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Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D.
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On this page is the history of efforts to create a Hawaiian tribe during the 116th Congress (January 2019 through December 2020), including efforts to create a state-recognized tribe and efforts to get federal recognition through administrative rule changes, executive order, or Congressional legislation; and efforts to get local and international recognition of an alleged continuing independent nation of Hawaii
The history includes a collection of all significant news reports, editorials, commentaries, letters to editor, cartoons, bills in the Hawaii state legislature or the U.S. Congress; sovereignty protests, court activity, and lobbying both locally and internationally; etc.
The index for the entire 2 years of the 116th Congress (January 2019 through December 2020) is shown below, in chronological order, subdivided into several time periods as events unfold. Full text of each news report, commentary, etc. is provided on the subpage for the appropriate time period.
QUICK SUMMARY OF WHAT HAPPENED FROM 2000 THROUGH 2018
The "Akaka bill" to create a federally recognized Hawaiian tribe was in Congress continuously for 13 years, from summer 2000 through the end of 2012. There were perhaps 20 different versions of the bill; and occasionally two or three versions were pending at the same time. The bill passed the House in three different Congresses. It nearly passed the Senate by stealth at the end of 2000. On several occasions during the 13 years Senator Inouye tried to attach the Akaka bill as a rider to "must-pass" military appropriations bills; including a couple times when he exercised his power as committee chairman to insert it "by reference" as a single sentence "earmark" deep inside those bills at the last minute without consulting other Senators. In later years Inouye also tried to simply add the Hawaiian tribe to the list of federally recognized tribes in a single sentence deep inside the Department of Interior appropriations bill, but his subterfuge was discovered and deleted. The closest it came to passage by normal methods in the Senate was June 2006 when a cloture motion to stop a Republican filibuster was debated for about 6 hours during two days, with dozens of Senators speaking on the floor; but failed by 4 votes.
In December 2012 Senator Inouye unexpectedly fell ill and was hospitalized and died; at the same time Senator Akaka was in his final few weeks before retiring. Senator Akaka stood on the Senate floor and begged his fellow Senators to pass the bill in tribute to Inouye, but they wisely ignored his plaintive plea. During the 113th Congress from 2013 through 2014 there was no Akaka bill in Congress. Instead, the State of Hawaii Office of Hawaiian Affairs made use of Act 195, Hawaii session laws of 2011, to build a new racial registry and make plans for an election of delegates to write a tribal constitution. Meanwhile the Obama administration began a process of rewriting the rules for federal recognition of Indian tribes generally, and working toward creating a new rule specially formulated to accommodate an expected application from a "tribe" in the process of being created by OHA.
During the 114th Congress from 2015 through 2016, there was no Akaka bill in Congress. Instead, the Obama administration's Department of Interior went through its rule-making process and on October 14, 2016 published in the Federal Register a "final rule" to take effect on November 14, which provides a process whereby ethnic Hawaiians can create a tribe, adopt a tribal constitution, elect tribal chiefs, and apply to the Secretary of Interior for federal recognition. The entire process of creating the "final rule", creating the Hawaiian tribe in such a way that it complies with requirements in that rule, and granting the tribe federal recognition, were all done entirely without any Congressional action and without any approval by the State of Hawaii or its people.
The 115th Congress, January 2017 to December 2018, was controlled by Republicans in both the Senate and House, while President Donald Trump was also a Republican. Throughout the entire 115th Congress there was nothing like the Akaka bill. Racial entitlement programs for ethnic Hawaiians were occasionally attacked in Congress when their reauthorization bills were under consideration, but in the end they continued to be funded. In Hawaii the legislature refused to pass several "normal" racial entitlement bills, including a bill to greatly increase the amount of money to give to OHA in lieu of its 20% share of ceded land revenue (the amount "owed" cannot be determined due to lack of an inventory of the ceded lands). On October 14, 2016 the outgoing Obama Department of Interior had proclaimed in the Federal Register a "final rule" authorizing a process for creation of a Hawaiian tribe which could then seek federal recognition; but during 2017-2018 there was no publicly visible activity to implement it (presumably because the tribalists realized they could not succeed while Trump was President). The confirmation of 2 Trump nominees to the Supreme Court (Gorsuch and Kavanaugh) caused great unhappiness among Hawaiian tribalists and Indian tribes on the continent. The 2018 election resulted in tribalist OHA trustees Rowena Akana and Peter Apo (both the focus of scandals) being replaced by Kalei Akaka (granddaughter of Senator Dan Akaka) and Brendon Lee (who had served as head of the month-long meeting which wrote a proposed constitution for the Hawaiian tribe). In the absence of any significant movement toward creating a tribe, there was increased attention to efforts to gain international recognition of Hawaii as an allegedly continuing independent nation, through protests and lawsuits in Hawaii regarding Mauna Kea and taxes on land, and lobbying activity in the United Nations (both New York and Geneva).
The 116th Congress, January 2019 through December 2020, has a Democrat majority in the House and a Republican majority in the Senate, while President Trump is a Republican. Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz is a member of the Indian Affairs Committee and the Appropriations Committee, both of which will enable him to push for federal recognition of a Hawaiian tribe and for racial entitlement programs. Newly elected Hawaii Congressman Ed Case, who served in the U.S. House previously, is a member of both the Appropriations Committee and the Natural Resources Committee (which is the Indian Affairs committee for the House), both of which will enable him to push for federal recognition of a Hawaiian tribe and for racial entitlement programs. Schatz and Case are also friends because of their years of previous service in the Hawaii state House of Representatives. They are, essentially, mirroring each other in the Senate and House of the U.S. Congress, on the same two committees that are essential for the success of Hawaiian tribalism funded by federal megabucks. Expect straightforward legislation; plus Inouye-style stealth maneuvers focused on the budget for the Department of Interior.
