Note Oct. 21: I'm having trouble with my blogging software so I've been unable to post... will resume when I can get that resolved, or maybe have to switch platforms.

Thu - October 8, 2009

'Ike : Historical Transformations: Reading Hawai'i's Past to Probe its Future

'Ike : Historical Transformations: Reading Hawai'i's Past to Probe its Future

Saturday, October 24th
Center for Hawaiian Studies

Kamana Beamer
Lorenz Gonschor
Kūhiō Vogeler
Kekuni Blaisdell
Ikaika Hussey
Terri Kekoolani
Jon Osorio
J. Kehaulani Kauanui
Maivân Clech Lâm
Keanu Sai
moderated by Lynette Cruz
moderated by Jon Osorio

The event is free and refreshments will be provided.

Here is the online flyer for the presentation:

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Tue - October 6, 2009

Documentary Biography on Hawaiian Patriot Joseph Nawahi

Documentary Biography on Hawaiian Patriot Joseph Nawahi

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 6 pm at Center for Hawaiian Studies, UH Manoa

A film showing of the recently made documentary on Joseph Nawahi, followed by panel discussion w/ filmmaker Victoria Knuebuhl, Jon Osorio, Noenoe Silva.

Joseph Nawahi was a true Hawaiian patriot and leader. Part of Hui Aloha 'Aina Hawaiian Patriotic League who traveled across Ko Hawai'i Pae 'Aina and collected the anti-annexation petitions known as the Ku'e petitions which stopped U.S. annexation. Filmed in 'Olelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian Language) and 'Olelo Ha'ole (english)

Sponsored by Hoonaauao Film Series at Kamakaku and the Center for Biographical Research.

Here's the flyer: ff.pdf

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The Myth of Ceded Lands: A Legal Analysis with Dr. Keanu Sai

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Sat - October 3, 2009

Maui Council approves ban on GMO taro

Maui News reports:
A bill prohibiting genetically modified taro in Maui County received final approval Friday by the Maui County Council.

The taro bill prohibits anyone from testing, propagating, growing or introducing genetically engineered or modified taro, or kalo, within Maui County. Council members voted 9-0 to approve the ban, saying they believed taro's cultural and spiritual significance to Native Hawaiians was more important than any other factor.

Mayor Charmaine Tavares said after the vote that she would support the ban.

"I will be signing the bill into law and recognize that the passage of this new law will send a message of support for state Representative Mele Carroll's efforts to introduce and pass a bill at the state Legislature," she said in an e-mailed statement.

Congrats to the taro farmers of Maui and all the other supporters who came out and lobbied for this bill. One small but important step in the right direction.

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Fri - October 2, 2009

"Noho Hewa" showing Oct. 8 at Windward Community College

From the Advertiser
An award-winning documentary about the "occupation" of Hawai'i will be shown at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Paliku Theatre at Windward Community College.

"Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i" is free and open to the public.

Winner of the Hawaii International Film Festival's 2008 award for best documentary film, the 82-minute film offers an analysis about the connections between militarism, desecration and homelessness, and how these issues are related to Hawaiian sovereignty.

The film will be followed by a Q&A session with filmmaker Anne Keala Kelly.

The screening is sponsored by Ku Pono and the Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.

Donations will be accepted and a DVD of the film will be available for purchase.

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Fri - September 25, 2009

SF Chron review: "Nation Within": Gripping tale of Hawaii's illegal overthrow

San Francisco Chronicle review of Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai‘i

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Thu - September 24, 2009

OHA downsizing, changing strategy

Advertiser reports:
The Office of Hawaiian Affairs will eliminate 28 of its 178 positions as part of a new strategic plan outlined yesterday.

The layoffs are expected to save OHA from $500,000 to $750,000 and are part of a shift to a more "results-based" strategy.

OHA plans to set specific goals, such as raising the level of Native Hawaiian incomes to meet or exceed non-Hawaiian incomes in the Islands.

The plan also calls for turning over OHA assets to a new Hawaiian government that could result from passage of the so-called Akaka bill in Congress, which would grant federal recognition to Native Hawaiians.

"That's fairly controversial," OHA administrator Clyde Namu'o said yesterday. OHA's trustees "see OHA as eventually going out of existence and being taken over, if you will, by this Native Hawaiian entity. ... That is a strong statement about how the trustees view the future for Native Hawaiians."

Star-Bulletin also has an article.

