My reflections as Dr Kekuni Blaisdell transcends

Dr Kekuni Blaisdell at Hawaii State Capitol Building, photo by Michael Daly.

This is in loving memory of my colleague who patiently taught me so much about Hawaiian Independence and allowed me to follow his work during the protest era of the fifth anniversary of Statehood. This was his last main political effort as he began to age and the weekly action meetings at his home came to an end.

He was the doctor driver who forced people, organizations and government to recognize the cultural and political issues surrounding the poor quality of Native Hawaiian health. He led the way for the establishment of John Burns Medical Center, part of the University of Hawai`i. He was the founding Chair of Medicine and professor emeritus of medicine at UH.

Kekuni was academically excellent and extremely successful to have traveled away to study. He was accepted into esteem colleges of medicine in the USA. He served as a Medical Resident Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD in 1949. In 1954-1955, he became an instructor in pathology at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.

In 1955 I was just being born in Australia and Kekuni was 30. He often told me that he had no idea of any political incorrectness at that time regarding Hawai’i as a Territory of the USA. By 1959 he too, was not dismayed over Hawaii’s admission as a state of the USA. Hawai`i went through an hysterical frenzy of happiness just as the propaganda campaign of the two main newspapers cultivated and put forward.

A little understood fact is that Lorrin P. Thurston, the son of the coupe leader of 1893 was both the published of the Honolulu Advertiser and the self-appointed Statehood Commissioner regulating the vote, amongst other things at the time. The Star Bulletin was equally propagandized.

Kekuni’s appreciation of international law and the US overthrow and occupation didn’t likely manifest until the seventies – the time when the conventional ‘history’ of Hawai’i as told by it’s enemies, was turned on its head. Many facts came to light and this period is referred to as the Hawaiian Renaissance.

I was often by Kekuni’s side at meetings at the State Capitol during 2008 and 2009, especially with regard to the controversial 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission where he denounced the celebration due to the 116 years (and counting) of Occupation of Hawai`i. The Commission replaced the word ‘celebration’ with ‘commemoration’.

The protest theme that followed the state programs around included the words ‘theft’ and ‘fake state’. It was a damp and embarrassing program in 2009 and not at all reminincent of the fever of 1959.

In 1993, one hundred years after Queen Lili’uokalani was unlawfully ousted, Kekuni convened Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli — Peoples’ International Tribunal Hawai‘i. The international panel of judges heard charges against the USA of genocide, environmental destruction and the occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

It was this year also that President Clinton signed the Apology Resolution- Public Law 103-150. The document outlines the US criminal acts including conspiring with local businessmen rebels. The US forces overthrew the Queen on January 17, 1893 by gunpoint at ‘Iolani Palace. The Apology Law asserts that Hawaiian sovereignty has never been directly or indirectly relinquished and that the social, cultural, economic and health levels of Hawaiians was severely damaged because of the overthrow one hundred years later. It calls for reparations that have yet to materialize.

Kekuni established the La Hoihoi Ea program at Thomas Square, Honolulu, held annually at the end of July. The outdoor public event pays tribute to King Kamehameha III in restoring the Kingdom. In 1843 their was an attempted occupation by the British. The Kingdom was displaced for 5 months by a rebel British Captain, George Paulet. On July 31 British Admiral Thomas superceeded Paulet, and at an historic ceremony the Union Jack was lowered and the Hawaiian flag hoisted to correct the aggression. Thomas Square is named after Admiral Thomas.

On that day in the park Kamehameha III announced the national motto:
Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono
“The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness”

Kamehameha then took the council of an Englishman, William Richards, a Hawaiian nobleman, Timotio Ha’alilio, and the Governor-in-Chief of the Hudson Bay Company, George Simpson. They had assisted the Monarch in the first act of a declaration of human rights in 1839. Later their work and travel missions resulted in the proclamation of the Hawaiian Constitution. National recognition was gained on November 28, 1843 through Britain and France. The date is the Hawaiian Kingdom Independence Day Holiday.

I see it throughout Hawaii’s modern history that much of the region’s esteem and credibility can be traced to cooperative, intelligent and creative work coming out of aloha and Hawaiian multiculturalism. A return to this, I believe is the path to restoration, together with identifying and ousting criminal individuals whoever they are.

It was profoundly important for me to have known Kekuni and been so close at that time. I hope I can continue to work for the ‘aina, for justice and peace, as Kekuni spent his life encourageing us all to do.


[note: I will post more photos soon and provide a link here]


Chelsea Manning Art Portrait

Chelsea Manning Art Portrait by Michael Daly Artist 2015

Chelsea Manning Art Portrait by Michael Daly Artist 2015

As I approach New Year’s nite and the city fireworks, and as I wish everybody a just and happy 2016, my attention turns to Chelsea Manning who remains in US Leavenworth (KS) military jail tonight.

Manning has been tortured while awaiting trial in prison, her trial unlawfully delayed, and she has been treated unfairly and judged out of context of the greater good of her actions (at the time, Pvt Bradley Manning) in releasing information regarding USA war atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

When those in media, business and government who so deceptively and deliberately lead the wrongful invasions there during early 2000s, and unleashed a false War on Terror – and while similar criminal leaders of authority carry on these gross acts against International Law today – while they are free, and free to profit in this way, and Manning is confined to jail, then lawlessness prevails and the terms ‘leader’ and ‘authority’ are misapplied.

In looking to a better world in 2016 for all life on Earth, humanity would be served well if the USA would quit its violent and imperial process and release Manning immediately.

