Ke Aupuni Update

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
Leon Siu – Hawaiian National

• Celebrating La Ku’oko’a – Independence Day

On November 28, 1843 (175 years ago) France and Great Britain  formally recognized the Sandwich Islands ( the Hawaiian Kingdom)  as a sovereign, independent nation-state. King Kamehameha III declared the date a national holiday and La Ku’oko’a became the most celebrated holiday in the Kingdom for over 50 years! 
That is, until 1895 when  the Republic of Hawaii,  the insurgency  that displaced the Queen and the Hawaiian Kingdom, ordered the American Thanksgiving Day  holiday  to be celebrated instead of La Lu’oko’a. It so happened that year, the American Thanksgiving Day fell on November 28. 
During the period of American domination, the Hawaiian Kingdom high holiday of  La Ku’oko’a  was overshadowed and lost to memory … until about 25 years ago when Kekuni Blaisdell and other patriots revived the observance of  La Kuʻokoʻa  and La Hoʻihoʻi Ea. Ever since,  these holidays have been increasingly   celebrated  with events in several communities throughout our nation.
But let’s see if we can turn this 175th anniversary into an opportunity to spread awareness of the significance of La Ku’oko’a where it really counts… our friends and families.. 
What if we each took a few minutes at our Thanksgiving dinners to share with our families and friends about the significance of Hawaii’s Independence Day and to say how thankful we are that our country was recognized as a sovereign nation; a nation that is reawakening!). In one day we would effectively  reach  thousands more of our ‚ohana in the intimacy of our homes with the story of Hawaii’s Independence Day…more than we would have at a big public rally. When we tell our country’s story, we affirm the narrative; it  becomes more personal; it becomes our story… and the awakening spreads.
Attached is a pdf of a flyer about La Ku’oko’a that you can print out and use to share with your ‚ohana. 
Let’s bring back our holiday, La Ku’oko’a, by giving thanks for Ke Aupuni o Ko Hawai’i Pae ʻĀina.
Malama pono,
Malama pono,
Leon Siu


Ronald Barnes speaks on Hawaii and Alaska

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Item: 8 General Debate (Cont’d) – 29th Meeting, 38th Regular Session Human Rights Council

2 Jul 2018 –  CONTINUED – General Debate under agenda Item: 8 – Follow-up to and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action – 28th Plenary Meeting 38th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.)

South Africa, Ms. Nelia Barnard
Tunisia, Ms. Intissar Ben Attitallah
Netherlands (on behalf of Group of Countries), Ms. Elsbeth Akkerman
Iceland (on behalf of Group of Countries), Ms. Nina Björk Jónsdóttir
Libya, Mr. Abdalla A.M. Hajjaji
Namibia, Ms. Sabine Böhlke-Möller
Iran (Islamic Republic of), Mr. Mohsen Ghanei
Greece, Mr. Michail Manousakis
Albania, Mr. Fatjon Demneri
India, Ms. Mini Devi Kumam
Mozambique, Mr. Jaime Chissano
United Republic of Tanzania, Ms. Ellen Azaria Maduthu
Ireland, Ms. Amy Sheils
Action Canada for Population and Development, Ms. Ermeline Dupuis
International Institute of Mary Our Help of the Salesians of Don Bosco, Ms. Giuditta Gualandi
Africa Culture Internationale, Mr. Norbeto Tavares de Carvalho
The International Organisation for LDCs, Mr. Afendi Al-Haji
Victorious Youths Movement, Mr. Lorenzo Romano
Global Welfare Association, Mr. Nuwan Balantudawa
Indigenous People of Africa Coordinating Committee, Mr. Adrien Kabashi
Liberation, Mr. Amil Septal
Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association, Ms. Melody Vanlalremsangi
International Humanist and Ethical Union, Ms. Elisabeth O’casey
Prahar, Mr. Apte Sangharsh
Asian Forum for Human Rights, Mr. Hafizzullah Nadiri
European Union of Jewish Students, Ms. Gina Feldner-Busztin
Verein Sudwind Entwicklungspolitik, Ms. Nima Hessabian
International Service for Human Rights, Ms. Salma Elhosseiny
Maarij Foundation for Peace and Development, Mr. Joseph Duarte Reis
Association for Integration and sustainable Development in Burundi, Ms. Bonnya Baruah
IUS PRIMI VIRI International Association, Mr. Hani Alaswadi
Association for the Protection of Women and Children’s Rights (APWCR), Mr. Syed Naqshbandi
Indian Council of South America (CISA), Mr. Ronald Barnes
World Barua Organization (WBO), Ms. Rekhubala Devi Takhellamban
International Fellowship of Reconciliation, Ms. Ghalia Mustapha El Bachir
New Human Rights Cameroon, Mr. Munir Ahmed Mengal
Rencontre Africaine pour la defense des droits de l’homme, Mr. Irfan Thaker
Iraqi Development Organization, Ms. Malika Verma
Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain Inc, Mr. Yusuf Al Hoori
Aslam Foundation, Mr. Tyler Py
Organization for Defending Victims of Violence, Mr. Mostafa Mahammadi
Khiam Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture, Mr. Ahmed Aly
International Youth and Student Movement for the United Nations, Ms. Salva Dahi Bachir
Association of World Citizens, Ms. Gnevieve Jourdan
United Nations Watch, Mr. Vladimir Kara-Murza
Alliance Creative Community Project, Mr. Steef Dilon Sunthararaj
World Muslim Congress, Mr. Altaf Hussain Wani
International Council Supporting Fair Trial and Human Rights, Mr. Hassana Aalia
Association des étudiants tamouls de France, Mr. Paul Kumar Newman
Action of Human Movement (AHM), Ms. Ananda Nadarajah Leeladevi
European Humanist Federation, Ms. Julie Pernet
Bharathi Centre Culturel Franco Tamoul, Ms. Arulvathana Sunthararaj
Mauritanienne Démocratique and Human Rights Watch, Ms. Sri Subajini Thayalarajah
Society for Development and Community Empowerment, Ms. Uthayakumary Vaithiyanathan
International Solidarity for Africa, Mr. Pirakalathan Kirushnan
ABC Tamil Oli, Ms. Kanapathipillai Nilanthi
Tamil World, Mr. Arumukha Gounder Arjunaraj
Association Thendral, Ms. Niranjala Arulnandhu
„Coup de Pousse“ Chaîne de l’Espoir Nord-Sud ( C.D.P-C.E.N.S), Mr. Abdelwahab Gain
Institute for NGO Research, Ms. Becca Wertman
Action internationale pour la paix et le développement dans la région des Grands Lacs, Ms. Anne Katala
International Organization for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, Mr. Konstantinos Kakavoulis
Iraq (Right of Reply)
Pakistan (Right of Reply)

