The email arrived Wednesday afternoon via Pookela PR in Lahaina pitching a statement from the “Kingdom of Hawaii” regarding the OHA/Roll Commission campaign.
It linked to a letter on stationary of “His Majesty King, Edmund K. Silva, Jr.” addressed to the governor, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, federal officials, and “citizens and subjects” of Silva’s claimed kingdom.
Subject: Fraud: 1. a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain. 2. a piece of trickery; a trick. 3. A cheat. A confidence trick (synonyms include confidence scheme and scam) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, in the classical sense of trust (Latin:”con-fidere”). A confidence artist (or con artist) is an individual, operating alone or in concert with others, who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, nai?vete?, or greed.
For a brief moment I thought to myself, “he’s going to confess!”
After all, here’s a guy who served time in Colorado for “theft by deception” who now claims to be king, derives benefits from that bogus claim, and I presume expects the rest of us to act as his subjects.
But no, he isn’t referring to the obvious scam elements of his royal claims. He’s pointing fingers at OHA.
Oh, the irony!