From OHA's website: PDF of press release, Strategic Plan brochure, and video of press conference

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Mon - September 21, 2009

Coffman reads "Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i"

View the video at C-Span's video archive

Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i
Tom Coffman

Tom Coffman talks about the U.S. annexation of Hawai'i and the resistance to annexation by the native population there. August 21, 2009 marked the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood. Mr. Coffman spoke at Native Books in Honolulu. About the Author: Tom Coffman, former reporter for the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, is the author of "Catch a Wave: A Case Study of Hawaii's New Politics" and "The Island Edge of America." His book "Nation Within" was made into a PBS documentary. For more, visit:
51 minutes

To purchase the DVD, look below the viewing screen and click "Buy Now."

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Fri - September 18, 2009

"Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i" screening on Hawaii Island and O'ahu

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Tue - September 15, 2009

Coffman reading "Nation Within" on C-Span BookTV

This reading was taped at Native Books Hawai'i on August 16, 2009. If you are watching outside Hawai'i: for California add 3 hours, for New York add 6 hours. For more information, visit the publisher Koa Books or C-Span Book TV

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Mon - September 14, 2009

Current status of Crown & Government Lands

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole

Never concerned about Hawaiian Blood quantum? 
Perhaps you should be now…

Come and learn about the current status of the Crown and Government lands case before the Hawaii Supreme Court and its implications for all of Hawaii’s community.

Date: September 19, 2009 (Saturday)
Time:         6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where:      Kamakakuokalani, Center for Hawaiian Studies; Halau o Haumea, 2645 Dole Street, Honolulu

Featuring panelists: Jonathan Osorio, Mililani Trask and Keeaumoku Kaiama

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Thu - September 10, 2009

James Nakapa’ahu

James Nakapa’ahu has passed away on September 9, 2009. He was husband and support to Lynette Cruz. He was a quiet but strong and positive presence at many sovereignty gatherings over the years, a Hawaiian patriot and warrior. Deepest condolences and thoughts of peace and conform to Lynette and the rest of James' ohana. Rest in peace brother James.

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Sun - September 6, 2009

Truth vs Akaka Bill with Lynette Cruz

September 3, 2009, Ka Huli Ao hosted a Maoli Thursday discussion "True Sovereignty? The Akaka bill and its Implications" re-visiting issues of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, also known as the Akaka Bill. Speakers: Lynette Cruz, Robin Danner, Ester Kia'aina. Here's excerpts of portions with Lynette.

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Ka Lei Maile Ali`i "The Queen's Women" re-enactment today at Palace

late notice but Ka Lei Maile Ali`i Hawaiian Civic Club is doing the re-enactment of The Queen's Women (of an 1897 anti-annexation petition meeting in Hilo that was recounted in the San Francisco Call), with Dr. Keanu Sai providing a talk to set the context, today at the Kanaina building at Iolani Palace grounds at 1 pm. Free.

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Sat - September 5, 2009

Noho Hewa: The Wrongful Occupation of Hawai'i on DVD

I'd like to personally encourage everyone to buy a copy or several of this film, watch it and share it with friends, and support Keala who put a huge amount of energy and resources into bringing the film to fruition to get the truth out.

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"Hawaii: A Voice for Sovereignty" to be released in Hawaii

Press Release
PRLog (Press Release) – Sep 03, 2009 – Othila Media Productions has announced that the documentary film "Hawaii A Voice For Sovereignty" is beginning a theatrical tour starting with special screenings at the Palace Theater in Hilo, on the Big Island Sat. Sept. 5th and Sun. Sept 6th. Following the screenings in Hilo the film will move to Waimea at the historic Waimea Theater, Kaua'i, Sept. 25th. More screenings will be announced throughout the Hawaiian Islands, the U.S., New Zealand, and Japan.

The documentary is an inspiring, and educational modern epic which takes us on a journey beginning with the takeover of Hawaii in 1893. The oral history, told by Native Hawaiians, reveals how Hawaiian culture, spirituality, and land rights continue to be threatened to this day.

Photojournalist and filmmaker Catherine Bauknight says “to be separated from their culture, land and spirituality could result in the extinction of a culture. These are extremely critical issues not only for the Hawaiians but for the entire global community as well. The Hawaiians want to get their message out to the world.”

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Tue - September 1, 2009

The Myth of Ceded Lands: A Legal Analysis by Keanu Sai, PhD

The Myth of Ceded Lands:
A Legal Analysis by Keanu Sai, PhD

Sponsored by ASUH and Hawaiian Studies

Based on the 1898 joint resolution of annexation, Governor Lingle claims that the State of Hawai‘i has good title to Ceded Lands and that Native Hawaiians have a moral but not a legal claim to these lands. There are those who oppose and those who agree. But what are Ceded Lands? Why do issues about Ceded Lands revolve around the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government and the annexation of Hawai‘i to the United States? 

David Keanu Sai, Ph.D. in political science, has done extensive research on this topic. Drawing from his recent doctoral dissertation and law journal article written last year, he presents a historical and legal context that show there are no "Ceded Lands."