A webpage reviews the history of efforts to get official government recognition of ethnic Hawaiians as a political entity or Indian tribe -- a narrative summary covering 19 years 2000 through 2018, broken into two-year Congressional periods. Each "Congress" has a link to an index for that two year period, broken into sub-indexes in chronological order, linking to webpages providing full text of news reports, commentary, and lawsuits regarding the Akaka bill in Congress, stealth maneuvers by Senator Inouye, Obama Department of Interior regulatory process, Hawaii legislature bills and resolutions, etc.; and efforts to gain local and international recognition of Hawaii as an allegedly continuing independent nation, through protests and lawsuits in Hawaii regarding Mauna Kea and taxes on land, and lobbying activity in the United Nations (both New York and Geneva). Go to
INDEX OF NEWS REPORTS AND COMMENTARIES FROM JANUARY 1, 2019 THRU APRIL 30, 2019
January 5-6, 2019:
(1) Prison officials ordered to accommodate Native Hawaiian religion. "Native Hawaiians make up about 40 percent of the prison population in Hawaii while representing just 21 percent of the general population. The state Department of Public Safety violated federal law when it ignored a Halawa Correctional Facility inmate's requests to engage in certain Native Hawaiian religious practices, according to a court ruling."
(2) Ex-president Obama launches Asia-Pacific leadership program in Hawaii
(3) A more detailed news report about Obama launches Asia-Pacific leadership program in Hawaii
Jan 11: Leon Siu [who styles himself the Foreign Minister of the Hawaiian Kingdom] writes his first Ke Aupuni update for 2019. He repeats the usual twisted history about no treaty of annexation, pokes fun at the State of Hawaii for not planning a celebration of the State's 60th anniversary this year, and asks for money to finance his travels.
Jan 16: A state lawmaker is proposing a bill that would replace Presidents Day with a holiday that recognizes the Kingdom of Hawaii's independence.
Jan 17: March and rally from Royal Mausoleum to Iolani Palace to commemorate 126th anniversary of the revolution that overthres the Hawaiian monarchy.
Jan 18: A dozen or so members of a Kauai-based group known as Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi/Hawaiian Kingdom barged into the Nimitz Highway offices of OHA at about 11 a.m. [yesterday] before assaulting at least two staff members and harassing and verbally threatening others.
Jan 19: A Maui man authors incoherent commentary claiming he has "dominion rights, powers, and vested interests through unbroken lineal descendants and genealogical history ... with governing and prosecuting powers through our constitution of 1843 [no such thing]"; Editor of the Kaua'i island newspaper publishes it with reminder of the 1893 overthrow of Hawaiian monarchy.
Jan 25: Leon Siu, Ke Aupuni update, touts an article he probably wrote himself in "Diva International Diplomat, one of the most prestigious publications from the UN in Geneva featured a story about Hawaiian Independence Day"; Siu also describes events at Iolani Palace commemorating the 126th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, and describing how he will be in New York meeting with diplomats regarding his hopes for a resolution on Hawaiian independence to be introduced at the U.N. General Assembly
Jan 28: TV news report that Hawaii Congressional Rep. Ed Case has been appointed to the Appropriations Committee. [Ed Case and Senator Brian Schatz are both serving on the same two committees in their respective chambers that are responsible for Indian tribes and for appropriations.]
February 7, 2019: Voice of America News "Native Hawaiians Divided on Federal Recognition" accurately describes 2 opposing Hawaiian sovereignty activist viewpoints [secession vs. tribalism], but makes serious errors in describing history of revolution of 1893.
Feb 9: Leon Siu, Ke Aupuni update, mentions "meetings in New York City with diplomats, experts and movers and shakers at the UN ... making good progress with plans to have a resolution submitted to the General Assembly this Spring ..." Stresses need to travel frequently to maintain visibility in the international community.
Feb 23: Leon Siu, Ke Aupuni update, spending 2 weeks at UN in Geneva. "I will be attending the 40th session of the Human Rights Council to reiterate and reemphasize the numerous reports and complaints that our people have been submitting for years to bring awareness and empathy to our plight."
March 9, 2019: Leon Siu, Ke Aupuni update. "Hawaiian nationality was completely forgotten ... invisibility is the biggest advantage the US uses against us. ... The sooner we stop identifying ourselves as Americans ... the more the kingdom will come into focus in our own minds-eye and in the eyes of the world."
March 23: Leon Siu, yet another Ke Aupuni Update. Siu just returned from another 2-week trip to U.N. in Geneva and New York: "I am happy to report that we are on the verge of having some countries friendly to our cause, submit initiatives to the General Assembly that will trigger a UN inquiry of the United States' claim of sovereignty over the Hawaiian Islands."
April 4, 2019: OHA board approves new internal governance framework for the agency. [Subgroups of board of directors are meeting in secret after majority of board authorized them to violate state open-meeting laws]
Apr 10: Trisha Kehaulani Watson's weekly column in Honolulu Civil Beat notes that the quest for federal recognition of a Hawaiian tribe has stalled during Trump's presidency, and describes private meetings and fundraising to make it happen.
Apr 13: Leon Siu, yet another Ke Aupuni Update (#8). Stop focusing on being oppressed. Stop referring to the continental U.S. as "the mainland. The time of thinking of ourselves as a nation in distress has passed. We are a nation on the rise!
Apr 23: Honoring Hawaii President Sanford B. Dole on his 175th Birthday. Elected representative in Kingdom legislature, appointed Justice on Kingdom Supreme Court, President of revolutionary Provisional Government and then Republic of Hawaii, first Governor of Territory of Hawaii, Judge on U.S. District Court in Honolulu. He led Hawaii through extraordinarily turbulent times.
