Thursday, May 01, 2008

And a great big Aloha to you, too!

A group of native Hawaiians occupied the grounds of the old Hawaiian monarchy's royal residence Wednesday, vowing to stay and do the business of the kingdom's government.

…The group is one of several in Hawaii that reject statehood and seek to return to the constitutional monarchy that effectively ended in 1893 when a group of politicians, businessmen and sugar planters -- aided by the U.S. minister to Hawaii -- overthrew the kingdom's government.
When I lived in Hawaii, there were several groups like that – some of them led by people who claimed to be the heirs to the Hawaiian throne.

The U.S. annexed Hawaii in 1898. It became a state in 1959.

Thing is, King Kamehameha (the most famous Hawaiian monarch) first became King by unifying all the islands, which he did through conquest. In one case, according to legend, he conquered a rival tribe by driving its warriors off a cliff.

So these people who want to "right the wrong" of the U.S. annexation are trying to re-create a kingdom formed by military conquest. Or...are they going to acknowledge the independence of each individual island?

1 comment:

Steve Burri said...

Where's Janet Reno when we need her?