Manning’s Holiday Message 2015

Jeff Paterson of Manning Support Network interview on MSNBC 2013

YoungTurks YouTube on Chelsea Manning


Timely Conniving – Public Holidays, Public Statues and the US Hawaiian Occupation

Today is Lā Kūʻokoʻa ~ the 172nd anniversary of Hawaiian Independence Day. It’s held on November 28 every year and it falls within days of, or even on the same day as, the US Thanksgiving holiday which is the forth Thursday in November.

My post can stand alone here however it was written to follow on from the statement in the description section of my Vimeo video above.

Since the USA has a military occupation happening, of some 120 years, in the region the Hawaiian calendar has been usurped by the USA calendar. This is complete with Veterans Day, Presidents Day, Halloween (that’s not an official day – not that Joe Biden or the White House seem to understand that) and not least of all it’s own Independence Day, the Forth of July.

Here, holidays with gift giving, parades, sweets, fowl, remembrance, nostalgia or fireworks remain the hallmark of occupational propaganda – it’s called Occupation 101 and public holidays are up there with rewriting school history lessons, changing the flags as well as the national oaths and anthems, and of course controlling the media. In Burma the military occupation changed the side of the road for drivers to drive on just to reaffirm in everyone’s consciousness the end of one regime and the beginning of another.

Of course since the islands lost aloha time and were converted to corporate business and tourism time, workers are often working regardless of what the state purports to be of such community and cultural value as to be a holiday.

Of concern surrounding the media’s roll since the Overthrow, it’s important know some background. In the 1890s the chief architect of the Overthrow was Lorrin A. Thurston. He owned the Honolulu Advertiser after purchasing it from Walter Gibson who owned it under the name Pacific Commercial Advertiser. Gibson is a colourful figure who had the ear of King Kalakaua. He talked Kalakaua into commissioning Thomas R. Gould, a sculptor living in Italy, to make a bronze statue of King Kamehameha I at a cost of $10,000. Kalakaua eventually divorced himself from the project and Gibson fled Hawaii and died poor in San Francisco.

Yet the replica copies and the fascinating story of the original art installation being lost at sea live on. The copies seem to appear everywhere like Hollywood pop-culture lapped up by Japanese and Chinese tourists who have no idea that King Kamehameha never looked like that or stood that way. The sculpture copied works portraying Julius Cesar.

Thurston was the rebel traitor and co-conspirator who worked with John L. Stevens and the USA Government in the Overthrow and takeover of the ʻIolani Palace in 1893. Stevens was the USA consulate representative in Honolulu and had marines on the USS Boston sent ashore to abduct the Queen. Once on shore they assembled where King Kamehameha’s statue is on King Street and aimed riffles at the palace.

Thurston and Stevens were both connected to publishing and knew its power. Stevens had published the Kennebec Journal in Maine where Thurston’s parents who were missionaries, came from. Stevens and his newspaper partner, James G. Blaine were both founding members of the Republican Party in Maine. And Blaine had become US Secretary of State by 1892. About that time they corresponded about Hawaiʻi: “The Hawaiian pear is now fully ripe, and this is the golden hour for the United States to pluck it” Stevens wrote.

But in a capitalist takeover it’s not so much as it appears, even if one gets to first base in knowing that a coupe or occupation is in place and that remedies are at hand. To the more astute, it may look like the state and military are in control of the media and business, however the reverse is more likely: the media and business control the state and military – and without it ever being noticed thus confusing and complicating the conversation, and hiding the core targets from protest actions and truth-sayers.

The business rebels in Hawaiʻi, otherwise known as Annexationists, and their descendants had their eye on the gem of all gem USA holidays: July 4th. They desired it at every turn of the play. Forth of July was used to proclaim their new “Republic” on the footsteps of the Queen’s palace. A generation later, in the 1950s Lorrin P. Thurston (son of A. Thurston) who was both publisher of the Honolulu Advertiser and Statehood Commissioner, intended Hawaiʻi to become the 50th State on the Fourth of July but it didn’t happen until Admissions Day in 1959, and now holiday every August 21.

However, Mr Thurston did set off a neighborhood and school boy frenzy of celebration on March 12 of that year on news from President Eisenhower that Senate Bill 76-15 and House Bill 323-89 were passed and that statehood was on its way. Thurston was certainly in control of the news and would have likewise been the man behind the Territory sounding off sirens and declaring “AN AUTOMATIC TWO-DAY HOLIDAY!” Yet the public referendum on the Statehood question was not due until June 27.

Only US digestible holidays are included in the local Hawaiian calendar and when they do, they are “State” holidays all invented or otherwise sanctioned after occcupation. The State of Hawai`i now often referred to by locals and politicians alike as the “fake State” is the administration arm of the military regime identified as the occupational enemy in an ongoing act of war – and it is corporations and media that contain the operation.

Today, the Honolulu Star Advertiser is the namesake of the notorious Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin combined. The papers merged in 2010 under Canadian publisher and oil refiner David Holmes Black – Black Press.

Out of thirteen holidays here, three are uniquely Hawaiian-kind holidays:
Prince Kūhiō Day (March 26, declared by the Territorial government in 1949)
King Kamehameha I (June 11, declared first by Kamehameha V in 1871, and then re-invoked by the State of Hawaii in its first year of 1959) and
Statehood Day itself (the third Friday in August)

Of these three, only King Kamehameha I can be said to harken back prior to the occupation. It’s a safe holiday for the state since Kamehameha the Great goes back well beyond the generation of the coupe rebels – and the king’s mythology is well admired as the Kingdom unifier.

