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List of Hawaiian sovereignty movement groups


List of Hawaiian sovereignty movement groups

The Hawaiian sovereignty movement (Hawaiian: ke ea Hawai‘i) is a political movement seeking some form of sovereignty for Hawai'i. Generally, the movement's focus is on self-determination and self-governance, either for Hawaiʻi as an independent nation (in many proposals, for "Hawaiian nationals" descended from subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom or declaring themselves as such by choice), or for people of whole or part native Hawaiian ancestry in an indigenous "nation to nation" relationship akin to tribal sovereignty in the U.S.

Some groups also advocate some form of redress from the United States for the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani, and for what is described as a prolonged military occupation beginning with the 1898 annexation. The movement generally views both the overthrow and annexation as illegal.

A counter-sovereignty movement also exists in Hawaiʻi, which views the historical and legal basis for these claims as invalid and discriminatory.[1]


  • Forms 1
  • Historical — Royalist Organizations (from 1880s) 2
    • Liberal Patriotic Association 2.1
    • Kingdom of Hawaii (in exile, 1893–1895) 2.2
    • Insurgency 2.3
    • Home Rule Party of Hawaii 2.4
    • Democratic Party of Hawaii 2.5
    • Prince Kūhiō 2.6
    • Bishop Estate 2.7
  • Modern — Sovereignty Organizations (1960s-present) 3
    • ALOHA 3.1
    • Office of Hawaiian Affairs 3.2
    • Ka Lahui 3.3
    • Nation of Hawai'i 3.4
    • Ka Pakaukau: Kekuni Blaisdell 3.5
    • Poka Laenui (Hayden Burgess) 3.6
    • Hawaiian Kingdom: David Keanu Sai 3.7
    • Hawaiian Kingdom Government 3.8
    • Kingdom of Hawai`i 3.9
    • Nou Ke Akua Ke Aupuni O Hawaii 3.10
    • Kingdom for an Independent Oahu 3.11
  • Responses 4
    • Apology 4.1
    • Native Hawaiians Study Commission 4.2
    • Opposition 4.3
  • Hawaiian sovereignty activists and advocates 5
  • Opponents of Hawaiian sovereignty 6
  • In popular culture 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Further reading 10
  • External links 11
    • Politics 11.1
    • Media 11.2
    • Opposition 11.3


Hawaiian sovereignty advocacy varies, both in defining the problem and proposing solutions. Among those who advocate for complete independence, proposals range from constitutional democracies in varying forms (some of which advocate reinstatement of aliʻi within their constitutions), to democratic anarchism. The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) already exists as a state-sponsored commission but is generally not considered legitimate within sovereignty discourse. One controversial "nation-within-a-nation" proposal (similar to the status of Native American tribes) called the Akaka Bill has been repeatedly brought to the U.S. Senate by Daniel Akaka.[2] This measure has been vociferously opposed by both sovereignty activists, who believe that it might be used to dismiss legal claims for independence, and by sovereignty opponents, who feel that it is "race-based" and therefore discriminatory against non-native residents of Hawaii.

Most, but not all, formal sovereignty proposals focus on short-range, interim governmental structures. Recognizing Hawaii's profound economic and political integration into the United States, some propose solutions developed incrementally with the approval of the United Nations. Since most groups are focused on an international legal solution, many (but not all) proposed structures are based on the kingdom that existed in 1893. The logical basis is that undoing of the 1893 illegal occupation might legally necessitate a return to the pre-illegal-occupation government. Many groups include some long-range ideas in their proposals, but others focus upon the immediate problem of overcoming what they see as American occupation or colonization of the islands. The matter of whether or not Hawaii can lawfully regain its sovereignty after becoming a state also has significance to other secessionist movements, as the Supreme Court has previously ruled in Texas v. White that unilateral secession is illegal.

Historical — Royalist Organizations (from 1880s)

Some groups formed following the 1887 enactment of the native Hawaiians were known as “Royalists”.

Liberal Patriotic Association

The Liberal Patriotic Association was a rebel group formed by Robert William Wilcox, to overturn the Bayonet Constitution. The faction was financed by Chinese businessmen who lost rights under the 1887 Constitution. The movement initiated what became known as the Wilcox Rebellion of 1889, ending in failure with seven dead and 70 captured.

