This blog is about Hawaii's status as an independent country under prolonged illegal occupation by the United States, and the history, culture, law & politics of the islands.

By Scott Crawford, Hana, Maui


Old Archives (Aug03-Oct09)

Hawaii’s Place in Oceania: Past, Present, and Future

  Hawaii’s Place in Oceania:

Past, Present, and Future

Lorenz Gonschur, PhD Candidate

Political Science

University of Hawaii at Manoa

 July 24, 2014, Thursday, 5:00 pm

Olelo Community Media Center · 1122 Mapunapuna St.

\Hawaii’s historical and political situation is best understood within the context of the region of Oceania to which the archipelago naturally belongs. Put in this perspective, the unique position of Hawai’i as the first and only fully recognized nation-state in Oceania during the nineteenth century can be clearly seen. Gonschur’s research follows this perspective, from strategies of national independence movements in Hawai’i, Tahiti and Rapa Nui, to state formation and nation-building in Oceania during the nineteenth century, comparing Hawai’i to the other major archipelagos of the region, such as Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji.  There are nuances between occupation (applicable to Hawai’i) and colonization (applicable to Tahiti and Rapa Nui).  During the nineteenth century the Hawaiian Kingdom was a model for successful nation-building that other Pacific Islands tried to emulate. Pacific regionalism, a very important and contested issue throughout the region today, has its roots in the pro-active foreign policy of the Hawaiian Kingdom to support and promote nation-building all across Oceania and keep the region free of outside imperial powers.

Seventh in a series of presentations on new research into Hawaiian Kingdom history

Sponsored by Ka Lei Maile Alii Hawaiian Civic Club, with funding from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Ample parking in the Olelo Community Media Center parking lot and on the street

For more information:, phone (808) 284-3460

Seating is limited

This event is free and open to the public

Native Hawaiian Recognition Hearings to Be Re-aired on Akaku

The Department of the Interiorʻs Public Meetings held in the State of Hawaii will re-air on Akaku Channel 53 all week long starting at 6pm. For a complete list of the air dates please refer below. Each meeting is also available to view online. Click the city name of the meeting you wish to view.

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The Martha Fast Horse Show: Dateline The Hawaiian Kingdom: John Kane (Mohawk) Weighs In

Tomorrow morning, Sunday, July 13, 12:30 a.m. Hawai’i Time / 6:30 Eastern Time (recommendation: best stream is

Fast Horse Productions’ The Martha Fast Horse Show

Special Guest: John Kane (Mohawk), National Commentator on Native Issues

Show Topic: “Dateline The Hawaiian Kingdom: John Kane (Mohawk) Weighs In”

John Kane is a monthly guest on Martha’s show. He hosts two weekly radio shows, “Let’s Talk Native…with John Kane” on Sunday nights on ESPN-AM 1520 in Buffalo, New York and “First Voices Indigenous Radio” on WBAI-FM ­– that’s Pacifica Radio – in New York City on Thursday mornings. He’s frequently seen and heard on TV and radio.

The U.S. Department of Interior recently completed 15 public hearings throughout the Hawaiian Kingdom and will conduct several more in Indian Country, starting later this month, to solicit comments and feedback on whether and how the process of reestablishing a government-to-government relationship should move forward. Hawaiians have responded, thus far, with a resounding “a’ole” (no).

Indian Country Consultations – July 29 through August 7

Tuesday, July 29 — Minnesota – 9 a.m. to noon.
Mystic Lake Casino Hotel, Prior Lake, MN

Wednesday, July 30 — South Dakota – 1 to 4 p.m.
Rushmore Civic Center, Rapid City, SD

Friday, August 1 — Washington – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tulalip Resort, Seattle, WA

Tuesday, August 5 — Arizona – 9 a.m. to noon.
Talking Stick Resort, Scottsdale, AZ

Thursday, August 7 — Connecticut – 9 a.m. to noon.
Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

Featured Song: “Living in a Sovereign Land” by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwoʻole (May 20, 1959 – June 26, 1997) was a Hawaiian musician.

Host/Producer: Martha Fast Horse (Rosebud Lakota), Producer/Writer: Liz Hill(Red Lake Ojibwe), Engineer/Talent: Justin Severson (Minnesotan)

Airing Sunday 7/13/14 on KQRS (KQ92) 92.5 FM at 5:30 a.m. CDT, KXXR (93X) 93.7 FM at 6:00 a.m. CDT, and WGVX (Sports Station) 105.1 FM at 6:00 a.m. CDT in the Twin Cities, MN, USA. Streaming &

Program Archives:

New Research in Hawaiian History – Cruz interviews Sai

This was recorded on Wednesday, July 9

Keanu Sai on KGMB Sunrise this morning

Life of resistance: Bumpy mā toiling for 20 years

From the Star-Advertiser today, for those with subscription here’s the link (which includes images), for those without here’s the text of the article…

Life of resistance

Activist “Bumpy” Kanahele and his Aloha First organization have been toiling steadily for 20 years

By Dan Nakaso

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2014
LAST UPDATED: 09:10 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2014

The bad boy of the Native Hawaiian sovereignty movement celebrated two recent milestones inside the 45-acre compound that serves as the Waimanalo headquarters for the Nation of Hawaii.

Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele, a grandfather 12 times over, turned 60 on Tuesday. And last month, Kanahele and the 70 residents of Pu‘uhonua o Waimanalo — or “Refuge of Waimanalo” — celebrated the 20th anniversary of the date in June 1994 when Kanahele ended his 15-month occupation of Makapu‘u Beach Park in exchange for a lease on a spectacular swath of state-owned land that he continues to govern.

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La Ho’iho’i Ea – Sovereignty Restoration Day

Umi Perkins interview on First Voices Indigenous Radio

‘Umi Perkins will be John Kane‘s guest tomorrow morning (July 3) on “First Voices Indigenous Radio,” WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City, 9-10 a.m. Eastern Time / 3-4 a.m. Hawai’i Time. The show will stream live at It will be available in the WBAI archive immediately following the broadcast.

Umi Perkins: New Research in Hawaiian History

Lynette Cruz interviews Umi Perkins on New Research in Hawaiian History

(He talks about being in a deep loʻi kalo as being “immersed in the land” … quite literally… I like that phrase. I always say there’s nothing more grounding then actually standing in the ground when you’re up to your thighs in lo‘i mud.)

Osorio interview on Radio Australia

Hawaiian independence activists won’t be silenced

Updated 27 June 2014, 9:27 AEST

Supporters of independence for Hawaii say a series of hearing conducted by the US Department of the Interior this week are an attempt by the Obama Administration to try to silence the independence movement.

Hawaiian independence activists won’t be silenced (Credit: ABC)
Campaigners claim as many as one thousand Hawaiians have taken the opportunity to speak at the hearings.

Jon Osorio, is a singer/songwriter and teaches in the Hawaiian Studies Centre at the University of Hawaii.

He’s is also a supporter of the continuing push for what campaigners call the de-occupation of the islands by the US.

Presenter: Brian Abbott

Speaker: Professor Jon Orosio, University of Hawaii

Listen to the interview here