Frequently Asked Questions

Is this effort sponsored with U.S. federal grants or State of Hawai’i funding?

Absolute­ly not! This ini­tia­tive has been fund­ed with dona­tions from pri­vate cit­i­zens. It receives no finan­cial assis­tance from any orga­ni­za­tion. Every offi­cer in this gov­ern­ment pays for their own trav­el and lodg­ing expens­es upon the occa­sion of leg­isla­tive con­ven­tions. This process is not influ­enced by fed­er­al, state or coun­ty fund­ing.

Won’t independence from the United States hurt Hawai’i’s economy?

No. It will be lib­er­at­ed. Kame­hame­ha the Third — not Uncle Sam — ini­ti­at­ed the process that moved Hawai’i from a sub­sis­tence-based soci­ety to a free mar­ket econ­o­my. The local econ­o­my kept on going after its law­ful gov­ern­ment was over­thrown and will con­tin­ue after its gov­ern­ment returns. Imag­ine a Hawai’i unfet­tered by restric­tive U.S. fed­er­al reg­u­la­tions that exer­cis­es its own nation­al trade pol­i­cy.

This is apartheid!

Wrong. Apartheid occurs when one group of cit­i­zens of a coun­try active­ly oppress­es anoth­er group of cit­i­zens of the same coun­try on the basis of race. The res­i­dents of Hawai’i who CHOOSE to retain their U.S. cit­i­zen­ship can­not make that claim against those who are cit­i­zens of the rein­stat­ed Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment. There isn’t a nation on the plan­et that places the inter­ests of its non-cit­i­zens over the inter­ests of its cit­i­zens.

Why do I have to give up my United States citizenship to participate in this government?

A U.S. cit­i­zen can­not vote in the gov­ern­men­tal elec­tions of Japan. It is a for­eign nation to the Unit­ed States. The rein­stat­ed Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment is no dif­fer­ent. Every Hawai’i-born res­i­dent has a choice to make: con­tin­ue your alle­giance to the U.S. or apply for nat­u­ral­iza­tion to this nation. If you want to par­tic­i­pate in this gov­ern­ment, you have to renounce your cur­rent cit­i­zen­ship. The Hawai­ian gov­ern­ment does not tol­er­ate dual cit­i­zen­ship. Choose a coun­try and be loy­al to it.

What is the lawful Hawaiian Government trying to achieve?

The pur­pose of this gov­ern­ment is to rein­state Hawai’i as an inde­pen­dent nation. To this end, sev­er­al nation­wide efforts were con­duct­ed: pub­lic notice of the rein­state­ment ini­tia­tive, a cit­i­zen­ship dri­ve, revival of the nation’s vot­ing dis­tricts, a par­lia­men­tary elec­tion, a con­sti­tu­tion­al con­ven­tion, a plebiscite on rat­i­fy­ing the pro­posed con­sti­tu­tion and the instal­la­tion of a Prime Min­is­ter and the offi­cers of the Exec­u­tive Cab­i­net.

If I support this process, what’s in it for me?

You will have the sat­is­fac­tion of DOING THE RIGHT THING. The State of Hawai’i pre­sides in Hawai’i under the author­i­ty of force (main­tained by the well-armed Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca). Only the inher­ent sov­er­eign­ty of Hawai’i can pre­side in these islands under the author­i­ty of law. By par­tic­i­pat­ing as a cit­i­zen or by lend­ing your sup­port, you are restor­ing the law­ful body politic of these islands to pow­er.

What makes you the “lawful Hawaiian Government”?

The per­sons that last occu­pied the offices of this gov­ern­ment were Queen Lili’uokalani and her cab­i­net (the exec­u­tive branch), the King­dom Leg­is­la­ture (the leg­isla­tive branch), and the King­dom Supreme Court (the judi­cial branch).

While the over­throw and annex­a­tion removed them from office, it did not destroy the offices. The law of nations state that an invad­ing coun­try can­not dis­solve the gov­ern­ment of the con­quered coun­try, it can only put that gov­ern­ment in exile. So the offices have been vacant for one hun­dred and sev­en years. When this truth was dis­cov­ered, the edu­ca­tion­al group KAONA went to every com­mu­ni­ty to share this infor­ma­tion. The 1893 Protest Let­ter of Lili’uokalani was an appli­ca­tion of inter­na­tion­al law that pre­served the right of her peo­ple to re-estab­lish the gov­ern­ment that was over­thrown. The Memo­r­i­al Peti­tion of 1897 signed by 38,000 Hawai­ian cit­i­zens proved that they nev­er con­sent­ed to U.S. annex­a­tion. The law­ful Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment is acknowl­edged and rec­og­nized in para­graph 29 of U.S. Pub­lic Law 103 – 150 as the inher­ent sov­er­eign­ty of Hawai’i.

