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Declaration Of Independence

The Kingdom of Hawaii
Nou Ke Akua Ke Aupuni O  Hawaii
Announces Secession
From the United States of America
Declaration of Independence - Kana ka ele u, Imua!

The Kana ka Maolis, Hawaii's stout-hearted, honorable indigenous people, have never recognized the jurisdiction of the United States over our lives, lands, seas, customs, and our fortunes.  Many Kana ka Maolis have been destroyed attempting to free themselves from the cruelty and the injustices of an American government that cares nothing for the rights of the indigenous people of Hawaii, but only for the richness of the lands and seas and Hawaiii's strategic military potential.  Many Kana ka Maolis have been molested, raped, beaten, imprisoned, and murdered in the furtherance of American imperialism.  Yet we live.

We, as with the many Peoples of Oceania with whom we share a common heritage, feel it is eminently indisputable, based upon all evidences extant, that the unlawful overthrow of the kingdom of Hawai_i and the forcing of the Kana ka Maolis into servitude cannot be denied.

Historical records, particularly those concerning biography and genealogy, document a general consensus affirming Hawaii's independence.  Tradition, history, literary analysis, and, above all of these, the test of prayerful research and truth-seeking investigation unite to demonstrate the authenticity of the facts proving that the kingdom of Hawai_i was destroyed by the United States government.

The culture of the United States is inimical to our ancestral traditions and customs. For nearly 2,000 years we determined our lives under the laws of our kingdom and by the sanctity of our lands, but the United States imposed its will on us through deceit, fraud, theft, conspiracy, and military force.

We, the indigenous people of Hawaii, emphatically reject incorporation into the United States of America, and hereby announce secession.  We do this with clarity of mind, good conscience, and a determined will.  We are ready to sacrifice our worldly assets and our very lives to see the kingdom of Hawaii restored. So say we all.

May Almighty God_s will be done. Aei a Ke Akua Mano Loa Kauo ha hana, ho oko.  

I am Edmund Kelii Silva, Jr., Ali i Nui (Sovereign) of the kingdom of Hawaii.  On my mother's side I am the direct lineal descendent of King Kamehameha the Great, and heir to the throne.  And, on my father's side I am the direct lineal heir to King Kamehameha Nui of the kingdom of Maui before King Kamehameha the Great unified the lands.  On November 22, 2002, the prime minister of the Hawaiian kingdom, along with the Council of Regency, Na Kupuna Council O Hawaii Nei,

The Na Kupuna Council Hawaii Moku of the legislative body of government, and the Royal Kupunas of the House of Nobles, proclaimed that I am the lawful successor to Ali i Nuis (High Chiefs) of ancient Hawaii.

My islands have always been alive in the sacred blessing of a paradise on earth.  At one with the land, the Kana ka Maolis have always known God in the beauty of their lives, in the strength of their humanity, and in their faith in the goodness of their fellow man.  At one with the timeless seas, we have always known power in the force of life and in the force of all the earth's treasures.  At one with the winds, the rains, and the sun, we have always known the wonder of nature.  And, at one with the stars, we have always revered the mystery of creation.

In harmony with the lands, the seas, and the skies of our birth, ours is a duality of spirit.  We value greatly compassion and charity, while we are capable of powerful response against threats to our lands, culture, and families.  We are proud of our beauty while we esteem humility as among the most precious of virtues.  Youthful in play, we are an ancient culture respecting the dignity of elder wisdom.  We live our lives in open joy, seeking perfection in obedience to God. We are Kana ka Maolis. We are Hawaiians.

For centuries, we have lived in harmony with nature and each other. My people were free of disease and corruption, and our laws and customs were just and noble. In 1778, the arrival from England of Captain Cook and his crew changed everything. Welcomed openly and mistaken for gods, Cook and his men left behind the catastrophe of venereal diseases, chicken pox, and measles, along with their accompanying madness, suffering, and death. What did we know of deceit? What did we know of know of Western diseases and corruption? What did we know of greed? Had we known more, our relations with this alien society would have certainly taken a different course.

Word of the beauty and riches of our islands spread quickly among the haole (foreign) nations. Our lands were torn apart. American missionaries, businessmen, and politicians came to the islands in great numbers, promoting their various agendas. They introduced private land ownership, money, and other hallmarks of western culture. Hawaii's sugar cane crop and its strategic location were of particular interest. American incursions continued to erode Hawaiian values throughout the 19th century.

In 1810, King Kamehameha the Great unified the Hawaiian islands under a monarchial government. The Kana ka Maolis ratified the Hawaiian constitution in 1839 and 1840. The United States recognized the independence of the kingdom of Hawaii and extended full and complete diplomatic recognition to the Hawaiian government until 1893. In 1826, 1842, 1875, and 1887, the United States and the kingdom entered into treaties governing commerce and navigation.  

