Writer got it wrong on Hawaii annexation
Regarding the letter by Ken Conklin (TGI, Dec. 3). According to United States Public Law 103-150 adapted by the US Congress in 1993: “Acknowledges that the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through the Kingdom of Hawaii or through plebiscite or referendum.”
Mr. Conklin’s analogy of the United States Civil War and the annexation of the Kingdom of Hawaii is a false equivalency. The illegal annexation was analogous to what the United States did to the Native American Nations; taking their land and placing them on reservations.
Chester Mazurowski, Kapaa