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2009
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Where: Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College

Presentation Followed by a Panel Examination and Audience Q&A
An Introduction to the Presentation is available at:
For more information call: 235-7388 or email:

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"Hawaii - A Voice for Sovereignty" showing in Hilo

A Documentary film by photojournalist Catherine Bauknight
Sat • Sept 5 at 7pm - Sun • Sept 6 at 2:30pm
Palace Theater, Hilo

View the flywer: Voice for Sovereignty Poster.pdf

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Sun - August 30, 2009

"The Statehood Project" play at Kumu Kahua theater

Check out "The Statehood Project" play currently running at Kumu Kahua theater:
In conjunction with Fat Ulu Productions, an organization dedicated to creating and strengthening communities through the literary arts (it recently produced a series of collaborative poetry performances), Kumu Kahua presents a collection of monologues, scenes and stories written by Hawaii playwrights, poets and storytellers. With the intention of presenting multiple perspectives on the issue of statehood in Hawaii – including political, historical and sociological – in early 2009 Kumu and Fat Ulu invited local writers to create short, personal expressions and reflections on any chosen aspect of statehood. These pieces were first read by the writers or actors to an audience, then revised by the writers and refined and organized by producers at Kumu. The result is a significant, and refreshingly different addition to both the commercial promotion and journalistic reportage that has been celebrating Hawaii's 50th anniversary of statehood.

A review in the Star-Bulletin
Statehood for Hawaii was:

a) A tragedy.
b) A disaster.
c) An illegal act.
d) All of the above.

Those answers represent the range of perspectives found in "The Statehood Project," the Kumu Kahua/Fat Ulu Productions collaboration that opens the 2009-2010 season at Kumu Kahua. It consists of short works by 16 playwrights, authors and poets, and a 1974 vintage poem by the late Wayne Westlake.

The Westlake poem, written in response to the 15th anniversary of statehood, is performed several times in the show. The final lines sum up the show's general take on statehood: "It's raining/I feel like crying."

Thursday, Friday & Saturday 8pm: September 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19
Sundays 2pm: September 6, 13, 20

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IZ: E Ala E

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Thu - August 27, 2009

Queen's birthday celebration

on her 171st birthday

9/2/1838 – 9/2/2009
Sept. 2, 2009 • 4 – 7 pm
`Iolani Palace Grounds @ the ahu
For more info: • 783-2313

Flyer: Queen-BDay-flyer-09.pdf

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Five Hawaiian Women Poets

Remembering Roots & Envisioning Future
Five Hawaiian Women Poets

Tamara Wong-Morrison • Mahealani Perez-Wendt • Puanani Burgess 
Ho'oipo DeCambra • Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio

Friday, September 11, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
McCoy Studio Theater, Maui Arts & Cultural Center

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Wed - August 26, 2009

Jamaica Osorio: Kumulipo poem at White House

Another poetic treat by Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, from the White House poetry night in May.

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Tue - August 25, 2009

Sonny Kaniho Passing

I'm late on posting this, but Sonny Kaniho passed away August 14. As Ian Lind writes
Sonny Kaniho was one of the giants in the modern Hawaiian rights movement who gained fame by quietly, and then not-so-quietly, protesting the failures of the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands to make land available to Native Hawaiians.

Ian has some great old photos of Kaniho's 1974 Hawaiian Homelands protest and trial.

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HuffPost: Hawaiian Independence Movement Gains Momentum

Published at Huffington Post by Tony Sachs
Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of The Perfect Wave: The Hawaiian Independence Movement Gains Momentum

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood, I went down to the beach at Waikiki and witnessed a lovely evening fireworks display. Only thing is, the fireworks didn't have anything to do with the anniversary -- it's something my hotel does every Friday night for the tourists. At least in Oahu, there wasn't much of anything else going on to commemorate the historic anniversary, either. A '50s nostalgia concert starring the Platters, the Coasters and the Drifters, or imitations thereof. A conference at the Hawaii Convention Center. A march and rally for Hawaiian independence.

Wait a minute, I said to myself as I read that last one in the Honolulu Advertiser. I thought Texas was the only state that wanted to secede from the Union. Why would Hawaii want out?
But the pieces started to fall into place when we went to 'Iolani Palace, built by King Kalakaua in 1882 when Hawaii -- the only state to have ever been a legitimate, globally recognized kingdom -- was still a sovereign nation. A decade later, his successor, Queen Lili'uokalani, was forced by an American-led faction to relinquish the monarchy and was placed under house arrest there. Restored to something approaching its 19th century glory in the late '70s, the palace is now a major tourist attraction -- and a gathering place for Hawaii's many independence groups. We weren't shocked by the unabashedly pro-royal tone of the palace's audio tour. After all, the royals are the place's big selling point. But the final audio segment, in which "Prince" David Kawananakoa (a descendant of the Hawaiian royal family) advocates Hawaiian sovereignty, made us prick up our ears.

