips per day. It’s nearly twice the ridership per kilometer of Miami’s heavy rail – a metropolitan area five times the size of Honolulu.

This ridership estimate is also little higher than Atlanta’s with a population six times the size of Honolulu, according to Erick Guerra, assistant professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Tren Urbano in San Juan, Puerto Rico achieved only 23% of its ridership projection. Rail bonds contributed to its accumulated $74 Billion bankruptcy.

When will the oligarchy stop this fiscal insanity and reassess this runaway project?

Choon James For City Council – Happy 4th of July



                                   I Always Remember This Poignant Family History!

After 69 years, WWII pilot comes home for burial

Niece’s search to end with return of the remains of the uncle she knew only through letters and stories.

Springville •

In March 1944, 2nd Lt. Vernal J. Bird took flight in his A-20G Havoc bomber in an attack on Japanese airfields in western Papua New Guinea. He was last seen trailing his squadron.

But after his niece, Lorna Bird Snyder, launched a years-long search for her uncle, Vernal Bird’s remains will arrive in Utah this month to be buried with full military honors in the Bird family plot at the Evergreen Cemetery.

For Lorna Bird Snyder, it’s been a long time coming. She began her search in 2003, not knowing at the time that a bone had been found at a crash site in the mountains of western Papua New Guinea two years earlier. After moving into her late mother’s home, she found “boxes and boxes of letters,” including Vernal’s. And she took to the Internet to research the American and Australian offensive against the Japanese.

“Every time I found something, I sent for it,” she said. “It took years, on and off. Spurts of every day, then it would lie for while. My [late] mom and dad were beside me: ‘You’re going to do this, dear. Keep moving.’ “

After hearing the news on Tuesday, she said, “I feel relieved and just immensely grateful. It’s kind of united the family again; cousins we haven’t seen coming together. So, OK, things are moving.”

Vernal Bird, the 12th of 13 children, enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1941. Three years later, he was at an American base in Nadzab, Papua New Guinea, where he wrote frequent letters home.

“I have been assigned to a [squad] up in the forward, area, and, to put it short, this is going to be a sun-of-a-gun,” he wrote on March 3, 1944. “I feel damn lucky to be flying with them. I like our ships, fast and maneuverable, but the [Japanese] don’t like them so well.”

Bird flew with the 5th Air Force’s 13th Bombardment Squadron, which flew B-24 and B-25 heavy bombers, and A-20G light bombers. His A-20G was equipped with machine guns, heavy bombs and the lighter parafrag bombs, which floated down onto the enemy slowly enough to prevent the plane from being caught in the blasts.

The A-20 pilots routinely flew just above the treetops, sometimes even through them as they attacked. That campaign was brutal for both sides, as they fought ferociously in jungles, mud and monsoons.

Lorna Bird Snyder learned that captured U.S. pilots in particular suffered brutal treatment at the hands of the Japanese, who were as exhausted and angry as the Allied forces when they closed in.

On that March 12, the squadron set out for the Japanese base of Boram with the A-20Gs low and fast over and through the the treetops. But Bird and his co-pilot, Staff Sgt. Roy F. Davis, veered toward a mountain range. Then they vanished.

Although a search was begun, it was deemed impractical at the time, according to a report by the Army’s Individual Deceased Personnel File on Vernal Bird.

In the late 1940s, the Army’s American Graves Registration Services searched for and disinterred, the remains of U.S. servicemen in the Pacific Theater for return to their homes. In 1950, the Army “confirmed the finding of non-recoverability for 2nd Lt. Bird.”

But in 2001, a Papuan national named Charles Wintawa found the wreckage of Bird’s plane in the steep, wet jungle. He also found a fibula and took it and the engine identification plates to an American recovery team.

Later, a team from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii went to the wreckage of Bird’s plane. It cannot be explored, however, until and if a still-attached 500-pound bomb is defused.

Meantime, Lorna Bird Snyder said, “It finally dawned on me — DNA.” Vernal Bird’s sister, Elaine, was the sole surviving sibling, and she gave a sample for testing.

On July 12, Michael Mee of Fort Knox told Lorna Bird Snyder that the fibula matched the DNA sample. The next day, Thomas Holland, scientific director of the Central Identification Laboratory at Hickham Air Force Base in Honolulu, met with her and her husband in Salt Lake City to explain the lengthy and exhaustive process of identification.

