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06 March 2007 @ 10:41 pm

Cave relics thief dies month before prison date

By Gordon Y.K. Pang
Advertiser Staff Writer

One of two men found guilty of stealing Native Hawaiian funerary objects from a Big Island cave to sell for profit has died a month before he was scheduled to go to federal prison.

John Carta, 46, was found dead at a Kailua, Kona, home last Tuesday, according to a Big Island police spokeswoman and his attorney, Rustam Barbee.

While the death is still under investigation and an autopsy has been requested, "at this time, no there is no reason to suspect foul play or any intentional act," said Chris Loos, spokeswoman for the Hawai'i County Police Department.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren last month sentenced Carta to a year in prison for stealing the objects from Kanupa Cave in Kohala in June 2004.

Another defendant in the case, Daniel Taylor, is to be sentenced in May.

The Kanupa case, which generated wide publicity, involves items known as the J.S. Emerson Collection and included wooden bowls, a gourd, a holua sled runner, a spear, kapa and cordage. Federal authorities said 157 items were recovered in all.

Carta's body was found by a friend, Loos said.

Barbee said he learned of his client's fate through a call from a close friend of Carta's. He also got the same information from a pretrial services official at U.S. District Court in Honolulu.

Barbee said he did not know the exact circumstances of Carta's death. While he was surprised to learn of the death, he said, "the information at this time doesn't lead me to believe (the death) was suspicious at all."


Carta was supposed to report to authorities on April 2 to begin his sentence. Barbee said Carta feared for his safety while incarcerated and had asked that he be allowed to serve out his one-year prison sentence at a facility on the Mainland. The court and federal prosecutors both appeared receptive to that request, Barbee said, but the Bureau of Prisons had not yet determined where he was to be imprisoned.

"The general concern was that there may be some animosity toward Mr. Taylor and Mr. Carta for their involvement in the offense," Barbee said. "With the notoriety the case received in the media, there's always a concern for some kind of retaliation or somebody thinking they had been offended in some manner to take it upon themselves to do an assault or any kind of threat."

Believed to have first been taken from Kanupa Cave in the late 1800s and sold to museums, the objects were reburied in 2003 by the group Hui Malama I Na Kupuna 'O Hawai'i Nei, a Native Hawaiian group dedicated to the repatriation of Hawaiian burial remains and the objects that accompany them.

Edward Halealoha Ayau, Hui Malama executive director, said he was not aware of Carta's death and thought he had already been imprisoned.

Ayau said mysterious deaths have befallen others who have tampered with Hawaiian burial sites. "What Mr. Carta did was very terrible, and something like this is what comes with the territory when you invade that world, which is what Mr. Carta did," Ayau said.

Barbee said state attorneys have been ready to file charges in state Circuit Court against Carta and Taylor.

Ayau has been critical of the attorney general's office for not filing charges to date but Barbee called the prospect of the state doing so "ridiculous."

Barbee said Carta felt "very deep and heartfelt remorse" about his actions at Kanupa and that he did not receive any financial gain from the episode.

From http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070306/NEWS23/703060342/1173/NEWS
23 January 2007 @ 10:46 am

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10 January 2007 @ 03:58 pm
Kalani sent this link to me:


An excerpt:


The items are among the most cherished Hawaiian cultural items known to exist and include a famous wooden female figure and several renowned stick 'aumakua, or family deities.

Trisha Kehaulani Watson, executive director of the group Kako'o 'Oiwi, said she had declined the opportunity to see the artifacts yesterday.

"I refused to view them," she said. "I think it's inappropriate to view these items, and I think we show respect for them by not viewing them."

She said her greatest fear is that the artifacts would be sold to collectors and become personal possessions.

"They are essentially priceless and would be worth a great deal on the open market," she said.

Brown said the museum is not precluded from displaying the items in the meantime, but that there are no current plans to do so.

"I personally think they are of great educational value," he said. "They are rare, and it is a good thing for people to be able to see them and learn about them."

He said he was greatly relieved that the items had been fully accounted for. If they had not been removed from the caves, they could have been damaged by the earthquakes that jolted the Big Island in October, and would certainly have been damaged by insects eventually, he said. Some objects had been covered with silverfish when they were recovered, he said.

The museum did not allow news organizations to photograph or film the artifacts yesterday.

IMHO we need more people like this. Like her.

You know... no need to mention your degrees. Just speak the truth! Because sometimes when you mention your degrees it doesn't hurt anyone but other Hawaiians.

Kudos to her for using her voice. I hope that others do too.

And yes I agree with her 100%. Do not view them as they were not meant to be viewed. That is why our kupuna hid them.

So kudos to her for speaking the TRUTH. Thanks!!! To her and to others who do so.

Personally I think she can do a lot and noticed she or they didn't mention her degrees which I'm glad. I mean... they speak for themselves while she speaks the Truth so why bother telling people about her degrees when they already know about them? And Hawaiians DO talk. In fact within a week or so other Hawaiians will be reading this and talking about what I wrote. We DO talk. That is the Hawaiian Way but Hawaiians are already know about her qualifications. I hope that she doesn't mention them because in a way and sometimes degrees make some feel Hawaiians powerless. When degrees are not mentioned... the truth takes the light... not her... which many Hawaiians value. That is, haa haa. They admire humble-ness... not boastfulness and whether she or I like it or not... more Hawaiians will listen instead of tune her out because that is what they do when someone boasts about their degrees. They tune them out. Fast!

