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Source: Kauai News

LIHUE While an estimated 5,000 demonstrators protested the state of Hawaiis stance on so-called ceded lands in Honolulu, roughly 15 assembled at the junction of Kapule Highway and Ahukini Road in Lihue in a sign of solidarity yesterday.

Katy Rose, a member of Kauai Alliance for Peace and Social Justice who helped organize the sympathy rally, said the 116th anniversary of the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy is a very significant date to keep history in peoples consciousness and brings up the pressing question of (Gov. Linda) Lingles appeal to the (U.S.) Supreme Court.

Most of us that were out there today were not Hawaiian people, but its our responsibility as non-Hawaiians to show that we stand side-by-side with Hawaiians, that we stand for justice for Hawaiian people, and that we dont want Lingle to successfully divide our communities from each other, Rose said.

The Lingle administration is appealing a January 2008 Hawaii Supreme Court decision that overturned a prior Circuit Court ruling and in effect put a hold on the sale or transfer of ceded lands until the issue is resolved further.

More than 30 states have filed briefs on the states behalf in preparation for the hearing in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, scheduled for next month. State Attorney General Mark Bennett said last month he expects a ruling by the end of June.

Demonstrator Kip Goodwin said yesterday that the states stance that native Hawaiian people have no legal claim to the lands is an insult added to a century of injury.

Raymond Catania, another Kauai demonstrator, described the lands as seized rather than ceded and said they should be given back to the Hawaiian people to decide how to use them.

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