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
• Article in Diva International Diplomat…
In early December we posted a montage of just a few of the many articles showing the attention we are getting from the international press. Well…
In its first issue of the New Year,  Diva International Diplomat, one of the most prestigious publications from the UN in Geneva featured a story about Hawaiian Independence Day. The story was originally scheduled to be printed in the November 2018 issue to commemorate the 175th Anniversary of Lā Kuʻokoʻa, but due to other priorities at Diva, it was shifted to the January 2019 issue. Just as good…as we are getting ready to celebrate the Year of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
In the past, this magazine for diplomats featured stories of whether Alaska and Hawaii are actually U.S. states. The September 2018 issue featured an article about Alaska natives’ struggle for self-determination. (In it, there is a picture taken a few years ago of Poka Laenui with Dr. Alfred deZayas at a conference in Alaska.)
In discussing topics for the article with the editor of Diva last September, we wanted to first address one of the biggest challenges we have with diplomats — getting them to grasp the fact that the Hawaiian Kingdom is already a recognized sovereign, independent country… We decided what better way to make that point than to share the compelling story of how that recognition was achieved… and what better opportunity than the 175th anniversary of that achievement? Thus, this article.
In the future, Diva and other international publications, will be helping us frame the vision for a Free Hawaii; that it is not about a break-up of a relationship, it is about a return to pono … to bring things into proper balance. We are seeking to normalize and resume a healthy, respectful, productive, peaceful, sovereign-nation-to-sovereign-nation relationship with the United States… and the rest of the world… and to do it with Aloha
Stay tuned for future coverage in the international media.
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• Two days of Onipaʻa and Kuʻe…
For two days last week the grounds of ʻIolani Palace and the (soon-to-be Hawaiian Kingdom) Capitol building were saturated with the sights and sounds of Onipa’a and Kuʻe. It was intense… and glorious… celebrating the fact that the Hawaiian Kingdom is alive, growing and on the move. Thousands of people participated in highly visible activities dominating the area of the capitol and the palace. Mahalo to all who organized the events… and to all who came to ku’e and kakoʻo! It was an awesome two days.
• To New York to meet with International Diplomats…
By the time you get this update, Iʻll be in New York City for meetings with diplomats, dignitaries and movers and shakers at the UN. We are going over plans for the introduction of a resolution to the General Assembly later this Spring that we believe will help to turn the tide in our favor. Weʻll share more as things develop.
The Campaign to Free Hawaiʻi is funded by people like YOU… 
We cannot do this crucial work without your help… your kokua. 
It takes funding to make these important accomplishments happen and we deeply appreciate all financial contributions, large or small. 
Any amount you contribute will make a huge impact on our ability to continue this work (and can be tax-deductible if needed). 
We have much to accomplish in 2019 and your contributions toward that are very important and needed.
Your KŌKUA is greatly appreciated! 
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Mahalo Nui Loa!
Malama pono,
Leon Siu

Hawaii Spot Crew Podcast Series

Hawaii Spot Crew Podcast Series‘ original source is by G-Jo. Discovered by Tales of Hawai’i and share with our community. Copyright is owned by the original source G-Jo, not Tales of Hawai’i. Step into the home of four siblings from Hawaii who love to tease, laugh, debate, and share embarrassing childhood memories. Topics range from popular culture, life in Hawaii, comedic skits on current events, and much much more. This is their journey and they invite all to laugh and cry with them as they navigate this thing called life with those that know them best and for some reason choose to love them anyway.

22 June 2017 (audio files missing): Meet the Spot Crew–In this their very first podcast, the Spot Crew invites all to meet its members and get a taste of episodes to come. They hope this episode filled with laughter and teasing brings a smile to faces as they continue their series with more complex topics in the coming weeks. Introduction to Spot Crew Podcast Series–Three minute overview of what to expect in the Spot Crew Podcast series.

1 July 2017 (audio file missing): Pet Peeves, Man Buns, and Shameless Plugs–Spot Crew comes together again to discuss what drives them nuts, whom mom loves best, and the importance of using the proper URL when tweeting to avoid accidentally sharing porn (NANI!). Ice cream gets thrown, action figures destroyed, and more family comes aboard to enjoy and share in the fun.

9 July 2017: Fourth of July, Walking Dead, and Other Random Rantings–Join the SPOT crew as they celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, and a little bit of alcohol.

15 July 2017: Time, Taxes, and Everything in Between–The SPOT crew meets amidst a busy work week to discuss the perils of time, taxes, debt and its solution of NFL stardom. Diets are broken, secrets are spilled, and the Tweetest pounds a pizza and a half in just 20 minutes! Pull up a chair and share in the conversation. We’d offer all pizza but it’s probably cold by now (insert emoji)

27 July 2017: Drunken Secrets (and the pets that share them)– The SPOT Crew goes off topic once again and spills the tea-(quila) on their drunken secrets, sharing their most embarrassing experiences to date. Listen as Pro and Security release spoilers on how to tell if one’s man is looking at another woman and hint at a potential new product. Don’t blame them for the content of this episode (or the wind sounds from our fan), blame the humidity! Thanks a lot Hurricane Fernanda! We’re schvitzing over here!