So kudos to her.

She will be a major force... if not already.

Anyway please show her some support by visiting her website at


and PLEASE make a donation at her website via PayPal. PLEASE support her!

18 November 2006 @ 02:26 pm
Queen Liluokalani died 89 years ago on Nov. 11, 1917:

Unfortunately and to my dismay public schools in the states do not teach Hawaiian history so some other Americans walk around ignorant about one of the 50 states. Hawaii is rich in history and is fascinating. I don't like to push my manao onto others though and I prefer to let people decide for themselves. It's not my thing to insult people's intelligence.

In any case here is a picture of the Honolulu Advertiser showing the funeral procession of Queen Liluokalani who spared blood shed for her people which I really admire. For me... I would fight back even if I am outarmed and that's one thing I disagree with her on but at the same time it was up to her to decide so I agree to disagree with her decision LOL

Of course there are some people who like to lie about her. Some say she was a tyrant. Uh hello. Tyrants do not plead with the American people for mercy which she did. Tyrants would have sought an alliance with another country to help attack America. Instead she pled with the American people for mercy for her people. Yet they continue to lie about her.

Her story is available online.

Read her story online here for free:


Anyway here is the picture of her funeral procession which shows her people respecting her and/or her life:

Taken 89 years, November 18, 1917.

From http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/150/150photogallery
13 October 2006 @ 11:48 pm
Their story is on now.

Here: http://www.olelo.org/

Click onto NTAV 53 and it will open the live stream.

It's on now.

I'm watching it.

How sad!

Shelly seems very pono too... you can tell....

If you have time please stay tuned to it NOW


Click onto NATV 53.
30 September 2006 @ 09:07 pm
I'm not into politically correct BS but lately an ad has gone too far. To me it's sacreligious. Here is the ad that was recently pulled by a cruise line:

Unfortunately they only pulled the ad because they were caught not because they were sorry for a sacreligious ad depicting one of our warriors who became king in a very unfavorable ad. I don't like it but at least many Hawaiians made noise because this is simply sacreligious. I know that some people don't understand the significance of Kamehameha but this isn't politically correctness gone awry. Instead this is respect in corporate America gone awry. I don't blame Americans. It's corporate America.

Read the rest of the story here: http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060930/BUSINESS02/609300343/1071

04 September 2006 @ 08:46 pm

Ma'ili Beach Park campers Dino Palisbo, Jon Yadao and his wife, Elena, are informed by a police officer that they will have to move out of the south end of the park, where a city cleanup will begin.

From http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060904/NEWS01/609050317/1001
12 August 2006 @ 01:38 pm
Oh and I'm not sure if other Hawaiians have read this article yet:


Well I just spoke with Patrick Kahawaiolaa about this article and he has confirmed that he is not trying to exclude Hawaiians.

Instead he is sueing so that OHA lives up to their fiduciary duty as special agents to us Hawaiians starting with the Haole concept blood quantum of 50% Hawaiian or more.

Unfortunately the Honolulu Advertiser tried to portray him as being a monster. I called him directly to find out and he said that his grandchildren are less than the Haole concept blood quantum of 50% Hawaiian or more so he is NOT trying to exclude Hawaiians with less than the Haole concept blood quantum of 50% Hawaiian. Instead he is trying to help ALL Hawaiians.

I got this directly from the source.
01 July 2006 @ 03:01 pm
I wrote about conversion and how it is illegal. Well I recently read about a recent ruling of the Hawaii Supreme Court that rarely if ever protects the rights of Hawaiians. Today it makes me happy knowing that Chief Justice Moon ruled in favor to protect the rights of Hawaiians. How cool is that! In any case here is the recent ruling. It also epitomizes how the vast majority of Americans only want to do the right thing. Unfortunately many of them are ignorant about Hawaiians but I know that they only want to do the right thing.

Anyway here is the article in today's paper:

Leona Kalima, Dianne Boner and Raynette Nalani Ah Chong spoke yesterday about a Hawaii Supreme Court ruling in support of their Hawaiian Home Lands claims.

"Hawaiians win in land dispute:

The state high court rules beneficiaries can pursue land claims and monetary damages"

An excerpt:

"More than 2,700 native Hawaiians can seek monetary damages from the state for its alleged mismanagement of the Hawaiian Home Lands program, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled yesterday.

Upholding a lower court's ruling, five judges also concluded that as many as 2,721 beneficiaries can pursue land claims that were once up for consideration by a review panel suspended in 1999, said Thomas Grande, attorney for the plaintiffs.

The suit, brought by three women, argues that the homesteading program set up under the 1959 Statehood Admissions Act mishandled thousands of land claims under an extensive wait list. It also faults the land trust for allegedly awarding properties lacking access to water, damaged by illegal grading or other work."

From http://starbulletin.com/2006/07/01/news/story01.html

Mahalo to these three Hawaiian women for onipaa-ing. For standing firm in what they believe in.
25 May 2006 @ 04:54 am
I don't have anything to do with the webmaster of this website but thought that other Hawaiians and supporters of Hawaiians would be interested in some of these shirts for sale: