Ke Aupuni Update – May 9, 2020

In our last update, we pointed out a stark contrast in styles of governance… how we expect the soon-to-be restored Hawaiian Kingdom to operate differently from the current US/State of Hawaii, by using Kapu Aloha… treating everyone with respect and aloha …even if we do not agree with them.

When Gov. Ige visited the Mauna Kea puʻuhonua last July, all the news media reported on how he was received by the kupuna and the kiaʻi. Hawaii News Now said: “The governor received a remarkably warm welcome ― with lei, chants and embraces … in his first visit to the TMT protest.” It was essentially the same in all the news accounts as well as the live-streamed and eye-witness postings.

In spite of the fact that the two “sides” were diametrically opposed on the TMT project, Kapu Aloha prevailed and was maintained by the kiaʻi all the way to the successful suspension of the TMT project and the noa (ending, putting to rest) of the puʻuhonua.

This was the peaceful and orderly narrative at the ʻofficialʻ levels — government, developers, protectors, community, media.

But in the arena of public opinion, it was harsh… and some people — on both sides — got completely out of hand… especially on social media… making accusations, recriminations and threats. Definitely not Kapu Aloha.

This is the area that really requires our personal, individual attention. Each of us in the nation, if we are to be a lāhui that governs with Kapu Aloha, we have to be people who strive to live by Kapu Aloha… personally… and in a culture that upholds Kapu Aloha.

The current crisis over the coronavirus has caused Gov. Ige to adopt draconian measures, shutting down practically everything. Even those that donʻt present any health hazard. Everyone his hurting. It is already an economic disaster. Those demonstrating for re-opening certain activities and businesses are being arrested and villified in social media. (Sound familiar?). This crisis is an opportune to take Kapu Aloha to the next step… making it personal in your own life and putting it into practice!

This crisis will pass, but what will be on the other end? What kind of a people will we be? What kind of a nation will we model? If not one showing Kapu Aloha, then it will be pohō, a wasted opportunity.

It is the amazing power of Kapu Aloha that will carry us through the rebirthing and rebuilding of our nation. Eō!

Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom

If you are (or if you know of someone who is) interested in being a facilitator for any aspect of the Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom Celebration, please contact:

The campaign to Free Hawaii continues to grow … as soon as this pandemic subsides, we expect significant movement in gaining support from the global community. Your kokua is vital to this effort…
Your kōkua, large or small, is much appreciated will help greatly to move this work forward.

To contribute, go to

To contribute in other ways (airline miles, travel vouchers, clerical help, etc…) email us at

Check out the great FREE HAWAII products you can purchase at…

All proceeds go to help the cause.
Mahalo Nui Loa!
Malama Pono,
Leon Siu
Hawaiian National

New Subproject of ToH

© Foto and Drawing Gérard Koch, 2020

This is another subproject to the overall project of „Tales of Hawaii“. I would like to take a fresh look at the friendly, economic and social relationships of the Hawaiian king Kalakaua and their family with the new western immigrants and missionaries and their interests, needs to the point of greed for power, the change through contracts, changes in law and the influence of the royal family to annexation of the USA.
Perhaps I would like to be able to answer and prove my questions, such as:
– Was King Kalakaua influenced by the missionaries and their new immigrants?
– If yes, how and by what was it influenced?
– Has the West’s new friendships and close relationships with the King made law changes that negatively impacted Hawaii?
– How did the annexation come about?
– What are the reasons behind it?
– Who exactly was behind it?
– How was it organized?
– How long did the takeover planning take?
– How were the Hawaiians circumvented?

the W-Questions – ©Foto Gérard Koch 2020

I have many more questions about where I would like to have answered. It’s like a crime thriller looking for a breakdown of who the suspect was. Can it be solved at all? One piece at a time must be put together. The idea is also to ask known and unknown people to interview, as well as to look for evidence in the archives. It will be a long-term undertaking where I am not sure whether I can satisfy all my curiosity first and whether I can find the solution at all.
In order for all the information that I will collect to be neatly documented and I have quick access to search filters and can link to them, I first have to set up my own database.
To do this, I took the first step today with brainstorming, which everything has to flow into the database. As soon as I have worked this out, I will program the database. All the information that I have already collected in the meantime certainly results in over a thousand data records.
Yes, such a project should also be given a name, I owe it to this work. I let my mind wander to find a suitable name. Maybe you just have a perfect name for it or you might even want to help solve this puzzle. I would be very happy if I could get support and tips from you. Just write to me at:

