Letter for Saturday, November 29, 2014

• Questions asked and answered on Hawaii’s history

Questions asked and answered on Hawaii’s history

 Response to John Hoff’s six questions from Nov. 26:

1) John, Happy Thanksgiving. President Cleveland (1893) and Clinton (1993) based their position and decision on the James Blount Report, which was discredited by Congress. Mr. Blount’s report was his opinions, without sworn testimony, submitted to President Cleveland on July 17, 1893. The Blount Report was debated, debunked and rejected by the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the 53rd U.S. Congress, 2nd Session in 1894. We can argue whether the overthrow was legal or illegal from different perspectives and we would both be correct. But today, we are the state of Hawaii. 

2) The United Nations can opine all it wants, but it has no jurisdiction on the state of Hawaii. Also, “all” the legal documents are evidence that no theft of any land or assets occurred during and following the 1893 overthrow of the queen.

3) No comment on this question. Your opinion on President Obama is not subject related.

4) John, it is the decision of the United States Supreme Court on March 31, 2009, that the Apology Resolution (PL 103-150) was ceremonial and without any force of law, and the 37 whereases did not have standing in Hawaii’s ceded lands issue.

5) Hawaii’s ceded lands continue to belong to the state of Hawaii and its citizens.

6) John, we Americans are the most qualified to manage Hawaii and the Island of Kahoolawe. Again, nothing was ever stolen, all assets are recorded from time of the Kingdom.

James Kuroiwa, Kaneohe

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