Apr 26: Leon Siu, yet another Ke Aupuni Update: ... although many, many countries sympathize very strongly with our efforts to Free Hawaii, they cannot risk the negative consequences to their own country should we fail to step up to the plate. ... If we don't have a realistic plan, it would be extremely foolish (and dangerous) for countries to stick their necks out for us ... we have to put our heads together to determine transitional and long-range plans and a vision for the future of our country.
FULL TEXT OF ITEMS FROM JANUARY 1, 2019 THROUGH APRIL 30, 2019 ARE AT
INDEX OF NEWS REPORTS AND COMMENTARIES FROM MAY 1, 2019 THROUGH AUGUST 31, 2019
May 11, 2019:
(1) Leon Siu, yet another Ke Aupuni Update: [At the United Nations] Our primary strategy has been implementing a "public relations" campaign -- to share our story, make friends, build partnerships, project optimism for a peaceful resolution to the problem. It has taken time to develop, but the building of relationships and credibility are now beginning to produce fruit ... 4 main reasons we are there ... We are not at the UN to seek "recognition" from, or to "join" the UN. We are there to request the UN to act to bring the US in compliance to its international obligation with respect to the Hawaiian Islands and its people.
(2) Ian Lind, retired newspaper reporter, major blog entry about State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection bringing prosecutions against sovereignty activists Keanu Sai and [attorney] Dexter Kaiama regarding longtime mortgage rescue fraud where they collect fees from clients facing foreclosure, providing them with documents for filing in court, alleging that there is no State of Hawaii because the overthrow of the monarchy and annexation to the U.S. were illegal and therefore the court has no jurisdiction, and the title insurance company should pay for the mortgage.
May 13: Additional information from Ian Lind: "Keanu Sai claimed 'diplomatic immunity' shielded him from fraud allegations" But OCP says that after more than 100 attempts, no judge has ever blocked a foreclosure action based on the so-called sovereignty defense, a fact the three certainly know. So, according to OCP, they are committing a form of consumer fraud by selling something the three know doesn't work in state or federal courts, even if they believe it is ultimately a valid argument and believe it should be accepted by the justice system. ... OCP made the obvious point that the United States does not recognize the Hawaiian Kingdom and, therefore, Sai simply isn't entitled diplomatic immunity based on his supposed position. Second, even if the U.S. did recognize the existence of the kingdom, Sai is only one of a number of people claiming to represent it, and therefore has no authority to be the true representative. ... Finally, according to OCP, diplomatic immunity does not extend to activity engaged in for personal profit.
May 14: On May 15 Keanu Sai will make a presentation to the Planning and Sustainable Land Use Committee of the Maui County Council, relating to an update on land use and planning in consideration of Hawaii's status under international law and other related matters. Later 3 hours of video were made available on YouTube.
May 24: Maui Time weekly headline article provides detailed description of Keanu Sai's presentation to the Maui County Council; Ken Conklin online comment provides detailed rebuttal.
May 25: Leon Siu gives still another Aupuni update, saying there needs to be a unified statement of basic principles from all factions of independence activists in order to encourage United Nations members to provide support, as happened with West Papua.
May 27: Henry Noa, Prime Minister of the Reinstated Kingdom of Hawaii, gives lectures to about 30 people in three small towns on Kaua'i; says he's going to all the islands.
June 5: Keanu Sai gives another 3-hour presentation to committee of the Maui County Council, who fail to cross-examine him. Sai's media team provide 4 YouTube videos of it all (links provided).
June 10: Hawaii News Now (3 TV stations) report that Keanu Sai is the focus of a criminal referral for his scam that violates the state's Mortgage Rescue Fraud Prevention Act.
June 15: Leon Siu gives still another Aupuni update, about visiting with high officials of foreign governments not only at U.N. or other meetings, but now also by visiting them in their nations' capitols. Example: the independent nation of Samoa.
June 18: Leon Siu will give a speech in Boston tomorrow about current environment issues in Hawai'i, its impact to tourism, the economy and to Hawaiian culture.
June 29: Leon Siu gives still another Aupuni update. Attending U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, working closely with a "Hawaiian Kingdom subject" of Okinawan ancestry who represents Okinawa people seeking independence from Japan. They held a joint 90-minute media briefing.
July 2: Christian Science Monitor reports views of the usual Hawaiian secessionists: "Whose independence? Why some Native Hawaiians don't celebrate on July 4."
July 4: Big Island Now: "July 4 Is a Triple Holiday for Hawaii, Celebrating 1776, 1894, 1960" By Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D.
July 7-8: Tax Foundation of Hawaii weekly essay published in numerous news media asks "Do we have a legitimate government?" focusing on people losing their homes to foreclosure when they follow advice from sovereignty activists that the laws of Hawaii are not legitimate because Hawaii is not legitimately part of the U.S. Ken Conklin 5 online comments.
July 9: Sovereignty activists proclaim never-ending opposition and resistance to building a 30-meter telescope on Mauna Kea because the mountain is sacred to ethnic Hawaiians.
July 13: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni update just after returning from another trip to United Nations headquarters in Geneva and New York. Basically the same report as June 29.
July 20-21: Washington Post and many other newspapers publish AP story "Native Hawaiians say telescope represents bigger struggle"
July 23: Honolulu Star-Advertiser editorial says Governor "Ige needs to use the authority vested to him by Hawaii voters, to enforce the Thirty Meter Telescope permit now, lest all the astronomy work being done at the Mauna Kea summit, which is now suspended, be put entirely at risk."
July 24: Former majority leader of Hawaii state Senate touts huge rally planned for Sunday on Kaua'i against telescope on Mauna Kea; supports ending telescope project.
