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’etat 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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