Brainstorming 1 ©Foto Gérard Koch, 2020
Brainstorming 2 ©Foto Gérard Koch, 2020

Ke Aupuni Update – April 13, 2020

Kapu Aloha going “viral”

The corona virus situation has abruptly forced people to confront and reconsider their priorities… that it is just as important to value the well-being of others as much as you value yourself. In the past few weeks commercial messages in print, broadcasts and social media have changed from the usual obscene, “What’s in it for me?” to the virtuous, “We’re all in this together!”

Everywhere we turn, the message of caring for each other, for family and community is being spread faster than the virus. Suddenly the world is waking up to the notion that it’s not about the rat-race, it’s about the human race. It’s about taking care of one another. That if we want to survive pandemics and even worse, we have to make it a kakou (together) thing… to malama (care for) each other and everything around us… even the air we breathe.

This past year, we saw Kapu Aloha miraculously transform and defuse the volatility of TMT on Mauna Kea and how that spirit spread to numerous other tense situations such as Kahuku and Hunananiho. Now, we see the world spontaneously embracing this spirit — in essence, Kapu Aloha — to get through the corona virus crisis.

Just think, this amazing power of Kapu Aloha is what will carry us through the rebirthing and rebuilding of our nation. Eō!

Ke Aupuni Update – March 21, 2020

Room at the Palais des Nations where the Human Rights Council conducts its plenary meetings.

At the UN

I arrived in Geneva as Switzerland was beginning to react to the Coronavirus emergency. The day before I got there, thousands of people who had traveled to attend the famous International Geneva Motor Show were abruptly told, on the eve of its opening, the week-long event was canceled. Within two days, Geneva hotels, hostels, BNBʻs, etc. plummeted from 100% occupancy to 15%!

The UN also began to make adjustments, canceling all of the panel events that make up the bulk of the activities at the Human Rights Council. Civil society delegates who had come from all over the world, some at great cost and sacrifice, were told they could not make their presentations. It was devastating to many. After two weeks of schedule and venue changes and other disruptions, the last week of the 43rd Session of the Human Rights Council was cancelled. It was time to “Get out of Dodge.”

I left Geneva a day earlier than originally planned, just a few hours before the Europe “travel ban” went into effect. I intended to stay in New York for a couple of weeks, but things were shutting down there also. So I flew back to Honolulu. Good to be back home.

The delegation from Incomindios, a Swiss NGO that has been faithfully supporting our efforts at the UN for the past 10 years!

What happened at the UN

As you know, I go to the UN headquarters both in New York and Geneva several times a year. We are not trying to join the UN. We are there to point out that one of its principal members, the United States, is committing international wrongful acts with regard to the Hawaiian Islands; and that the United Nations needs to stop aiding and abetting these criminal acts.

Foreign affairs is also called foreign relations. The building of friendly relations is crucial to the interest of our nation. The disruptions in the UN agenda in Geneva meant that many of the diplomats had some unexpected spare time. Thus, I was able to use the opportunity to have face-to-face, talk-story with several ambassadors and officials to update them about our situation and to discuss strategy. For this reason, I consider this trip as one of the most productive for our purposes.

Having these extra one-on-one talks was a God-send, and will prove extremely beneficial to our cause when things settle down a bit and the UN resumes its meetings… and we are able to launch our initiatives to Free Hawaii.

Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom
If you are (or if you know of someone who is) interested in being a facilitator for any aspect of the Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom Celebration, please contact:

Ke Aupuni Update February 29, 2020

Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono. The sovereignty of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.

“The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom”

June 11 2020 – June 11 2021

What is this about?