(1) Statements by Episcopal Bishop of Kaua'i and two of his ethnic Hawaiian priests say Mauna Kea is sacred to Hawaiians and project should be ended;
(2) Racialist weekly columnist touts "kapu aloha" "peaceful" resolution of Mauna Kea conflict by suspending the project; Conklin comments that the Confederacy in U.S. Civil War just wanted to be left in peace to establish their secessionist nation and preserve sacred lifestyle.
July 26: Lengthy essay in "Indian Country Today" is testimony of University of Hawaii Professor of Law Williamson Chang, asserting that the State of Hawaii and University of Hawaii lack jurisdiction to set regulations for the use of Mauna Kea, nor to use force to remove protesters against the 30-meter telescope project, because a proposed Treaty of Annexation between Hawaii and the U.S. was improperly ratified by the U.S. Ken Conklin replies that It is an attribute of national sovereignty that the U.S. alone can decide by what method to agree to the treaty after Hawaii offered it; and provides a link to photos of letters from foreign heads of state formally recognizing the Republic as the rightful successor government after the Hawaiian revolution of 1893.
July 28: Former newspaper reporter and longtime blogger Ian Lind [small quantum ethnic Hawaiian] essay summarizing his views on intersection between "sacred" and sovereignty regarding Mauna Kea; plus Ken Conklin's online comment debunking the "sacred" element.
July 29: Keanu Sai goes to Mauna Kea encampment and speaks to protesters -- YouTube videotape
Sunday August 4 Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
(1) So-called news report "Mauna Kea protests seen as generational shift, pivot point";
(2) Editorial: "Time to find compromise in TMT standoff";
(3) So-called news report: "Kanuha confident Mauna Kea standoff will end peacefully"
Aug 9-11: On Friday August 9 retired lawyer, judge, and mayor Bill Fernandez, a Kamehameha School graduate recently honored with a Waikiki parade as a distinguished alumnus, authored a lengthy commentary in The Garden Island [Kaua'i newspaper]. Fernandez supported the Mauna Kea protesters on account of a very long list of Hawaiian victimhood historical grievances, most of which are either false or badly twisted. On Aug 10 Ken Conklin published a detailed rebuttal on a blog, and on Aug 11 Conklin published a webpage "dialog" providing full text of Fernandez' commentary and Conklin's detailed point-by-point rebuttal.
Aug 12: Sam King, ethnic Hawaiian former candidate for OHA who is now a leader in the pro-telescope movement, has a commentary in West Hawaii Today [Kona] describing strong bullying and threats against himself and other pro-TMT supporters. He encourages people with no Hawaiian ancestry to step forward as well. A link is provided to a Hawaii Bar Association biography of his lawyer parents and federal judge grandfather after whom he is named.
Aug 16: The State of Hawaii was admitted to the Union as a State on August 21, 1959. By law the third Friday in August is the official state holiday commemoration that event each year, which falls on August 16 this year which is the 60th anniversary. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser published a snarky "news report" noting the absence of major celebratory events, and touting a panel discussion at the main branch of the library where 4 Hawaiian secessionists will say Hawaii isn't really a state because of historical grievances and alleged improprieties in the process of annexation and the statehood vote. Online comment by Ken Conklin
Aug 17: Online newspaper poll has 558 respondents who feel Hawaii Statehood Day holiday should be more actively celebrated or current low-key observance is OK; vs. only 46 who want no celebration because Statehood is dubious.
(1) Kamehameha Schools, OHA provide support to Mauna Kea protesters (plus Conklin comment)
(2) President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii describes economic and reputational damage caused by political indecisiveness and waffling regarding Mauna Kea
(1) Former Maui Mayor Arakawa recalls how he successfully shut down a protest against telescope project on Haleakala 4 years ago and two years ago, and says Hawaii leaders should have been more decisive to quickly shut down the Mauna Kea protest whose leaders were also involved in Haleakala protest;
(2) Letter to editor attacks OHA's board member from Maui, a wealthy realtor, for her grandstanding on getting arrested on Mauna Kea.
Aug 21 (Actual 60th anniversary of official Hawaii admission to Statehood)
Honolulu newspaper editorial says
THERE ARE TWO NATIONS LIVING SIDE BY SIDE, NOT ALWAYS COMFORTABLY, IN HAWAII. ONE IS THE HAWAIIAN NATION, AND DESPITE THE OVERTHROW OF THE KINGDOM 126 YEARS AGO, IT STILL LIVES ON IN MANY HEARTS AND IS REFLECTED IN NUMEROUS STATUTES AND COURT DECISIONS. THE OTHER IS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THIS TERRITORY BECOMING THE 50TH OF THOSE STATES 60 YEARS AGO TODAY. WITH ALL THE NUANCES AND COMPLEXITY OF HISTORY, BOTH ARE WORTHY OF CELEBRATION AS PART OF THE DUALITY THAT IS HAWAII.
Conklin online comment says that's nonsense: There can be only one sovereign and it is the USA.
Aug 26, 2019: Leon Siu yet another "Ke Aupuni update." Siu says the fake State of Hawaii shows weakness and self-doubt in failure to celebrate 60th anniversary of statehood admissions day; and says he is starting work at United Nations to review as a fraud the 1959 U.N. resolution which accepted results of statehood plebiscite and removed Hawaii from U.N. list of non-self-governing territories eligible for independence.
Aug 27: Far-left blog "Common Dreams" [subsidiary of "Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting"] has lengthy article with numerous links to other similar media. "Protectors of Mauna Kea Are Fighting Colonialism, Not Science. While proposals to compromise might appear fair, protectors say, they dismiss the historical context in Hawaii of colonialism and the usurpation of Indigenous land that continues today."
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September 10, 2019: Ethnic Hawaiian racist Trisha Watson uses her weekly commentary at Honolulu Civil Beat to proudly claim the Mauna Kea controversy is a vehicle for a revolution to assert racial supremacy in Hawaii.