Kingdom of Hawaii (in exile, 1893–1895)

Following her 1893 overthrow, Queen Liliʻuokalani did not formally abdicate the throne, so the Hawaiian Kingdom became a government in exile. With aid from Grover Cleveland, she lobbied for the restoration of her government and postponed annexation, even threatening military force to return her to power.

Liliʻuokalani's own response to her overthrow changed over the years. Although at first she worked to effect a counter-revolution, eventually she reconciled herself to the course Hawaii had taken. Opponents of the Hawaiian sovereignty movements see this as ex post facto justification for the overthrow, whereas sovereignty advocates dismiss this as a purely personal position taken by the Queen that does not bear on their legal assertions.

The best thing for [Native Hawaiians] that could have happened was to belong to the United States. - written in the 1903 autobiography of Senator George Hoar (R. Mass.), attributed to Liliʻuokalani.[3]
Tho' for a moment it cost me a pang of pain for my people it was only momentary, for the present has a hope for the future of my people. - former Queen Liliʻuokalani in her diary, Sunday, September 2, 1900; from a photostatic copy in the Hawaii State Archives (See DeSoto Brown's article in the Honolulu Weekly, June 4–10, 2003, Page 4)

Although there was some controversy as to the accuracy of the second quote, research done by DeSoto Brown of the Bishop Museum, who was originally doubtful, was able to prove its authenticity.[4]

In recognition of the 100th year since the overthrow, sovereignty activist Dallas Kealiihooneiaina Mossman Vogeler directed a three-day re-enactment of the event on the grounds of ʻIolani Palace in Honolulu. Tens of thousands of people witnessed the play, which was also broadcast on Hawaii Public Radio.[5]


The former head of the royal guard other supporters began an arms build up and training insurgents in 1894 to return Queen Liliʻuokalani to power. In 1895 the plot was exposed leading to a war between the insurgents and the Republic of Hawaii known as the 1895 counter-revolution. The rebels were forced into the mountains where fighting continued for a week. After being arrested and imprisoned, Liliʻuokalani formally abdicated the throne to prevent further bloodshed.

Home Rule Party of Hawaii

Following the annexation of Hawaii, Wilcox formed the Home Rule Party of Hawaii on June 6, 1900. The Party was generally more radical than the Democratic Party of Hawaii. They were able to dominate the Territorial Legislature between 1900 and 1902. But due to their radical and extreme philosophy of Hawaiian nationalism, infighting was prominent in addition to their refusal to work with other parties, they were unable to pass any legislation. Following the election of 1902 they steadily declined until they disbanded in 1912.

Democratic Party of Hawaii

The Democratic Party of Hawaii was established April 30, 1900 by John H. Wilson, John S. McGrew, Charles J. McCarthy, David Kawānanakoa and Delbert Metzger. The Party was generally more pragmatic than the radical Home Rule Party, which included gaining sponsorship from the American Democratic Party. They attempted to bring representation to Native Hawaiians in the territorial government and effectively lobbied to set aside 200,000 acres (810 km2) under the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920 for Hawaiians.

Prince Kūhiō

Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole was Republican. Kūhiō's decision to align himself with the powerful Republican Party was fraught with pitfalls, but it allowed him to pursue his agenda of helping Native Hawaiians from a position of real influence. He is credited with developing the county government system still in place today, and with staffing civil service positions with Hawaiian appointees.[6]

Kūhiō's greatest accomplishment came in 1920 with the drafting of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, an ambitious measure that would make 203,500 acres of land available for Native Hawaiian use.[7]

Bishop Estate

Following the death of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, her husband, Charles Reed Bishop, used her estate for the betterment of the Hawaiian people particularly indigent children and with education in accordance to the Princess' Will and dying wishes. Before the death of Charles Reed Bishop, he made preparations to ensure that the estate to continue after his death which came in 1915. The Bishop Estate continues to be one of the largest land holders in Hawaii.

