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Forum Post: Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom

Posted 3 years ago on July 12, 2014, 3:51 a.m. EST by LeoYo (5909)
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Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom


By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

The federal government posed a series of questions to Native Hawaiians, with whom it's seeking to reestablish nation-to-nation status. The answer it received, to all, was a resounding "no."

This week, the Department of the Interior wrapped up two weeks of public meetings in Hawaii soliciting input from the Native Hawaiian community on setting up a similar structure to the one it has with Native American tribes.

Kale Gumapac was one of the 130 people who signed up to speak in Hilo on the island of Hawaii.

“[On] the questions that you raised for everyone to answer. It’s a trap," said Gumapac. "But I’m going to answer it anyway. ‘A‘ole [No]. No to everything that you guys are wanting and everything you are wanting to do. Because we can do it ourselves. We have our own government. We have the Queen, Liliuokalani, and the constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii continues to exist. You need to learn that constitution so that you can know when to ask permission to come into the Kingdom of Hawaii.”

Gumapac and hundreds more showed up to testify at the fifteen public hearings held on the islands of Oahu, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Hawaii, and Maui.

Residents delivered passionate accounts of Hawaiian history, U.S. militarism, cultural and environmental degradation, land disputes, and a steady stream of "no's" to the five questions asked by the Department of Interior.

“The Kingdom of Hawaii was never a tribe,” Francis Moku Malani, Jr. testified at the Hilo hearing last week, “We are a sovereign nation.”

The 1993 Apology Resolution publicly acknowledged and apologized for the United States’ involvement in the illegal overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893, admitting that the United States violated Native Hawaiians’ right to self-determination and international law.

In 2000, the Departments of the Interior and Justice jointly issued a recommendation for self-determination for Native Hawaiians. From 2000 to 2010, Senator Daniel Akaka tried unsuccessfully to push what has become known as “The Akaka Bill” for federal recognition through Congress.

Native Hawaiians to Federal Government: Give Us Back Our Kingdom

First publishedJuly 11th 2014, 5:45 am



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[-] 3 points by pigeonlady (284) from Brooklyn, NY 3 years ago

The 1993 Apology is obviously guano since the federal government is backtracking and trying to place the indigent peoples on a lower socioeconomic plane and dependent upon the government condoned tribal structures. They do not need government approval to be Hawai'ians. Bravo.