Ministry of Foreign Affairs
The Hawaiian Kingdom
• The Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is actually a sovereign, independent country. The
Hawaiian Islands is not part of the United States… and never was! The Hawaiian Kingdom
never surrendered its sovereignty and the United States never lawfully acquired either the
sovereignty or any territory comprising the Hawaiian Islands.
• Knowing the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands lawfully continues to exist, Hawaiian
patriots reactivated their government and a growing number of people are embracing their
identity as Hawaiian nationals and carrying on a vigorous campaign to reestablish Hawaii’s
rightful standing as a sovereign, independent nation-state in continuity.
• Hawaiians call on the international community to support the campaign to free Hawaii and
invite countries from around the world to honor their historic treaties, agreements and other
international obligations with the Hawaiian Kingdom, so the Hawaiian people can again live
in peace and harmony as part of the family of nations.
HISTORY OF THE SITUATION:
During the Nineteenth Century, the Hawaiian Kingdom was a fully recognized sovereign
nation, with bilateral and multi-lateral treaties with 46 other sovereign nations and with over
130 embassies and consulates posted around the world.
Beginning in 1893, the United States of America committed a series of unlawful acts,
violating the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom, causing regime change and installing
puppet governments, resulting in what is now the US-occupied Hawaiian Islands, purported
to be “Hawaii, the 50th State of the United States of America.”
THE US ADMITS WRONGFUL TAKING:
In 1893 and again in 1993 the United States formally apologized for its wrongful actions,
admitting that the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom was never extinguished, nor was it
ever lawfully relinquished, nor was it lawfully acquired by the U.S.
Nevertheless, the United States continues to falsely claim that Hawaii is part of the United
States; refuses to acknowledge Hawaii’s true international standing; and avoids its legal and
moral obligation to end the illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Islands. Instead, the U.S. in
recent years has endeavored to fortify its grip on the islands by trying to create a Native-
Hawaiian tribal government to act as a proxy “nation” with whom the U.S. Federal
Government could contrive a sham settlement for the wrongful taking — yet remain in
control of the Hawaiian Islands.
STATUS UNDER THE UNITED NATIONS:
In 1946, the United States of America submitted “Hawaii” (the Hawaiian Islands) for
placement on the United Nations list of “Non-Self-Governing Territories” under Article 73 of
the UN Charter, indicating Hawaii was eligible for decolonization. It is now apparent by the
events that followed that this was a scheme to exploit the UN’s decolonization procedure to
promote the United States’ false claim to the Hawaiian Islands and create the appearance of
legitimacy. In 1959, the United States conducted a snap plebiscite for Hawaii residents to
give their approval for “statehood”; the integration of Hawaii into the United States.
However, no effort was made to inform the public of other possible choices, such as
independence, and no explanation was provided regarding the ramifications of the vote. The
only option presented on the ballot was: ‘yes’ to statehood. Despite this and other forms of
flagrant voter-manipulation, the United States’ submitted report A4226 to the UN General
Assembly which falsely claimed that the Hawaiian People had consented to become
integrated into the United States.
Without monitoring, review or verification of the vote by neutral observers or a competent
UN agency, the United States’ report was accepted. The UN General Assembly adopted
Resolution 1469 on 12 December 1959, indicating that because the Hawaiian people had
apparently exercised their right to self-determination and given their consent to become a
state of the United States, the matter of the political status of the Hawaiian Islands was settled
and the U.S. was no longer required to report to the General Assembly on Hawaii’s status as
a non-self-governing territory.
Using this misleading report, the U.S. perpetrated fraud by hijacking the UN’s decolonization
process, causing the UN itself to become complicit in the fraud. Even though it is based on
fraud, UNGA Resolution 1469 upholds the official stance of the United Nations and its
member states: that the political status of the Hawaiian Islands has been settled; and that
Hawaii is an integral part of the United States.
ENGAGING THE UNITED NATIONS
Over the past 20 years, Hawaiians have filed numerous petitions, reports, complaints and
appeals to various bodies of the UN, protesting the United States’ false claim to the Hawaiian
Islands. Communications to the UN include: appeals to the Secretary General, various
Presidents of the General Assembly, the Decolonization Committee, the Fourth Committee,
the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the Human Rights Committee, the
Human Rights Council, the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the
Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples and others.
SOME MOVEMENT AT THE UNITED NATIONS
Following are a few indications of international concern for the Hawaii situation:
• In 2008, members of the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination asked the
United States to explain the procedure used to make Hawaii a state of the United States.
The US did not respond.
• In 2010 at a side event of the Universal Periodic Review of the USA, the US representative
dodged the question about the procedure used to induct Hawaii into the United States. He
said, “The political question has been settled.”
• In 2013, Dr. Alfred M. deZayas, the UN independent expert for the promotion of a
democratic and equitable international order, in paragraph 69 (n) of document A/68/284 of
his Report to the UN General Assembly, cited Hawaii among the places that should be
considered by the United Nations decolonization procedures. This indicated that the
Independent Expert regarded the question of the political status Hawaii is not settled.
• In 2015 at the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America, the Islamic
Republic of Pakistan requested that the United States respond to the recommendation of
paragraph 69 (n) from Dr. deZayas’ 2013 report to the UN General Assembly, with regard
to the situations of Alaska, Hawaii and the Dakotas. This query by Pakistan suggested that
these matters of political status under international law have not been properly settled.
• In 2017 the Hawaiian Islands filed petitions with both the Fourth Committee and the
Committee of 24, calling for a review of GA Resolution 1469 and, upon finding it resulted
from false information, declare GA Resolution 1469 null and void.
• In 2017 a complaint was filed with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
by heirs and descendants, titleholders to lands in Hawaii, who have had lands unlawfully
seized and sold to foreign entities, in collusion with the courts of the puppet State of Hawaii
government. Since these are private titles granted by the laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom,
they require ajudication under Hawaiian Kingdom laws or Hawaiian Kingdom treaties.
• In 2019 a Shadow Report by the Koani Foundation NGO was filed to address the Universal
Periodic Review of the United States of America. The report enumerated multiple human
rights violations in the Hawaiian Islands resulting from the illegal occupation of the
Hawaiian Islands by the United States.
We call upon the Human Rights Committee and other pertinent bodies of the United Nations
to affirm that the political status of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is that of a
sovereign nation in continuity; and that the United States claim of sovereignty over the
Hawaiian Islands is disingenuous and fraudulent.
CORRECTING THE ERROR
We call upon the UN General Assembly to review the circumstances that led to the adoption
of UNGA Resolution 1469 of 12 December 1959. Upon reviewing the resolution and
discovering its error, the UN would be obligated by its Charter to correct the error by
revoking UNGA Resolution 1469. Thus, the United States’ claim that “the political question
has been settled,” will be invalid. Likewise, the United States’ claim of sovereignty over the
Hawaiian Islands will be invalid. The inherent sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands would
become apparent and indisputable. Thus, the illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Islands
would come to an end, under international law, the U.S. will be required to withdraw its
claim and its presence from the Hawaiian Islands and the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands
as a sovereign, independent state would be affirmed and reinstated.
A simple review by the General Assembly of UNGA Resolution 1469 would trigger the
return of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands to its proper standing as a sovereign,
independent, neutral country.