http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a
Proclamation from the Executive of the United States,
all
slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of
rights
and rights of property between former masters and
slaves, and
the connection heretofore existing between them
becomes that
between employer and free laborer."


The wonderful celebration of Ho'iho'i ea is ironically preceded on June 19 by Juneteenth and the emancipation of the African American slaves.  Before the Americans occupied our country it had already described the rights of slaves in terms of its own constitution.  Where are the Hawaiians described in the American constitution?

I can not find them and I can only see our position as a form of slavery.  Yes, our oppression is gold plated and the chains manacle our wrist only if we refuse to give up "Who we are" and our absolute ownership of our lands.

Perhaps next year we can organize to remember our bondage or better yet our emancipation.  I would propose we produce our own order to the Americans

"The people of America are informed that in accordance with a
Proclamation from the Premiere of the Hawaiian Kingdom,
all
slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of
rights
and rights of property between former masters and
slaves, and
the connection heretofore existing between them
becomes that
between partner nation and a free people of a sovereign nation."


Aloha ka kou

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At this juncture in the aftermath of Kam Day, I believe partner nation and a free people of a sovereign nation are important because of the need to continue communication.

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