Modern — Sovereignty Organizations (1960s-present)


The Aboriginal Lands of Hawaiian Ancestry (ALOHA), also the


  • Michael Tsai (August 9, 2009). "Pride in Hawaiian Culture Reawakened: Seeds of Sovereignty Movement Sown during 1960s-70s Renaissance".  
  • Native Hawaiians battle in the courts and in Congress Honolulu Advertiser chronology of legislative and legal events relating to Hawaiian sovereignty since 1996
  • Political tsunami hits Hawaii, by Rubellite Kawena Kinney Johnson
  • Blog of articles and documents on Hawaiian sovereignty
  • Indigenous students silent no more, article from Honolulu Star-Bulletin on Native Hawaiian student activism at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Sovereign Stories: 100 Years of Subjugation, article from Honolulu Weekly
  • Resolution on Kānaka Maoli Self-Determination and Reinscription of Ka Pae ʻĀina (Hawaiʻi) on the U.N. list of Non-Self-Governing Territories, In Motion Magazine
  • Connection between Hawaiian health and sovereignty, paper by Dr. Kekuni Blaisdell presented August 24, 1991, at a panel on Puʻuhonua in Hawaiian Culture
  • Nā Maka O Ka ʻĀina: award-winning documentary, film/video resources, and sovereignty-related A/V tools
  • 2004 Presentation given by Umi Perkins at a Kamehameha Schools research conference
  • Noho Hewa/ Documentary by Anne Keala Kelly


  • "The Principality of Aloha". Archived from the original on 2013-01-12. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  • "Hawaiian Journal of Law and Politics". Honolulu, HI, USA:  
  • "Hawaiian Society of Law and Politics". Archived from the original on 2012-08-19. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  • Sai, David Keanu (2011). "Perfect Title" (Flash). David Keanu Sai on Vimeo. White Plains, NY, USA:  
  • Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • Ka Lahui
  • Nation of Hawaiʻi
  • Ka Pakaukau: Kekuni Blaisdell


  • Native Hawaiians Study Commission Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (7 December 2006). "Native Hawaiians Study Commission Report - GrassrootWiki". Honolulu, HI, USA: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  • Online images and transcriptions of the entire Morgan Report
  • historic Hawaiian-language newspapers Ulukau: Hawaiian Electronic Library: Hoʻolaupaʻi - Hawaiian Nupepa Collection
  • Hui Aloha Aina Anti-Annexation Petitions, 1897-1898

External links

  • Andrade Jr., Ernest (1996). Unconquerable Rebel: Robert W. Wilcox and Hawaiian Politics, 1880-1903. University Press of Colorado. ISBN 0-87081-417-6
  • Budnick, Rich (1992). Stolen Kingdom: An American Conspiracy. Honolulu: Aloha Press. ISBN 0-944081-02-9
  • Churchill, Ward. Venne, Sharon H. (2004). Islands in Captivity: The International Tribunal on the Rights of Indigenous Hawaiians. Hawaiian language editor Lilikala Kame‘eleihiwa. Boston: South End Press. ISBN 0-89608-738-7
  • Coffman, Tom (2003). Nation Within: The Story of America's Annexation of the Nation of Hawaii. Epicenter. ISBN 1-892122-00-6
  • Coffman, Tom (2003). The Island Edge of America: A Political History of Hawai‘i. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-2625-6 / ISBN 0-8248-2662-0
  • Conklin, Kenneth R. Hawaiian Apartheid: Racial Separatism and Ethnic Nationalism in the Aloha State. Print-on-demand from E-Book Time. ISBN 1-59824-461-2
  • Daws, Gavan (1968). Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands. Macmillan, New York, 1968. Paperback edition, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1974.
  • Dougherty, Michael (2000). To Steal a Kingdom. Island Style Press. ISBN 0-9633484-0-X
  • Dudley, Michael K., and Agard, Keoni Kealoha (1993 reprint). A Call for Hawaiian Sovereignty. Nā Kāne O Ka Malo Press. ISBN 1-878751-09-3
  • Kame‘eleihiwa, Lilikala (1992). Native Land and Foreign Desires. Bishop Museum Press. ISBN 0-930897-59-5
  • Liliʻuokalani (1991 reprint). Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen. Mutual Publishing. ISBN 0-935180-85-0
  • Osorio, Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwo‘ole (2002). Dismembering Lahui: A History of the Hawaiian Nation to 1887. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 0-8248-2549-7
  • Silva, Noenoe K. (2004). Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism. Duke University Press. ISBN 0-8223-3349-X
  • Twigg-Smith, Thurston (2000). 'Hawaiian Sovereignty: Do the Facts Matter?. Goodale Publishing. ISBN 0-9662945-1-3