On March 8, 1892, John L. Stevens, the American minister to the Hawaiian islands, sent a letter to the American president. In this letter, Minister Stevens described his plan to subvert the lawful Hawaiian government by staging a false rebellion amongst the inhabitants of Hawaii. In the face of this "rebellion," Minister Stevens would call upon American military forces to occupy the island and "protect" American interests. Thus, Minister Stevens could invade a foreign country without the approval of congress. Moreover, he could occupy the kingdom and set up a provisional government to advance American interests exclusively. This would give America complete control of the lucrative Hawaiian agricultural industry.  

On January 14, 1893, Minister Stevens and a small group of non-Hawaiians staged a "rebellion" on the island of Hawaii. By design, American naval forces invaded the kingdom and imprisoned Hawaiian monarch Queen Lili uokalani and high-ranking representatives of the Hawaiian government in the Iolani Palace. On January 17, 1893, a Committee of Safety representing American and European sugar planters, descendants of missionaries, and financiers deposed the Hawaiian monarch and declared the establishment of a provisional government. On February 1, 1893, Minister Stevens proclaimed Hawai_i to be a protectorate of the United States.  

On December 18, 1893, President Grover Cleveland addressed the United States congress and acknowledged the deceitful work of Minister Stevens, saying, " The ownership of Hawaii was tendered to us by a provisional government set up to succeed the constitutional ruler of the Hawaiian islands, who had been dethroned, and it did not appear that such a provisional government had the sanction of either popular revolution or suffrage."  

Queen Lili uokalani was imprisoned in the Iolani Palace under military guard as her people suffered the robbery of their self-determination, the theft of their lands, and the devastation of disease brought to the islands by the haole capitalists. She died broken-hearted, her prayers for justice and the redemption of her lands unfulfilled.  

In the wake of the manufactured coup, the Kana ka Maolis were reduced to a pitiful handful of survivors. As our numbers dwindled, the American government secured a stranglehold on our stolen lands and sold them off to the highest bidders. This exploitation was foreign to us and we were defenseless against it. Soon there was little left to steal or subvert. Nothing was left of our laws and our government. We were a conquered people.

World War II reminded the American government that the Hawaiian islands were a strategic resource as well as an economic one. Upon  conclusion of the war, America began a campaign of propaganda and political pressure to absorb the wondrous islands of my kingdom into the American empire. On August 21, 1959, the American government completed the destruction of Hawaiian culture by incorporating our lands into the United States. In a political maneuver, the Kana ka Maolis were offered only the options of choosing American statehood or continuing as an American territory. Our numbers were too few, our spirit too battered, and our political acumen too undeveloped for us to make a statement in opposition.   

A look at Hawaii today illustrates America's contribution to our lands; there is destruction and desecration of a scope unparalleled in contemporary history. Once, ours was a pristine kingdom lovingly maintained by my people. We understood the sanctity of life with the environment. We lived in harmony with nature. We lived our lives within the rhythms and seasons of the seas and the lands. Now the land reeks with the smell of internal combustion engines, and suffers the ravages of unchecked greed and the monstrosity of monolithic "progress." Asphalt ribbons bind the land between concrete monuments to hedonism. Zealous developers trample the rich and fertile soul underfoot, hurrying to build another shopping mall.

Tourists in the shadows of ATM machines eat processed ice cream shipped from the mainland, while coconut trees are uprooted and replanted to shade American hotels designed in Los Angelos. American soldiers seek ribald pleasures on the back streets of Oahu. Organized crime in epic proportions threatens the sanctity of homes, schools, churches, and work places. Whatever became of the true beauty, the spiritual quietude, our peaceful culture? Their loss is the legacy of Minister Stevens.

Albeit grievously wounded by the American invasion, the Hawaiian soul remains alive. Though forced into dormancy by the relentless pressure of American threats and demonstrations of violence, our dual spirit now quickens. Those who would annihilate us have mistaken our open and inviting countenance for weakness. We have learned. Our soul was tempered in the crucible of nearly two centuries of haole indecencies.

Seeds of understanding and activism in the kingdom began to be seen in the 1970s. In a resurgence of spirit, the Kana ka Maolis began to resurrect their traditional arts, culture, and modes of expression. There was once again energy and pride among the people.  

In the 1980s, seeking redress, we brought our grievances before the United States congress. Time and again, we were offered platitudes and meaningless gestures. There was little, if any, evidence of the rights and privileges purportedly attendant upon citizenship in the United States. In our anger, we responded.

In 1991, The Hawaiian state legislature voted for a resolution encouraging debate on the restoration of the Hawaiian nation. In 1992, the legislature voted for a much stronger resolution stating that "the citizens of the state of Hawaiii recognize the inherent right of the indigenous Hawaiian people to sovereignty and self-determination."

In 1993, United States Senators Inouye and Akaka introduced and successfully campaigned for Public Law 103-150, "The Apology Bill." Facing significant political pressure, President William J. Clinton signed the bill on November 23, 1993. As expected, the American congress acknowledged the injustices perpetrated against my people but made no effort to take responsibility for, or action to right, the wrongs of so many years.