The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom is going to be a year-long celebration of the anniversary of the birth of our nation 210 years ago, and a celebration of the re-birth and re-generation of the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign nation.
In April of 1810, Kaumualiʻi the aliʻi nui of Kauai and Niʻihau, traveled to Oʻahu to give fealty to Kamehameha the Great, thus ending a 15-year stand-off with Kamehameha and completing the unification of the Hawaiian Islands under the sovereign rule of Kamehameha. With that, what became known as the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands, was born.
Although there will be some preliminary observances in April honoring Kaumualʻi’s noble action, the actual start of the Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom celebration will be, appropriately… King Kamehameha Day, June 11, 2020.
King Kamehameha Day was first proclaimed by King Kamehameha V on December 22, 1871 as a day to honor his grandfather, Kamehameha the Great, the founder of our country.
The first observance of the holiday happened in 1872. It was an immediate success and grew to become the biggest holiday in Hawaiʻi nei. By the late 19th century, the celebrations featured elaborate parades, carnivals and fairs, foot races, horse races and other festive events. King Kamehameha Day is the only Hawaiian Kingdom holiday that survived intact through “the fake territory” and “the fake state” of Hawaii.
With the Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom celebration, we are going to not only reclaim Kamehameha Day as a Hawaiian Kingdom national holiday, but use it as a festive and positive reminder to everyone that this is still the Hawaiian Kingdom! … and the people of this nation… natives, subjects, nationals… still live here.We donʻt have to start from scratch…We are excited! Many great ideas are being proposed to make this an incredible celebration.The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom can piggy-back on upcoming international events like the Pacific Arts Festival starting June 10 in Honolulu; the Tokyo Olympics in July, along with our own national holidays (Kamehameha Day, La Hoʻihoʻi Ea; Onipaʻa, La Kuʻokoʻa…) We can use other platforms such as Aloha Festivals, Hula Bowl, Merrie Monarch… and, of course we can also, as we have done in the past, commandeer U.S. holidays (like the 4th of July, Statehood Day, etc.). We can do amazing social media stuff, like live-streaming concerts and other events globally; have some invigorating messaging on instagram, twitter, etc. (“Aloha, Iʻm so-and-so and I live in the Hawaiian Kingdom”) and all kinds of fun merchandizing…But we still need a committee to spearhead, coordinate and promote the events for celebration. If you are (or if you know of someone who is) interested in being a facilitator for this project, please contact:


Things are intensifying… this year is going to see some breakthroughs as we travel and interact with the global community to support our initiatives. Your kokua is vital to this effort… (see below about contributing through GoFundMe)


Your kōkua, large or small, is much appreciated will help greatly to move this work forward.To contribute, go to
To contribute in other ways (airline miles, travel vouchers, clerical help, etc…) email us at
Check out the great FREE HAWAII products you can purchase at…

All proceeds go to help the cause.

Mahalo Nui Loa!
Malama Pono,
Leon Siu
Hawaiian National

Ke Aupuni Update – January 1, 2020

Hulo! Hulo! Kū Kiaʻi Mauna!

It was a huge victory for Kū Kiaʻi Mauna last week. Hulo! Hulo! Congratulations to the leaders and all who responded to the call to protect the sacredness of Mauna Kea and to stop the despoiling of our ʻāina.

While itʻs not completely over (we must still remain vigilant), the decision of the county/state to back off for now means the chances of TMT ever being built on Mauna Kea is slim to none. It is a 180 degree turn from where things stood in July. Thatʻs a victory!

Celebrate 2020… “The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom”

The events of this past year culminating with the victory on Mauna Kea have been truly amazing! We can clearly see that the decades of persistent, sacrificial kūʻē by generations of Aloha ʻĀina (those who love Hawaii nei) has brought us to the reawakening of our nation as a sovereign, independent country.

What a great way to lead into The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom, its timely celebration of the reawakening of the Hawaiian nation and its bright future.

We are calling every one near and far who loves Hawaii, to celebrate, 2020 – The Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom… “Facing the Future”

Centered in the Hawaiian Islands, but global in scope, the celebration will focus on our national identity and build awareness that the Hawaiian Kingdom is here, in Hawaii nei… alive and growing in stature and capacity… to resume its role as an innovative and inspiring member the world community.

