This blog is about Hawaii's status as an independent country under prolonged illegal occupation by the United States, and the history, culture, law & politics of the islands.

By Scott Crawford, Hana, Maui


Old Archives (Aug03-Oct09)

Hauʻoli Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea

In The Hawaii Independent, ʻUmi Perkins takes us through the history of today’s national holiday celebrating the return of sovereignty.

‘Noho Hewa’ showing on Maui w/ Kelly, Sai & Kaeo + media workshop


Sovereignty Conversations: Williamson Chang

Siu: Update on Hawaiian Independence

Talk Story Flyer Na Mea copy

Ka Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea photos

Lynette Cruzʻs photos from Ka Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Sovereignty Restoration Day at Thomas Square on Saturday.

New Research in Hawaii: Hawaii’s Place in Oceania: w/ Lorenz Gonschor, PhD Candidate

Wai‘anae Film Series: E Ho‘i i ke Ea – Hawaiian Independence

Wai‘anae Film Series
E Ho‘i i ke Ea: Hawaiian Independence
for National and Global Justice

Friday, July 25

Kamehameha Schools
Community Learning Center
at Nānākuli 89-101 Farrington Hwy.
(Note: We have a new location!)

5:00pm – Pupus and dinner
5:30pm (sharp!) – Introductions and films
6:30pm – Guest speakers
7:15pm – Small group discussions
8:00pm – Large group reportback

Featured Films: Hawai‘i: A Voice for Sovereignty; The End of Poverty; Life and Debt

Featured Guest Speakers: Jon Osorio from Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa and MANA and Ilima Long from MANA


Please RSVP to or 454-4713 so that we can provide food for everyone

Cosponsors: Senator Maile Shimabukuro, AiKea, DMZ Hawai‘i/Aloha ‘āina, Hawai‘i Peace and Justice, UH Mānoa Hawai‘inuiākea, KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance, MANA: movement for aloha no ka ‘āina, and the Wai‘anae Environmental Justice Working Group. Planning Committee: Pua Ford, Lucy Gay, Summer Miles, Ileana Ruelas, Pake Salmon, Laurel Mei Turbin. Food provided by Maimun.

The political views expressed in this program do not represent the views or opinions of KSBE or any of its affiliates.

Hawaii’s Place in Oceania: Past, Present, and Future

  Hawaii’s Place in Oceania:

Past, Present, and Future

Lorenz Gonschur, PhD Candidate

Political Science

University of Hawaii at Manoa

 July 24, 2014, Thursday, 5:00 pm

Olelo Community Media Center · 1122 Mapunapuna St.

\Hawaii’s historical and political situation is best understood within the context of the region of Oceania to which the archipelago naturally belongs. Put in this perspective, the unique position of Hawai’i as the first and only fully recognized nation-state in Oceania during the nineteenth century can be clearly seen. Gonschur’s research follows this perspective, from strategies of national independence movements in Hawai’i, Tahiti and Rapa Nui, to state formation and nation-building in Oceania during the nineteenth century, comparing Hawai’i to the other major archipelagos of the region, such as Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji.  There are nuances between occupation (applicable to Hawai’i) and colonization (applicable to Tahiti and Rapa Nui).  During the nineteenth century the Hawaiian Kingdom was a model for successful nation-building that other Pacific Islands tried to emulate. Pacific regionalism, a very important and contested issue throughout the region today, has its roots in the pro-active foreign policy of the Hawaiian Kingdom to support and promote nation-building all across Oceania and keep the region free of outside imperial powers.

Seventh in a series of presentations on new research into Hawaiian Kingdom history

Sponsored by Ka Lei Maile Alii Hawaiian Civic Club, with funding from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Ample parking in the Olelo Community Media Center parking lot and on the street

For more information:, phone (808) 284-3460

Seating is limited

This event is free and open to the public

Native Hawaiian Recognition Hearings to Be Re-aired on Akaku

The Department of the Interiorʻs Public Meetings held in the State of Hawaii will re-air on Akaku Channel 53 all week long starting at 6pm. For a complete list of the air dates please refer below. Each meeting is also available to view online. Click the city name of the meeting you wish to view.

Continue reading Native Hawaiian Recognition Hearings to Be Re-aired on Akaku

The Martha Fast Horse Show: Dateline The Hawaiian Kingdom: John Kane (Mohawk) Weighs In

Tomorrow morning, Sunday, July 13, 12:30 a.m. Hawai’i Time / 6:30 Eastern Time (recommendation: best stream is

Fast Horse Productions’ The Martha Fast Horse Show

Special Guest: John Kane (Mohawk), National Commentator on Native Issues

Show Topic: “Dateline The Hawaiian Kingdom: John Kane (Mohawk) Weighs In”

John Kane is a monthly guest on Martha’s show. He hosts two weekly radio shows, “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane” on Sunday nights on ESPN-AM 1520 in Buffalo, New York and “First Voices Indigenous Radio” on WBAI-FM ­– that’s Pacifica Radio – in New York City on Thursday mornings. He’s frequently seen and heard on TV and radio.

The U.S. Department of Interior recently completed 15 public hearings throughout the Hawaiian Kingdom and will conduct several more in Indian Country, starting later this month, to solicit comments and feedback on whether and how the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship should move forward. Hawaiians have responded, thus far, with a resounding “a’ole” (no).

Indian Country Consultations – July 29 through August 7

Tuesday, July 29 — Minnesota – 9 a.m. to noon.
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

Wednesday, July 30 — South Dakota – 1 to 4 p.m.
Rushmore Civic Center, Rapid City, SD

Friday, August 1 — Washington – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tulalip Resort, Seattle, WA

Tuesday, August 5 — Arizona – 9 a.m. to noon.
Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

Thursday, August 7 — Connecticut – 9 a.m. to noon.
Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Featured Song: “Living in a Sovereign Land” by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) was a Hawaiian musician.

Host/Producer: Martha Fast Horse (Rosebud Lakota), Producer/Writer: Liz Hill(Red Lake Ojibwe), Engineer/Talent: Justin Severson (Minnesotan)

Airing Sunday 7/13/14 on KQRS (KQ92) 92.5 FM at 5:30 a.m. CDT, KXXR (93X) 93.7 FM at 6:00 a.m. CDT, and WGVX (Sports Station) 105.1 FM at 6:00 a.m. CDT in the Twin Cities, MN, USA. Streaming &

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