Friday, August 21, 2009

Fifty Years of Statehood Today

Welcome to
"A L O H A
. . .
Welcome to the unconquered
"Kingdom Of Hawaii"
This is not where the story begins, in 1959.
It's a much older story, with a much broader context.

My grandparents came to America as young children. They were fleeing a bad situation, and they were yearning towards a great hope that, by and large, did not disappoint them.
I love the values that the USA stands for
(if imperfectly realized some times).

But America came to the Hawaiian People, a sovereign nation.
The "How" and the "Why" of this is seen very differently
by different points of view.

A King was forced to sign away his hereditary powers by subjects of his kingdom (who were) of American birth or extraction.

History remembers this as the
"Bayonet Constitution."

His sister (after his death) the final Queen, was deposed and imprisoned (1893)
when she tried to promulgate a new constitution;
All under the watchful eyes of US Marines.

She asked her beloved people
not to resist as they burned to do.
Hawaiian blood,
and the blood of her other multi-cultural subjects,
was too dear to this gracious lady,
who was libeled as a savage.

She took her message to Washington DC and the world.
Riding by rail across the continent,
she wondered aloud why such a huge country
would want her tiny kingdom.

President Cleveland
bemoaned the overthrow
as a betrayal of a weaker and confiding people.

But Congress had other things to occupy their time.
McKinley's assassination
brought Bully Teddy to the White house.
The Spanish American War
made Pearl Harbor an indispensable mid-Pacific coal refueling station
on the road to Manila Bay.

And so
the Queen died a subject
of the U.S. Territory of Hawaii.
(1917 - a mere 24 years before the Pearl Harbor Attack, and 42 years before Statehood)
Though the world is made up of HER subjects
whenever we hear the strains of her song:
"Aloha `Oe"

The Hawaiians have no land base, or government structure,
as North American Original Inhabitants have.

Most Hawaii people, Hawaiians included,
celebrated Statehood.

Statehood is superior to being a Territory.
But the rights of the Hawaiian Nation
deserve to be honored
by a great nation.

I am a proud US citizen, a citizen of the world,
but also consider myself a subject, a guest, of the displaced
Hawaiian Kingdom.

Today's videos (below) will give you the flavor of what is going on here politically and socially around these unresolved issues.

But Hawaiian wisdom understands
that it's kingdom is not purely of this world.
For theirs is the realm of the heart,
and as such
Aloha has conquered her conquerors.

Existing within this reality of Statehood,
Hawaiian Heart remains
for as long as a drop of
Hawaiian Blood,
lives in these islands;
for as long as outsiders
like me
come from far away, and capitulate to a completely
unique reality and understanding of life.

We produce amazing people,
scientific breakthroughs,
US patriots and even a

Hawaii and the USA
are married;
and few marriages run smooth
all the time.

Perhaps our native son,
born & bred
will refresh the entire world system
from the well of
Ho`o ponopono.

Please enjoy these stirring expressions of the Hawaiian Nation & her remarkable people (below)
who are the True Flowers of this Land.
And "Kaulana na Pua"
Famous are these Flowers.

* Ho`oponopono: Prayer, Mediation, "Making things righteous-RIGHTEOUS"
"Ho - oh - pono - pono"