Not your ordinary celebration…

As Mauna Kea and Kapu Aloha demonstrated, this event can take on a whole new dimension as we come together to celebrate the next step… from saving the Mauna to the rebirth of our country! Driven by aloha ʻāina at home, reaching out to the world with the positive, uplifting, upbeat, happy, inspiring ʻwe can do itʻ attitude, we can bring Aloha to the world in a global cyber celebration of the rebirth of a nation.

This is going to be exciting!

Stay tuned…

Hawaiʻi loa kū like kākou! All Hawaiʻi stand together!


NOTE – We are in a critical time of moving to the next stage of rebuilding our country. Your kokua is needed! Imua!

We cannot do this crucial work without your kōkua … your help.
Your kōkua, large or small, is much appreciated will help greatly to move this work forward.
To contribute, go to


Check out the great FREE HAWAII products you can purchase at…

All proceeds go to help the cause.

Mahalo Nui Loa!

Malama Pono,
Leon Siu
Hawaiian National

My first call in 2020

My first call in 2020:
I wish all my friends a super happy new year. Good luck to you all.
The year is still young and we have recharged our batteries in the snow mountains, made resolutions and are in full swing. So did I. I have an idea that I would like to realize this year. But I urgently need your help, your support and your opinion:
My wish this year is to try again to plan and implement a special, unforgettable event from and about Hawai’i in Switzerland. The reason and thought for this is not to simply make money quickly like many major events do, not simply that a Hawai’i event has taken place in Switzerland, no; it’s about a lot more.
I claim that 99.9% of Swiss don’t know that Hawai’i was and still is a kingdom. Many believe and we are taught that Hawaii belongs to the USA as the 50th state, which, however, is not true when you look closely and do research. Furthermore, the Swiss do not know that Hawaii Kingdom and Switzerland signed contracts in 1864 that are actually still valid but are no longer being lived. Hawaii has a very compressed, highly interesting big story to tell, has a wonderful culture, is a dream destination for many Swiss people, but we only know paradise, not the dark side and not its history at all. This event is intended to be an information evening where music, culture, talks, documentaries and feature films are to be exchanged. Show the beauty of Hawaii, but also bring out the not so gold, shiny side. Provide a platform for Hawaii. My text here is just a rough outline of my project. An exact concept has to be worked out etc. I am very familiar with this. The advantage for the success of this project is that I am very well connected with Hawaii and know a lot of people like:
a) world famous musicians;
b) Hula Halau (dance groups)
c) one of the best known event managers from Hawaii and the United States;
d) diplomats, lawyers and professors who are perfectly familiar with Hawaii’s history;
e) Filmmakers and producers

Well, my question to you: Who really wants to support me in helping to make his network available to people who are interested in Hawaii can also be financially strong, well-known people. I am looking for people who not only say yes, but also join in.
The “downside” to this will be that you will get to know Hawaii better. Smile
Do you feel like or do you know people? What do you think about this?
If you have any questions, you can contact me at You can get an insight into Hawaii on my website and I would be absolutely happy to receive your like and subscribe from my FB page in the new year.
Thanks in advance now, I am curious about your reactions.


—————– German —————–

Mein erster Aufruf im 2020:

Ich wünsche all meinen Freunden noch ein super gutes neues Jahr. Viel Glück euch allen.

