We know who we are as an ethnic group and we know we are Hawai'i nationals of the still sovereign nation-state of Hawai'i, the Kingdom of Hawai'i with our unique culture and society. The U.S. attempts to indigenize us to be native Americans with a lowly tribal status is repugnant. As a legitimate sovereign nation that is under the unlawful U.S. belligerent occupation, it is overdue for us to recognize our continued status as a citizen of our country. We are decendants of 84.4% Kanaka maoli residing in Hawai'i Nei in1890. There was also 15.6% of the citizenry that were non-Kanaka Maoli that were for the most part, loyal to the Queen and her government and embraced the Hawaiian society, life-style, and culture.
The descendants of the 15.6% non-Kanaka Maoli have been shunned and slighted by the U.S.A. in its effort to tribalize the kanaka Maoli into being native Americans. To stop this fraud, we then must remind all that we are Hawaii nationals of our country and not a tribe of the U.S.A. This would be inclusive of the rest of the Hawai'i nationals that share our pain and embrace us as did their forefathers who came here to be a part of our society and lifestyle. There are some in the movement today and we'd like to encourage the rest to join up with us. This is just as much their fight as it is ours.
This would dispell a lot of misinformation that would leave the U.S. in an embarassing and shameful position for trying to revise and change our history so they can fit us into little indians for them to feel superior and validate taking over our country and nation. The U.S. would have a harder time bending the laws to fit their seditious agenda. We are a lawful nation as peers to the U.S.A. and other recognized sovereign nations; rather than a subgroup of native tribe to feed the paternalistic U.S.A insatiable appetite.
This will help change people's mind-set and the U.S. fraudulent arguments that we are part of them. International laws and concerns will be forced to take the front attention which the U.S. must face or be constantly confronted with its shame and dishonor, proving they mock justice, freedom, and honor. Their fatuous arguments would then be more feeble when people accept the truth.
What of the people of today? We all have choices. In the Kingdom's constitution, there is already laws for naturalization; thus non-Hawaii nationals can repatriate to the Hawaiian Kingdom or return to their own country or obtain a working visa or visa for remaining in Hawai'i. Like any other nation, we had protected our citizens with their rights, and protected the visitors, foreign residents of their human rights. We were a practicing country of human rights and laws; both nationally and internationally.
My tutu reminded me often that I don't have to tell people who I am and where I come from. They will know you by your name, behaviour, and pono actions. I feel this is true and carry on that tradition by teaching that to our children. Walk proudly with humility and confidence and be gracious to all; and show compassion for others. There have been many things our kupuna have taught us; it's time to search within ourselves to find it and express ourselves as to who we are.
Yes, we are Kanaka maoli, na oiwi, native Hawaiians, whatever you feel comfortable identifying with; and we are also Hawai'i, Hawai'i nationals, Hawaiian subjects, Hawaiian citizens, people of Hawai'i that take pride in all that. Being inclusive with other Hawai'i nationals is not taking anything away from us but reinforces us as a proud people, society, and part of the best of the human race in this disenchanted world.
He Hawai'i au, a o 'oe? ( I'm a Hawai'i national/citizen, are you?)
me ka ha'aha'a,