Also, the very popular brass replicas of his statue -Caesar look a-likes- are installed on King Street Honolulu, Kapaʻau and Hilo (Big Island), and Emancipation Hall, US Capitol no less (Washington DC) are big attractions. But Kamehameha passes with little funding and fair, not a patch on the original holidays of 1871 which featured carnivals and fairs, foot races, horse races and velocipede races.

Prince Kūhiō Day (which marks his birthday) is a safe state holiday too. It is recognized by the state because the prince submitted to the US overthrow. By 1903 he decided on what he could do in the best interest of the Kanaka Maoli people, or so the story goes. He became a Territorial delegate to Congress in Washington DC.

He did so during the lifetime of Queen Lili’okalani who held out for international law and her nation’s sovereignty well beyond her own life. She died at age 79 in 1917. Prince Kūhiō is acknowledged forging the Hawaiian Homelands Commission while in office in Washington but as the heir to the throw he abandoned it, and with that, the nation, the non-Kanaka Maoli subjects and the whole constitution of material and intellectual property belonging to the kingdom.

He even attempted a Statehood Bill in 1919 which failed. This is probably no surprise since the controlling Annexationists would not support such. They were content having tied-up the Hawaiian Kingdom and at the same time, out of reach here in the Pacific out of Washington DC’s statehood union which stipulated anti-slavery laws and other restrictions.

Prince Kūhiō’s departure is possibly the most decisive of all blood-designation narratives and policies that the USA and state seized on at the time and have not let go of to this day in their intent to confuse and divide a nation. His conduct is contrary to Queen Lili’okalani’s course. She had a the deep regard and understanding for nationhood and the breadth and value of it’s multiethnic people contributing in their own ways. And apart from that she practiced a spirit of aloha that was based in peace, self preservation and humanitarianism which is fast proving to be the path to sustainability and something this generation should identify with and help her finally fulfill.

Prince Kūhiō’s Honolulu statue has equal prominence to surfer Duke Kahanamoku in Waikiki. A massive turnover of international tourists are exposed to the man who worked with the USA. By contrast the much more important and beloved figure of Queen Liliʻuokalani has no holiday, and her statue has little prominence and her Waikiki history board is tucked away in the soup end of the Ala Wai Canal. Liliʻuokalani was a thorn, and still is posthumously. Not so strangely, Prince Kūhiō’s statue is actually across from Queen Lili’uokalani’s former estate where some recognition of her would be appropriate. The Pacific Beach Hotel is now on her property.

The Annexationists, now Territorialists were content being isolated from Washington but Statehood did become fact for them because it became imperative as the year 1960 drew near.

That was the year the United Nations would be scrutinizing Hawaiian rule under it’s List of Non-Self Governing Territories. By becoming a state in 1959 the USA and Thurston (P.) evaded the review by having Hawai`i struck off the list. It’s strange how the UN didn’t question this and the history of timely coniving.

Most Hawaiian independence supporters already recognize significant anniversaries of Queen Liliʻuokalani, not one is recognized by the State of Hawaii:

January 17, 1893 – The abduction and ouster of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the theft of a nation
September 2, 1838 – The birth of Queen Liliʻuokalani
November 11, 1917 – The death of Queen Liliʻuokalani

People also recognize the two holidays laid out by King Kamehameha III:

July 31, 1843 – The reinstatement of the Hawaiian Kingdom after a 5 month British occupation
November 28, 1843 – Lā Kūʻokoʻa, Hawaiian Independence Day

Hawaiian Independence Day vs USA Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday

Independence Day is probably the most important of public holidays in the Hawaiian Kingdom calendar since 1843 when King Kamehameha III proclaimed it. But since the USA invasion and occupation the day has been suppressed. The imposed USA Thanksgiving Day holiday overshadows it.

Lā Kūʻokoʻa honours international recognition of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Recognition happened in the Court of London by a joint proclamation of Great Britain and France. Belgium also made a declaration at the time. See the Vimeo video “Part 1 Highlights” of the 2014 concert where Dr Baron Ching gave a brief talk of the independence history.

Interestingly the Thanksgiving national holiday was declared by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863. The Hawaiian Lā Kūʻokoʻa holiday had been established twenty years earlier.

According to Sarah Sunshine Manning in the aftermath of the Civil War, Lincoln was in need of building national unity and esteem for the country. So Thanksgiving Day and the myth of goodwill between native Americans and European settlers was installed. Yet the slaughter, betrayal and ongoing genocide of the native cultures and nations across the continent were more important facts to acknowledge – then and now. Now, because fundamental native American claims and discriminations are left unreconciled.

Today the Hawaiian independence movement continues. The USA and State of Hawaii continues too to lead the narrative, and impose solutions based on the notion of damages pertaining to “Native Hawaiians” as the full extent of culpability. This internal domestic story disregards the proper international claimant of the Hawaiian Kingdom, and it seeks to demolishes the very entity of recognition that King Kamehameha III and his associates made real. That sovereignty has never been relinquished, it is active.

Sadly, as the Kanaka independence leaders and activists follows the USA narrative, so too, national recognition is forsaken for superficial impressions of race that the occupational forces regurgitate in decade cycles.

The grieved entity, the one of needed recognition and the one foundation of unity upon which Hawaiians can stand together is the national Monarchy: Queen Lili’uokalani, the wealth of the Pacific archipelago and all its people of diversity and creativity being rooted in the local ‘aina.