Further reading

  1. ^ a b  
  2. ^ "The Akaka bill" Article by Ilima Loomis in Maui No Ka 'Oi Magazine, Vol.13 No. 4 July 2009.
  3. ^  
  4. ^ pua (September 2004). "The Honolulu Advertiser Discussion Board - 2 Controversial Quotes from Lili'uokalani". Honolulu, HI, USA:  
  5. ^ "10 Who Made a Difference".  
  6. ^ Tsai, Michael (July 2, 2006). "Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole".  
  7. ^ "Celebrating 150 Years". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  8. ^ Kahu Charles Kauluwehi Maxwell, Sr. "Spiritual connection of Queen Liliuokalani's book "Hawaii's Story" to the forming of the Aboriginal Lands of Hawaiian Ancestry (ALOHA) to get reparations from the United States Of America for the Illegal Overthrow of 1893". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  9. ^ Trustees of Office of Hawaiian Affairs v. Yamasaki/Hong, 1987 State of Hawaii Sup. Crt. Rulings; 11238, 11246: "The framers intended OHA would be "independent from the executive branch and all other branches of government although [they contemplated that] it [would] assume the status of a state agency.")
  10. ^ Pat Omandam, "OHA: Fact & Friction" (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, May 3, 1996).
  11. ^ Apgar, Sally (2005-09-25). "Women of Hawaii; Hawaiian women chart their own path to power". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  12. ^ Donnelly,Christine (2001-10-01). "Akaka bill proponents prepare to wait for passage amid weightier concerns; But others say the bill is flawed and should be fixed before a full congressional vote". Honolulu Star Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  13. ^ Laenui, Poka. "Processes of Decolonization". Archived from the original on 2006-03-23. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  14. ^ Sai, David Keanu (May 15, 2012). "Dr. David Keanu Sai". Honolulu, HI, USA: University of Hawaii. Archived from the original on October 23, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ Sai, David Keanu. "Hawaiian Kingdom Government - Welcome - E Komo Mai". Honolulu, H.I. Archived from the original on 2012-11-25. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  16. ^ STATE OF HAWAI‘I, Plaintiff-Appellee vs. CAROL SIMAFRANCA and MICHAEL SIMAFRANCA, Defendants-Appellants and DONALD A. LEWIS and DAVID KEANU SAI, Defendants, NO. 23332 (SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I July 20, 2004) (“IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the circuit court's judgments of guilty conviction and sentence, from which the appeals are taken, are affirmed.”). "State v. Simafranca (Summary Disposition Order)". By: Moon, C.J., Levinson, Nakayama, Acoba, and Duffy, JJ. Honolulu, HI, USA. Archived from the original on January 5, 2005. Retrieved January 12, 2013 
  17. ^ "International Arbitration - Larsen vs. Hawaiian Kingdom". AlohaQuest. Waimanalo, HI, USA: Aloha First. 2011-07-18. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  18. ^ "Most provocative notion in Hawaiian affairs".  
  19. ^ International Law Reports. Cambridge University Press. 2002.  
  20. ^ Sai, David Keanu. "Dr. David Keanu Sai (Hawaiian flag raised with others)". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  21. ^ "Permanent Court of Arbitration: About Us".  
  22. ^ Dan Nakaso (May 15, 2008). "Native Hawaiian group: We're staying".  
  23. ^ "The One". 2011-11-03. 
  24. ^ "The Vision and Plan for the Restored Kingdom of Hawai’i". 
  25. ^ "Hawaiian Kingdom Request Executive Summary". 
  26. ^ "Kingdom for an Independent Oahu". 
  27. ^ "Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Hawaii" (PDF).  
  28. ^ Native Hawaiians Study Commission Grassroot Institute of Hawaii (7 December 2006). "Native Hawaiians Study Commission Report - GrassrootWiki". Honolulu, HI, USA: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. pp. 27, 333–229, 341–345. Retrieved April 30, 2012.  Native Hawaiians Study Commission: See Conclusions and Recommendations p.27 and also Existing Law, Native Hawaiians, and Compensation pgs 337-339 and pgs 341-345
  29. ^ Hill, Malia Blom (January 2011). "Office of Hawaiian Affairs: Rant vs. Reason on Race". Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Honolulu, HI, USA: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Retrieved April 30, 2012. 
  30. ^ "Supreme Court of the United States: Opinion of the Court". 2000. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  31. ^ Hanafin, Patrick W. (1982). "Hawaiian Reparations: Nothing Lost, Nothing Owed" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  32. ^ Hanafin, Patrick W. (2001). "Aren't We All Sovereign Now?". Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  33. ^ "Francis A. Boyle - Faculty". College of Law, University of Illinois. Champaign, IL, USA:  
  34. ^ "Professor Noenoe Silva". Honolulu, HI, USA:  
  35. ^ Finnegan, Tom (2008-01-28). "Radio station on Kauai rapped for suspensions". Honolulu Star Bulletin. 
  36. ^ Gregg, Amanda C. "Resident seeks probe into KKCR". Kauai Garden Island News. 
  37. ^ "FRSO Program: Immediate Demands for U.S. Colonies, Indigenous Peoples, and Oppressed Nationalities". Freedom Road Socialist Organization. Retrieved 2014-06-27. 