It turns out that the independence movement isn't just a nutty gambit to avoid paying federal taxes, the way it is in Texas. The Hawaiians, especially those who can trace their ancestry back to the time when Captain James Cook "discovered" the islands, have some pretty legit grievances. ...

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Sun - August 23, 2009

Radio New Zealand: Hawaii demonstrators call for independence

Radio New Zealand aired this report today about Friday’s Fake State Protest
Hawaii demonstrators call for independence

Posted at 02:06 on 24 August, 2009 UTC

About 500 demonstrators have called for Hawaiian independence on the 50th anniversary of the state.

The protestors marched to the Hawaii Convention Center, where a statehood commemorative conference was being held.

Lynette Cruz, an organiser of the Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance, says supporters of full independence for Hawaii are a minority.

But she says the movement is growing as recent scholarship reveals more about the history of Hawaii.

“Because all of us know for a fact actually that there cannot be a state of Hawaii because there was never an annexation treaty between Hawaii and the United States, it just makes us realise quite clearly that what was going on was a kind of a fake celebration of a statehood that doesn’t really exist.”

Lynette Cruz says protests calling for native Hawaiian rights usually attract much bigger crowds, but she was pleased that those that took part in this demonstration were committed to the cause of independence.

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WaPo op-ed on Hawaii statehood, Obama's citizenship

Lois-Ann Yamanaka has an opinion piece in today's Washington Post on the "statehood" anniversary, tying it in to Obama's birth certificate craziness (see here for more of my perspective and legal analysis on that), here's an excerpt:
So as our state celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend, the fuss over Obama's birth certificate -- its authenticity and what it might be hiding -- has been kind of perplexing to me. The president's mother is American. His father is Kenyan. Is he an anomaly because he is of American and Hawaiian and Kenyan heritage? Exotic? Because he's from a state that isn't a state because we aren't on the mainland? Because he is from this provincial place that had been a state for only two years when he was born? For a few voices shouting loudly from the fringe, that has been enough reason to raise questions about whether he really is what he says he is.

Here, we have another question: Is Hawaii legally a state? Was the Kingdom of Hawai'i stolen? Some native Hawaiians say that, though Obama is American in the eyes of America, the real issue is that Hawaii is not a legitimate state in the union. We were a kingdom taken by force by the revolutionary Committee of Safety, which was backed by the U.S. Marines. Our queen was forced to abdicate her throne in 1893 to prevent bloodshed among her beloved subjects.

This makes Admission Day, as the statehood anniversary is sometimes known, more complicated. Robert Kanaka`ole Ebanez, one of the founders of the Hawaiian Independence Alliance, a sovereignty group, hasn't been in a mood to celebrate statehood. Ebanez believes that the bickering over the president's birth focuses on the wrong thing. To him, Obama is a legitimate Hawaiian citizen born after the "illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii."

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"Statehood" Protest in Waikiki 8/21 video

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Sat - August 22, 2009

Brave New Voices: "1893" by Jamaica (on HBO)

Jamaica performs one of her poems from HBO's new series " Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices"

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Statehood protests for 50th anniversary

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Fri - August 21, 2009

Iolani Palace to remain quiet as Hawaii observes 50th; few celebrate statehood

Advertiser article
Sandra Reyes strolled across the empty grounds of 'Iolani Palace this week and fully understood why state officials are not marking 50 years of Hawai'i statehood today with any kind of celebration.

"I can see why they would be afraid," said Reyes, who lives in Makaha. "You have to understand the history of Hawai'i."

Lee Cataluna column
That sound you don't hear is the celebration of the 50th anniversary of statehood. Oh sure, they're having a conference at the Convention Center today, but it sounds suspiciously like one of those sustainability conferences they have every six months. A highlight of the all-day event is a job fair. That pretty much sums up where we find ourselves at this moment in time.

Anniversaries are good times for the media to sell advertising, kids to compete in poster contests and Reyn's to make a special shirt. For the rest of us just trying to get by, there is a feeling of ambivalence. Anybody throwing a big statehood party in their garage tonight? Anybody soaping "Happy Statehood" signs on their car windows? Anybody going to remember this day as a shining moment 50 years from now? Uh, no.

Maui News article
Today's Admission Day holiday is no cause for celebration, according to a crowd of Native Hawaiians and supporters who rallied Thursday afternoon by the State Building in Wailuku.

"Statehood is a fraud," Kahu Ken Ho'opai Jr. said into a hand-held megaphone as he spoke to passing motorists on High Street. "The truth needs to be exposed. We've been all lied to."