Michael Daly


DeOccupy Honolulu vs City and County of Honolulu – my list of demands re sidewalk Free Speech, Hawaiian Independence and Homelessness

This is the closing page in a submission, August 20, 2013 by Michael Daly's to DeOccupy Honolulu re Federal Court Case DeOccupy Honolulu vs City and County of Honolulu

This is the closing page in a submission, August 20, 2013 by Michael Daly's to DeOccupy Honolulu re Federal Court Case DeOccupy Honolulu vs City and County of Honolulu.

View/download pdf here:
130820-Law Suit-DeOccupy Honolulu vs City and County of Honolulu-PROPOSAL DEMANDS by Michael Daly Artist

Michael Daly’s Ten Page Presentation to Sugar Russell and Attorney Brian Brazier (Holcomb Law LLLC). This is my contribution in support of DeOccupy Honolulu given August 20, 2013.

It is MY list of suggested DEMANDS TO CITY and COUNTY OF HONOLULU from DEOCCUPY, re Federal Court case – DeOccupy Honolulu vs City and County of Honolulu. Sidewalk, Public Forum (Free Speech), Homelessness, Harassment, Human Rights and City Search and Seizure of Property on Honolulu/Oahu sidewalks in Hawai`i.

We must protect our rights on the public sidewalk as they pertain to free expression. We must protect the human rights of the poor and homeless on the sidewalk as they do not have even a private room and no where else to be.

We must sop the slow takeover “ownership” of the public sidewalks in retail and resort mall areas by corporate business.

Please click on the link to the PDF above.


Public Forum, a Safe Zone, a Declaration for Free Speech

Public Protection - the Public Forum is acknowledged lawfully for expressive rights.

A sign for individuals and groups to use on the sidewalk and other public spaces to assert one's right to free speech. Design by Michael Daly.

Promote the Public Forum wherever you are – especially if you’re on the footpath

The “public forum” sign above is part of an urgently needed community action campaign. Anyone can display the sign when they’re freely expressing themselves: being seen, being vocal, entertaining, engaging people, making protest, making light, frolicking!

In fact paste it up as a self-fullfilling statement of one’s personal empowerment and to remind everyone including old mars, big business men, law makers (in businessmen’s pockets) and law enforcement that our public space is free for lots of things – besides corporate interest.

The campaign asserts free speech rights in the public domain; a safe zone of expressive rights known as the Public Forum.

This sign simply reinforces what is already protected through laws and treaties everywhere on Earth – namely the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and local statue in every nation and in their national constitutions: the USA First Amendment for example. Read the rest of this entry »


Free Yousef Nadarkahani on Iran Death Row Execution

Iranian Pastor Yusef Nadarkhani

Pastor Yusef Nadarkhani refuses to denounce his faith in Jesus Christ which may see him executed by the state of Iran in the coming days.

OPEN LETTER Please use
Demand the Release and Freedom of Yousef Nadarkahani on Iran Death Row

To: RH Mohammad Zhazaee,
UN Ambassador and Permanent Representative
Ph: 212-6872020
Email to:
Date: Tue, Oct 4, 2011

Dear RH Mohammad Zhazaee,

I am most outraged by the possible execution of Pastor Yousef Nadarkahani in Iran based on his religion.

Ref Amnesty International:

I believe in maturity of humankind which comes from independent thinking and basic respect and much patience. I believe in best practices and development of education, truth and science where knowledge and general love supersedes ignorance, superstition, propaganda and cruel traditional oppressive ways.

I am not a Christian and please note, I am sorry that the USA has, this past week chosen to execute a black man, Troy Davis, in what appears to be nothing more than a prejudicial state attack on it’s people, predominantly based on race, but nevertheless an attack on humanity. Don’t let your country be shamed in this same way too. I am opposed to the death penalty.

In this destructive global hour it is up to Iran to show the light of maturity in accepting past mistakes and moving forward in communal respect.

The on-going trial of Yousef Nadarkahani is a violation of human rights and international law, as well as the Iranian Constitution.  Please urge the judiciary to acquit and release Yousef Nadarkahani.

Please release a statement on Youef Nadarkahani and send it to me.

Michael Daly
Artist, founder of the The Lovelink Project


MOCHA Mocker: Gaza Children’s Art Cancelled at Museum

Satirical art by Michael Daly based on MOCHA Logo, Museum of Children's Art, Oakland, California after the museum's board cancelled it's exhibition of artwork by Gaza children. Many people close to the planned exhibition accuse the museum of bending to groups and individuals with USA/Israel bias.

Satirical art by Michael Daly based on MOCHA logo, Museum of Children's Art, Oakland, California after the museum's board cancelled it's exhibition of artwork by Gaza children because it expresses violence. Many people close to the planned exhibition accuse the museum of bending to groups and individuals with USA/Israel bias.

re: Gaza exhibition of children’s art censored with apparent USA/ISRAEL bias.

Hilmon Sorey, Chair
Museum of Children’s Art
538 Ninth Street, Suite 210 Oakland, CA 94607

October 1, 2011

Dear Hilmon Sorey,

I am an artist who is well aware of the importance of providing free expression by children and the right of free passage for a venue to be heard. In the 60’s I was recognised as an artist through my hometown’s local newspaper, The Toowoomba Chronicle’s Junior Art Competition when I was 15 in Australia.

I am the director of The Lovelink Project Lk, a children and community art for peace program I founded in New York in 1985.

I am writing to object to the cancellation of the Gaza group art exhibit:
“A Child’s view from Gaza”.

