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

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The Law of Occupation

Decolonizing Hawaiian Sovereignty

NLG Calls Upon US to Immediately Comply with International Humanitarian Law in its Illegal Occupation of the Hawaiian Island

The National Lawyers Guild (NLG), the oldest and largest progressive bar association in the United States, calls upon the United States to immediately begin to comply with international humanitarian law in its prolonged and illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom since 1893. As the longest running belligerent occupation of a foreign country in the history of international relations, the United States has been in violation of international law for over a century.

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‘Onipa’a Peace March Special Event

La Ku’oko’a – Hana, Maui

La Ku’oko’a – Moku o Keawe

La Ku’oko’a – ‘Iolani Palace

Understanding the Overthrow

The Queen’s birthday celebration is on Sunday, Sept. 1, at Iolani Palace, sponsored by the Hawaii Pono’i Coalition and the Friends of Iolani Palace. Please come and remember her here, in this special place. Ceremonies begin at 10 am. Hui Aloha Aina o Ka Lei Maile Alii will be performing the reenactment titled, Ka Lei Maile Alii – the Queen’s Women, on the main stage this year at around 10:45 am. At 12:30 we’ll be presenting a talk by Dr. Keanu Sai at the Kanaina Bldg. Please join us for that, as well. The event is free and open to the public. 

Kanaka Maoli Flag origin

With the abundance of “Kanaka Maoli flags” being displayed at Mauna Kea and many demonstrations and vehicles flying the flag in support, I thought it would be helpful to revisit the origin of this flag.

At some point there was some misinformation spread that this was an historical flag, perhaps “once was the flag of the Hawaiian admiralty and flown at high seas” as one site puts it.

But in fact the original version of this flag design was created in 1993 by Uncle Louis “Buzzy” Agard, published in the book He Alo a He Alo as a short essay called “A Pro Active Symbol.” While some symbols in the flag are of ancient origin, the overall design itself is not.

The flag, with some modifications, has served the purpose that he envisioned, adopted as a symbol of protection to replace the union jack, which the Kanaka Maoli and supporters do indeed rally around and fly with pride.

I just hope that those who fly the flag are also aware and respectful of its true origin.