The rally on High Street took place on the eve of today's 50th anniversary of Hawaii statehood.

Another rally will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Keolani Place approaching Kahului Airport.

Statehood Events and Specials
• "New Horizons for the Next 50 Years," wide-ranging conference addressing economics, agriculture, military, Native Hawaiians and other topics, sponsored by the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hawai'i Convention Center. Cost is $15 to $50. Information:
• State Judiciary panel discussion on statehood with retired Chief Justice William S. Richardson and retired Judge Betty M. Vitousek, noon at the Judiciary History Center (417 S. King St.), free.
• "50 Years of Hawaiian Cultural Renaissance," entertainment by Eddie Kamae and the Sons of Hawai'i, plus Hawaiian craft demonstrations, food and movie showings, 11 a.m. at Hana Beach Park, Maui.
• March and rally for Hawaiian independence, sponsored by the Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance and the Institute for the Advancement of Hawaiian Affairs. Starts at Ala Moana Beach Park (Diamond Head side) and ends at the Hawai'i Convention Center, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• "Statehood Hawaii Movies," a compilation of classic travel films about Hawai'i, hosted by local film historian Steven Frederick, 7 p.m. at the VIP Screening Room. Cost is $7.50. Information: .
• "State of Aloha," special two-hour broadcast of PBS Hawai'i's "Insights," featuring one-hour statehood documentary produced by the University of Hawai'i Academy for Creative Media, followed by live panel discussion hosted by Dan Boylan, 7:30 p.m. on PBS Hawai'i. Encore Aug. 28 at 10:30 p.m. and Aug. 30 at 3 p.m.

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Tue - August 18, 2009

Events of 1893 come alive in this week's free living history walking tour

Advertiser story
Annexation forces bent on overthrowing Queen Lili'uokalani were meeting behind closed doors in offices at the corner of Merchant and Queen, Hina Kneubuhl anxiously told a gathering of listeners.

"They are accusing the queen of treason, and revolution!" she shouted. "And they are forming a committee for safety to formulate a plan of action!"

Kneubuhl was joined by "Legislator" Charles Timtim, who added, "It is insulting and outrageous that the very men — I won't say gentlemen — who promulgated the Bayonet Constitution by force, now have the audacity to call the queen treasonous!"

So went the first walk-through rehearsal of "Mai Poina" ("Don't Forget"), a living history presentation set for tomorrow, Thursday and Friday at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m., starting in front of the Hawai'i State Library.

The free tours, presented by the Hawai'i Pono'i Coalition, give people a review of events surrounding the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy from the arena where those events took place. Tour guides and role players in period costume enact the story at six tour stations around 'Iolani Palace.
Sammie Choy, "Mai Poina" director, considers the walking tours a counterpoint to the 50th Anniversary of Statehood celebrations taking place around the Islands.

"The person doing the introductions will say something about, 'We unapologetically present this tour from the perspective of those loyal to the Hawaiian nation and the queen. ... We want you to remember that Hawai'i was once an independent country with a strong identity,' " Choy said.

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Mon - August 17, 2009



Join in actions to bring forward U.S. international accountability and counter statehood.

Please attend the August 21 Statehood Rally.

U. S. imperialism and occupation in foreign countries has oppressive impacts on everyone as valuable global resources go to military enforcement and ordinary people are kept economically deprived and dependent on big business. Those impacted by the continuous illegal occupation will join in peace and solidarity to highlight the fraud of statehood.

Theme Black and Lime Green. Carry or wear a ti leaf as a cultural symbol to cleanse the wrong from this land.
2 min. PSA on YouTube

(also, Wed, 19th, Paint and Pizza Sign Workshop in Chinatown gallery. Info on links)

Michael Daly and AntiStatehood Hui are calling together settlers to Hawaii, disadvantaged people impacted by occupation and concerned people. In support of HIAA and rally leaders ~ see rally posting Fri, 14th.

Education | Action | Nonviolence

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New book explores Liliuokalani’s legal challenge

Media release
“The Rights of My People” examines the two battles for Hawaii’s sovereignty. Liliuokalani led them.

Author Neil Thomas Proto revisits the first battle – the 1893 coup d’état and annexation in 1898 – through a new perspective: the harsh remnants of the Civil War, the missionaries’ disquieting view of race, and the Renaissance and newly defined role of Hawaiian women.

Explored for the first time is the second battle: the fate of the Crown lands – a quarter of the Hawaiian Islands – taken in the 1893 coup d’état and contested aggressively by Liliuokalani through 1910.

For more than a decade, the queen took up residence in the nation’s capital, often for months at a time, to challenge the complicity of the United States in the media and before Congress. With reluctance, she turned to a court of law; many found this to be disquieting.