Let me tell you how deeply hurt I am by the Museum of Children’s Art (MOCHA Lk) since your board decided to circumvent the opportunity for the children of Gaza to present their own expressions of truth – especially on the important, timely and glaring subject surrounding conditions of brutality that children and families face on the ground, at home, school and work, since war, want and attack is their only life’s experience.

Of course by comparison my hurt as a human and an artist is general. The hurt for the child artists expecting to exhibit at MOCHA and for all children in Gaza, who are forced into hopelessness the board’s censorship is just a further act of contempt and war untoward them. It speaks loudly of USA wartime complicity and hypocrisy of freedom.

To think that the exhibition is part of a MECA Lk program that utilizes art to help children cope with trauma – and here you exacerbate that trauma.

And it is a slap in the face of children as artists in the USA isn’t it? Rather than standing up and acclaiming children’s art as equal and deserving you do the opposite. Adult artists would not be treated in this way by a museum in 2011, and if they were they would be rightfully due their outrage and damages. But children artists and visitors at your museum are dismissed and torn.

In your letter of explanation September 12, 2011, you are saying that the board concurs with the voices of parents, care givers and educators in that the works are inappropriate for the whole of your young audience, and, since you can’t isolate peer expression into some restricted room or other you have had to breach your contract with the artists of Gaza and their agent/s and sponsors.

Not once do you mention the weight of staff, board members, parents, care givers, educators, artists, children, community members and lawyers who may be convinced and vocal in pointing out that the exhibit is binding, of no harm, actually of benefit and in line with the museum’s purpose and UN Human Rights pertaining to free speech. In fact some may be pointing to the U.S. Constitution with regard to free speech and Ninth Circuit rulings of access.

I assume that there were no complaints of that nature in the discussion leading up to the cancellation, or that MOCHA is stone deaf to these voices since you did not mention them. The latter would more likely fit your character of prejudicial thinking because you are openly ignoring the Gaza child artists in that way.

I believe the discrimination bells are ringing loud and clear around MOCHA:

  • Did MOCHA seek legal advice?
  • Betty Olson-Jones, speaking on behalf of the Oakland Education Association says past artwork displayed at MOCHA has included many examples of the violence in children’s lives.
  • What evidence does MOCHA base it’s decision on that such images cause harm to children viewers?
  • Is MOCHA unaware that museums, school books, religious graphics including the crucifixion of Christ and media presentations of images of violence are openly displayed in places where children go and are welcome?
  • Can MOCHA show that the objectors of the exhibition are active and consistent in calling for censorship of such graphics across all platforms of presentation and media where children might go?
  • Did MOCHA identify objectors as being impartial to the Palestine USA/Israel war being independently appalled at the violence done to Gaza by the enemy alliance, or are they in fact direct or indirect criminals and/or participants in the continued unjustifiable violence and imprisonment of the region and its people?

It is disturbing that a children’s art museum is toying with children in such dire need. The MOCHA walls are now stained with the reflection of the same state and corporate propaganda regardless of the individuals or entities that you sight as controlling MOCHA’s decision in this matter, and I might say, violates free speech and access. This culture is rooted in the same entities that support the deliberate killing of civilians in Gaza.

You have appeased your most debased elements and at the same time failed your most worthy supporters. Shame.

Michael Daly
Artist, The Lovelink Project founder

The Electronic Intifada Alice Walker urges children’s museum to reverse decision, but censoring of Gaza kids’ art continues by Nora Barrows-Friedman September 16, 2011
Alice Walker Empathy Is A Wave: The Banning of Palestinian Children’s Art (from the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland) by Alice Walker September 11, 2011
Color Lines Tempers Flare Over Cancellation of Palestinian Youth Art Exhibit
by Noelle de la Paz September 30 2011
Mondoweiss Could censorship of children’s art prove a turning point? by Henry Norr on September 29, 2011


APEC Summit 2011-Honolulu Police announce “Operation Sidewalk Sweeper”

Music entertainers and balloon angel at Waikiki's nightly sidewalk fest on Kalakaua Avenue.

Music entertainers and balloon angel at Waikiki's nightly sidewalk fest on Kalakaua Avenue.

The Honolulu Police Department gave a detailed presentation on August 09, 2011 to Waikiki Neighbourhood Board of Operation Sidewalk Sweeper. The action plan will disrupt and criminalizing many or all people who participate in free speech on the sidewalk in Waikiki. It is feared that corporate-initiated sweeps of Waikiki’s homeless and street artists represent a belligerent attack on the poor and independent as an expression of economic prejudice.

According to Stg. David Barnett who announced OSS the plan had been recently developed by city and “community agencies”, as stakeholders in devising “new and improved” rules for public safety. Wide-net arrests will rely on these new rule ideas. The sweeper will dislocate street artist, performers and free voices on Kalakaua Avenue. Recently unannounced development meetings with corporate representative have created an impression whereby police now believe they are obliged and authorized to disrupt and harass free speech users of the sidewalk.

Save Waikiki Sidewalk is a group of artists campaigning vigorously to uphold the public rights for artists, church members, media workers, union members (including local police union), nonprofits, politicians (including those mistakenly hurting us) and cause-advocates. These individuals and entities all rely on the public sidewalk for free speech.

Without government transparency and meaningful free speech, truth can be permanently hidden with guaranteed mass destruction. Give the public free speech and the means to truth and she cares not for the antiquated wish of Mayer Amschel Rothschild and others who think they can control nations undemocratically.

