- 2 months ago
The CEO of the Hawaiian Affairs Office (OHA) has retained his job and gained public support to challenge the US on whether the Kingdom of Hawaii still exists as a sovereign country.
May 22 2014
Kamanaopono Crabbe sparked an internal crisis when he sent a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry, asking for a ruling on whether the Kingdom of Hawaii still legally exists.
The letter, which was quickly rescinded by the OHA’s trustees, was prompted by the US Government’s acknowledgment that the overthrow of the kingdom in 1893 was illegal.
Political scientist Dr Keanu Sai, from Windward Communtiy College in Honolulu, told Pacific Beat the OHA board thought Dr Crabbe had violated their policy by sending the letter without approval, but later realised they were mistaken.
"[Dr Crabbe] was not in violation of any policy of the board but rather was operating on his diligence and risk management," Dr Sai said.
Mr Crabbe has now won the support of the OHA trustees, who have moved to send the letter again and retain him in his role as CEO.
"They’re in full support and they say that his questions definitely do have merit."
Public support for Mr Crabbe’s campaign is also growing, with 2,500 people signing an online petition.
Dr Sai said Hawaiians need clarification on the issue.
"What was overthrown was the government, not the country," he said.
Dr Sai blames revisionist history education for misconstruing local understanding of Hawaii’s true status.
"A revisionist history has been taught here in Hawaii since the early 1900s that presented Hawaii as if it was a part of the United States when in fact there is clear evidence that it’s not," he said.
"We need to address this because it will affect our people but it also affects everyone."
Dr Sai says if the Kingdom of Hawaii does indeed still exist, many historical treaties with nations including the UK and Australia would still be in effect.
The US may be in violation of international law if Hawaii is still technically its own country.
The US would be guilty of appropriating funds by taxation and other related crimes, by not complying with occupation laws.
Dr Sai says within the framework of international law, there is presumed of continuity of a country when it is established.
"All that needs to be provided is evidence that Hawaii was a country (and it was, fully recognised by the United States and Great Britain and everyone else)," he said.
"It places the burden upon the United States to provide overwhelming evidence that it in fact extinguished Hawaii as an independent state under international law.
"In the absence of that evidence, the Hawaiian kingdom continues to exist."
- 3 months ago
- 3 months ago
Women firefighters douse flames during the Pearl Harbor attack.
Oh hay look women of colour were an integral part of the ‘cool’ part of history too, how about that. They were like. Doing stuff that supposedly only heroic white dudes had done. That makes women valid participants in collective history now, right? Right? This is in high school history books now, right? Right? Huh?
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- 3 months ago
- 3 months ago
Maybe a mural in Hawaii of Hawaiians who wish to advocate for sovereignty in their own lands is too much to ask for? But wait we did Kalakaua? But there are so many more warriors we can have painted on our walls :) Kaiulani is beautiful, regal and a staunch supporter of ka la hoihoih ea Mahalo Pow Wow for all you do, you guys buss ass and I wish some of it could help Hawaiians get the word out about their own tino rangatiratanga movements. I know we need to cultivate our own artists to do these murals but maybe one day :)
HISTORY MEME - six women: ka’iulani [7/6]
Victoria Kaʻiulani Kalaninuiahilapalapa Kawekiu i Lunalilo Cleghorn was born on October 16, 1875 and was heir to the Throne of Hawaii, holding the title of Crown Princess. She was descended from High Chief Kepoʻokalani through her mother, who was the sister of King Kalākaua and Queen Liliʻuokalani. Her father was a Scottish financier and the last Royal Governor of O’ahu. At age 13 she was sent to England to receive an education, and excelled in Latin, Literature, Mathematics, History, French, and German. In 1893, while she was still in England, the Hawaiian monarchy was overthrown and the new government attempted to become part of the United States. She decided to take action, despite being reluctant to participate in politics, and travelled to America, where she made many speeches and public appearances. She was treated with contempt by the American pro-annexation press, which referred to her as a “half-breed,” though she did not receive the blatantly racist treatment that her aunt did. President Cleveland expressed an interest in the situation in Hawaii after meeting Ka’iulani, and though the annexation did not move forward in Congress, the Monarchy was still not restored. In 1897, she finally returned to Hawaii, where she continued to make public appearances despite her worsening health. In 1898, Hawaii was finally annexed to the United States. During the annexation ceremony, the Royal Family dressed in funeral attire to protest the transaction. That same year, Ka’iulani was caught in a storm while out horse riding and came down with a fever and pneumonia. She died on March 6, 1899, at the age of 23. (x)
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- 3 months ago
Each of the Hawaiian islands are or once were active volcanoes, springing forth from a hotspot in the middle of the Pacific Plate. Kilauea, one of five active volcanoes in Hawaii, has erupted continuously, more or less, since it formed some 300,000 to 600,000 years ago. It might be the world’s most active volcano, according to the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
Kilauea means “spewing” in Hawaiian; it is a hot spot for tourists, a source of vog, and the home of Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess, legendary for her fiery temper. Kilauea’s Puʻu ʻŌʻō vent celebrated its 31st anniversary in January as one of the longest, continual eruptions in the world.
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- 4 months ago
The people of Palau, Marshall Islands and Micronesia, through the Compact of Free Association, are able to travel freely between their island nations and the USA, are able to work and eligible to receive the same services and benefits as US citizens. In exchange, the US military has access to land and maintain a military presence in that part of the Pacific. What is not being said is that it is also a form of compensation for poisoning their islands when our government conducted 67 nuclear tests between 1946 and 1958, which resulted in a rise of birth abnormalities and various forms of cancer.
Because Congress has not funded COFA, the financial burden falls upon the state of Hawaii where over 10,000 Micronesians live, and the Circuit Court has just ruled that Hawaii is not obligated for the cost of COFA, leaving many of those people in peril.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the earth, our federal government is wasting BILLIONS of our tax payer dollars in Afghanistan, expenses our Congress justify in a heartbeat, because you know - terrorism. But when it comes to accountability, our government’s fingers point to corrupt leaders or a corrupt culture because it’s convenient - when they should really point their fingers at themselves!
And in Hawaii, the false promises of COFA has created tension and resentment between the people of Hawaii and Micronesians, our Moana siblings, a tension that is so ugly and not PONO, and we’ve taken our eyes off the true culprit, the source of the problem: American imperialism, which uproots, divides, discards and ultimately destroys people.