Ali`i Mana`o Nui Lanny Sinkin, 8-18-14… “Letter to General Dempsey re: Turtle Injuries and Reef Destruction from RIMPAC Exercises”

lanny_sinkin_alii_manao_nui_shield_2This letter from Ali`i Mana`o Nui (Chief with Great Wisdom) Lanny Sinkin to General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff addresses injuries suffered by turtles and destruction of coral reefs, likely a result of RIMPAC exercises (here is the relevant earlier post mentioned). Here are highlights.

“I am writing to offer you evidence of that destruction collected by marine scientists and other observers. If you are truly interested in this evidence, I would be happy to connect your scientists with these local scientists, who have been studying the Hawaiian waters for decades.

“As a sample of the type of evidence available, the two links below are videos showing coral destruction and fatal turtle injuries. The picture provided is a sample of the type of injuries suffered by turtles.”

Here are links to the two videos linked in this document:
Honu (Sea turtle) injuries:
Reef destruction:


About Ali`i Mana`o Nui Lanny Sinkin

I am Ali`i Mana`o Nui Lanny Sinkin. Ali`i Mana`o Nui was a position created by Queen Liliu'okalani that was not filled before she was overthrown. The kuleana (sacred path) of that position is to speak the truth to the monarch without any fear of punishment. The position is one of trusted advisor and friend. I always thought that the position was a really good one for a monarch to create because people tend to be so deferential that the monarch might not always be told the full truth for fear of offending. I have no such restrictions placed on me. The King and I have worked closely together for eight or nine years now. When the King agreed to assume the position of King, he immediately set about to achieve the goal of full independence. Over the years, he and I have produced numerous documents addressing a broad range of issues (found at The most important is the one that the King wrote which records the vision and plan for the restored nation. I consider myself to have a sacred responsibility to provide my best advice to the King at all times.
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