See also

In popular culture

Opponents of Hawaiian sovereignty

Hawaiian sovereignty activists and advocates

“As I tried to convince my colleagues, this is a simple resolution of apology, to recognize the facts as they were 100 years ago. As to the matter of the status of Native Hawaiians, as my colleague from Washington knows, from the time of statehood, we have been in this debate. Are Native Hawaiians Native Americans? This resolution has nothing to do with that....I can assure my colleagues of that. It is a simple resolution.”

Senator Inouye replied:

What are the appropriate consequences of passing this resolution? Are they any form of special status under which persons of Native Hawaiian descent will be given rights or privileges or reparations or land or money communally that are unavailable to other citizens of Hawai'i?”
“Is this purely a self-executing resolution which has no meaning other than its own passage, or is this, in [the proponent Senators'] minds, some form of claim, some form of different or distinct treatment for those who can trace a single ancestor back to 1778 in Hawai'i which is now to be provided for this group of citizens, separating them from other citizens of the State of Hawai'i or the United States?

When the Apology Bill was debated on the Senate floor, Senator Slade Gorton asked Senator Inouye:

Opponents have called into question the accuracy of the Apology Resolution in that it is based upon an interpretation of the historical record that opponents reject.

[1] Although the

The Hawaiian Kingdom Government lands in 1893 were controlled ultimately by the Legislature. Private individuals had no powers, rights or privileges to use government land without Government authorization or to decide how it was to be used. If Hawaiians had any rights or powers regarding Government land, they had only the political right and power to participate in controlling the Government. Most ethnic Hawaiians then had no power to lose; they were a minority in Hawai'i and most of them could not even vote. As the term “sovereignty” suggests, what was at stake in 1893 was political power over the government and hence over the Government Lands and the Crown Lands (which had come under control of a government commission in 1865). Legally, the land belonging to the Hawaiian Government in 1898 has passed to the U.S. Government and back to the State of Hawai'i. People alive now have a democratic right to decide by majority vote how government land should be used now. No one deserves more than equality.[32]

Crown lands in 1893 belonged not to any individual or to any group of individuals but to the office of the Sovereign. In 1893, The Government of the Republic of Hawai'i provided explicitly that the former Crown lands were Government lands. The Crown lands in 1893 were the remaining lands acquired by Lili'uokalani's royal predecessor Kamehameha I in his conquest of the islands, as well as his kingdom's previous holdings.

There were three kinds of land in 1893: private lands, Crown lands, and government lands. No private lands were seized as a result of the 1893 Revolution.[31]

Of further concern is the implication that claims for hereditary political power are connected to land claims. Proponents of sovereignty assume that if they can show that American presence at the time of the 1893 Revolution was unjust then it follows that the United States owes enormous reparations in cash and land to Hawaiians.