“He told us exactly what he’d gone through,” Lorna Bird Snyder said. “It was very impressive, very touching.” Looking over photos in her Springville home, she said that while she’d never known her uncle, he was her father’s little brother.

“He was a constant presence in our house,” she said. “They talked about Vernal all the time, how much they loved him.

“It was a little bit frightening to me, as a little kid, to think he was just gone,” said Lorna Bird Snyder, now 66. “What is a war where they take people and don’t give them back? You could just read the heartache in the parents’ faces.”

In Vernal Bird’s last letter, dated March 10, 1944, he told his brother and sister-in-law that “The sun is setting in our sky and it is really a lovely site. Much more peaceful looking than it really is … I’d like to give you a ride, Nick, along the trees we fly right in the leaves at times. Love to all, Vernal.”

His remains, accompanied by a military escort, will be returned and buried on Sept. 28 in the Evergreen Cemetery with military honors. His military headstone will be close to the memorial stone his family placed in the late 1940s.

One day, if that 500-bomb is rendered safe, Lorna Bird Snyder would like to see the place where her uncle’s remains were found, and “look for the sergeant, too.”



Uncle Vernal’s Last Letter to the Family,

March 10, 1944

Dear Free, Elaine and kids,

The sun is setting in our sky and it is really a lovely site. Much more peaceful looking than it really is. I am now flying with the [illegible] a good bunch of boys. Not much I can say but at times its plenty exciting. I can hardly believe that a few months ago, flying was just my dream, but now, I am flying with some of the So. Pacific aces. Makes you feel plenty good — oh yes, we got our little hut finished. We’ve got plenty of room (3 …. electric lights and water piped in to our back porch, not bad for a bunch of johns like us. We add something new every day, if it’s nothing but a new [illegible] to arrange our mosquito nets ??

Hope you guys are well. I’d like you to write me … letters are damn welcome here, you just don’t know how much.

Hoped to get to [illegible] in a few months for a period of relaxation…

Like to give you a ride, Nick, along the trees we fly right in the leaves at times.

Love to all, Verna

Choon James: Robert “Bobby” Bunda and I Meet Again!

Choon James: City Council Candidate Robert Bunda Served on  PLDC and Honolulu Rail Board

City Council Candidate Robert Bobby Bunda and I are on the opposite ends of many public policies.  Mr. Bobby Bunda was on the PLDC Board and we were challenging him.

The PLDC  – Public Land Development Corporation – was a moment in time when all of the Hawaiian Islands combined to repeal Act 55.  PLDC caused so much anger amongst the residents. The name itself was an oxymoron.  PRIVATE developers should not be given unfettered access and authority to use PUBLIC lands.

People Power from all the islands of Hawaii ganged up and repealed the bad action in 2012.

Mr. Bunda was also on the Honolulu Rail HART Board. He recently resigned from the Honolulu Rail HART ( Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transit) Board. Honolulu Rail issue is another concern that we citizens tried very hard to insert some sanity into the fiscal process.

Choon James is shown here at the State Legislature trying to prove a point – Don’t keep throwing good money into the fiscal black hole. The state Senate Ways and Means Committee narrowly voted to advance the $2.37 billion  bail out for the city’s financially troubled rail project on August 28, 2017.

Choon James -Honolulu City Council District 2


                     RESIDENTS FIRST!

Choon James For Honolulu City Council District 2


I’ve been involved in city affairs as an activist and advocate for decades.  I’ve grown older and impatient! I would like the opportunity to make a difference in  the lives of our residents INSIDE city hall.

I truly believe the government exists to improve the life and happiness of its citizens. I want to put residents FIRST! You are the major  stakeholder.

So many of our residents face economic and social pressures.  Many of our residents have to carry 2 or 3 jobs to survive. Our kama’aina  folks worry about escalating costs of living and being priced out of Hawaii. 

One fundamental issue I want to champion and work with the other eight council members is to provide a property tax cap for local homeowners who have lived in their homes for more than 15 years and to provide incentives to property owners who rent long-term to long term residents. (This is not out of the blue. Case in Point – The city has provided property tax relief where developers only paid $300 per year instead of  about $160,000 .00 per year for property taxes. )

Of course, there are other issues like traffic, tourism impacts, infrastructure, homelessness, jobs creation and business opportunities, oligarchy, gentrification,  Aloha Disconnect, parks and resources, retirement, families in distress, carrying capacity, crime, drug addiction and so forth. Jobs that are here today may be obsolete tomorrow.

