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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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.

La Ho’iho’i Ea 2019

La Ho'iho'i Ea

Date should be 2019

Whose independence?

Christian Science Monitor examines the question of why some Hawaiians don’t celebrate on July 4.

Dr. Sai talks to the Maui County Council about the ongoing American occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom

MauiTime Magazine covers the presentation by Dr. David Keanu Sai to the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee of the Maui County Council on May 15.

Dr. Sai presentation to Maui Council Planning Committee

On Wednesday, May 15 at 9:00 am, Dr. Keanu Sai will make a presentation to the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee of the Maui County Council, chaired by Tamara Paltin.

From the agenda:

Pursuant to Rule 7(B) of the Rules of the Council, the Committee intends to receive a presentation from Dr. David Keanu Sai relating to an update on land use and planning in consideration of Hawaii’s status under international law and other related matters.

The committee meeting will take place in the Council Chambers on the 8th Floor at 200 S. High Street, and will also be broadcast live in Akaku cable access channel 53, and at

Pursuing Hawaiian Sovereignty in the Time of Trump

Trisha Kehaulani Watson has a column in Civil Beat questioning the status of the push for federal under the Trump administration, and arguing for the importance of considering all options, including independence:

On one level independence seems unimaginable, and there are real questions as to whether Hawaii has enough of an economic base to be self-reliant. There’s no doubting that many Pacific Island nation states rely heavily on foreign aid, which begs the question of whether we wouldn’t be worse off if we were independent.

Yet, we need to at least begin to recognize that our current model is highly problematic. We continue to waste and ruin natural resources at an alarming rate. The wealth gap in Hawaii seems unbridgeable. A solution to the housing crisis continues to elude us.

This was the biggest problem of the race to federal recognition, it denied us the time and opportunity to have the hard conversations. It denied us the space to educate ourselves and each other about our needs and our future.