By what authority can you do this?

The same author­i­ty that Wash­ing­ton, Madi­son, Adams, Franklin and Hamil­ton used in found­ing the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca: the Law of Nations. The U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion states its obser­vance of these laws in Arti­cle I, Sec­tion 8, Clause 10. Since it also abides by the law of nations, the Hawai­ian Con­sti­tu­tion extols the same virtues as the Unit­ed States.

What sep­a­rates the law­ful Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment from all the oth­er sov­er­eign­ty groups?

We are not a sov­er­eign­ty group. We are man­i­fest­ing the nation that right­ful­ly presided over the Hawai­ian Islands before its gov­ern­ment was over­thrown. The gov­ern­ments pro­posed by groups such as Ka Lahui Hawai’i, ‘Aha Hawai’i O’iwi, and the Nation of Hawai’i were devised in char­ters com­posed in the last twen­ty years. The law­ful Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment was estab­lished in 1840 by King Kame­hame­ha the Third.

So what about the State of Hawai’i government?

The state gov­ern­ment is what is known as a gov­ern­ment de fac­to (gov­ern­ment in fact). This type of gov­ern­ment pre­sides legit­i­mate­ly over a ter­ri­to­ry and its pop­u­la­tion in the absence of the gov­ern­ment de jure. A gov­ern­ment de fac­to has less author­i­ty than the gov­ern­ment de jure. When the law­ful gov­ern­ment returns from exile, the gov­ern­ment de fac­to no longer has legal author­i­ty.

So this is secession?!

No. Only the leg­is­la­ture of the State of Hawai’i can autho­rize seces­sion from the Unit­ed States. A rein­stat­ed and inde­pen­dent Hawai’i requires no U.S. con­gres­sion­al con­sent to exer­cise its author­i­ty. We won’t be sub­mit­ting a Bill of Seces­sion to the U.S. gov­ern­ment. We don’t need to. And the U.S. knows it.

If you have any ques­tions you would like answered please feel free to post a com­ment below.


  1. Nancy Davlantes
    Posted September 5, 2011 at 7:20 AM | Permalink

    Should the Law­ful Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment be returned as you envi­sion, would cit­i­zens who chose to retain their U.S. cit­i­zen­ship be per­mit­ted to remain in Hawaii as long as they accept not being a part of the gov­ern­ment?

    Also, what would become of the huge mil­i­tary pres­ence here?

  2. Cheri Phillips
    Posted October 13, 2012 at 12:06 AM | Permalink

    i would like the answer to Nancy’s ques­tions above too!
    i love Moth­er Maui <3

    Posted November 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM | Permalink

    Is there a web­mas­ter that can con­tact me I might con­tribute news, infor­ma­tion, and up-dates?

    GW Markel

  4. admin
    Posted November 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM | Permalink

    @Gerald, yes that would be great thanks. I set the site up but I don’t have time to man­age it. Please con­tact Geor­gette via the con­tact page (by choos­ing the Law­ful Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment) and let her know you’ve been in touch with me:

    Once I have the go ahead from Geor­gette I will pro­vide you access and any guid­ance you need.

    Cheers, Chris­ti­aan

    Posted November 10, 2012 at 7:53 PM | Permalink

    Alo­ha to Chris­ti­aan,

    Our Cab­i­net and Island Coör­di­na­tors are look­ing for­ward to mak­ing the site a liv­ing, breath­ing, branch of the gov­ern­ment regard­ing up to date and break­ing news, con­tact infor­ma­tion, pho­tos, and notices.…we thank you for get­ting the site set up on our behalf.…


  6. Posted November 11, 2012 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    I have attempt­ed to con­tact Geor­gette by phone, through the web­site and by her new employ­ment e-mail…I can only hope she responds soon.….many cit­i­zens have been vol­un­teer­ing to help with the site for a long time.…..