There are solutions to the challenges on  our island home.  You the residents have valuable local knowledge and wisdom to share.   Many of you  have have international  experience, professionally combed the world,  gained insights and expertise.  Collectively, we can improve our island home! 

Let’s put your smarts, imagination, expertise, common sense and aloha together to improve our lives and communities.  WE can all win!

Let’s gang up for the public good!   I humbly ask for your vote!

                      Mahalo, Choon

Mililani MaukaWahiawā, Schofield, Whitmore VillageMokulēʻiaWaialua,
HaleʻiwaWaimeaPūpūkeaSunset BeachKahukuʻieHauʻula,PunaluʻuKahana BayKaʻaʻawaKualoaWaiāholeKahaluʻu

Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Meddles With State Auditor

State Auditor Says Rail Agency Is Interfering With His Work

Marcel Honore

Marcel Honore is a reporter for Civil Beat.
You can email him at

In blunt public testimony during Thursday’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation board meeting, Les Kondo said that HART staff members are being required to record their interviews with auditor personnel, then deliver those recordings to HART management to be transcribed.

“I have strong concerns about that. In my opinion, that is akin to management sitting in the interview itself,” Kondo said during his latest surprise appearance at a HART meeting. “Big Brother is there. Big Brother is listening. And whether intended or not, the implication in my opinion to the employees is that they better tow the company line.”

“This is an audit. It is not litigation. It is not discovery as part of a lawsuit,” he said, adding the recordings are “frankly unprecedented” for his office.

Choon James: Eminent Domain – Honolulu Rail Transit Line & Corridor

Do not enable a runaway city project that provides 2% traffic relief

Aloha Hawaii State Senators and Representatives:
The Honolulu Rail Fiasco is not just about runaway and unknown costs. 
There are other irreparable damages that will forever alter the physical, economic, cultural, and social landscape of Oahu. 
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One economic and social injustice is the assault on small private properties and businesses along the 21-square mile Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) corridor, not just along the rail line.


The recent  eminent domain case between Hardwoods Hawaii versus City and County is just the tip of the condemnation iceberg.
This is only a condemnation  of private properties along the rail line.
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The future condemnation aka “land assembly” along the 21- square miles CORRIDOR is one of the best-kept secrets in this project.  This is the 1/2 mile radius around each proposed rail station that balloons to 21 square miles!
The city through “private/public partnerships” can easily seize private properties to allow other bigger private entities to develop! How is this fair?
We respectfully request that you be a STATESMAN or STATESWOMAN in these sessions.
We’ve seen too many politicians who are easily influenced by lucre or favors or friendships or status quo.
Please be bold and legislate in the best interests of the public good and the future of Hawaii. We must leave our children a better future, not one yoked with never-ending debt. History will judge us all.

Choon James  808  293 9111

Choon James: The Dark Side of Honolulu City Hall – Retaliations,Trolls & Disinformation



The Honolulu City Charter clearly  states the purpose for its being:

“Section 2-102.  Purposes —  All city powers shall be used to serve and advance the general welfare, health, happiness, safety and aspirations of its inhabitants, present and future, and to encourage their full participation in the process of governance.”









Unfortunately, in real life,  when Mayor Kirk Caldwell has his own pet project, the opportunities for citizen participation are met with disinformation, retaliation, and abuse of city powers/resources. The circle-the-wagon mentality kicks into gear from the top on down. Similar ill-thought justifications  are parroted from top on down.  Process reports and Budget Forms are filled with fabricated information. Lies are perpetuated top on down.

If citizens  further resist, there are always the Mayor’s spokesperson and media trolls to vilify the messengers  and to create confusion and distort facts. (There is an unspecified number of public relations and assistants, paid for by taxpayers,  who service Mayor.)

An example of this dark side at City Hall  would be Hauula Fire Station Relocation project. Despite robust protests and over 1,200 signatures against this extravagant relocation, the city stuck to its nefarious PR tactic to distract from the city’s gross malfeasance in  this process.

The  below August 18, 2008 letter is the “sale contract” that the city and clan freely disperse to the public to distract from its failures to provide due process to the most affected citizens in Hauula. The fact is, even if the owner DONATED the land to the city for the project, the city still has to provide due process to the people living next to this despised project. The city miserably failed its environmental review process to the people of Hauula.