Das Jahr ist noch jung und wir haben neue Energie in den Schneebergen getankt, uns Vorsätze genommen und sind in vollem Tatendrang. So auch ich.  Ich habe eine Idee, die ich dieses Jahr verwirklichen möchte. Aber dazu brauche ich dringend eure Hilfe, eure Unterstützung und eure Meinung:
Mein Wunsch dieses Jahr ist, noch einmal versuchen einen speziellen, unvergesslichen Event von und über Hawai’i in der Schweiz zu planen und auszuführen. Der Grund und Gedanke  dafür ist nicht, einfach schnell mal Geld zu machen wie viele Gross-Anlässe es tun, auch nicht einfach dass ein Hawai’i Event in der Schweiz mal stattgefunden hat, nein; es geht um viel mehr.
Ich behaupte, dass 99,9% von den Schweizern nicht wissen,  dass Hawai’i ein Königreich war und immer noch ist. Viele glauben und es wird uns gelernt, dass Hawaii zu den USA gehört, als der 50. Staat, was aber beim genauen hin schauen und nach forschen nicht stimmt.  Weiter wissen die Schweizer nicht, dass Hawaii Kingdom und die Schweiz 1864 Verträge unterzeichnet haben, die jetzt eigentlich noch Gültigkeit haben, aber nicht mehr gelebt werden. Hawaii hat eine sehr komprimierte hoch interessante grosse Geschichte zu erzählen, hat eine wunderbare Kultur, ist ein Traum-Reiseziel von vielen Schweizern, aber wir kennen nur das Paradies, nicht aber auch die Schattenseite und überhaupt nicht ihre Geschichte. Dieser Anlass soll ein Informationsabend/e sein, wo Musik, Kultur, Gespräche, Dokumentar- und Spielfilme ausgetauscht werden sollen. Die Schönheit von Hawaii zeigen, aber auch die nicht so goldig, scheinende Seite hervor bringen.  Eine Plattform für Hawaii geben. Mein Text hier ist nur ein grober Abriss meines Vorhabens. Es muss ein genaues Konzept erarbeitet werden etc.. Dies ist mir sehr bekannt. Der Vorteil für das Gelingen dieses Vorhaben ist,  dass ich sehr gut mit Hawai’i verbunden bin und viele Leute kenne wie:

  1. weltbekannte Musiker ;
  2. Hula Halau (Tanzgruppen)
  3. eine der bekanntesten Eventmanager von Hawaii und den USA ;
  4. Diplomaten, Anwälte und Professoren die über Hawaii’s Geschichte sich perfekt auskennen;
  5. Filmemacher und Produzenten


Nun, meine Frage an euch: Wer hat wirklich Lust mich dabei zu unterstützen, mit zu machen, sein Netzwerk zu Leuten die ein Hawaii Interesse haben zur Verfügung zu stellen, können auch finanziell starke, bekannte Leute sein. Ich suche Leute, die nicht nur ja sagen, sondern auch mit machen.
Der „Nachteil“ bei diesem Vorhaben wird sein, dass du Hawaii besser kennen lernen wirst.  Smile
Hast du Lust oder kennst du Leute? Was ist deine Meinung dazu?
Bei Fragen kannst du mich unter erreichen.  Ein Einblick über Hawaii kannst du dir auf meiner Webseite einsehen und es würde mich absolut freuen im neuen Jahr, dein Like und abonnieren von meiner FB-Page zu erhalten.

Danke jetzt schon im Voraus, ich bin neugierig auf eure Reaktionen.

Educated, Engaged, Connected: Kalākaua’s Kingdom of Hawai‘i

Although the story and the exhibition were at the beginning of this year, the story is nevertheless impressive and gives an insight into the history. Therefore, I have allowed this story with a thank you to „Hawai’i Public Radio“ this spread. Enjoy the Story:

Jan 15, 2019

Joseph Strong. Honolulu Harbor, 1886. Oil on canvas. A view of Honolulu Harbor as it looked about midway through King Kalakaua’s reign (1874-1891.) This large painting, and its complement from 1836, are on view at the Honolulu Museum of Art with historical and cultural artifacts from the period. The Ho’oulu Hawai’i, The King Kalakaua Era exhibit continues through January 27, 2019. Credit Noe Tanigawa

Hawai‘i was a hotbed of change in the late 1800’s.  People were moving to the cities, as cholera, tuberculosis, and other diseases advanced, killing 70-90% of Native Hawaiians by the end of the century.  Foreign business interests were growing, and in 1874, Americans thought they had an ally when King Kalākaua ascended the throne.  HPR’s Noe Tanigawa reports on the Honolulu Museum of Art exhibition that focuses on his reign.