OSS comes prior to APEC summit this November and parallels another APEC city/corporate sidewalk “preparation”. This is the “streetscape” project (it broke ground in March). The renovation has landscaped most of the free speech corridor with plantings. This has pushed the artists into uncomfortable or impossible sidewalk conditions in the centre of the pavement or to sections not done. Yet, by U.S. Constitutional law all public sidewalk areas are PUBLIC FORUMS and cannot be eliminated or diminished without REPLACEMENT of equal value (ref: Venetian Casino case, 2001). Essentially the city/corporate preparations for APEC, Asia Pacific Economic Conference, amount to multimillion-dollar attacks on the homeless, poor and independent.  Not altogether ironically, this world economic summit maybe used by local private transnational resorts and developers to permanently control Waikiki and beyond.

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The police PowerPoint presentation included photos and information (presumably gathered by police) on specific individual artists who have practiced here for many years. They especially show performers. These buskers can expect to be arrested and charged under the new city/corporate “say-so” or “provisions”. For over a decade arrests have been a constant issue on the street as a matter of discrimination. Usually after personal humiliation, property confiscation, jail, bail and sometimes strip searches, the Honolulu court dismisses the cases. But the real purpose and damage is done before cases go to court. Notably, routine harassment has stopped since the Save Waikiki Sidewalk began a campaign to stand up for users of free speech in September 2010. The campaign began when artists learned of the sidewalk renovation design.

However last month two independent and longterm performing artists, who sing and play keyboard and violin respectively, were arrested, charged, convicted and fine approx. $107 each. The crime; they were playing “reproduced” rhythm and sound in their live performances. The city and police had given no instructions about new “hear-say” codes or warnings.

With regard to OSS most of the rules or, in any case, outcomes, of these county/corporate “safety” meetings may not even come close to a narrative of legal island law. They certainly conflict with higher provisional authorities: UN Human Rights, Federal U.S. Ninth Circuit Court Rulings, and U.S. First Amendment rights – all of which protect free speech and trump lower local orders. If OSS continues many PUBLIC FORUM users will get caught up in police confusion and the disturbing implications associated with the mis-training of officers who are expected to carry it out. Stg. Barnett said he was responsible for training the Waikiki force on the new and improved rules.

Other notions that OSS rely on are:

  • Naming a price or asking for, or indicating, donations for product/services. Undercover police set up artists, make a financial transaction with them as clients, then closedown the stall and arrest the artist. But, these cases conflict with Ninth Circuit Court rulings: Gospel Missions of America II case 2002, and Jingle” Harry Nmi Perry case 1997 where it is firmly established that selling and/or receiving donations for services/products on the public sidewalk is legal.
    : Newspaper businesses are allowed to sell their product for commercial gain at a fix and clearly advertised price from vending machines on the public sidewalk. Incidentally, a newspaper is not an original artwork; it is a reproduction, often reproducing agency articles. It offers free speech and commercial advertising all for private profit.
  • Artists trespassing onto assumed private property by crossing an installed brass line running along the centre of the sidewalk. But “Sidewalk trespassing” cannot be proved in Waikiki because: 
    The property lines have not been surveyed by the City which relies on developer say-so, and in any case it doesn’t matter because 
    users of the public sidewalk regardless of easement lines cannot be discriminated against. Since people now use of the full width of the path between the gutter and building line, pedestrian use and expressive interchange cannot be segregated on any part of the public conduit.


Waikiki Improvement Association with Director Rick Egged represents the private corporate interests in these attacks on free speech and matters of private encroachment onto the public sidewalk. This includes both physical and intellectual property aspects of Waikiki’s sidewalk. It has been going on for decades through a quite process I call graduation.

It happens slowly but purposefully beneath the very feet of people. It is not helpful that public officials are no longer representing the public, but rather corporate interest. Nevertheless Egged and WIA members are mistaken to think that the issues will go unaddressed. They are accountable for the replacement and repair of sidewalk problem throughout Waikiki.

The members of the mis-named Waikiki Improvement Association, made up of international developers, hotel resorts and businesses need to know that Waikiki is not a corporate trans-national -privately owned and controlled- consortium overseeing it’s own shopping mall and resort theme park. This is public domain owned and controlled by the public. Waikiki Neighborhood Board, a public entity under the City and County of Honolulu, must gather the body strength to uphold democratic principal and guard public property. Looking at the history and since nobody spoke up to Stg. Barnett at the most recent August 9 meeting board members are accommodating and condoning corporate takeover and allowing a prejudicial attack on artists and free voices.

The public needs to have OSS struck down immediately, and in the meantime artists and individuals under attack need to protect themselves by carefully documenting all police approaches and securing the names and contact info of witnesses. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been monitoring Waikiki sidewalk issues since last year when city engineer, Greg Hee, was forced to address WNB. He disclosed the joint corporate/city sidewalk “streetscape” project which was implemented through a CIP line item. The $26 million plus design placed trees and plantings along an 8–15’ strip along the road side of Kalakaua Ave. pavement: the essential and most valuable zone of the PUBLIC FORUM; a direct attack.

The corporate assault on free speech is an attack on individuality and the basic right to produce expression and income that is not controlled by corporations. This is not a matter of street artists taking consumer money from business tenants because street artists manufacture visitor interest and increase overall spending in Waikiki. Similar colour and carnival street promotions such as block parties and Aloha Festival events can run the taxpayer $500k and up. Presently the artists and entertainers are free every nite, except carnival nites – yet still abused, ignored, criminalized and made unwelcome.

The corporate agenda to shut down and discriminate against free speech voices on the makua (mountain) side of Kalakaua Av. is clear and it follows a pattern used on the other side of the avenue: Royal Hawaiian Center. The same is true of Beach Walk (Lewers Street) and Luxury Row and Nike Town by Kalaimoku Street.

