Introduction

On March 13, 1999, the Kana­ka Maoli (abo­rig­i­nal Hawai­ian peo­ple) ances­try from across the Hawai­ian Islands con­vened on the island of O’ahu to return their true and law­ful gov­ern­ment from its cen­tu­ry-long exile. This action, to rein­state the for­mer inher­ent sov­er­eign­ty, was under­tak­en in accor­dance to inter­na­tion­al law and Hawai­ian King­dom Laws in response to “Unit­ed States Pub­lic Law 103 – 150, A Joint Res­o­lu­tion to Offer an Apol­o­gy to Native Hawai­ians on behalf of the Unit­ed States, for the Over­throw of the King­dom of Hawaii.”

This act was passed by both hous­es of Con­gress and signed by Pres­i­dent Bill Clin­ton in 1993. This is what Hawai­ian Nation­als demand­ed from the Unit­ed States gov­ern­ment and final­ly suc­ceed­ed in acquir­ing — a writ­ten con­fes­sion.

To assure prop­er claimant sta­tus, the Rein­stat­ed Hawai­ian King­dom and Gov­ern­ment was estab­lished to answer the legal oblig­a­tion cre­at­ed by the Unit­ed States through U.S. Pub­lic Law 103 – 150.

The inherent Sovereinty of Hawaiʻi

The Inher­ent Sov­er­eign­ty of Hawaii was the for­mer gov­ern­ment (polit­i­cal author­i­ty) of the Hawai­ian King­dom. The gov­ern­ment was a con­sti­tu­tion­al monar­chy com­prised of three branch­es: Exec­u­tive (Monarch and Privy Coun­cil), Leg­isla­tive (House of Nobles and Rep­re­sen­ta­tives), and Judi­cial (Supreme Court and low­er courts).

Overthrow of a government

On Jan­u­ary 17, 1893, the inher­ent sov­er­eign­ty of Hawaii was removed from pow­er by the Unit­ed States Gov­ern­ment. As a result, the Hawai­ian King­dom was ille­gal­ly over­thrown and the inher­ent sov­er­eign­ty placed into exile. Since that fate­ful day the Hawai­ian peo­ple have con­tin­u­al­ly strived to cor­rect that injus­tice. On the same day that the Hawai­ian Nation and its gov­ern­ment were over­thrown, her majesty, Queen Lili’uokalani issued a protest let­ter object­ing to the unlaw­ful acts com­mit­ted against her­self and the Hawai­ian King­dom and its gov­ern­ment. Through the issuance of her protest let­ter, Queen Lili’uokalani invoked inter­na­tion­al law and reserved the right of her peo­ple to reclaim their inher­ent sov­er­eign­ty rights and nation sta­tus.

Reclaiming a nation’s sovereignty

The Hawai­ian peo­ple pos­sess an inher­ent right to the for­mer Hawai­ian King­dom and gov­ern­ment. This inher­ent right is based upon the fact that our for­mer nation was acknowl­edged and rec­og­nized through­out the world. One of the fun­da­men­tal prin­ci­ples of inter­na­tion­al law is the right of a peo­ple to claim their free­dom, lib­er­ty and nation­al­i­ty. This is the essence of the inher­ent right of a peo­ple to exist.

Manifestation through perfect right doctrine

The inter­na­tion­al law prin­ci­ple of rights is sep­a­rat­ed into two dis­tinct appli­ca­tions, per­fect right doc­trine and imper­fect right doc­trine. The rein­state­ment of the Hawai­ian King­dom is found­ed on the exer­cise of per­fect right. Our Mon­archs were knowl­edge­able in the appli­ca­tion of inter­na­tion­al law and exe­cut­ed all efforts to clev­er­ly secure the inher­ent sov­er­eign pow­ers of our Hawai­ian nation. To learn and under­stand the pow­ers pre­served to the inher­ent sov­er­eign­ty of Hawaii is to see the awe­some pow­er reserved to reclaim inter­na­tion­al recog­ni­tion through the uni­fi­ca­tion of one Sov­er­eign nation.

Reinstating a nation

The lawful government of hawai’i has returned from exile

Hawai’i was an inde­pen­dent nation that had diplo­mat­ic and com­mer­cial ties with coun­tries around the world pri­or to its unlaw­ful coup d’état in 1893 and sub­se­quent annex­a­tion by the Unit­ed States in 1898.

Hawai’i will be an inde­pen­dent nation again. Very soon.

The law­ful gov­ern­ment of Hawai’i was nev­er destroyed. It was nev­er for­mal­ly dis­solved in an offi­cial act of law.

Queen Lili’uokalani — the con­sti­tu­tion­al monarch of Hawai’i at the time of the over­throw — nev­er con­sent­ed to the occu­pa­tion of the Unit­ed States. Her sub­jects nev­er con­sent­ed to for­eign rule.

The law­ful Hawai­ian Gov­ern­ment remained in a state of exile. Until March 13, 1999, when a gov­ern­ment pro tem was estab­lished in accor­dance with pub­lic inter­na­tion­al law and Hawai­ian King­dom Domes­tic Law. This re-estab­lished gov­ern­ment ful­filled the posi­tion of oblig­a­tion tak­en by the Unit­ed States of Amer­i­ca in U.S. Pub­lic Law 103 – 150.

This tem­po­rary gov­ern­ment had one pur­pose:

Reinstate the lawful government of hawai’i

Notices were sent to sev­er­al coun­tries pro­claim­ing Hawai’i’s intent to rein­state its gov­ern­ment de jure.

A cit­i­zen­ship dri­ve was con­duct­ed amongst all the res­i­dents of the Hawai­ian Islands in order to iden­ti­fy a dis­tinct pop­u­la­tion. The vot­ing dis­tricts of the King­dom of Hawai’i were rein­sti­tut­ed and the eli­gi­ble vot­ers elect­ed a leg­is­la­ture on Novem­ber 6, 1999.

In March of 2000, this leg­is­la­ture amend­ed the Hawai­ian King­dom Con­sti­tu­tion that was left in sus­pen­sion for the last 107 years. The cit­i­zens rat­i­fied this amend­ed con­sti­tu­tion in a plebiscite on April 29th.

Appli­ca­tions to the Office of the Prime Min­is­ter and the Exec­u­tive Cab­i­net were active­ly solicit­ed. The qual­i­fied nom­i­nees to these offices were con­firmed by the Leg­is­la­ture.

The rein­state­ment process is near­ly com­plete. The cit­i­zens of this nation will peace­ably claim their country’s inher­ent right to exist.

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