Posted at Radio KPUA Hilo Hawaii
Posted: Thursday, March 19th, 2009 4:42 AM HST
Native Hawaiians protest statehood
By Associated Press
HONOLULU (AP) — Those seeking the restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom are protesting the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood.
Members of the Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance chanted and marched to the state Capitol yesterday. They wore shirts that spelled out "A history of theft" and "Fake state."
Organizer Lynette Cruz says the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom was illegal, and there was never a legitimate treaty of annexation bringing Hawaii under the power of the United States.
One protester, Richard Pomai Kinney, carried his Hawaii state flag upside-down as a signal of distress.
He says statehood has resulted in Hawaii becoming an island getaway for the wealthy that has forgotten its native people.
Times of India has an AP article about the events at the state capitol yesterday commemorating President Eisenhower signing the Admission Act on March 18, 1959, but also includes with these grafs about the protests outside:
The Native Hawaiians outside weren't so cheerful. Longtime protester Richard Pomai Kinney carried his Hawaii state flag upside-down as a sign of distress.
"Statehood is a fraud," said Kinney, who was 19 years old at the time. "My parents said Hawaii would become a place only for the wealthy. Look at it today. There's nothing to celebrate."
Others with the Hawaiian Independence Action Alliance said they feared the islands' native people will lose what's left of their sovereignty if the US Congress passes a pending measure that would give them a degree of self-government similar to mainland Native Americans.
They insist that Hawaii is still an independent nation because the Hawaiian Kingdom never agreed to be annexed.
"There was no treaty of annexation. Show me the treaty," said group organizer Lynette Cruz. "There's been an incorrect interpretation of history all these years."
And here's an excerpt from an article on MSNBC.com from KITV
Not everyone is celebrating the anniversary. Outside the House chamber, Native Hawaiian groups protested.
"The state of Hawaii is not a state, and although it has pretended to be for 50 years it is not a state because there was never any lawful turnover from the Hawaiian Kingdom," protestor Leon Siu said.
HULO ME KA MAHALO NUI (cheers and thanks) to HIA, Lynette, Pono, Leon Siu, Hui Pu a pau and all supporters for the education of truth for the lands of Hawaii! MAHALO NUI LOA to you all.
I watched both 6:00 & 10:00 newscasts yesterday and again this morning to surmise that the physical impact of your STAND was GREAT.
This is the SAME degree of physical impact the STAND of Hui Pu led by Andre, Kelii, Uncle Soli ma at the Queen's Statue on 28 Feb. had. It is the same degree of physical impact the HO'A march had upon life as we know it here. And the numerous other "ceremonies" being held in Hawaii and elsewhere for telling of the aspects of truth of Hawaii.
I single out the aspect of "physical impact" because that's an aspect we can get a sort of "border" around. As for the other, untold, spiritual aspects of these actions...no borders - we're not easily able to say "what happened and the extent to which it did". We who don't confine our universe(s) understand this question. "How can we describe the word "large" or "huge" relative to degree of spiritual impact"? Like our 'ohana always have, let us continue to seek and heed the signs.
Whether it's carried by the newscasts or not, the purposeful energy created in aloha is the importance. To members of Hui Pu like me who "place our spirits into these efforts" by prayer from afar, mahalo. It goes somewhere...'Oia ka malamalama 'oia'i'o, it is the shining light of truth.