The two part corporate game plan of graduation is now clear.

ONE: Remove the sidewalk ‘Public Forum’ by installing plants and landscaping along its path. Pave a new path in and out of shops and private property with corporate approved tiles that blend into the private buildings and designs.
TWO: Instigate a police sting (OSS) on artists and back it up with intimidation by privately trained corporate security guards with the longterm plan to produce a SHOPPER ONLY ENVIRONMENT.

Michael Daly is an artist and campaign director of Save Waikiki Sidewalk.


The Art of Truth and Marriage in the Military

Josh & Heather Wedding illustration by Michael Daly

Featured here are two related yet contrasted illustrations I produced on weddings in the military. Strangely I was working on these separate commissions during last week before they were released for publication. And both come on the heels of my producing a painted interpretation of the image of Private First Class Bradley Manning – in uniform, which is significant. See “Truth Is..” art piece. Manning is the jailed alleged WikiLeaks whistle. I was also recently commissioned to draw a 90 year old Pearl Harbor veteran in his whites.

My first assignment (above) came from a young soldier, Josh, and his civilian wife Heather in Honolulu. They wanted a drawing based on their wedding photo. Josh was uncomfortable about his beard in the wedding photo since he said it was not uniform code. Simple, I gave him a clean shave. I was also able to strictly detail his uniform badges that were blurred in the ragged wallet photo that Josh gave me.  Josh, stationed in Oahu, had been deployed to the Afghanistan War at least once and awaiting more moving orders.

Having met Josh and Heather, it appeared obvious that the couple have a heterosexual relationship. But, not so, for the military couple in my other art assignment (below). The Honolulu Weekly, an independent newspaper ordered the cover illustration. Here the bride and groom were given made-up names, Foster and Amy, and mannequin figures to protect their identity. They are the subjects of an intriguing feature story by Ashley Lukens in the current issue, Feb 23, 2011, titled: “A Marriage of Convenience - Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”.  The gay and lesbian couple married while serving in the military to have the effective benefits that married couples are allowed.

Honolulu Weekly by Michael Daly-DADT-110223

Cover illustration by Michael Daly

As an artist it was challenging to approach the complexity of a changing military make-up: indicating both genders, presenting a cross over of traditional “toys” (guns and roses), and deleting facial identity. Perhaps it was a little too much to further stamp out individuality by attempting to loose them all together in camouflage.  It was something of joy to “gayify” the uniforms and badges.  As I was working I kept singing Universal Soldier by Buffy Sainte-Marie in my head. I changed the original word ‘blame’ to ‘same’: “He’s the universal soldier and he really is the same..”.  I was thinking an open gay community in the military might change the world as we know it.

What if the general acceptance of people, such as gays, not only in the U.S. military, but forces of the world, leads to some grave understanding of individuality and humanity?  This would jeopardize the culture of war, lies, fear, violence and concentrated profit making. Permanent peace could ensure which would threaten the security of the Pentagon and the dirty capital enterprise of hate.

The prospects of the military in the event of permanent peace are taken seriously at top level. I recall a televised panel discussion in the U.S. (in the late 90s, maybe on CSPAN) on this subject that included top brass and to my surprise, Margaret Thatcher. Apart from the topic itself I was struck that Thatcher blatantly declared to the live audience that the Gulf War was “about oil” something that she repeatedly denied, and I guess lied about, while being UK Prime Minister, and in her capacity to direct UK forces into that joint war.

With great relief to those with concerns that the military and humungous weapon contracts might become displaced by the onset of a peace economy, the attacks of September 11, 2001 arrived as if on queue with apparently more inside and collaborative motives than simple foreign ones. So “W” Bush’s  War on Iraq,  War on Terror,  War of the Patriot Act and   War on Peace were fully accomplished.  I have searched on line but cannot find this ‘peace and the future of the military’ video.

For me, the Weekly story strikes some cord in the complexity of engineering war, I mean real and lasting war, when all the while humanity is evolving and the symmetry of peace wants to flow like the gift of water.

It is interesting that Bradley Manning is widely known to be gay despite the don’t ask, don’t tell policy. It has all the while been the law during all the publicity about his sexuality. [Perhaps it was WikiLeaked!] How can the young soldier carry on the known life of being gay on one hand and the career life of being a sexual unknown on the other? This example probably is a bad one since the coming out of his sexual identity is minuscule in the face of the needs of his coming out of his torture cell. But it shows the “set-up” of shame and absurdity inherent in DADT.

The Weekly reports that although President Obama repealed DADT on December 22, 2010, the change won’t be affective for months: “the new law requires that the president, the secretary of Defense and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certify that the new regulations are consistent with standards of military readiness, effectiveness, unit cohesion, and recruiting and retention”.

Here, the truth of one’s identity is a major blow to the generals. It sounds awfully complex that simple truth in the military affects the very fabric of the institution. Again, this aspect of truth in Government goes to the heart of why Bradley Manning is subject to punishment and inhumane treatment in solitary confinement in a U.S. brig without a trial. Manning gets it both ways. For him the U.S. military must be a just a uniform code of lying. Perhaps if Obama’s new Can Ask, Can Tell principle is applied to other right to know matters, Manning will be free.


Bonding with Uniformity

John Rauschkolb by Michael Daly December 07, 2010

My recent postings have a common thread. They are art assignments of military people in uniform. This is my drawing of John Rauschkolb in his whites. Earlier I published my poster art of Bradley Manning in uniform. My next post will feature two military wedding artworks I did last week: -a fun news story illustration of a gay military couple in uniform and a traditional drawing of a wedding couple, the groom in uniform. This small art collection with theme was not designed but came together naturally.