Through previously unexamined court records, correspondence, and graphic portrayals, “The Rights of My People” tells the story of Liliuokalani’s political, legal, and media maneuvering. She used her hard-earned wisdom and skill to lend credibility to her claim that the taking of the Crown lands by the United States was immoral and illegal.

The threat of execution and assassination and the continued use of religious and racial condescension and deception by her adversaries, old and new, unfold in Honolulu, Hilo, and onto the continent in San Francisco, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Find out more and order online at

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Sun - August 16, 2009

Hawaii plans quiet, sobering 50th anniversary

AP has an article syndicated far and wide today on the "statehood" anniversary this week:
Hawaii turns 50 years old as the 50th state Friday, but there will be no grand parades, no dazzling fireworks, no lavish displays of native culture.

Organizers of the observation are not even willing to call it a party. It is simply a "commemoration," one that is sensitive to a painful history of the Hawaiian monarchy's overthrow and unresolved claims of Native Hawaiians.

The main event is a low-key daylong conference reflecting on Hawaii's place in the world. Behind the tourist-friendly tropical images of beaches and sunshine, many remain uncomfortable with the U.S. takeover of the islands and the idea that businesses have exploited Hawaiians' culture.

"Instead of state government having huge parties and fireworks, we're having a convention," said Manu Boyd, cultural director for the Royal Hawaiian Center, a shopping and entertainment area in Waikiki. "That shows the strength and spiritual power of the Hawaiian people, whose shattered world has not yet been addressed."

When statehood came calling in 1959, it ushered in an era of economic prosperity through tourism and the side effects that came with it: resort high rises, more than 500,000 monthly tourists and an emphasis on hokey luaus rather than the authentic host culture.

Sovereignty groups advocating independence from the United States make up a minority, but many residents recognize the long-standing issues associated with the 1893 overthrow of the monarchy, the islands' annexation and past harms to the Native Hawaiian people.
Alaska, by contrast, which joined the union in January, 1959, embraced the 50th anniversary of statehood with concerts, fireworks displays, a prize-winning float in California's Rose Parade and observances throughout the state during the past 12 months. Among the festivities celebrated in a downtown Anchorage festival was the re-enactment of placing the 49th star on the American flag.

Here, even the low-key conference is drawing complaints. Hawaiian sovereignty groups are planning protests outside the convention center Friday, and some say the conference's topics are too focused on tourism, economic development and business opportunities.

One panelist, University of Hawaii Center for Hawaiian Studies professor Jonathan Osorio, said the conference should focus more on Hawaiian culture and history.

"It's a political cop-out because the state doesn't really want to address the legal or political nature of its claim to authority in Hawaii," Osorio said. "It's one of the reasons they have really muted its commemoration."
"This newfangled idea of celebrating statehood shows that people don't understand Hawaii's history, or if they do understand, then they're celebrating a lie, a theft, that essentially stole a people's right of self-determination," said Poka Laenui, a Hawaiian and attorney who has worked for independence for more than 30 years.

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Google in Hawaiian

This week Google launched translated into Hawaiian.

Here's how to try it out:
- Or, select Hawaiian language in the Language Tools link or as an interface language in the Preferences link on

The translation was done by the same group of researchers who brought Hawaiian language back from the brink of extinction 25 years ago. They are now using the Internet (and Google) to promote day-to-day usage of their language. A quote from a member of the team: "From a symbolic standpoint, this development is a source of deep pride for us. It tells us and our children that our language stands as an equal with English, other major European and Asian languages, and the many other indigenous languages that Google supports internally and through GiYL."

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Fri - August 14, 2009

March and Rally for Hawaiian Independence

March and Rally for Hawaiian Independence

After 50 years of being misled, Hawaiians are challenging a long history of misinformation leading to the creation of the State of Hawaii and the commemoration of 50 years of its existence. Join us in challenging U.S. propaganda by calling attention to the ‘real story’ and asserting Hawaiian independence.

When: August 21, 10 am – 1 pm
Where: Ala Moana Park (Diamond Head side) and marching to Waikiki Convention Center
Why: To tell the truth of Hawaiian sovereignty and U.S. imperialism
· The REAL story is outside, not in the convention center
· The state of Hawaii is the result of U.S. imperialism

•Carry or wear a ti leaf as a cultural symbol to cleanse the wrong from this land.

For more information, call 697-3045 or 284-3460. This event is spearheaded by Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance and the Institute for the Advancement of Hawaiian Affairs, with support from Hawaii People’s Fund and Ka Lei Maile Alii Hawaiian Civic Club.

