hawaii: tour leasee claims kanaka maoli rights

A tour operator who signed a 16 year lease with the Hawai'i government has rejected a state claim against him. Kauai Garden Island News: "'My inherent right on land comes from the 'identity' of the 'loi' and the right to be part of a government, (and) is vested in the reserved right of the minerals and metallic mines on the Royal Patent,' Waialeale wrote in a April 22 letter to Wynhoff. 'The Wailua River Valley, under executive order, does not and cannot extinguish my rights as a person in Polynesia, in the Hawaiian Islands,' Waialeale wrote."