Zita Cup Choy, historian, docent educator, for ‚Iolani Palace. Credit Noe Tanigawa

The exhibition, Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i, The King Kalakaua Era, continues at the Honolulu Museum of Art through January 27th 2019.

This exhibition irepresents a collaboration between the Honolulu Museum, the Bishop Musuem, and ‚Iolani Palace, with pieces drawn from the Hawai’i State Archives and Hawai’i Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives.

King Kalākaua, who reigned from 1874 to 1891, loved modern technology, and a lot of people in Hawai‘i did too.  A telephone directory from the period includes names familiar today as city streets and thoroughfares:  Wilder, Dillingham, Atherton, Dowsett, Cleghorn, Atkinson.

“One of the messages this exhibit gives to the world is that Hawai‘i was modern, educated, connected to the world.”

Zita Cup Choy, historian, docent educator, at ‘Iolani Palace.

Medals, royal orders, and other signifiers of power and prestige are well represented in this exhibition. Intricate jewelry pieces and personal items are vivid reminders of the times. Credit Noe Tanigawa

“Sometimes I think Hawai‘i was more connected to the world then, than we are now, despite all our modern telecommunications.  Kalākaua was connecting with people all over the place.”

Kalākaua held audiences with important travelers from east and west, inquiring about medical, commercial, and other advances in their respective countries.

How did foreigners see King Kalākaua?

Cup Choy:  Well educated, well spoken, handsome, dressed really well, spoke English fluently.  One comment I absolutely love, “Kalākaua is well versed in international law.”   He was admitted to the bar in 1869, so he was not just what a lot of people think of him as being a party animal.  A real intellectual as well.

Many of the pieces in the Ho‘oulu Hawai‘i show relate to Kalakaua’s ten month trip around the world in 1881.  He was the first head of a country to circumnavigate the globe, and he was careful to do so in a manner that would inspire respect for his kingdom.

“By the 1870’s and 1880’s, the Hawaiian Kingdom had over a hundred consulates and embassies in cities around the world.“

Ron Williams Jr. is a PhD in Hawaiian history, and an archivist at the State Archives.

Credit Noe Tanigawa

Williams:  Pretoria South Africa, Chile, Australia, San Diego, Seattle, they had consulates and embassies on six of the seven continents of the world.  They weren’t just show, they were doing things that protected Hawaiian kingdoms subjects in those cities.

Williams:  The easy narrative we were telling thirty or forty years ago was that the white man came to Hawai‘i and took over.  The problem is, we create this binary of foreign and native:  things were great or idyllic, they were Hawaiian.  All of a sudden these foreign things came in and changed Hawai‘i.

Williams:  Yes, they changed Hawai‘i, but often they were foreign appropriations of Kalākaua and others, used to defend or prop up the nation.  That’s what this exhibit’s about, is the fact that Kalākaua was a master of taking quote foreign things and using them to represent the Kingdom.

The medals, the coins, these accoutrements of power, the flags, the outfits, they meant something to him, to the people?

Williams:  Yes, and to the world.  I know that he increased the visibility, the strength, the place, the respect, of Hawai‘i around the world enormously.  He also endangered it in certain ways.


Williams:  Well, through not being careful with the budget.  Debt means you’ve got to borrow money, means you’re beholden, means you’ve got influence here.  But I think, I know, that he was constantly looking for ways to defend the kingdom.

Williams:  The Kingdom had sovereignty since 1843, but he was reminding the world, through his Declarations, through Royal Orders, through all kinds of stuff, Hey, if something happens here, you got our back because we’ve got a treaty with you.  He was reminding the world of Hawai‘i’s place.

Ron Williams, Jr. Archivist, Hawai’i State Archives, historian specializing in Hawaiian history. Credit Noe Tanigawa

Williams:  Even myself, when I talk about debt, there’s a truth to that, but there’s even another side to that story.  The sugar plantations, in the 1880’s, over a three year period, the Hawaiian Kingdom government spent a million dollars in 1883 money importing labor for the sugar plantations.  That’s the Kingdom, public funds going to help a private corporation.  So when we talk about debt and the King spending money, put that against a million dollars helping out the sugar planters.  So it was complicated.

