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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History of Celebration: La Hoihoi Ea

Theft of a Nation – July 4 at ʻIolani Palace

A Kanaka Way of Life Is Sovereignty

Join us for the final Lāhui Rising event in our Makahiki series about Ea, sovereignty and self-determination.
We continue our series with “Mauli Ea, A Kanaka Way of Life is Sovereignty.”

A special feature of this series includes
breakout groups that will allow audience members
to share their own manaʻo and ʻike, which will be
recorded to help inform our future efforts.
Farmers, fishermen, kumu, haumāna, ʻohana and
all members of our lāhui are invited to attend this
in-person forum!

Kama’aina Sunday at ‘Iolani Palace – special presentation by Dr. Ron Williams

Kama’aina Sunday at ‘Iolani Palace – Special Presentation by Dr. Keanu Sai

30th Anniversary of Apology

Happy 30th anniversary of Public Law 103-150, the Apology Resolution for the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

Lā Kū’oko’a

Lā Kū’okō’a – Mālama Loko Ea

Why Hawaiian sovereignty has undeniable context for the Maui fires

Scholars and activists say Native Hawaiians have ultimately been seeking their right to self-determination — an issue they say touches on the cause of the fires and affects Hawaii’s healing.

NBC News, Aug. 24, 2023

As those in Maui try to make sense of the wildfires that left behind a trail of loss, experts and activists say the devastation has highlighted the issue of Hawaiian sovereignty. 

Those involved in discussions around sovereignty, or the right of a nation-state to govern itself, spoke to NBC News to underscore that the issue has undeniable context for the fires. They include advocates and scholars fighting for international acknowledgment of the Kingdom of Hawaii as an existing nation-state to others working toward complete independence from U.S. interference.

The experts also spoke about the island’s fraught place in American history, which they say allowed corporations to expand and dry out the land in Lahaina, the town most severely devastated by the wildfires in the state. 

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