(BIVN) – Floyd Eaglin returned to speak to the Hawaiian Homes Commission during Monday’s meeting in Hilo, where he focused his testimony on a “better way of doing things” especially when it comes to law enforcement.
“Let’s treat our people with dignity and pride,” Eaglin said, in reference to the conflict on Mauna Kea over the planned Thirty Meter Telescope. The dispute resulted in the arrest of 38 kūpuna on July 17, yet TMT construction crews have not been able to ascend the mountain to begin building the observatory.
When Eaglin last appeared before the commission, he spoke about the speed humps in the area of Keaukaha school. “I’m not Hawaiian. My children are Hawaiian,” he said. “My friends are Hawaiian. The person that saved my life in Vietnam was Hawaiian. So it is incumbent upon me to speak for them.”
On Monday, Eaglin focused on the arrests that took place on the Mauna Kea Access Road. “You’re just doing your job,” Eaglin told the commissioners. “But we have to look out for the people who is being hurt by these things. I learned that the access road going to Mauna Kea is a part of Act 14 that has never been taken care of.”
Eaglin, who said he is not against science, did not mention the Thirty Meter Telescope in his testimony. He focused instead on law enforcement.
“The only difference between the arrestee and the arrestor is the clothes that they wear,” Eaglin said. “Because we got the Polynesians policing up the Polynesians, under the instructions of someone else. What does that do to children that is growing up? It hurts them. Because psychologically, it tells them: you don’t do the right thing, or someone see that you didn’t do the right thing, we goin’ get your brothers and sisters that live next to you, in order to arrest you.”
“Everyone have that right, in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, to non-violently protest,” Eaglin said. “That’s our rights to do so. And I don’t say it’s you who have that responsibility. You gettin’ the order from someone else. That someone else is different from Polynesia. But what you see on TV, is the Polynesians hurting the Polynesians.”
“I’m speaking for my heart,” Eaglin said. “I didn’t write anything. I didn’t want to write anything. Let’s do it and do it the right way.”