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Hawaii County Council recognizes Hawaiian Independence Day

From Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

The Hawaiian Kingdom’s most important national holiday — La Kuokoa, or Independence Day — officially was recognized Wednesday by the Hawaii County Council in a nonbinding resolution asking the state Legislature to add Nov. 28 to its list of state holidays.

Nov. 28, 1843, was the date Great Britain and France formally recognized the Hawaiian Islands as an independent state. La Kuokoa was celebrated openly by the Hawaiian Kingdom until 1895, two years after the 1893 overthrow, said Kale Gumapac, a Hawaiian rights activist.

The council approved Resolution 285 by an 8-0 vote, with Puna Councilman Dan Paleka absent. Three members of the nine-member council, including Paleka, have Native Hawaiian ancestry.

“This is the beginning of the reawakening of our history,” Gumapac said. “We need to restore what was erased from Hawaii schoolbooks. Worse, it was erased from kanaka memory.”

Na’i Aupuni Community Presentations – Wai’anae


209 delegate candidates for constitutional convention

From the Star-Advertiser

Some 209 candidates will vie for 40 delegate positions across the islands for the Native Hawaiian ‘aha constitutional convention that will work to form a Native Hawaiian government.

Kuhio Asam, president of Na‘i Aupuni, which is in charge of running the November election and subsequent Native Hawaiian convention and ratification process, said the candidates are “diverse in their age, backgrounds and purpose,” adding, “They are representative of a good cross section of the Native Hawaiian community.”

They include former and current state legislators such as state Rep. Kaniela Ing (D, South Maui); former City Council members; Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees and administrators; lawyers; and University of Hawaii professors.

The candidates also include well-known activists such as Walter Ritte Jr. of Molokai; Moani Akaka of Hawaii island; and Mahealani Cypher, aka Denise DeCosta, a former Honolulu city clerk.

Information on each candidate can be found at naiaupuni.org or at vote.election-america.com/naiaupuni/bios.htm.

The delegates will be elected to represent Native Hawaiians who live in and outside Hawaii.

On Oahu, 110 candidates will vie for 20 delegate positions. Hawaii island has 32 candidates for seven slots; Maui, 15 contenders for three positions; Kauai and Niihau, five hopefuls for two spots; Molokai and Lanai, four candidates for one position; and out of state, 43 contenders for seven slots.

Ballots to elect the delegates will be sent to certified voters on Nov. 1, said Election-America, a private national company hired by Na‘i Aupuni to conduct the election.

Votes can be cast by mail or electronically but must be received by Nov. 30.

Native Hawaiians who have not been certified can still apply with the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (kanaiolowalu.org) or the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (oha.org/registry).

Information about the election process can be found at naiaupuni.org or by emailing naiaupuni@election-america.com. The deadline to be certified is Oct. 15.

DOI Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Native Hawaiian Self-Governance

From the Star-Advertiser:

The U.S. Department of the Interior today announced that Native Hawaiians — not the federal government — would decide whether to reorganize a Native Hawaiian government, what form that government would take, and whether it would seek a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

“The United States has a long-standing policy of supporting self-governance for Native peoples, yet the benefits of the government-to-government relationship have long been denied to Native Hawaiians, one of our nation’s largest indigenous communities,” U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said in a statement out of Washington, D.C. “Today’s proposal is testament to the Obama Administration’s strong support for our nation’s Native peoples’ right to self-determination.”

The proposal takes the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that followed a series of public hearings across the islands last year.

And here’s the DOI Notice, with Press Release and FAQ:

Native Hawaiian Community Proposed Rule on Self-Governance
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The U.S. Department of the Interior is proposing to create an administrative procedure and criteria that the Secretary of the Interior would apply if the Native Hawaiian community forms a unified government that then seeks a formal government-to-government relationship with the United States.  Under the proposal, the Native Hawaiian community — not the Federal government — would decide whether to reorganize a Native Hawaiian government, what form that government would take, and whether it would seek a government-to-government relationship with the United States.

The proposal, which takes the form of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), builds on more than 150 Federal statutes that Congress has enacted over the last century to recognize and implement the special political and trust relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian community.  The NPRM comes on the heels of a robust and transparent public comment period as part of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) process that began last year and included public meetings.  More than 5,000 members of the public submitted written comments to the ANPRM, and they overwhelmingly favored creating a pathway for re-establishing a formal government-to-government relationship.

Members of the public are encouraged to read the proposal and provide comments in writing by email to part50@doi.gov, on www.regulations.gov (docket no. DOI-2015-0005), or by U.S. mail/hand delivery to the Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior, Room 7228, 1849 C St. NW, Washington, DC 20240.  The public is also encouraged to participate in the scheduled teleconferences on the proposed rule.