I had the opportunity of drawing Rauschkolb’s portrait while he was in Honolulu attending the 69th anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 07. This kind gentleman is 90 years old and a survivor of the 1941 Pearl Harbor. His loving niece, Robin Lamar commissioned the portrait. I also did a pastel drawing of her in colour.

As an artist/writer I’ve become interested in important matters about the uniform.

Uniforms and symbols have a significance of spirit that engender mass culture. This is no small thing. It can be the difference between respect, understanding, survival – and repressive crackdowns, violence, division and evolutionary breakdown.

I recall being outraged in the 90s when local police on Kaua`i island would make presentations at my daughters’ elementry school in Hanalei; they were wearing guns which generally ended up being an ogling feature of class attention. On complaint, I was told the gun was a “part of the uniform” and could not be left behind. It’s violations of the U.S. Uniform Code of Military Justice that the prosecutor is charging Bradley Manning with for allegedly disclosing classified documents to WikikLeaks.

Last week I was painting an illustration of a gay military wedding couple for the cover of Honolulu Weekly, February 23, 2011. I noticed I was making the camouflage shirt of the lesbian bride look like one those cute nursery uniforms. Something of a contrast in the military that would delight me.  No one would believe a cruel national dictator could amass a military arm with uniformed troops parading designs associated with love and care. Don’t underestimate the power of love and care. Here is an idea in support of giving peace a chance. Consider military uniform designs of hostility as being obscene to humanity, make treaties to abolish them everywhere and see our goals of global security advance. This is a new order of military conversion. And a way of retention, recruitment and so on for our global forces facing environmental threats. Like any fashion statement, the change will place traditional uniforms in their historic context (not a chapter to be proud of).

It has been gratifying for me to be able to represent with honour the faces of folk in uniform. In the cases of my local drawings I have come into good contact with service people who I don’t usually meet. I make sure to let my military subjects know I am a pacifist and that I believe most military personnel are victims of a deceitful and failed system. They may not agree or fully agree, but so far they respect my views; few can counter that institutions of weapons and war are rife with terrible human and economic waste.

Here I’d like to note that protection racquets such as false flags, where fear is purposefully manufactured, are an old evolutionary game of sexual prowess and control.

Martin Luther King Parade, Honolulu 2011. Arthur Defries, Michael Daly, Brihadi with Bradley Manning poster

Since my most informative college days in Melbourne their has been a definite gulf of isolation between people in uniform and myself. While being an art student I attended many street protests against U.S. and Australian military involvement in Vietnam. There were violent clashes with police . But now, after almost forty years, I see something of fundamental reconciliation happening. Keen jerk reaction to protesters is replaced with thoughts of something is “wrong, terribly wrong”.

When I was voluntarily painting my poster of Manning in his uniform I couldn’t help but notice how unusual -and refreshing!- it was to be directing my prized talent in the support of a military guy.  I immediately displayed this art poster publicly on the sidewalk of Waikiki and felt a long waited satisfying sense of inclusion with society. I offered the image to Manning’s support team. I used it to create a web animated art statement, and I proudly held the original high in the Martin Luther King Day Parade through Kalakaua Avenue with a team of Revolution Books and World Can’t Wait marchers.

The relationship between activists (often progressive, free-thinkers, artists, definitely outsiders) and enforcement (usually ruled, authoritarian, paid and socially embraced) has changed in the past weeks. We witness across-the-spectrum Egyptian revolutionists of huge numbers seemingly protected by the Army and definitely not provoked or attacked by them. This mostly peaceful revolution on the street is not what I’ve experienced in dealing with uniforms at large protest turnouts.

Also, today in Wisconsin, USA, the public service unions including police and firefighters (not even directly attacked by state union-busting) stand as one with long time activists and voices for truth in government, equal rights and democracy.

On February 25, 2011 with the backdrop of protest inside the state building, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! interviewed Mahlon Mitchell, president of the Wisconsin Professional Firefighters Association. The interview reflects a spirit of solidarity today between the uniform and tie-dye forces.

There is a letter from former Marine Corps captain, David MacMichael written to General James Amos, Pentagon Commandant of the Marine Corps posted at Manning’s website. MacMichael supports Manning. I now have another uniform I can admire!  With enthusiasm I write my appreciation in the blog’s comment section.

MacMichael refers to Manning’s unusual detention at Quantico, a Marine Corps installation, since Manning is Army enlisted.  He notes constitutional issues of long term detention without a court-martial and says: “I seriously doubt that the conditions of his confinement – solitary confinement, sleep interruption, denial of all but minimal physical exercise, etc. – are necessary, customary, or in accordance with law, US or international”.

MacMichael once commanded the headquarters company at Quantico where Manning is jailed. He himself was a “whistleblower” in the Iran-contra affair in the 1980s. He says: “At that time, I wondered why Lt. Col. Oliver North, who very clearly violated the UCMJ—and, in my opinion, disgraced our service—was not court-martialed”.

I’m asking why, if MacMichael received a salute for his duty as a public informant in the 80s why then is Manning being woefully singled out now?  Further, its strange that military justice is a different animal to civilian justice and diplomatic justice is different again.

Martin Luther King said Justice denied anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Justice is a universal concept of equal application so it must apply to humanity equally. Their is no justification for different law books. And, even as it is, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice Manning must have his rights restored immediately and a fair trial without delay to establish if any corrective action is required.

We can bond with such uniformity.

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