On February 26, 2016, Dr. Keanu Sai and Ph.D. candidate Lorenz Gonschor each gave a presentation on the legal and political history of the Hawaiian Kingdom at Wilcox Elementary School for the community of Kaua‘i.
Dr. Sai and Gonschor were invited by the Hui Aloha ‘Aina o Kaua‘i as part of Halawai Kū`oko`a, a series of 6 monthly events, open to the public and free of charge.
According to Hui Aloha ‘Aina o Kaua‘i, the purpose of the events is to educate the residents of Kaua’i of the legal and historical facts surrounding Hawai‘i.
We are witnessing a convergence of two very different versions of Hawaiian history:
One version claims Hawai‘i is the 50th State of the United States of America, which by their own admission is flawed. See:
U.S. Department of State’s Website: Article on Hawaiian Annexation Removed
The other belief is that Hawai`i is an independent nation, since 1843, enduring a prolonged, unlawful, belligerent occupation by the United States of America
Our hope is to provide clarity and an opportunity for residents to ask questions and ultimately be able to make informed decisions.
This is a kākou thing. This is a “we” thing.