    Maha­lo, Naliko Markel — Min­is­ter of the Inte­ri­or

  7. Posted November 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM | Permalink

    In response to the ques­tions above regard­ing res­i­dence of for­eign­ers and the U.S. mil­i­tary occu­pa­tion of the Hawai­ian islands this is my per­son­al opin­ion and one per­haps not shared by all Kana­ka.

    Our efforts are for the rein­state­ment of the prop­er polit­i­cal author­i­ty and man­age­ment of our coun­try. A bonafide Hawai­ian gov­ern­ment, of by and for the abo­rig­i­nal, indige­nous pop­u­la­tion of this land. Size, strength, pow­er are not fac­tors in the exer­cise of a basic human right. The ques­tions asked would need to be decid­ed by that law­ful gov­ern­ment.

    My vote would be that for­eign­ers would be allowed to reside but reg­is­tered as legal res­i­dent aliens. Due to infra­stuc­ture con­straints, immi­gra­tion and res­i­den­cy issues would cer­tain­ly become a con­cern at some point in time.

    I believe that the pres­ence of any large for­eign mil­i­tary force on our nation­al lands is a mixed bless­ing.
    We will cer­tain­ly be dis­cussing back rents and puni­tive dam­ages for pol­lu­tion issues but also terms for the future. Many per­ceive that we are defense­less as a nation with­out the U.S. mil­i­tary how­ev­er many are unaware that Kame­hame­ha V declared the Hawai­ian King­dom a neu­tral­i­ty dur­ing the Crimean War. Here in Hawaii the only nation after 1843 to vio­late inter­na­tion­al law and con­sti­tu­tion­al treaty com­pli­ance was the Unit­ed States of America.….all the big broth­er nations should be respon­si­ble to assist with the removal of an attack­er and vio­la­tor of the nation­al sov­er­eign­ty of a fel­low nation and that is one of the rea­sons why the U.S. has hereto­fore claimed that then­ative Hawai­ians over­threw their own gov­ern­ment, so as to make it look like they were not an invad­er, usurp­er.….

  8. Posted November 14, 2012 at 12:47 AM | Permalink


    Christiaan…have you heard from the Min­is­ter of the Trea­sury Hugho yet?


  9. us native
    Posted September 28, 2013 at 10:32 PM | Permalink

    This is a joke. A neu­tral nation? So by that state­ment you con­done ter­ror­ism. This is like say­ing we are neu­tral, come and make camp on these islands and plan attacks against aAmerica’s. The fact is, with­out any U.S. mil­i­tary pres­ence here you would be over­thrown by a far worse enti­ty. It is to pre­dictable. You want to be your own nation but what you peo­ple do not under­stand is it would not break a sweat to invade these islands with­out any help. To easy. After that…you’d be com­mu­nists. …with­out any free­doms. fools.

  10. L.
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 4:18 AM | Permalink

    @ us native:

    Your idea of neu­tral­i­ty is like Pres­i­dent Oba­ma receiv­ing a Nobel Peace Prize while he (on record) sends drones to kill peo­ple in Pak­istan (who sup­pos­ed­ly is a U.S. ally).

    Hawai’i can and should claim neu­tral­i­ty. Mean­ing that they do not want ANY stand­ing army on their islands, whether U.S. or oth­er­wise (apart from their own). I’d say that suc­cumb­ing to one nation so you don’t have to be sub­ject to anoth­er is fool­ish.

    The U.S. is not the great medi­a­tor of peace. It comes from God’s law.….natural law. I doubt that you are that God who gives those rights to all. One of my favorite lines from ‘The 10 Com­mand­ments’ is: “God made man.….men made salves.” Your idea brings enslave­ment. Not free­dom.

    The U.S. gov’t is oppres­sive not only against the Hawai­ian nation but it’s own peo­ple as well. Our U.S. gov’t isn’t as great as it appears nor does it have the moral author­i­ty to enforce prin­ci­ples on oth­er coun­tries or nations.

    The Law­ful Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment is tak­ing it’s right­ful place as own­ers of these Hawai­ian nations just as the U.S. Found­ing Fathers claimed right­ful own­er­ship to their own lands, prop­er­ty, and life.

    A fight for the Hawai­ian nation.….is a fight for the lost Amer­i­can dream.

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