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 Coordinators 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… 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… a fight for the lost American dream.

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