Reverend Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Senior, Warrior

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The Reverend Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Senior, often called simply "Uncle Charlie," is sometimes also called the Rev. Al Sharpton of Hawai'i. Maxwell, like Sharpton, demands racial reparations in the present for racial grievances from a distant past. He (ab)uses a position of trust within his ethnic community, and a title indicating spirituality, to try to extort concessions from others.

Below are four items: (a) a published newspaper article reporting a speech Maxwell gave at the Honolulu Rotary Club on April 5, 2000 warning that ethnic Hawaiians might go back to their warrior ways unless they get what they want; (b) a published "viewpoint" essay Maxwell wrote himself on June 26, 2002 repeating the same threat more than two years later; (c) a reply by Ken Conklin published on June 29, 2002; (d) a news report from Fiji that the military takes Maxwell-style threats very seriously -- the Fiji military has issued a stern warning to a native Fijian politician running for re-election as President, who threatened that if a non-native wins the upcoming election there would be social and political upheaval just as happened several years previously when that happened (President Qarase was installed after staging a native-Fijian military coup that overthrew a new government headed by a democratically elected Asian Fijian).


The Honolulu Advertiser, Wednesday, April 5, 2000

Hawaiian 'warriors' possible, activist says

By Walter Wright
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaiian activist Charles Maxwell warned yesterday that Hawaiians once were warriors and could become warriors again if no one listens to their concerns.

Maxwell took his people's cause to a middle-class crowd of predominantly haole members of the Rotary Club at their luncheon in Waikiki.

Maxwell, a Maui resident who is chairman of the Hawaii Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, said he pledged allegiance to the flag at the luncheon but refused to sing "God Bless America" because he considered what America had done to Hawaii — from the overthrow of the monarchy through annexation and statehood — to be "despicable."

He received 10 seconds of polite applause and one question after his 23-minute talk at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Did he really think Hawaiians would be justified in becoming warriors again "if there is no redress?"

"I tell you what," Maxwell said, "I will be in the front of the line.

"I am trying my damnedest right now to use our congressional means, any way, because I don't want to go there, I really do not want to go there. My kids will suffer, my grandchildren will suffer, you will suffer, your grandchildren, everybody will suffer.

"I'm trying my damnedest not to go there. But if I am alive when the time comes, I will be on the front of the line."

Maxwell said his remarks were "not a threat."

"I started the Kahoolawe movement," he said, "I've been involved in many protests, been in the front of the line, I been there and done that. Answer your question?"

Island businessman Connie Conrad, 90, who moved to Honolulu in 1938, said he could not imagine creation of a sovereign Hawaiian nation as a solution to "a very deep, very complicated situation," nor could he imagine Hawaiians "becoming warriors" to obtain such a result.

There should be programs to help Hawaiians deal with the problems that Maxwell cited, including the worst education, health and crime statistics among all residents, said Conrad.

But, Conrad said, "The island people owe an awful lot to the United States of America. We could have been invaded here by the Japanese, and many Hawaiians could have been killed."

Maxwell urged his audience to "get involved in getting people down here to take care of us."

"We are in stress," he said. "We are only 250,000 worldwide, not a big amount of people, but the U.S. Civil Rights Commission is coming down here and we want to bring worldwide coverage, publicity, to this point of the Native Hawaiians, because everyone ... wants to come to Hawaii.

"If we want Hawaii to be the same, then we all got to prosper, not only the businessmen, not only the foreigners making big bucks and taking it back to Japan, China, whatever.…

"Always remember this: At one time our people were warriors. We do not want to go back to the days of being warriors."

Maxwell said: "Please, please help us. It is not a Hawaiian thing, it's all of our thing."


*** No permanent internet URL was available for articles in The Maui News in 2002 ***

The Maui News
Wednesday, June 26, 2002


People of Hawaii should rise against attack on Hawaiian entitlements


John Goemans, with the use of the laws of America (The Maui News, June 22), is trying to add the list of na hewa (crimes) against the kanaka maoli, beginning when Capt. James Cook "stumbled" on these Hawaiian Islands 224 years ago.