Williams points out that Kalākaua allied himself with American interests to secure the throne, but how do you think he changed in his role?

Williams:  Well, he did change, I like to call it his Saul moment, because, to be frank, I’ll say, some of the newer work on Kalākaua is almost hagiographic.  “The haole papers say he was evil, he was really a saint.”  Neither is true, of course.

He came to power kind of trying to have to prove himself, and he did that by aligning himself with those who were on the rise in power, which was the Americans in Hawai‘i.  He was pushing for the Treaty of Reciprocity, he had the support of local American-linked businessmen, and so forth, and he was a landowner himself, so he was making money on sugar and so forth.

Williams:  There comes a moment, this is my interpretation, when I think he started to understand, these guys are getting so powerful, they don’t necessarily need me anymore.  That’s when you see this shift, you see this intense nationalism and this intense patriotism and so forth coming out of that point.

All of a sudden, it’s ho‘oulu la hui and it’s him travelling the world and claiming Hawai‘i for Hawaiians and so forth.  He was a very pragmatic man, and I think he saw the writing on the wall and became intensely nationalistic.

Cup Choy:  Kalākaua’s idea of Ho‘oulu la hui was not just preserve and perpetuate the race, but preserve and perpetuate cultural knowledge about traditional cultural practices.  So he collected Hawaiian artifacts, he promoted hula which had gone underground.  He also wrote a book, the publisher insisted that it be called the Legends and Myths of Hawai‘i but it’s actually the oral history, the writing down of the chants so you can read stories in there about his ancestors or kūpuna, Umi and Liloa, and all the people who preceded the Kamehameha and Kalākaua line.

By 1890, Kalākaua’s health was failing, and his physician advised treatment in San Francisco.  The King was also said to be interested in direct steamer service from the West Coast to Hawai‘I, so he boarded the steamer Charleston for a 4-5 week tour that began in southern California where he visited San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico.  American newspapers at the time printed rumors that the King was on a mission to sell the Hawaiian Islands to the U.S., but nothing came of that.

By the third week of the trip, newspapers reported the King was looking healthier and might return to Hawai‘i sooner than expected.  Instead, the King declined, and died on January 20, 1891, in the Palace Hotel in San Francisco.

Cup Choy:  Can you imagine?  He’s coming home! There was stuff all over the place.  The regent, Lili‘uokalani had sent out invitations, “Her Royal Highness, Princess Liliuokalani Regent, invites you to a ball to be held on the evening of Kalākaua;s return.”  The community was really excited about having him home.

Then, one day, seeing a ship on the horizon, Lighthouse Charlie called the phone company to say the Charleston’s flags were at half mast, the yards were draped in black.

Cup Choy:  There’s a quote from Curtis P. I’aukea talking about Kapi‘olani, just bereft, on the lanai on the Palace second floor, watching her husband’s casket conveyed from Honolulu harbor’s pier, up to the Palace.

Mahalo to „Hawai’i Public Radio“
The audio file you will find on:

Ke Aupuni Update – October 26, 2019

The Nation Rising

Who are we? Many are kanaka maoli… many are not; many have declared themselves as Hawaiian nationals or Hawaiian Kingdom subjects… many have not yet done so. But one thing we do have in common is the underlying Aloha ʻĀina for Hawaiʻi nei. He Hawaiʻi au (I am Hawaiʻi). ʻO mākou ʻo Hawaiʻi (We are Hawaiʻi).

The Hawaiian Kingdom was a highly educated society, whose subjects were akamai and engaged in matters of public affairs; espesially when it came to matters of Aloha ʻĀina and governance. The Kuʻe actions we are seeing today spring from our legacy, indeed, our kuleana of Aloha ʻĀina… to mālama Hawaiʻi and to kūʻē against harmful acts that endanger our people and our lands.

Often called “resistance”, it is really the desire to defend and preserve the deep-seated cultural values and love of country, solidified into a national consciousness and identity of Aloha ʻĀina.