Sept 13: Leon Siu, who styles himself the ambassador of the continuing independent nation of Hawaii, publishes yet another "Ke Aupuni Update" describing his diplomatic activities at the United Nations in both Geneva and New York as he cultivates relationships in hope that other nations will revisit the 1959 removal of Hawaii from list of non-self-governing territories and will then support independence for Hawaii.
Sept 16: Hawaii Republican Assembly [self-declared conservative wing of Republican Party] sends a warning to its friends and to President Trump, filled with evidence that a high-ranking officer of the Hawaii Republican Party [Vice-Chair for Coordinated Campaigns] is an anti-military leftwing liberal and secessionist.
Sept 30: Leon Siu, who styles himself the ambassador of the continuing independent nation of Hawaii, publishes yet another "Ke Aupuni Update" describing his diplomatic activities at the United Nations in both Geneva and New York "to speak of Peace through Aloha" as he cultivates relationships in hope that other nations will revisit the 1959 removal of Hawaii from list of non-self-governing territories and will then support independence for Hawaii.
October 6, 2019: Longtime Hawaiian sovereignty con artist and scammer Keanu Sai announces he will give a lecture at a university in London on October 15; announcement provides a 57-minute video which includes mention of a new issue of Hawaiian Kingdom government bonds, leading to a webpage describing how the bonds are being sold by mail through a post office box in Honolulu. Sai's technique of selling bonds which can be redeemed only after a secessionist regime has actually won independence is touted as comparable to a similar tactic used by the Republic of Ireland to finance its campaign for independence from Britain a century ago. Of course it's illegal to offer or sell unregistered securities in Hawaii, and also to use the U.S. mail to commit fraud. Will state government bureaucrats finally crack down on him?
Oct 12: Ken Conklin posts Facebook announcement linking to full text of his letter to London associate lecturer warning about Keanu Sai's investment scam and false historical narrative, and providing proofs of what's true.
Oct 14: Leon Siu, who styles himself the ambassador of the continuing independent nation of Hawaii, publishes yet another "Ke Aupuni Update" describing his diplomatic activities at the United Nations in both Geneva and New York as he cultivates relationships in hope that other nations will revisit the 1959 removal of Hawaii from list of non-self-governing territories and will then support independence for Hawaii.
Oct 19: Thoughtful essay by Ken Kudo describes victimhood mentality of ethnic Hawaiian leadership pushing hard to create racial dominance through making constantly increasing demands for reparations and infiltrating government agencies.
(1) Ethnic Hawaiian racial partisans are beginning to create a new "Aloha 'Aina" political party and place candidates on the ballot in the 2020 election on a platform to increase the (special race-based) rights of ethnic Hawiians;
(2) Yet another of Leon Siu's twice monthly "Ke Aupuni Update"s. This one is the least informative of them all, merely cheering up the readers, saying lots of (undisclosed) things are happening at U.N., and please send money.
Oct 27: Samuel Wilder King II, a Native Hawaiian attorney whose family has a distinguished history in Hawaii, points out that the Mauna Kea protesters present a risk to national security because of the anti-American secessionist underpinning of their movement, the threat their tactics will spread to military training areas, and the bitter rancor generated by their movement which is exactly what the Russians did with their inflammatory social media messages during the 2016 election.
November 11, 2019: Yet another of Leon Siu's twice monthly "Ke Aupuni Update"s. "Mauna Kea has changed things. There has been a paradigm shift; an awakening to a new reality. We are no longer mired in the realm of concepts, intellectual discourse and legal gymnastics. ... it is crucial for us to gain visibility and credibility in the intenational community. For other countries to help us, they have to see physical (not just theoretical) evidence that there is a real nation with real people passionately engaged in freeing ourselves ... The next few months is critical to triggering a breakthrough at the UN."
Nov. 23: Yet another of Leon Siu's twice monthly "Ke Aupuni Update"s. "Lā Kuʻokoʻa – November 28 – is the most important holiday of the Hawaiian Kingdom. That was the day in 1843 – 177 years ago – that the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of France issued a joint proclamation recognizing the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign nation. ... Your Thanksgiving gathering would be an ideal opportunity to share with your ʻohana and friends about Lā Kuʻokoʻa!"
Nov 24: KITV television station briefly reports about revived Hawaiian Independence Day upcoming on November 28.
December 12, 2019: Long-time race-activist Walter Ritte reader commentary in Honolulu Star-Advertiser calls on ethnic Hawaiians to vote as a bloc to help change Hawaii to an ethnic Hawaiian nation. Conklin online comments.
Dec 14: Yet another of Leon Siu's twice monthly "Ke Aupuni Update"s. Hawaiian nationals feel trapped and persecuted under the American nationality but are finding ways to go around it. International awareness of the Hawaii situation is growing.
Dec 25: Honolulu TV station declares 2010-2019 the "Decade of the Native Hawaiian"; "Osorio said it’s important to see the TMT protests as part of a larger Hawaiian movement that’s also sought to reclaim the Hawaiian language and protocol."
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History of efforts to create a Hawaiian tribe from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020, including efforts to create a state-recognized tribe and efforts to get federal recognition through administrative rule changes, executive order, or Congressional legislation; and efforts to get local and international recognition of an alleged continuing independent nation of Hawaii. Twice monthly updates by Leon Siu styles himself Hawaiian Kingdom Foreign Minister and makes frequent trips to United Nations both New York and Geneva. Native Hawaiian issues at the state legislature, and greatly increased political activity as protesterscreate race-based Aloha Aina political party and place candidates onto ballot. Attorney Dexter Kaiama, Attorney General of Keanu Sai's Hawaiian Kingdom, prohibited by state Supreme Court from participating in any more land title mortgage rescue activities.