There has also been something of a backlash against the concept of ancestry-based sovereignty, which critics maintain is tantamount to racial exclusion.[29] In 1996, in Rice v. Cayetano, one Big Island rancher sued to win the right to vote in OHA elections, asserting that every Hawaiian citizen regardless of racial background should be able to vote for a state office, and that limiting the vote to Native Hawaiians only was racist. In 2000, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor and OHA elections are now open to all registered voters. In reaching its decision, the court wrote that "the ancestral inquiry mandated by the State is forbidden by the Fifteenth Amendment for the further reason that the use of racial classifications is corruptive of the whole legal order democratic elections seek to preserve....Distinctions between citizens solely because of their ancestry are by their very nature odious to a free people whose institutions are founded upon the doctrine of equality".[30]


The Native Hawaiians Study Commission of the United States Congress in its 1983 final report found no historical, legal, or moral obligation for the U.S. government to provide reparations, assistance, or group rights to Native Hawaiians.[28]

Native Hawaiians Study Commission

On November 15, 1993, President of the United States Bill Clinton signed an Apology Resolution apologizing on behalf of the American people for the U.S. government's role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy. In Hawaii v. Office of Hawaiian Affairs (2009), the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court of March 31, 2009, was that the "whereas" clauses of the Apology Resolution have no binding effect, and the resolution does not change or modify the title to the public lands of the State of Hawaii.[27]

Due to efforts by the various Hawaiian sovereignty movements and other Native-Hawaiian activist groups, the United States government issued an apology. Some with a different perspective of the historical record (see "Opposition" below) sharply disagree with the apology, questioning its accuracy and validity.



The Kingdom for an Independent Oahu is a group who believes that the takeover of the island of Oahu by Maui forces in 1738, lead by Kahekili II, and the subsequent takeover of the island by Kamehameha I's forces in 1795, were "cruel and unjust.". The group, lead by Patricia Aupoliana Rodie, seeks a formal apology from the descendants of Kahekili II and Kamehameha I for the events. Patricia Rodie was crowned queen of Oahu in a coronation ceremony in 2004 in Kalihi Valley. Rodie claims to be a direct descendant of Kahahana, Oahu's 24th Alii Aimoku.[26]

Kingdom for an Independent Oahu

Edmund Keli’i Silva Jr. announced the restoration of Nou Ke Akua Ke Aupuni O Hawaii (the Kingdom of Hawaii) in 2004.[23] As King, he has subsequently outlined[24] a vision for restoration and sustainable development, requesting $2.5 billion to implement the plan.[25]

Nou Ke Akua Ke Aupuni O Hawaii

The Interim Provisional Government Council and Privy Council assembled pursuant to the Law of Nations and the Constitution and laws of the Kingdom of Hawai`i on April 15, 1994 and signed its position paper on June 20, 1994. Amendments were made on August 23, 1998. The primary mission is to reinstate the Kingdom of Hawai`i, also known as Hawaiian Kingdom, Government of the Hawaiian Islands pursuant to the Law of Nations and Recognition Doctrine by educating qualified men to assembly the legislative body and bring forth the Kingdom of Hawai`i and its Government out of an impaired state and rejoin the Family of Nations.

Kingdom of Hawai`i

Since April 30, 2008, members of a group calling themselves the Hawaiian Kingdom Government have regularly protested on the grounds of ʻIolani Palace in Honolulu. Led by Mahealani Kahau, who has taken the title of "Queen", and Jessica Wright, who has taken the title of "Princess," they have been meeting each day to conduct government business and demand sovereignty for Hawaii and the restoration of the monarchy. They negotiated rights to be on the lawn of the grounds during regular hours normally open to the public by applying for a public-assembly permit.[22]

Hawaiian Kingdom Government

In an arbitration hearing before the Permanent Court of Arbitration in December 2000, the Hawaiian flag was raised at the same height at and alongside other countries.[20] However, the court accepts arbitration from private entities and a hearing before the court does not equal international recognition.[21] Hawaii has been recognized by other secessionist movements, though, such as the Alaskan Independence Party and the Second Vermont Republic.

