Hawaii Sovereignty Restoration Day today

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Sun Jul 27 20:35:59 MDT 2003


The US overthrow of the Hawaiian government in 1894 and establishment
of a US settler-colony during the administration of Democratic
President Grover Cleveland was one of the events that marked the
emergence of US imperialism.
Fred Feldman

Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2003 23:48:04 -1000
From: "Fran" <anapuni808 at hawaii.rr.com>

July 22, 2003
Contact: Kekuni Blaisdell ­ 808-595-6691
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE or Lynette Cruz ­ 808-738-0084

SOVEREIGNTY RESTORATION DAY:
HONORING HAWAIIAN PATRIOTS IN THE CONTINUING
STRUGGLE FOR HAWAIIAN INDEPENDENCE


Kanaka Maoli (Hawaiian) nationalists and supporters will gather at
Thomas
Square east of downtown Honolulu this Sunday, July 27, 2003, from 11
am to 4
pm to celebrate Ka La Ho`iho`i Ea, Sovereignty Restoration Day.

This will   be the 18th consecutive annual observation of this
historic event since 1985  by those who support the independence of
the Kanaka Maoli nation.

In February 1843, during the reign of Kamehameha III, British Lord
George
Paulet and his troops invaded, occupied and ruled the Hawaiian
Kingdom.
Kamehameha III protested. In July, after five months, British Admiral
Richard Thomas arrived in the islands to implement his London
government’s
September 1842 policy that “native governments be treated with great
forbearance and courtesy, and their laws and customs be respected.”

On July 31, 1843, at the site now bearing his name, Admiral Thomas
ordered
the Union Jack lowered and Ka Hae Hawai`i, the Hawaiian Kingdom flag,
restored. As cannons roared, the admiral saluted the King, on behalf
of
Queen Victoria, as “Independent Sovereign”.

In response, the King declared a 10-day national holiday and led a
procession to Kawaiaha'o Church where he uttered the words that became
the
official motto of the Kingdom: "Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono."
(The
life, integrity, sovereignty of the land is restored and continues
with pono
[right, just] behavior.)

Four months later, on November 28, 1843, after more than a year of
diplomatic negotiations abroad, the U.S., France and Britain, for the
first
time, officially recognized the sovereign independence of the Hawaiian
Kingdom. Upon receipt of this news, the King declared November 28
"Independence Day," another national holiday.

The person most responsible for negotiating the official recognition
of the
Hawaiian Kingdom by the three great western powers in 1842-1843 is
almost
forgotten. He was 36-year-old Timoteo Ha'alilio, who died at sea on
December 3, 1844, of pulmonary tuberculosis.

On July 27, Sunday, at noon, mindful of Ka Pae‘aina’s pre-colonial
history
as an independent nation and the struggle with the British in 1843 to
regain
recognized sovereignty, Kanaka Maoli will lower the U.S. flag and
raise the
Hawaiian Kingdom banners.

As annually, in the past 18 years, the U.S. will
be called upon again to withdraw, as did Britain 160 years ago, from
its
military occupation of Ka Pae'aina, the Kanaka Maoli homeland. After
110
years of U.S. military invasion and occupation, the
Kanaka Maoli people remember and continue to call upon the U.S. to
make
right its wrong committed over a century ago.
The U.S. also will be reminded that on November 23, 1993, the US
Congress
Apology Resolution (PL 103-150), signed by U.S. President William
Clinton,
acknowledged that in 1893, the U.S. conspired and invaded Ka Pae'aina,
assuring the haole settlers’ overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy; the
U.S.
then recognized the usurping Dole Provisional Government, in violation
of
treaties and international law.
Since the 1993 U.S. Apology Resolution also admits that these acts
suppressed the inherent sovereignty and right to self-determination of
the
Kanaka Maoli people, the U.S. Congress will also be called upon to
reject
the pending Akaka-Stevens Federal Indian Tribe Recognition Bill (S
344).
For this legislation violates the US Apology Resolution, U.S.
Constitution,
international law and Kanaka Maoli law, by formalizing, without Kanaka
Maoli
initiation, input and ratification, Kanaka Maoli wardship and creation
of a
native puppet government with permanent surrender of Kanaka
sovereignty and
lands to serve US neocolonial/imperialistic economic and
nuclear/military
globalization.
All are invited to join in the July 27, Sunday, program which will
include
traditional mele (music), hula (dance), ‘awa protocol, guest speakers,
and
the flag ceremony.
Sponsors include: Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike, Ka Pakaukau, the
Living
Nation, Kanaka Maoli Allies, `Ohana Koa, Nuclear Free and Independent
Pacific Ka Pae’aina Affiliate, American Friends Service Committee,
Country
and Kingdom of Hawai`i, Protect Keopuka `Ohana, and Protect Kaho`olawe
`Ohana Kaua`i.
For more information call Kekuni Blaisdell at 808-595-6691 or Lynette
Cruz at
808-738-0084.



Yahoo! Groups Sponsor
ADVERTISEMENT




Change Links Progressive Newspaper.
Act.  Act in Love and Spirit.

Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to the Yahoo! Terms of Service.




More information about the Marxism mailing list