Todayʻs manifestations: Mauna Kea, Haleakalā, Nā Wai ʻEha, Waimanalo, Kahuku… are the echos of Kalama Valley, Kahoʻolawe, Waiahole-Waikāne, Hilo Airport…  back to the Kuʻe Petition, Aloha Aina rallies and other vigorous protests against annexation. This is not something new or frivolous, it is who we are.

The current resistance movement and the independence movement are not one and the same, but they are strongly related in Aloha ʻĀina… and fast approaching the point of merger…

We have clearly demonstrated that our love for our land compels us to oppose the continuation of unrestrained exploitation of our lands and resources… We have “put our foot down.” Now what are we going to do about it?

Remember that old finger rhyme?  Here is the church, here is the steeple…? How does that apply to us?

Next Ke Aupuni Update – The Urgency of Presenting the Nation

Malama Pono,
Leon Siu
Hawaiian National

Ke Aupuni Update – October 11, 2019

I’ve been on a two-month working trip that took me to New York for a week, Geneva, Switzerland for two weeks and back again to New York for the past three weeks. I just arrived in Southern California for the final leg of my journey. It’s been a very intense and productive trip with numerous meetings and amazing progress in our efforts to Free Hawaii… we are getting close…

Kū Kiaʻi NYC
It has been a joy to join with the NYC ʻohana at the every-Friday-evening Kū Kiaʻi Mauna hui pono at Washington Square in Manhattan. Aunty Pua Case, her daughter/photographer Kapulei Flores and filmmaker Jalena Keane-Lee were there this past Friday, fresh from Mauna Kea. Earlier that afternoon they had given a highly informative and inspiring presentation at New York University (NYU) attended by about 75 NYC ʻohana crammed into a conference room to hear Aunty Pua speak and enjoy a preview of the soon-to-be-released, Standing Above the Clouds, a film by Jalena.

A week prior, I had a talk-story session also at NYU with the New York ʻohana about what we’re pursuing at the international level and the opportunity for our New York ʻohana to become engaged in that work…

The UN and Decolonization
What are we doing at the UN regarding decolonization?
First of all, we are not seeking to use the UN’s decolonization process to “decolonize” Hawaii.

What we are doing is exposing the fact that in 1959 the United Nations’ decolonization system got scammed into accepting a report by the United States that the Hawaiian people had voted for Hawaii to become a state of the U.S. As a result, the UN deemed Hawaii “decolonized” into being an integral part of the United States.

Although we in Hawaii know the Hawaiian Kingdom is still a sovereign, independent country, and that the 1959 plebiscite was an utter fraud, the U.S. continues to maintain complete control of the Hawaiian Islands… confident that the UN and all its members officially regard Hawaii as part of the United States, not an independent country.

To correct that situation, we have been engaging various UN bodies and agencies, including the UN’s decolonization mechanisms: 1) to debunk the notion that the Hawaiian Islands are or had ever been a part of the United States; 2) to remove the UN’s support of the United States’ false claim to the Hawaiian Islands; and 3) to get the UN and the entire international community to acknowledge the Hawaiian Kingdom continues to exist as a sovereign, independent country.

The Decolonization Alliance
We are also actively engaged in decolonization to kokua the many non-self-governing nations who are still trapped in the grip of colonial rule (or occupation) and being denied their right of self-determination.

There are many such places… The most prominent ones in the news recently are: Hong Kong, Catalonia, Kashmir, West Papua, Okinawa, the Rohingya of Myanmar, the Uyghur of Xinjian (China), the Naga … We have been standing in solidarity with their efforts to gain independence through the UN decolonization process.

Six years ago in New York we formed an organization called The Decolonization Alliance, joining together the efforts of nations seeking independence with activist and advocacy groups to press the UN to step up its decolonization process. Through a series of Decolonization Dialogs and other special events (the most recent last Tuesday on French Polynesia) we have been able to cause significant forward movement for decolonization… Developing…

NOTE: The next few months is critical to triggering a break

through at the UN. Your kokua is needed to move us forward! Imua!

Kūʻe!  Kū Kiaʻi  Mauna!  Kapu Aloha!
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.