January 1, 2020: Leon Siu, who styles himself the ambassador of the continuing independent nation of Hawaii, publishes yet another "Ke Aupuni Update." This one declares 2020 to be "The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom", saying the "victory" on Mauna Kea (a 2-month truce for January and February reopening the access road while mayor pledges no telescope construction during the truce) sets the stage for progress toward restoring Hawaii as an independent nation.
Jan 4: Retired newspaper reporter Ian Lind blog entry: "Appeals Court again rules against claim that annexation was illegal" in the case of State of Hawaii vs. Lorenzo, aka Kamehameha VI.
(1) Trisha Kehaulani Watson, weekly columnist on Honolulu Civil Beat online newspaper, enthusiastically describes ethnic Hawaiian activism planned for tomorrow's opening day of the 2020 legislature and how it fits into pattern of racial entitlements and ethnic nationalism.;
(2) Reader commentary in Kona newspaper opposes Congressional candidacy of Kai Kahele because he is member of a group "trying to resuscitate the sovereignty movement, which seeks to try to overthrow the State of Hawaii and reestablish the Nation of Hawaii. So in other words, Kai Kahele supports lawlessness, supports anarchy ... Now he wants us to send him to Washington. Seriously?"
Jan 16: Hawaiian protests move to state Capitol on opening day of business ... Up to 1,000 people poured into the Capitol ... Wednesday’s rally, called Hawai‘i Rising ... There were prayers, chants, hula, talks on “counterinsurgency tactics & Maunakea,” ... and especially protecting Native Hawaiian rights. ... “All you have seen the upside down flag,” Ward [House Republican minority leader] told his colleagues at the start of the Legislative session. “The state of Hawaii is flying upside down. … One of the things of 2019 has been the great awakening of the Hawaiian community.” Hema Watson, 15, a freshman at the Halau Ku Mana charter school, spoke at the rally ... “We need to rise up and act up and do what we need to do to act independently because we are independent,” Watson told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “We have to get out of the mindset that we are American. This is a new beginning.”
Jan 17: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": The Hawaiian nation is rising! Jan 15 opening day at legislature; Jan 17 march from royal mausoleum to Palace. "This is the game-changer... This is the certainty of the future of our people and our nation... They will take Hawaiʻi to levels we never dreamed of. ... We are calling every one near and far who loves Hawaii, to celebrate, 2020 – The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom..."
February 1, 2000: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": This year "is going to be intense with travel to interact with the global community as we lobby key nations of the world to support our initiatives." Donate money! We're lobbying for U.N. to rescind its decision in 1959 to accept the Statehood vote as proof of self-determination.
Feb 5: News article: "Mauna Kea Ignited A New Wave Of Hawaiian Pride. Where Does It Go From Here? The protests are seen as part of a long push toward more self-determination for Native Hawaiians, but there is little consensus on how best to achieve that." Tribal concept vs. independent nationhood. Efforts to get greater political power inside Hawaii state government.
(1) Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": The National Sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands is an international matter, not a domestic one ... The only thing the “State of Hawaii” can do by way of “reconciliation” is to acknowledge, repent and make amends and restitution for the abuses it perpetrated as the collaborator-puppet-government-enforcer of the dictates of the occupier. Send money to help Leon Siu.
(2) 11 states have state-recognized tribes, many of which are not federally recognized. Alaska has had 229 federally recognized tribes for several decades, none of which are state-recognized because of massive opposition! A bill in the Alaska legislature would give them state recognition. (In the 1990s some Hawaiian supporters of the Akaka bill had urged a Hawaii version of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.)
Feb 21: Honolulu Civil Beat columnist (racist in residence) Trisha Watson says The Stakes Are High For Hawaiians To Get Out The Vote; and Hawaiians should organize a mass voting effort by using the same social media networks that made movements over the past year so powerful.
Feb 29: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": Confusing self-proclaimed "Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom" June 11, 2020 to June 11 2021 (State celebration of Kamehameha Day) honoring 100th anniversary of unification of Hawaii (April 1810 Kaua'i King Kaumuali'i went to O'ahu to become vassal of Kamehameha).
March 12-14, 2020: The "Aloha 'Aina" political party has been officially certified to place candidates on the ballot in Hawaii's primary and general elections. This party is focused on infiltrating the State government and eventually making Hawaii once again a sovereign independent nation and getting reparations from the USA for overthrowing the monarchy and more than a century of cultural oppression and military occupation. Press release, news report, and Conklin's online comment.
March 21: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": Siu reports on trip to U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva where cancelled meetings due to coronavirus gave some delegates unexpected free time to meet with him.
April 13, 2020: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": Routine, merely keeping in touch.
Apr 20: Important essay by 4 well-known activists lays out detailed historical analysis urging United Nations to rescind its removal of Hawaii from the U.N. list of non-self-governing territories following the 1959 Statehood plebiscite. "A Call for Review of the Historical Facts Surrounding the UNGA Resolution of 1959 That Recognized Attainment of Self-Government for Hawaii"
Apr 25: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": A restored Hawaiian kingdom will initially look like the State looks now, as the new regime gradually takes charge and makes changes. Analogy to a company under new management.
May 3, 2020: Honolulu Civil Beat lengthy article repeats the usual assertion that ethnic Hawaiians are the most needy group and especially hard-hit by the economic and health effects of the corona virus; AND THAT THEY WOULD GET MUCH LARGER GOVERNMENT HANDOUTS IF THEY WERE A FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBE. Article reviews previous efforts to pass the Akaka bill, and reports Congressman Ed Case's view that Hawaiians should seek tribal recognition. Editor's note says this issue [of federal recognition] will be a major topic in this online newspaper going forward.