August 18, 2008. This is the  CHERRY-PICKED letter used by the city and clan to hoodwink the city council and the public. This letter does not even meet the basic rudimentary of a basic sale contract, if there was one.

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July 2009 – This subsequent city notice is never provided to the public by the city  – “This Notice is not a contractual offer or commitment to purchase your property”.

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December 13, 2013 Deposition was taken under oath from Land Chief Thomas Miyata where he finally had to stop his lies about an agreement to sell and confess that “ there was no agreement between Miss James and the City for the City to purchase or Miss James to sell her property.” Page 120.

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Iseke-Lessary City Hall

Additionally, when Hauula residents protested with signs against the extravagant relocation of the $13 Million Hauula Fire Station Relocation, Mayor Kirk Caldwell dispatched the Department of Maintenance & Facilities from Halawa (under the supervision of William D. Balfour, Jr.) to seize the free speech signs. The federal judge had since ordered the City and County of Honolulu to pay the legal fees of the Plaintiff.


Mayor Kirk Caldwell further engaged the City Corporation Counsel to bully the residents by erecting threatening signs to forcefully close down the recycling center that many depended on. The irony is the Mayor has already stolen $4.6 Million of federal HUD Community Development Block Grants ( CDBG) for this pork project. CDBG funds are meant to improve the quality of lives and economic opportunities in low-income communities. Recycling is a critical cottage industry where even the homeless recycle daily to buy themselves a hot meal! The people are asking for “bread’ but this Mayor is forcing “cake” on them.




When residents further protested with new signs below, the Mayor dispatched city county inspectors to threaten private property owners with a daily $50 fine if they did not remove the signs!

Mayor no damn good

As of this writing, there are three Hawaiian kupuna ( 2 of them in their 80s) resisting Mayor Caldwell in the federal courts now. Federal Judge Leslie Kobayashi is hearing the case.  CV No: 15-00193 LEK-RLP

Additionally, in April 2017, Mayor Kirk Caldwell opened this controversial project up for bids ( for $7M) when the funds have been deleted by the city council!

Residents are thinking that Mayor Kirk Caldwell is employing the same tactics – SUNKEN COST FALLACY – as he does for the Honolulu Rail.  He’s hoping to encumber as much costs as he can, hoping the judge will not take a bold action against his malfeasance.

A citizen should not be surprised at these capricious and nefarious tactics. Whether it’s a huge project like the Honolulu Rail or this relocation project, the same modus operandi  – lies, distractions and retaliations – is implemented.

Honolulu deserves better.






Do You Support a Sanctuary State in Hawaii?


There are bills introduced at the Hawaii State Capitol this session such as  HCR166 in response to President Donald Trump’s efforts to clap down on illegal immigrants.

Based on the social media comments, it appears the residents of Hawaii are not in the same mindset as the Hawaii Legislature.  It’s an interesting read.

Comments are from Hawaii News Now Facebook Thread April 18, 2017

Carl Thommes
Carl Thommes Nope! But I do support only the 9th Island to be a Sanctuary State…and NOT the rest of the islands in Hawaii. lol
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Mark FromHawaii
Mark FromHawaii Such an idiotic proposal. Ummm… NO!!!
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Atu Friedman
Atu Friedman No I do not support Hawai’i becoming a sanctuary state! No I do not support Hawai’i becoming a sanctuary state! No I do not support Hawai’i becoming a sanctuary state! No I do not support Hawai’i becoming a sanctuary state! No I do not support Hawai’i See More


Marilee Lyons
Marilee Lyons Let’s take care of what we have first!!!
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Marilee Lyons
Marilee Lyons These legislatures better grow up…😡😡😡😡
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Garrett Sakuma


Garren Lo
Garren Lo No no no no !


Shane Agena
Shane Agena No definately not.
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Dylan Hooser
Dylan Hooser Yes. Without a doubt. Yes.