NPRM Background Documents:
•    NPRM
•    Press Release
•    Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Ho’okuikahi 2 with Coalition of Hawaiian Nationals – What is Our Vision?

Hookuikahi 2 Flyer[2]

Fox News is worried about the Kingdom of Hawaii

Ho’okuikahi Peace Forum Series & 9th Annual Onipa’a Celebration

Ke Aupuni Post

September 1, 2015

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.

FRIDAY, September 4, 2015
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SUNDAY, September 6, 2015


• Honoring Queen Lili’uokalani
• Mai Poʻina – walking tours of key moments of 1893 incident
• Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi – reenactment of 1897 petition drive by the Queenʻs women
with historical context provided by Leon Siu
• Kuʻe Petition – add your name alongside your kupunaʻs  
• Hawaiian Nationals – visit our booth and learn what you can do to assert your Hawaiian nationality 
SUNDAY, September 6, 2015
IOLANI PALACE – 12 noon – 
Sponsored by: Hawaiʻi Ponoʻi
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Dr. Sai to Present at Univ. of Cambridge, UK

From HawaiianKingdom.org blog:

From September 10-12, 2015, the United Kingdom’s University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Science and Humanities will be holding an academic conference “Sovereignty and Imperialism: Non-European Powers in the Age of Empire.” From the conference’s website:

“In the heyday of empire, most of the world was ruled, directly or indirectly, by the European powers. On the eve of the First World War, only a few non-European states had maintained their formal sovereignty: Abyssinia (Ethiopia), China, Japan, the Ottoman Empire, Persia (Iran), and Siam (Thailand). Some others kept their independence for a while, but then succumbed to imperial powers, such as Hawaii, Korea, Madagascar, and Morocco. Facing imperialist incursion, the political elites of these countries sought to overcome their political vulnerability by engaging with the European powers and seeking recognition as equals.

Continue reading Dr. Sai to Present at Univ. of Cambridge, UK

Statehood Day: Campaign for independence grows

From International Business Times via Yahoo News:

Debate surrounds the public holiday which commemorates the day Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. Controversy circles the 56th anniversary of Hawaii becoming the newest state of the USA on 21 August and there are calls for it to be removed as culturally insensitive to Native Hawaiians.

Independent activists are using the public holiday to gather support for Hawaiian sovereignty.

Read the rest…

Non-Celebration of Statehood


A coalition of Hawaiian Independence advocates
P.O. Box 23055, Honolulu, Hawaii 96823
Mr. Leon Siu 808 265-2085 leon@hits.net
Mr. Pilipo Souza 808 358-6428 pilipo808@gmail.com

FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 2015 – 11 AM

Hawaiian Nationals and Free Hawaii advocates are gathered here today to point out that the State of Hawaii has once again failed to celebrate their “Statehood Day” holiday! Statehood Day is a joke…It’s a non-celebration. The “State” has obviously abandoned its own holiday!

Where are the Governor, legislators, mayors, county council members, armies of public workers, government employees and their unions on this supposedly most auspicious day for the State of Hawaii? Where are the citizens of the 50th State? Nowhere to be found. It’s as if they are ashamed of “Statehood Day.”

No Celebration for Statehood

In 1959 President Dwight Eisenhower signed an official proclamation purportedly making Hawaii the 50th state of the United States. There was dancing in the streets, parties, Hawaiian shows and fireworks at Iolani Palace.

But today, other than state and county workers having the day off, neither the state nor the county administrations do anything to acknowledge the holiday.

The past three governors: Cayetano, Lingle and Abercrombie avoided statehood celebrations saying they were “too controversial.”

Governor Lingle, however, could not avoid the “50th anniversary of statehood” in 2009. Even then, the commission to coordinate the jubilee downplayed the event reducing it to a few TV and radio public-service announcements; newspaper ads, a few speeches and proclamations; and a closed conference to envision the next 50 years.

Meanwhile advocates for Hawaii independence conducted numerous, highly public events exposing the “Fake State of Hawaii” gaining coverage in over 130 papers around the world (including the New York Times, USA Today, etc.) about the strange 50th Anniversary non-celebration.

Why have state leaders been reluctant to celebrate statehood? Are the people who voted for statehood suffering from “buyers remorse”? Or is it perhaps that the truth about the illegal takeover of the Hawaiian Islands is sinking in?

The truth is: people are realizing Hawaii wasn’t adopted into the U.S. family; Hawaii was kidnapped! That’s not something one celebrates!