12 August 2017: Politics, Popsicles, and Peeing in Public– Overachiever loses electricity, cable, WiFi and her filter as she complains about anything and everything under the sun (Pro and Tweetest are there too, but they keep it together). Don’t miss this one… its not going to happen again… unless a dang tree falls on the electric/cable line again! No WiFi no promises!!

18 August 2017: Oooops We Did it Again!!–SPOT Crew becomes the POT crew yet again as Security gets called into work leaving them to fend for themselves. Not even the Pope is safe as the Crew discusses current changes and not so current news about the NFL (we now know what Ezekiel Elliot did…. Yikes). There’s even time to take down Angelina Jolie! Who knows what else this August heat will bring… then again who cares as long as its not politics! (insert emoji)

20 April 2018: SPOT CREW IS BACK!!– Did you miss them? Probably not but they’re back anyway!! Yay!! If anybody misses his/her siblings and want to hear some fight and play…. we are the perfect podcast for all! Sorry about the politics but what can one do, it’s the new normal here in the good old USA. Enjoy! We’ll be more organized later…. probably…. probably not (insert emoji)

Puck 1 – School Begins

1899 cartoon depicting Uncle Sam educating the “uncivilized” nations of Cuba, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and the Philippines. An interesting cartoon created …

Joseph Ferdinand Keppler the founder of the “Puck” magazine, was born at 1. February 1838 in Vienna, Austria. After the studies of art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, he traveled in Tirol and Italy. Everywhere he went, he got famous about his telling stories and his drawings.

Joseph Ferdinand Keppler Born: February 1, 1838 Vienna Died: February 19, 1894 (aged 56) New York City

In 1864, he married the Viennese actress Minna Rubens. His father left Europe by the revolution at 1848 and went in a little town in North Missouri. Joseph Keppler emigrated with his new wife to his father.

Soon went Joseph Keppler with Minna Rubens to St. Louis in 1867. At 1869, J. Keppler help launching at the German-American magazine “Vehme”, for only one year. Kepplers wife, the actress, Minna Rubens died 1870.

Joseph Keppler began in March 1871 to draw cartoons to the magazine “Puck” until August, 1872. In the same year 1871, he married Pauline Pfau witch gave three children, Udo, Irma and Olga, birth.

Fall 1872, Joseph moved with his family to New York and work for Frank Leslie‘s publishing house. 1874, they began contributing political cartoons to Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper. In September, 27. 1876 Joseph, Ferdidand Keppler and Frank Leslie with the employee Adolph Schwarzmann resurrected the “Puck” magazine for the New York German-American audience. Keppler’s main work was in producing cartoons drawings for criticizing President Ulysses S. Grant, and the political corruption of his administration. His cartoons were famous for their caustic wit, generating much publicity for Puck and pioneering the use of color lithography for caricature. Much of his success was due to a clever adaptation of classical and historical subjects to his criticisms of modern life.

Lafayette Street New York
Puck Magazin Druckerei von Albert Wagner entworfen

The “Puck“ magazine was the first successful humor magazine in the United States of colorful cartoons, caricatures and political satire of the issues of the day. It was published from 1871 until 1918. Under several owners and editors continued the English language magazine for more then 40 years, until i got bought by the William Randolph Hearst company in 1916. The publication lasted two more years; the final edition was distributed September 5, 1918. A typical 32-page issue contained a full-color political cartoon on the front cover and a color non-political cartoon or

US-amerikanischen Library of Congress
Columbia trägt ein Kriegsschiff als Hut.

comic strip on the back cover. There was always a double-page color centerfold, usually on a political topic. There were numerous black-and-white cartoons used to illustrate humorous anecdotes. A page of editorials commented on the issues of the day, and the last few pages were devoted to advertisements.

The name of the magazine “Puck”, according to Wikipedia sources, comes from the word “Puckish” what means “childishly mischievous”. In May 1893, Puck Press published A Selection of Cartoons from Puck by Joseph Keppler (1877–1892) featuring 56 cartoons chosen by Keppler as his best work. Also during 1893, Keppler temporarily moved to Chicago and published a smaller-format, 12-page version of Puck from the Chicago World’s Fair grounds. Shortly thereafter, Joseph Keppler died, and Henry Cuyler Bunner, editor of Puck since 1877 continued the magazine until his own death in 1896. Harry Leon Wilson replaced Bunner and remained editor until he resigned in 1902. Joseph Keppler Jr. then became the editor.

The Puck Building in 1895 with the playful corner statue


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