William Ashmall
William Ashmall No money to fix schools or add air conditioning, no money for teachers, no money to fix roads, no money to pick up trash, no money for homeless vets or citizens, no money for rail, but you want to coddle illegals? Perfect sense to the senseless.
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Mary Beth
Mary Beth By becoming a sanctuary state that actually means that we won’t use our state tax dollars to fund ICE raids. So we would be using those tax dollars for the things you’re referring to (teachers, roads, schools, etc). So if you support using your tax dollars to spend money tracking down and arresting illegal immigrants, by all means go for it. But don’t complain about not having money for other stuff.
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William Ashmall
William Ashmall By becoming a “sanctuary state” you violate federal laws. State taxes don’t pay for ICE, federal tax dollars do. Learn where your tax dollars go, then you won’t make stupid statements.
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Christopher Johnson
Christopher Johnson Mary Beth by all means become a sanctuary state…then you can kiss your federal tax dollars goodbye as well as most of your tourists…you know those things that keep Hawaii afloat…smh
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Mary Beth
Mary Beth The federal government does need local law enforcement and legal officials to enforce those federal mandates. So the sanctuary law is essentially saying we will not use our local agencies for the enforcement of them. The 10th Amendment says that the fSee More


Kenneth Kuntzman
Kenneth Kuntzman Your right the Fed’s can not force us to help, but we can’t force them to give is money for law enforcement either


Mark Peterson
Mark Peterson Grown here not flown here right? That’s the Hawaiian motto. Wonder what they think about more criminals ruining their lands.


William Ashmall
William Ashmall Illegal immigrants. You forgot the illegal, or are you above the law?


Ken Latteman
Ken Latteman Mary Beth Wow !!!! the liberal left has been feeding you some serious Kool-Aid. I live on Hawaii Island. Our infra-structure is in bad shape and homeless people are everywhere. Lets bring in some illegal immigrants to add to the mess. Get real !!!!
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Mary Beth
Mary Beth It’s not about importing refugees or immigrants. The law itself is about not arresting illegal immigrants that show up to a PTA meeting or an emergency room. These people are already living in Hawaii. And let’s be honest, they are probably struggling tSee More


Carl Harrison
Carl Harrison Mary Beth take your Alabama politics back to Alabama .


Leighton Ito

Leighton Ito Not only do i not support it, I think all of those idiots who are even considering this should be voted out next year. In addition to harboring criminals and illegals, do these knuckleheads close their eyes when they see the homeless in kaka’ako, makiki, kalihi, iwilei, by the viaduct, at Blaisdell park etc? Are they really that stupid? Do you want morons like that running our state?
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Trong Phan
Trong Phan We can’t even fix our current problems, why bring in more? It’s already overpopulated as it is. HELL NO!
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Joseph Chandler
Joseph Chandler Yup it’s official the government in Hawaii is full of morons. If you’re illegally in a state you shouldn’t be allowed to stay and should be deported back to your home country. This type of turning your head to law breaking criminals is unacceptable.
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Billy Atumata
Billy Atumata We already a refuge state for homeless from other states. Cant afford anymore
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Nancy M Ajolo
Nancy M Ajolo Being in Hawaii or anywhere in the United States America is a privilege, not a right for those not born American. You must go through the immigration process to gain lawful citizenship. If you can’t or won’t do that then you must leave. No sanctuary heSee More
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Matthew Lund
Matthew Lund I understand jumping over a wall, or tunnel and being illegal…but we live in da islands, illegal aliens? Or you mean people overstaying and becoming illegal, because they can’t afford to file, or didn’t file the immigration paperwork ? Flying in undocumented or boating in, is that possible? There is a process and it’s the law, you MUST follow!
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Scott Yang
Scott Yang The federal government is not asking state n local law enforcement to proactively look for illegal immigrants. Its just a simple request to notify and detain illegals if they are arrested and detained for a crime. It doesn’t take anymore resources to assist ICE in this simple request.
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George Killion
George Killion Take care of the people here in Hawaii first. Here in Hawaii we have so many problems that we need to fix. 1) homeless problems and more shelters .2) our schools need upgrades and AC. 3) budget ,stop wasting tax payers money on ridiculous things. 4) fix our Roads.
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Randi Uluwehiokalani Barretto
Randi Uluwehiokalani Barretto I’m all about assisting those in refugee status, but unless we have competent politicians that can develop effective internal systems which address current state concerns, consenting to sanctuary status would only be another problem added to the pile of problems Hawaii has yet to address.
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Rick Lipton
Rick LiptonDon’t we have enough financial issues already? So allowing sanctuary for illegals may end up costing us some federal money what kind of f#$%ING sense does this make? The classic cut off your nose to spite your face. Swallow your pride you asswipes and follow the law. It’s that simple.
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Joseph Laxamana The fact that Hawaii and politicians can not take care of their own homeless problem or protecting their own people from becoming homeless is really laughable that they want to become a sanctuary state to protect individuals in our country illegally. WSee More