May 5-6: U.S. Supreme Court rejects request to hear appeal of 9th Circuit Court decision that the government of Guam is forbidden to hold a race-based election on whether Guam should become an independent nation. Two news reports in Guam newspaper, one news report in the Kaua'i newspaper, and online comment by Ken Conklin posted in the Guam news reports but rejected for posting in the Kaua'i newspaper. Conklin's comment compared the Guam decision with the Rice v. Cayetano Hawaii decision in 2000 and the Na'i Aupuni Hawaii attempted election in 2016.
May 9: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": Members of the Hawaiian nation should follow "kapu aloha" (be peaceful and respectful to people you disagree with), unlike the behavior displayed by opposite sides in debate about coronavirus lockdown and reopening. And, as always, send money because progress is being made internationally on restoring Hawaiian independence.
May 25: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": We can Free Hawaii, jump-start and operate the Hawaiian Kingdom. As always, send money because as soon as this pandemic subsides, we expect significant movement in gaining support from the global community.
May 26: Russian government propaganda online newspaper commentary touting ethnic Hawaiian medical and economic victimhood caused by U.S. oppression, and calling for Hawaiian independence. Mentions Leon Siu.
June 13, 2020: Leon Siu "Ke Aupuni Update": "The shocking murder of George Floyd under the knee of policeman ... almost immediately reminded me of a story titled, “Strangling Hands on a Nation’s Throat” published in a San Francisco newspaper on September 30, 1887. It was referring to what America, with its greedy push for annexation, was doing to Hawaii. ..."
June 17: Burt Lake Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians have been unsuccessfully seeking federal recognition for decades. Article describes why they want it and how difficult it is to get. "The odds are against them. Out of the 53 tribes that have petitioned for recognition nationally only 18 have succeeded." This article is a good vaccine against the hundreds of victimhood assertions by OHA et. al. claiming that Native Hawaiians are the only indigenous group that has failed to get federal recognition -- a claim sure to be made again if Trump loses the election and there is a renewed effort to get recognition for a phony Hawaiian tribe.
June 20: Ken Conklin, letter to editor in Hawaii Tribune-Herald [Hilo] says Hawaii should try to implement what racial protesters seek on mainland: Overcome race-supremacist institutions, entitlements, behavior and attitudes by working for unity, equality, aloha for all.
June 21: Attorney Dexter Kaiama, known for defending clients based on theories of Hawaiian sovereignty, has been permanently barred from providing “legal services or any other assistance” to any homeowner whose property is facing actual or threatened foreclosure.
June 24: Honolulu Civil Beat online newspaper report: "Native Hawaiian Activists Turn Into Candidates For The 2020 Elections. An apparent increase in the number of Native Hawaiian candidates in 2020 features many young people involved with resistance movements like the Mauna Kea protests."
FULL TEXT OF ITEMS FROM JANUARY 1, 2020 THROUGH JUNE 30, 2020 ARE AT
INDEX OF History of efforts to create a Hawaiian tribe from July 1 through December 31, 2020 including efforts to create a state-recognized tribe and efforts to get federal recognition through administrative rule changes, executive order, or Congressional legislation; and efforts to get local and international recognition of an alleged continuing independent nation of Hawaii. Secessionists try to get United Nations to reverse 1959 removal of Hawaii from list of non-self-governing territories; secessionists lobby for removal of McKinley name and statue from Honolulu high school; Newly elected Rep. Kai Kahele (D, HI) intentions to work on Hawaiian racial entitlements and federal recognition of Hawaiian tribe.
July 11, 2020: Leon Siu, who styles himself Foreign Minister of txhe Hawaiian Kingdom, has yet another Ke Aupuni Update (he publishes 2 per month). This one appeals for support for a petition asking that the name of U.S. President McKinley be removed from the name of McKinley High School (because he succeeded in getting Congress to agree to the Treaty of Annexation proposed by the Republic of Hawaii).
July 25: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update touts two 1843 historical Hawaiian Kingdom holidays to be celebrated this year: Ka La Ho'iho'i Ea (sovereignty restoration day, July 31) and Ka La Ku'oko'a (independence day, November 28).
(a) Hawaiian kingdom holiday Ka La Ho'iho'i Ea (Sovereignty Restoration Day, 1843)is revived with public display of 1000 small flags in Kailua, and ceremonies in Thomas Square by huge statue of Kauikeaouli Kamehameha III dedicated to that holiday;
(b) Viciousness of Hawaiian sovereignty attack on alleged white nationalism, male dominance, and colonialism is displayed in comments timed for today by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calling for removal of statues of white male European Saint Damien who served native Hawaiian leprosy patients on Moloka'i for decades until he died from contracting that disease. She had visited Hawaii 2 years ago to campaign for state Rep. Kaniela Ng, a Hawaiian activist running for Congress.
August 1: OHA vice chair Brendon Lee, a race-partisan, devotes his regular column in the OHA monthly newspaper for August to a vicious attack against fellow at-large board member Keli'i Akina who is running for re-election. Earlier in the week Dr. Akina was the focus of a splendid 30-minute YouTube interview calling for unity of all Hawaii's people regardless of race.
Aug 10: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update discusses upcoming project to get United Nations to revisit 1959 removal of Hawaii from list of non-self-governing territories.
Aug 20: NYU Law Review article "How to Say Sorry: Fulfilling the United States' Trust Obligation to Native Hawaiians by Using the Canons of Construction to Interpret the Apology Resolution" says Supreme Court Indian Canons of Construction should be expanded to include indigenous populations who do not have federal recognition.
Aug 21: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update notes that today is the Hawaii Statehood Day holiday which in reality nobody celebrates. Siu trashes the progression from fake revolution to fake Republic to fake annexation to fake Territory to fake statehood vote, and once again discusses upcoming project to get United Nations to revisit 1959 removal of Hawaii from list of non-self-governing territories.
Aug 22: Con artists are still pitching a sovereignty scam asking people to pay thousands of dollars to get registered with the Hawaiian Kingdom so that after the United Nations recognizes the Kingdom then registered members will get their share of huge Kingdom assets.
