Hawaii Sovereignty Restoration Day today
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.
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
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
Paulet and his troops invaded, occupied and ruled the Hawaiian
Kamehameha III protested. In July, after five months, British Admiral
Richard Thomas arrived in the islands to implement his London
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
the Union Jack lowered and Ka Hae Hawai`i, the Hawaiian Kingdom flag,
restored. As cannons roared, the admiral saluted the King, on behalf
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
official motto of the Kingdom: "Ua mau ke ea o ka 'aina i ka pono."
life, integrity, sovereignty of the land is restored and continues
[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
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
Hawaiian Kingdom by the three great western powers in 1842-1843 is
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 Paeainas pre-colonial
as an independent nation and the struggle with the British in 1843 to
recognized sovereignty, Kanaka Maoli will lower the U.S. flag and
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
military occupation of Ka Pae'aina, the Kanaka Maoli homeland. After
years of U.S. military invasion and occupation, the
Kanaka Maoli people remember and continue to call upon the U.S. to
right its wrong committed over a century ago.
The U.S. also will be reminded that on November 23, 1993, the US
Apology Resolution (PL 103-150), signed by U.S. President William
acknowledged that in 1893, the U.S. conspired and invaded Ka Pae'aina,
assuring the haole settlers overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy; the
then recognized the usurping Dole Provisional Government, in violation
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
Kanaka Maoli people, the U.S. Congress will also be called upon to
the pending Akaka-Stevens Federal Indian Tribe Recognition Bill (S
For this legislation violates the US Apology Resolution, U.S.
international law and Kanaka Maoli law, by formalizing, without Kanaka
initiation, input and ratification, Kanaka Maoli wardship and creation
native puppet government with permanent surrender of Kanaka
lands to serve US neocolonial/imperialistic economic and
All are invited to join in the July 27, Sunday, program which will
traditional mele (music), hula (dance), awa protocol, guest speakers,
the flag ceremony.
Sponsors include: Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike, Ka Pakaukau, the
Nation, Kanaka Maoli Allies, `Ohana Koa, Nuclear Free and Independent
Pacific Ka Paeaina Affiliate, American Friends Service Committee,
and Kingdom of Hawai`i, Protect Keopuka `Ohana, and Protect Kaho`olawe
For more information call Kekuni Blaisdell at 808-595-6691 or Lynette
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