Cook brought in all of the diseases known to modern man and decimated the Hawaiian race which had no immunity to these diseases. After the Hawaiian population had dwindled by one-third, enter the missionaries who completely overturned the culture and lifestyle of the kanaka maoli while establishing the Christian religion in Hawaii.

Because of the kindness of their hearts, the confusion of land tenure and the deceitfulness of some missionaries, their children and grandchildren, the kanaka maoli became alienated from Hawaiian lands.

Prince Kuhio and others, who saw how the Hawaiian race was slowly diminishing, created the Hawaiian Homes Act of 1920 to actually put the Hawaiian people back on the land. From the start, this act was meant to fail because one of the requirements of the act was that lands to be used would not be fit for agricultural purposes and would not contain water rights. It also was not funded.

William Hyde Rice, the great-grandfather of Freddie Rice, was elected a commissioner to set aside the land for the Hawaiian Homes Act. His son, Harold W. Rice, leased Hawaiian Homes Land in Waiohuli for 50 years at 25 cents an acre for the Rice Ranch. Efforts were made by the Hawaiian people to prevent a new lease of these lands, and today Hawaiian people are building on this land as lessees under the Hawaiian Homes Act.

The Hawaiian people suffer from the long list of social ills of Hawaii as a direct result of being colonized, and having their land, culture and identity taken away. Now the Goemans, Rices and others driving to take away all the entitlements of the Hawaiian people is the "straw that breaks the camels back."

As a kahu who has been involved in forefront of the Hawaiian movement for the last 30-plus years, I find it frightening to imagine what could happen. I cannot understand why business leaders are not up in arms against these people who want to create havoc for the tourist industry and all of the economy that depends on tourism.

These court actions attack the Hawaiian Homes Lands, Kamehameha Schools, Alu Like, Hawaiian language immersion programs, University of Hawaii, and many other institutions trying to help Hawaiians be self-sufficient. It is traumatic to us as native people of this land.

We all must remember that once we were warriors and as native people we cannot be continually attacked, culturally, socially and economically, without responding in a desperate manner

Just to show everyone in Hawaii and around the world that we mean business, every Hawaiian in these United States should conduct a one-day "brown out" by staying home and not going to work. Every Hawaiian in the islands and on the Mainland should stay at home for one day to show commitment to the cause of the Hawaiian people and how we are being attacked by the Goemans, Rices and all others who are trying to say that we are in violation of the Civil Rights Act.

What about everything that was done to us as Hawaiian people? Where were the American laws then? Are the laws of America only applied to people of color, and that if you're a lawyer who has influence with the Bush administration, you can stick it to the Hawaiian?

If this trend continues and Hawaiians are removed from their entitlements, I predict that the Hawaiian people will rebel and take to the streets, causing Hawaii's economy to drop like a lead weight. This is not a threat, it's reality. We can be pushed only so far.

Ku'e, kapo'e o Hawaii. ["Resist, Hawaiians"]

Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell Sr. is a consultant on Hawaiian culture. He lives in Pukalani.


*** No permanent internet URL was available for articles in The Maui News in 2002 ***

The Maui News

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Hawaii should rise in defense of unity, equality and brotherhood


Kahu Charles K. Maxwell, an unordained reverend without a church, was given that usually honorable title by a former minister. Now he does a very dishonorable thing by threatening the people of Hawaii (Viewpoint, June 26).

He says if we don't knuckle under to his demands for racial entitlements and race-based political power, there will be trouble. Referring to people fighting for equality and unity, he says: "Now the Goemans, Rices and others driving to take away all the entitlements of the Hawaiian people is the 'straw that breaks the camels back.'" In other words, Maxwell is admitting he has a ton of racial entitlement programs already in place (more than 160 according to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs), and threatening that there will be trouble if everybody else gets to share these programs equally.

"We all must remember that once we were warriors and as native people we cannot be continually attacked . . . without responding in a desperate manner." Thus the reverend gives his flock forgiveness in advance for the violence he clearly threatens, on the grounds that they can't help themselves because it's something that runs in the blood of these warrior people.