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Thu - August 13, 2009

No jubilation felt in illegal statehood

Letter in the Star-Bulletin last week:
No jubilation felt in illegal statehood

The "Jubilee of Statehood," was supposed to be a humdinger of an event. But the mood had changed considerably since 1959, so the state's celebration commission decided to downplay the jubilant part of jubilee.

You see, over the last few decades Hawaiians became increasingly aware that there was something wrong with statehood. The more that was discovered about the shady circumstances that led to statehood, the more statehood looked like a massive con job. The people of Hawaii (and the world, for that matter) were hoodwinked.

The passage of the Apology Resolution in 1993 by Congress and signed by the president, had obvious implications: It confirmed that Hawaii was being unlawfully possessed by the U.S.; that the Kingdom of Hawaii never ceased to be; and that the people of Hawaii had the lawful right (indeed, patriotic duty) to restore their country.

The Republic of Hawaii was unlawful; the annexation of Hawaii by the U.S. was unlawful; the Territory of Hawaii was unlawful; and the State of Hawaii was and is unlawful.

This is radically different from Hawaii being the 50th state. The dilemma for the state is: celebrating the jubilee of a lie.

Oliver Dukelow
Kahakuloa Village, Maui

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Wed - August 12, 2009

Another side of statehood

Joan Conrow has an article in the Honolulu Weekly, "Another side of statehood: A native son comes home to fill a void during statehood celebrations"
Amid official preparations for a 50th anniversary of statehood celebration–including the lei-bedecked arrival of the USS Hawaii, a $2.5 billion nuclear submarine billed by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as “7,700 tons of aloha”–a counter movement is offering a different narrative of how, and why, Hawaii became part of the Union.

One leading spokesman of this movement is Dean Saranillio, a Maui native now at the University of Michigan whose dissertation is entitled Seeing Conquest: Colliding Histories and the Cultural Politics of Hawaii Statehood. He has been speaking in venues around the Islands this summer in an attempt to drum up discussion of competing narratives.

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Maui Councilmember flies upside down Hawaiian flag

In this viewpoint in the Maui News, Maui County Councilmember Wayne Nishiki explains why he flies an upside down Hawaiian flag on his desk in the council chambers.

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50 Years fake statehood

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Tom Coffman reading from "Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i"

Tom Coffman
Reading from and Signing copies of the new edition of his classic book
Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai'i

"The best single book on annexation." -- The Nation Magazine

Sunday, August 16, 2:00 p.m., at Native Books/Na Mea Hawai'i, Ward Warehouse, Honolulu

America's long century of imperial adventures began with the illegal occupation of Hawai'i. In Nation Within, historian/journalist Tom Coffman tells the heartfelt story of Hawaii's resistance to annexation, both in Washington and Honolulu, and the role of Theodore Roosevelt and others who fueled America's drive for global power. Tom Coffman's reading will be followed by a roundtable discussion at 3:00 pm on how new information can help us envision a new future, moderated by attorney/activist Poka Laenui, and introduced by Hawaii Pacific University Assistant Professor Lynette Cruz.

See review snippets of the book in the extended entry...

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I'm back!

Kekula and I were traveling abroad and that's why no posts recently, sorry to not post something before I left letting folks know I would be taking a break. Anyway, posting will resume and as I have time I'll try to catch up with some of the stuff that happened re Akaka bill and other stuff while I was gone.

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Tue - July 28, 2009

La Ho'i Ho'i Ea photos

Some photos from La Ho'i Ho'i Ea event Sunday.

And here's some coverage from KGMB9 news.

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Mon - July 20, 2009

Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day, Sunday 7/26 @ Thomas Sq.

Ka La Ho'i Ho'i Ea
Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day

Hawaiian National Holiday since 1843, remembering the end of a short British occupation of Hawaii.

Kamehameha III proclaimed "Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka 'Aina I Ka Pono" - The SOVEREIGNTY of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.

"Ea" doesn't just mean life, it means "Sovereignty, rule, independence"—in fact that definition comes first. Our "state" motto comes from this event in 1843, the first time Hawai'i was illegally occupied. It celebrates the restoration of Hawai'i's sovereign independence, and calls for it to be preserved through pono action.

1. nvs. Goodness, uprightness, morality, moral qualities, correct or proper procedure, excellence, well-being, prosperity, welfare, benefit, behalf, equity, sake, true condition or nature, duty; moral, fitting, proper, righteous, right, upright, just, virtuous, fair, beneficial, successful, in perfect order, accurate, correct, eased, relieved; should, ought, must, necessary.

But what is not "pono" is the state itself since it derives its power from the bad, underhanded, immoral, unjust, unfair, false, incorrect procedure by which the U.S. has acted as though it has acquired but actually occupied Hawaii, while all the time carrying on the motto through the "republic" and through the "territory" and through the "state" that each were the living denial of, the opposite of, the contradiction of. Yes, our "state" motto is ironic.