UN Live United Nations Web TV – Human Rights Council

ThisOceanLife tv: Nick Franco and Molokai 2 Oahu discovered this podcast and created a few videos of other podcasts‘ audio files; other podcasts will follow to share more stories from Hawai’ian Islands.

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This Ocean Life features ocean based videos, clips, etc. from the lives of watermen and waterwomen. Mix of past and present videos.

Episode 1: In both 2016 and 2017 Nick Franco won his division in the Molokai 2 Oahu world paddleboarding championships on prone boards that he made himself. In this inaugural podcast episode, Nick Franco shares his stories about becoming a world class athlete in the cold waters of Northern California (where very few paddle seriously), his drive to build the next generation of paddleboards with his Shearwater Paddleboards company, and general passion for surfing, diving, and family. Thanks for sharing Nick’s ocean life with us — we hope you go out and live your ocean life to its fullest.

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Royal Hawai’ian Band celebrating King Kalakaua’s 181st born day

On the special occasion of King Kalakau’s 181st born day (16 November 2017, 10am) and on ‚Iolani Palace Grunds, located at 364 South King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands. The Royal Hawai’i Band was established in 1836 and is currently offers Public performances under the City And County Of Honolulu.

Following performance by Royal Hawaiian Band , Tales of Hawai’i interviewed Leon Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs:

USS Boston renamed USS Despatch (scuttle definition)

Boston renamed Despatch (9 August 1940) and reclassified as IX-2 (17 February 1941). Despatch sunk off Yerba Buena Island (8 April 1946). For appropriate context, replace ‚American‘ with U.S. while reviewing article from: Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

USS Despatch, formerly Boston, shortly before scuttling (significant definition) in 1946 at Yerba Buena Island. Same ship associate with Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii

Emailed via online contact site for San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Inquiring about photographs and/or large file images of the USS Boston, the history and list of officers and seamen. Where is USS Boston located today when sank in 1946 off San Francisco? Is there a map to identify its location? Any assistance is much appreciated.

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Project KULEANA Nā Moʻo o Koʻolaupoko presents “Kuʻu Home O Kahaluʻu”

In 2018, Project KULEANA set out with native Hawaiian youth to explore KULEANA through the music, people and history of the places that they call home.

Kuʻu Home ʻO Kahaluʻu by Jerry Santos eloquently captures the feelings, fears and dreams of a small town country boy. Yet, this song has become a song of hope for all of us who must come face to face with the inevitable changes of themselves and the place that they call home.