It is clearly a threat when he warns: "This is not a threat, it's reality. We can be pushed only so far . . . I predict that the Hawaiian people will rebel and take to the streets, causing Hawaii's economy to drop like a lead weight." And then he urges Hawaiians to gear up for the inevitable confrontation by staging a one-day racial boycott for practice. This guy is a real piece of work!

Maxwell "cannot understand why business leaders are not up in arms against these people (Goemans, Rice, et al.)." Here's why. Business leaders understand the need for a level playing field. They do not want passage of the so-called Akaka bill, which would recognize Native Hawaiians as an Indian tribe and thus allow a checkerboard of special economic zones on all "tribal" lands where untaxed, unregulated businesses could compete against their heavily taxed and regulated neighbors.

Money for all those government programs Maxwell loves comes from taxes. The tax base will be destroyed when untaxed businesses drive out taxpaying businesses and when people focus their energy on grabbing government benefits rather than producing goods and services.

Native Hawaiians have a proud history and a chance for a wonderful future. Shall we follow Maxwell's path to Bosnia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Fiji - the path of racial separatism, bitterness, grievance, victimhood, and government wardship? Give Uncle Charlie the lei hala, hang his spear on the wall of a museum, and join hands as we move forward in unity, equality, and brotherhood.

Hawaii loa, kulike kakou, kupa'a me ka lokahi.

Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D, is a retired professor of philosophy and teacher of mathematics who has studied Hawaiian sovereignty issues for 10 years. He lives in Kaneohe on Oahu.


** The following article was published in Fiji on April 30, 2006. It is copied here because it shows that the same sort of fear-mongering and implied threats used by Charles Maxwell in Hawai'i are taken very seriously in Fiji and produced a strtong response from the Fiji military that it will protect democracy and will not tolerate such threats. **


Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i


SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 30) – Fiji Army Commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama today threatened to round-up caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and Soqosoqo Duavata Lewenivanua party director Jale Baba if they continued to incite fear amongst the voters ahead of polling.

Bainimarama, who had just returned from overseas, said Qarase and Baba were telling voters in their pocket meetings that there would be instability if a non-indigenous individual were to become Prime Minister.

"Such an act has been sighted by the military as threatening voters to choose the Soqosoqo Duavata Lewenivanua party during voting next week, which is not democratic," he said.

"People have the right to vote for whichever party or individual they want to, and no one should intimidate them into doing otherwise. We'll take care of any such threats and the people should not fear," said the army commander.

Bainimarama said what people should rather fear is failed promises, lying and radical/ racial policies if the Soqosoqo Duavata Lewenivanua were to return to power.

"If politicians do not have any meaningful issues to talk about then they should not stand for the election," he said.

A comment from Qarase is expected soon.

Fiji caretaker Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase says he stands by the comments he made in public recently that there was no guarantee the country would not face instability if the Fiji Labor Party were to return to power.

Reacting to today's threat made by Army Commander Voreqe Bainimarama, Qarase said he never intended to incite fear amongst voters but was merely stating the facts.

"I was trying to explain to the people in Soqosoqo Duavata Lewenivanua's pocket meeting in Waituri, Nausori that whenever the Fiji Labor Party came into power there has been an upheaval. I was merely telling the truth and relating facts to the people," he said.

The Fiji Labor Party said Qarase and the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party were using the fear tactic to win votes.

The race for the single Rotuman seat up for grabs in the 2006 general elections in Fiji is heating up with all five candidates pledging to do more for Rotuma if elected into government.

Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua party candidate Sosefo Kafoa said one of his first tasks would be to improve shipping service to the island from a monthly service to fortnightly interval.

He said he also wanted to improve the road conditions as well ensure that there was electricity in every village on the island.

National Alliance candidate Sosefo Inoke said the problem was that it did not have good governance.

He said the National Alliance had a formula for success for the people of Rotuma, which were peace, order and good governance.

The two were speaking at a rally organized by the Rotuman community in Suva.

Also present were Independent candidate Jioji Konrote and United General Party candidate Mua Taukave as well as outgoing Member of Parliament Marieta Rigamoto.

May 1, 2006


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