Anyway... here's the event info!

Thomas Square
Sunday, July 26, 2009
10 am - 6 pm

10am- Opening Ceremony
12pm- Flag Ceremony
5pm- "Aloha 'Aina" Reenactment

Live Hawaiian Music by Kenneth Makuakane, Jon Osrio, Kahuli, La Ho'iho'i Ea All Stars (Imaikalani, Peter, Skippy) with Palani Vaughn, Kupa'aina, The Mount Ka'ala Band and Mana Carceras

Keiki activities including face painting, large scale konane playing, comic book coloring and lomi stick workshop, the “Aloha ‘Aina” play by Ka Lei Maile Hawaiian Civic Club, Hawaiian Issues discussion, Ku‘i ‘ai demonstrations/participation, ‘Ai pono menu, Native Hawaiian Health by Ke Ola Mamo, Lomilomi by Pa Ola Hawai‘i, Arts and Crafts for the whole ‘Ohana and Makahiki Games.

Live Music
Kids Activities
Live Play
Hawaiian Issues Discussion
Poi Pounding Demonstration
Ono Food
Hawaiian Health
Lomi Lomi
Arts & Crafts
Makahiki Games
Halau Hula
and more...

Contact lahoihoiea @ or call Imaikalani 780-3680

More info on Maoli World:

Check out the flyer for more background and activities...


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Sat - July 11, 2009

Petition opposing Akaka Bill

Online Petition to "Oppose the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009" (aka Akaka Bill).

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Thu - July 9, 2009

Native Hawaiian Bar Association testimony on Akaka Bill


Testimony Of The Native Hawaiian Bar Association Before The House Committee On Natural Resources On The Akaka Bill, HR 2314, The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act

June 11, 2009

Chairman Rahall, Ranking Member Hastings, and members of the committee:

As members of the Native Hawaiian Bar Association (NHBA) Board of Directors, we are writing to express our support for H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, commonly known as the Akaka bill, which was reintroduced on May 7, 2009, and provides a self-determination process for Native Hawaiians to be federally recognized by the U.S. government. However, we condition our continuing support of the bill as it moves forward in the process on the hope that certain major concerns will be addressed.

The Native Hawaiian Bar Association is a membership organization of Native Hawaiian judges, lawyers, and other legal professionals. Founded in 1992, the NHBA promotes unity, cooperation and the exchange of ideas among its members and within the broader legal community. The NHBA strives for justice and effective legal representation of Native Hawaiians and provides a forum for discussion, examination and resolution of legal issues affecting Native Hawaiians. It has offered symposia, amicus curiae and other collaborations in the areas of self determination, access and gathering protection, Hawaiian Home Lands and ceded lands breach of trust claims.

Since the first introduction of the Akaka bill in 2000, the NHBA has monitored the legislation’s progress and the challenges it has faced within our Hawaiian community, policymakers in Washington, D.C, and Hawaii, and the general public. During 2006, the NHBA Board of Directors worked very closely to secure the support of the American Bar Association in a resolution urging Congress to pass legislation to establish a process to provide federal recognition and to restore self-determination of Native Hawaiians.

Our major concerns with H.R. 2314 are as follows:

Read the rest of the testimony...

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Akaka Bill committee vote delayed

Advertiser reports House Natural Resources Committee postpones vote on Akaka bill, to be rescheduled in a week or two.

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Mon - July 6, 2009

History that should not—and will not—disappear: July 4, 1894

Belated good July 4th reading relevant to Hawaii from Larry Geller at Disappeared News.

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Sun - July 5, 2009

Independence Day events include talk of Hawaii's independence

Advertiser reports:
The mood was less festive but still heartfelt at 'Iolani Palace, where the Temple of Lono was hosting a gathering of Native Hawaiian leaders, cultural practitioners and others who find Independence Day a bittersweet occasion.

"While everybody is celebrating the Fourth of July, we are still not independent," said Hank Fergustrom.

The event started with what Fergustrom called a "lively" discussion about the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Kau Inoa initiative, the Akaka bill, and Hawaiian sovereignty in general. It continued with an afternoon screening of Catherine Bauknight's film "Hawai'i — A Voice for Sovereignty."

"In order to get on the same page, we have to talk about our differences," Fergustrom said. "It's difficult to say that we are going to be a people if we can't come to some sort of shared platform. There are very diverse opinions (about Hawaiian independence) but people were civil and courteous, which we needed to keep our dialogue intelligent and moving forward."

Fergustrom said he hopes that participants will "go back to their home teams to share what was discussed so we can have more fluid and focused discussions."

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