Sai claimed to represent the Hawaiian Kingdom in a case, Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom, brought before the World Court's Permanent Court of Arbitration at the Hague in the Netherlands in December 2000.[17][18] Although the arbitration was agreed to by Lance Paul Larsen and David Keanu Sai, with Larsen suing Sai for not protecting his rights as a Hawaiian Kingdom subject, his actual goal was to have U.S. rule in Hawaii declared in breach of mutual treaty obligations and international law. The arbiters of the case affirmed that there was no dispute they could decide upon, because the United States was not a party to the arbitration. As stated in the award from the arbitration panel,in the absence of the United States of America, the Tribunal can neither decide that Hawaii is not part of the USA, nor proceed on the assumption that it is not. To take either course would be to disregard a principle which goes to heart of the arbitral function in international law. [19]

Sai co-founded a Hawaiian title company, Perfect Title, which stated that all land transactions since 1893 were invalid if superseded by legitimate pre-existing claims; some clients of their own free will refused to make mortgage payments and lost their property to the bank via foreclosure. In 1997, the offices of Perfect Title were raided, and the company was barred from filing any documents with the state Bureau of Conveyances for 5 years, effectively shutting the company down. A jury on December 1, 1999, unanimously found Sai guilty of attempted theft (a class B felony) of title to a house (value approximately $300,000) for his role as an accessory to a man and woman who used his Perfect Title research services to investigate and discover who has actual legal title to said property and thereby once a discrepancy was found in the chain of conveyance the man and woman could then invalidate the foreclosure on that property on that basis. This conviction was held despite the fact that the theft statute does not apply to real property (objects that do not move or are attached to the soil) and that Sai did not attempt to benefit from the outcome of the research either way, See also Joseph Cook & Paul Markus, Criminal Law (1995) The theft statute only applies to personal property or while acting in a position of trust whereby A theft prosecution can be possible where the criminal actor, having power as a trustee, attorney, or otherwise to dispose of another's real estate, does so to his own benefit in violation of trust (American Law Institute, Model Penal Code and commentaries (1980). For his class B felony conviction, David Keanu Sai was sentenced to 5 years probation and a $200 fine on March 7, 2000. His appeal was denied by the Hawaii Supreme Court on July 20, 2004.[16]

Another leader who seeks to expose what is seen as the prolonged occupation of Hawaii by the United States is David Keanu Sai.[14] Trained as a U.S. military officer, Sai uses the title of Chairman of the Acting Council of Regency of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a Hawaiian independence organization.[15] Sai has done extensive historical research, especially on the treaties between Hawaiʻi and other nations, and military occupation and the laws of war. Sai recently finished his doctoral program in political science at the University of Hawaiʻi, where he founded the Hawaiian Society of Law and Politics, which publishes the Hawaiian Journal of Law and Politics.

Hawaiian Kingdom: David Keanu Sai

Laenui has regularly analyzed Hawaiʻi's historical, political, and economic situation on his talk shows, which air on AM radio 1080 KWAI (Sat. 4-6pm & Sun. 7-9am) and on Public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable tv channel ʻŌlelo TV. He also hosts a website:

Hayden Burgess now goes by the Hawaiian name Poka Laenui and heads the Institute for the Advancement of Hawaiian Affairs. An attorney-at-law, Laenui argues that because of the four international treaties with the United States government (1826, 1849, 1875, and 1883) the "U.S. armed invasion and overthrow" [13] of the Hawaiian monarchy, a "friendly government," was illegal in both American and international jurisprudence. Therefore, the current government of the State of Hawaiʻi is also illegal and that residents owe it no fealty or taxes, based upon the illegitimate standing of both the Territory of Hawaiʻi and the Republic of Hawaiʻi resulting from the illegal violation of the United States Treaties to conduct itself in a friendly and civil manner and classifying the landing of U.S. Marines as an act of war against the peaceful Hawaiian Kingdom. He advocates a process of decolonization, resulting in a totally independent government that would include all non-Hawaiians living in Hawaiʻi. He uses other island nations who are achieving decolonization throughout the Pacific as his primary model.