Blake Sakata
Blake Sakata The answer is absolutely NO. Would the illegal person’s state or country allow us to live in their state or country illegally….? EXACTLY! It also wouldn’t be fair for those that went through the appropriate steps and process to live here legally. It See More
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Darren Ganob
Darren Ganob Hell no!!, remember the name of the rep who introduced the bill and get her out of office. wanna stay?, simple, get documented like all the other “legal” immigrants, it’s the law, why make an exception? wouldnt this bill make these “lawmakers” into “Lawbreakers”?
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Randall Hersh
Randall Hersh Absolute NO!! But our beloved “politicians” are not going ask us or let us vote on it, they will simply pass a resolution and let us know about it later!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Don Miyamoto
Don Miyamoto No
Come on residents are being driven to homelessness.
Multimillion dollar condos.See More
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Dave Moyer
Dave Moyer All this means is they won’t let state law enforcement be coerced by the Feds to conduct unconstitutional search and seizure because they think someone looks like and undocumented immigrant. I totally support our state and not joining the effort to turn our great nation into a fascist police state. #resist


Elvert Racoma
Elvert Racoma Send all of them to live on the streets in Hawaii kai and see if it was a good idea
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Bob Jeske
Bob Jeske There are laws already on the books…..ENFORCE them!
Federal Immigration and Nationality Act
Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii)See More
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Veronica Fajardo
Veronica Fajardo Oh hell no! Just when you think Hawaii legislators couldn’t get anymore foolish they go and lower the bar. Dim , dull and corrupt.
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Rick Souza
Rick SouzaNo. It’s an idiotic liberal concept for a place that already has more problems than solutions…homelessness, over-crowdedness, over-priced rail, over-taxed, skyrocketing cost of living. SOLVE the problems you have before asking for more.
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Henry Hoeft Jr
Henry Hoeft Jr Once again, another “feel good- I gotta do something, I gotta fight for something because I’ve got nothing positive to show while I was in office bill!”
I hope the Residents, citizens, voters in House District 4 remember the name Democratic Rep. Joy San Buenaventura. She is the author of this bill. Should it pass, I propose that all those illegal immigrants, especially those that commit crimes be relocated to the Big island, more specifically mountain view, Hawaiian Paradise area. Declare it a sanctuary city and you tax payers, voters, there can fund it. This Representative is clueless and completely out of touch with the purpose of sanctuary cities. It is not for the legal immigrants but for the illegal, criminal type. Ho’okipa- yea right. More like “Auwe!” I hope this legislative session ends soon before our elected officials come up with more brilliant ideas and do more damage to this state. Aloha and God Bless.
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Nelson Angel Placa Casiano
Nelson Angel Placa Casiano Americans came here to Hawaii illegally, invaded the land and almost kill the culture just like Puerto Rico 🇵🇷. It looks like only the non natives are always have to complaint about immigration


Michael Mathews
Michael Mathews It’s a federal crime to knowingly Harbor Aid or abet a known alien. It’s time to arrest everyone who is involved in this conspiracy. This felony is punishable by up to eight years in prison.
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Rae Revilla
Rae Revilla Shouldn’t WE the people vote on this??? Why are politicians voting and the public have no say??? It seems Hawaii’s politicians make/ vote on laws that the public have no say BUT YET these donkeys are paid with our tax dollars!
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Daniel Petersen
Daniel Petersen Illegals legal what’s the difference when Hawaii was forcibly taken over by the United States ? I’m pretty sure they weren’t “legal” people when they came onto our lands when they moved imaginary borders to these islands


Steve Gome
Steve Gome Didn’t know Hawaii wanted to no longer receive federal funds. No police department without federal funding, fire department, medical, education. Quite a huge loss for an ego.
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Jamie Bachant
Jamie Bachant Well I guess rather than deporting them from the country which the liberals don’t want we can send all the illegal immigrants to Hawaii. That way families can stay together and stay in the US.
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Lisa Wenzel
Lisa Wenzel With everyone saying no I just don’t understand how the liberals who want this to be sanctuary state get voted into office and stay there? Why?
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Dave Hayashi
Dave Hayashi Nope. I do support supplanting our current elected officials with ones that will actually look out for the health, prosperity, and welfare of the Hawaii people tho.
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Mike Stubbs
Mike Stubbs HELL NO. We have enough issues to deal with. We DO NOT need to give sanctuary to any more illegals. If they’re here illegally, kick them the heck out and back to where they came from!!!
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