Few Americans until now knew that the Hawaiian Kingdom was a highly organized
civilized and sovereign nation. With the unification of the Hawaiian Islands
under King Kamehameha I in 1810 until the illegal overthrow of the monarchy in
1893, the Hawaiian Kingdom was the lawful and functioning government. For
nearly 70 years, between 1826 and 1893, the United States recognized the
independence of the kingdom of Hawai’i.
During this time, the United
States entered into treaties with the lawful Hawaiian government and extended
full and complete diplomatic recognition to the Hawaiian Kingdom. Great
Britain, France, Germany and the United States all internationally recognized
by treaty and by the exchange of ambassadors the sovereign nation.
century ago, a company of U.S. Marines and two companies of U.S. sailors landed
on the shores of the Hawaiian Kingdom at the request of the minister of the
United States, Mr. Stevens. This move assisted a handful of American and
European businessmen to illegally remove Queen Lili’uokalani from the thrown.
The illegal overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani Jan. 17, 1893, was not
supported by the people of the Hawaiian Kingdom, nor was it supported by the
legislature of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Without question, it was not approved by
the queen. It was an illegal act committed in violation of the constitution of
the Hawaiian Kingdom and which was supported without proper authorization by
the United States.
President Grover Cleveland, after sending an
investigation team to the Hawaiian Kingdom, proclaimed to Congress on Dec. 18,
1893, that this was an act of war, committed with the participation of a
diplomatic representative of the United States and without authority of
Congress, and acknowledged that by such acts a government of a peaceful and
God-loving people were illegally overthrown.
My interpretation of the
United States based on moral values was a nation that would bring military
action against big-bully invaders to friendly smaller countries with little or
no defense system. Whatever happened to that U.S. motto: “Truth, justice and
freedom?” Certainly not for the citizens of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Kanaka Maoli people still fight today for truth, justice and
Mahalo to President Clinton for the signing of the Apology Bill
103-150. The bill offers an apology from the United States to Hawaiians for the
illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom. This bill has opened the door to the
reinstatement of The Lawful Hawaiian Government.
Please take the
responsibility to educate yourselves on the quest for self-government and
self-determination by the Kanaka Maoli people. The Hawaiian Kingdom and its
citizens can look forward to a very bright future and once more to be a nation
among nations. A nation of people who truly live aloha and will set an example
for the world. (www.lava.net/~hawngovt, www.alohaquest.com,
Mahalo aku i na kama a ka
‘ai pohaku, no ka ho’i ana a ke aupuni ku ‘aka’a. (Thanks to the children of
the stone eaters for returning the independent government.)