Ke Aupuni Update

Keeping in touch and updated on activities regarding the restoration of Ke Aupuni o Hawaii, the Hawaiian Kingdom. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono.
Leon Siu – Hawaiian National
Mauna Kea – It’s time to play the jurisdiction card.
On October 30, the Hawaii State Supreme Court ruled to allow the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) to proceed. The decision is a disappointment to the Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners and protectors who asserted Mauna Kea is sacred and that it is being desecrated. The matter is not pau yet.
First, this recent decision can be challenged all the way up to the US Supreme Court. Second, the permitting process could take another two years. Third, the protectors are committed and prepared to continue blocking construction, to precipitate further court challenges.
The builders said two years ago that if there were any more delays they would have to cut their losses and move on. Well, that was two years ago and they are still here. Yet even with their win in the court last week, two more years are looming before they can start construction. You would think they would just pick up and leave… unless the fix is in to fast-track the permitting process… again.
The decision was not surprising. Hawaiians trying to win the case on the basis that the TMT proponents were insensitive to „native rights“ under U.S. law was a weak argument; too many subjective factors. What should have been argued by the protectors was: jurisdiction.The issue is not whether or not the state is in compliance with it policies and procedural requirements, but whether the state has any authority at all in the Hawaiian Islands, especially over lands.
The mistake is, trying to make the state comply to its own laws, when the real issue is that their American laws are invalid in the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands. Compliance is not the issue; jurisdiction is. By arguing over compliance to American laws, rules and regulations, one accepts American jurisdiction. Instead of Hawaiians arguing over compliance to American law, we should be insisting on compliance to Hawaiian Kingdom law.
How about in the next round with TMT, we challenge the State to prove lawful jurisdiction in the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands.
The fake election just completed in the fake State of Hawaii was another overwhelming victory for the chief oppressor: the Democratic Party of Hawaii. This is the party that swept into power in 1956, ushered in “statehood” in 1959 and has literally been the local muscle doing the bidding of the U.S. in Hawaii from day one of statehood… The Democratic Party controls the government, the laws, the lands, the commerce and the people of the Hawaiian Islands.
Their dominance is so complete that the fake-state is synonymous with the Democratic Party. So when we talk about boondoggles like TMT, the Rail, Kaka’ako, Ho’opili… When we talk about the Akaka Bill, Fed Wreck, DOI hearings… malfeasance in OHA, DLNR and DHHL… runaway development and exploitation… homelessness, foreclosures, evictions… the crushing cost of living… etc. it is all at the feet of the dictator in charge… the Democratic Party of Hawaii.
Impact of the  Bolomet  foreclosure case   
As mentioned in the last Ke Aupuni Update, Judge Castagnetti reversed her previous ruling and put the foreclosure actions against Routh on hold for now. As to the bigger question of jurisdiction, the judge appears to have put it off until the next court date in February 2019.
This new development has caused a lot of excitement throughout the lahui. This could have a huge impact on pending cases of Hawaiian patriots standing their ground against the unlawful system.
Community meetings are being held throughout the islands to discuss the implications. Strategies are being developed to assert Hawaiian nationality. At least two neighborhood boards on Oahu have inquired of the State Attorney General whether serving on neighborhood board under an illegal governing body of a foreign state constitute criminal violations under international law. It will be interesting to see how the AG responds.
Foreign Affairs 
The momentum is building. Having a consistent, friendly presence at the UN over the years as a non-member petitioner is beginning to produce results. Dr. deZayasʻ memorandum is one of them. Several other initiatives are in the works and will begin to surface soon.
During September, I attended back-to-back, the session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and the opening week of the UN General Assembly in New York. Several valuable new connections were made. In October, I was invited to participate in an international economic conference in Taiwan, hosted by the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan).
I am headed to Geneva and New York in December to pick up the momentum in advancing our initiatives in those two places, and to brief our friends in the international community on the progress being made here in the islands.
Celebrating La Kuʻokoʻa
Besides the numerous celebrations all over our country (the Hawaiian Islands), places like California and New York are also set to celebrate this important  Kingdom  holiday. Make it a point either attend an event near you … or organize one yourself! Whatever you do, video it and post it to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. We want the world to know the Hawaiian Kingdom is alive and celebrating!   
Malama pono,
Leon Siu

Wai‘anae Town Hall on the UN Memorandum Regarding the Illegal Occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom

Moku o O‘ahu, Wai‘anae, Wai‘anae District Park, ‘Okakopa 24th 2018 . panel guests speak on the UN memorandum from Dr. Alfred M. deZayas and other important topics.

„I have come to understand that the lawful political status of the Hawaiian Islands is that of a sovereign is that of a sovereign nation-state in continuity; but a nation-state that is under a strange form of occupation by the United States resulting from an illegal military occupation and a fraudulent annexation.“ ~ Dr. Alfred M. deZayas, United Nations Independent Expert, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

camera and edit: Oren Tsutsumi

production and logistics: Pono Kealoha