Hawaiian Sovereignty – Free Hawaii, a Illegally Occupied Independent Nation, Not a State

Hawaiian Sovereignty is a funny thing. Most people either know very little about it, or think it is a far fetched fantasy that a few people hold.

However, there is a strong legal argument for the return of the Hawaiian Islands to the Hawaiian Kingdom.

The Original Desert Storm was officially a peace keeping mission, to stop Iraq from overthrowing their neighboring country of Kuwait.

The US continuously represents the United Nations and enforces their decisions. However when it comes to their own mistakes and invasions, the US is not to quick to act.

In 1893 members of the US Navy occupied I`olani Palace, the Capitol of the Hawaiian Kingdom, a constitutional monarchy that held treaties with 20 different nations.

The US forces intimidated and threatened Queen Liliuokalani, in violation of treaties between the two nations and of international law.

When informed of the risk of bloodshed with resistance, Queen Liliuokalani issued the following statement yielding her authority to the United States Government rather than to the Provisional Government:

“I Liliuokalani, by the Grace of God and under the Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen, do hereby solemnly protest against any and all acts done against myself and the Constitutional Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom by certain persons claiming to have established a Provisional Government of and for this Kingdom.

“That I yield to the superior force of the United States of America whose Minister Plenipotentiary, His Excellency John L. Stevens, has caused United States troops to be landed a Honolulu and declared that he would support the Provisional Government.

“Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.”.

Done at Honolulu this 17th day of January, A.D. 1893.;

Without the active support and intervention by the United States diplomatic and military representatives, the conspiracy against the Government of Queen Liliuokalani would have failed for lack of popular support and insufficient firearms.

On February 1, 1893, the United States Minister raised the American flag and proclaimed Hawaii to be a protectorate of the United States.

In a report of a investigation conducted by former Congressman James Blount into the events surrounding the insurrection and overthrow of January 17, 1893, concluded that the United States diplomatic and military representatives had abused their authority and were responsible for the change in government.

As a result of this report, the United States Minister to Hawaii was recalled from his diplomatic post and the military commander of the United States armed forces stationed in Hawaii was disciplined and forced to resign his commission.

President at the time, Grover Cleveland further concluded that a “substantial wrong has thus been done which a due regard for our national character as well as the rights of the injured people requires we should endeavor to repair” and called for the restoration of the Hawaiian monarchy.

However the provisional government, known as the Republic of Hawaii refused to follow President Cleveland’s call for restoration.

On January 24, 1895, while imprisoned in I`olani Palace, Queen Liliuokalani was forced by representatives of the Republic of Hawaii to officially abdicate her throne.

Time passed, and Clevland was replaced in the next presidential election by William Mckinley.

On July 7, 1898, with the backing of President Mckinley, through the Newlands Resolution, the self-declared Republic of Hawaii ceded sovereignty over the Hawaiian Islands to the United States, and Hawaii was officially annexed.

The self-declared Republic of Hawaii also ceded 1,800,000 acres of crown, government and public lands of the Kingdom of Hawaii, without the consent of or compensation to the Native Hawaiian people of Hawaii or their sovereign government. These lands are known as ceded lands .

On the hundred year anniversary of this illegal overthrow, the United States issued a official apology to the descendants of the Kingdom of Hawaii.

Part of the so called ” Apology Bill ” Public Law 103-150, states that the apology is in no way intended to be a settlement of any claims against the US.

In a nutshell, this means that the US messed up, and they are liable. Whether they will ever have their case heard in a court that has authority over the US is the question.

Many people that live in Hawaii, myself included, would like to see the US withdraw. This was a unprovoked invasion, and a continuing occupation.

The Hawaiian Kingdom was a advanced country. Their capitol building, the I`olani Palace had electric lights before the White House. They had treaties with twenty different nations, and traded freely all over the world.

For anyone to believe that the Hawaiians were just savages, and that we would still be living in grass huts if not for the US is ridiculous.

Basically what it all boils down to, is that Hawaii is basically to the US what Tibet is to China.

So, hopefully in the process of the US cleaning up the rest of the world’s messes, they can eventually get around to cleaning up their own.

To Share your Mana`o (thoughts), or read what others have said on this subject, we set up a page on our website: Hawaiian Sovereignty Mana`o

Aloha and Thank you for reading, education is the weapon of choice for some.

David Schlesinger started Bigisland-Bigisland.com in February of 2008. It has quickly become a resource to locals and tourists, with the most up-to-date news and information about the Big Island of Hawaii.

There are many interactive pages, a detailed calender of events, pages on Hawaiian Sovereignty and the illegal overthrow of Hawaii, and much more.

Follow this link to post your own Mana`o on Hawaiian Sovereignty

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