Poka Laenui (Hayden Burgess)

In 1993, Blaisdell convened Ka Hoʻokolokolonui Kanaka Maoli, the "People's International Tribunal", which brought indigenous leaders from around the world to Hawaiʻi to put the U.S. Government on trial for the theft of Hawaiʻi's sovereignty, and other related violations of international law. The tribunal found the U.S. guilty, and published its findings in a lengthy document filed with the U.N. Committees on Human Rights and Indigenous Affairs.

Richard Kekuni Akana Blaisdell is a medical doctor and professor of medicine who strongly advocates for the total independence for Hawaiʻi. The position of Blaisdell's group, Ka Pakaukau, is that Hawaiʻi does not need to secede from the U.S., for the U.S. has the moral obligation to "return what it has stolen" and to remove its "occupying forces" (i.e. the U.S. military) from Hawaiian lands. Blaisdell advocates putting continual non-violent pressure on the U.S. military to vacate Hawaiʻi. He also feels that the military has an unmet obligation to clean up the pollution it has left in areas such as Pearl Harbor and Kaho'olawe. Blaisdell has travelled numerous times to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to advocate for international recognition of Hawaiʻi as a rightful independent nation under illegal colonial occupation, and to lobby for international assistance with the process of decolonization.

Ka Pakaukau: Kekuni Blaisdell

Nation of Hawai'i

Ka Lahui opposes the "international law outweigh the bill's benefits. Although Ka Lāhui may oppose the Akaka Bill, its founding member and first governor, Mililani Trask, supported the original Akaka Bill and was a member of a group that crafted the original bill.[12] Trask withdrew her support for the bill later, when changes were made to the Akaka Bill under the Bush Administration.

Ka Lahui Hawaiʻi was formed in 1987 as a grassroots initiative for Hawaiian sovereignty. The Trask sisters, attorney and U.N. Representative Mililani Trask and University of Hawaiʻi professor Haunani-Kay Trask, were prominent in the effort. Mililani Trask was elected the first kiaʻaina (governor) of Ka Lahui.[11] Native Hawaiians, as well as non-Native Hawaiians, may sign up as citizens of Ka Lahui. One of the group's goals is to bargain with the United States government for recognition, land, and restitution, while lobbying at the United Nations for decolonization relief. Their model shares some similarity to certain Indian reservations of the U.S. continent, which have increasingly become self-governing. Many thousands of Native Hawaiians, along with many non-natives, have signed up as members. Ka Lahui has attracted many critics; many of these critics question the degree to which Ka Lahui citizens actually participated in the affairs of the group after signing their name.

Ka Lahui

The OHA Board of Trustees has historically been known for factional infighting that some believe hamper its mission for helping Native Hawaiians.[10]

Because there was strong sentiment that the second purpose had been largely ignored, part of OHA's charter was to address this issue. Originally, OHA trustees were to be elected only by Native Hawaiians, but in 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Rice v. Cayetano that this restriction was unconstitutionally race-based. As a result, OHA trustees are now elected by all registered voters in the state.

  1. The support of public education
  2. The betterment of the conditions of native Hawaiians as defined in the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1920
  3. The development of farm and home ownership
  4. The making of public improvements
  5. The provision of lands for public use

OHA represent the interests of Native Hawaiians in the administration of the Hawaiian Homelands and the Ceded Lands; land formerly belonging to the Hawaiian government and crown that were ceded to the United States NOT as public lands of the United Sates but specifically 'special lands', and special legislation is passed regarding the operation and control of said lands. When the Territory of Hawaii became a state in 1959, these lands were passed to the new state. The act transferring them ordered that they be administered for five public purposes:

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs(OHA)is a self-governing autonomy.[9] OHA's legislated purpose is defined in Hawaii Revised Statutes 10-3: "(3) Serving as the principal public agency in this State responsible for the performance, development, and coordination of programs and activities relating to native Hawaiians and Hawaiians;...(4) Assessing the policies and practices of other agencies impacting on native Hawaiians and Hawaiians, and conducting advocacy efforts for native Hawaiians and Hawaiians."

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

On July 27, 1973, Maxwell, then-president of ALOHA, sought reparations from the U.S. government for the government and crown lands claimed by the Republic of Hawaii in 1894, transferred to the U.S. government in 1900, and then transferred back to the State of Hawaii in 1959. He specifically demanded the return of


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