September 12, 2020: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update focuses on petition asking Hawaii Dept of Education to change the name of McKinley High School to its original name Honolulu High School; asks for money as usual.
Sept 16: Ken Conklin brief oral testimony to the University of California Board of Regents debunking the claim by some ethnic Hawaiians that the Thirty-Meter Telescope proposed for Mauna Kea would be a desecration because Mauna Kea is a sacred place.
Sept 25: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni update reports that a request to the Board of Education to change the name of McKinley High School and remove the President's statue has been forwarded by the BOE to a school community council for study of the issues.
October 10, 2020: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update describes how OHA was founded to be semi-autonomous but, he says, the "fake state" power elite expected it would fail and that would help discredit and kill ethnic Hawaiian self-determination and control over Crown Lands. OHA trustees have been corrupt and lots of infighting until Keli'i Akina got elected and pushed audit; thus he should be reelected.
(1) Tax Foundation of Hawaii notes that OHA persists in covering up the "red flags" indicating likely financial corruption in Akina-inspired audit report, most notably the contract with wholly-owned subsidiary Akamai to handle election of delegates to write a proposed constitution for Hawaiian tribe [Akamai got full $500K even though there was never an election];
(2) OHA election contest Machado vs. Alapa re ethnic Hawaiian nationhood, Mauna Kea, etc.
Oct 19-20: Retired reporter Ian Lind describes grossly inappropriate organizational/financial structure of the new race-based Aloha 'Aina political party; Ken Conklin online comment draws hostile response and rebuttal regarding why Conklin focuses on ethnic Hawaiians for criticism.
Oct 23: One fully recognized tribe in North Carolina opposes federal recognition for another tribe which has sought recognition for a century but might compete for casino business.
(1) Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update discusses plight of Hawaiian Kingdom subjects living under U.S. occupation and needing to vote in fake-state elections to influence living conditions.
(2) The first article in a newspaper propaganda blitzkrieg pushes proposal for a gambling casino on the Hawaiian Homelands in a State where any form of gambling is illegal and where there is no federally recognized Hawaiian tribe. The proposal is designed to create revenue for housing in racially exclusive ghettos but also to promote race-based political sovereignty.
(a) Navajo-Hopi newspaper: Biden-Harris roll out plan for Indian Country;
(b) Non-profit online-only "social-justice" newspaper: Climate justice is at the center of the Biden-Harris plan for tribal nations
Oct 31: London radio station interview: Hawaii ex-Governor John Waihe'e III says Trump reelection could spur Soviet-style break up of United States; cites Hawaiian sovereignty.
November 5, 2020: Kai Kahele, a Native Hawaiian, easily won election to Congress representing Hawaii district 2 (rural O'ahu plus all neighbor islands). "KAHELE SAID HE ANTICIPATES BEING A VOICE FOR HAWAIIANS AND OTHER INDIGENOUS PEOPLE IN CONGRESS, AND THAT HE EXPECTS TO TAKE ON ISSUES RELATED TO HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS AND FEDERAL RECOGNITION."
Nov. 10: 2 news reports focus on newly elected Rep. Kai Kahele (D, HI) and his intentions for legislation related to Hawaiian racial entitlements and federal recognition of a Hawaiian tribe.
Nov 13: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update focuses on election fraud -- "the fake plebiscite of 1959 by which the U.S. alleged the people of Hawaii voted for "statehood.""
Nov 21: Leon Siu briefly notes that McKinley High School administrators are stalling regarding the name change he demands, and are not asking students, parents, alumni etc. for input.
Nov 27: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update focuses on Ka La Ku'oko'a, a Hawaiian Kingdom holiday celebrating an agreement between Britain and France on November 28, 1843 recognizing Hawaii as an independent nation and pledging each other not to interfere with Hawaii.
December 11, 2020: Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina bill for federal recognition passed House, has chance in Senate (been trying for 130 years!). Ken Conklin compares with efforts to get fed rec for a proposed Hawaiian tribe.
Dec 14: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update focuses on proposal to remove name and statue from McKinley High School; says they show just how deep and pervasive the denationalization [of Hawaiian Kingdom] effort was after annexation.
On December 16 the Honolulu Star-Advertiser began a series of lengthy and strident daily articles constituting a propaganda blitzkrieg pushing a proposal for a gambling casino on the Hawaiian Homelands in a State where any form of gambling is illegal and where there is no federally recognized Hawaiian tribe. The proposal is designed to create revenue for housing in racially exclusive ghettos but also to promote race-based political sovereignty. A webpage provides a compilation of articles in that newspaper in collaboration with the far-left propaganda "newsroom" Pro-Publica. The webpage describes how the blitzkrieg unfolded, the twisted history provided in the newspaper articles, excerpts and full text of the October 24 article intended to "soften up" the readership and of numerous subsequent articles in the series starting December 16. See
December 26, 2020: Leon Siu Ke Aupuni Update: Coming challenges regarding DHHL proposal to build a casino on the Hawaiian Homelands; In Congress: Unlike the Akaka Bill that was specifically aimed at fabricating a Hawaiian tribal nation, this time it will be bundled with American Indian tribes that have been petitioning Congress for years to grant them federal recognition; military buildup expected. It's time for The Huli: flip the tables and restore our Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands.
December 31, 2020: Article headline in "The Guardian":
"Congressman-elect Kai Kahele represents an 'awakened generation' of Native Hawaiians:
“We have an awakened generation of Native Hawaiians that know their past, they understand and speak their language and they’re not turning back… People are split about how to right the wrongs, whether it’s through sovereignty or federal recognition, and part of my role is trying to figure out what the future path looks like. Having a voice in Congress and representation at the table is important.”
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