Citizenship in Law

A per­son who by either birth or nat­u­ral­iza­tion, is a mem­ber of a polit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ty, owing alle­giance to the com­mu­ni­ty and being enti­tled to enjoy all it’s civ­il rights and pro­tec­tions.
—Black’s Law Dic­tio­nary

Cit­i­zen­ship is alle­giance and in order to estab­lish nation­al alle­giance one must declare so in writ­ing and under oath before a duly appoint­ed agent of the nation to which one is becom­ing a cit­i­zen. Na kana­ka maoli (abo­rig­i­nal Hawai­ians) were once cit­i­zens of their own sov­er­eign nation, but upon the over­throw and annex­a­tion by the U.S. they ulti­mate­ly and invol­un­tar­i­ly became cit­i­zens of the Unit­ed States. In legal terms that is where their alle­giance remains, until the Hawai­ian nation has re-estab­lished the process for acquir­ing cit­i­zen­ship.

Kana­ka Maoli who repa­tri­ate are in fact renounc­ing their U.S. cit­i­zen­ship and rebuild­ing the nation of Hawai’i by reaf­firm­ing their alle­giance to their ances­tral nation. They are the back­bone of a sov­er­eign, inde­pen­dent Hawai’i.

In 2007, the leg­is­la­ture of Hawai’i (Mana Kau Kanawai) passed two res­o­lu­tions that law­ful­ly and col­lec­tive­ly returned all Kana­ka Maoli to their nation. This process was exe­cut­ed to coun­ter­act the unlaw­ful and invo­lu­tary col­lec­tive nat­u­ral­iza­tion of all Kana­ka Maoli via annex­a­tion to the Unit­ed States in 1898.

The nation how­ev­er is not built of Kana­ka Maoli alone, cit­i­zens of oth­er nations who have no abo­rig­i­nal blood are active par­tic­i­pants in the process of Hawai­ian nation rebuild­ing. For non-Kana­ka Maoli, the same rule applies to them in requir­ing alle­giance to the Hawai­ian nation, and a process exists for them to do just that.

Today, the laws are in place to ful­fill the fun­da­men­tal require­ments of inter­na­tion­al law to qual­i­fy the gov­ern­ment to exer­cise per­fect right to be rec­og­nized as a nation.

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