DECLARATION Reaffirming Independence

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Declaration Reaffirming Independence and Protesting Naʻi Aupuni and United States Federal Recognition

Whereas Kanaka Maoli are the first peoples of Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina (the Hawaiian Archipelago) since time immemorial;
Whereas the Kingdom of Hawai‘i was recognized as a nation in 1843 by the then Family of Nations;

Whereas, the multi-ethnic Kingdom of Hawaiʻi – the majority of which were Kanaka Maoli – was overthrown in 1893 by a small clique of American businessmen with the assistance of the United States (US) military;

Whereas the living descendants of the citizens of the Kingdom of Hawai‘, like their ancestors, continue to assert unrelinquished sovereignty over Ko Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina;

Whereas, in 2014 the Department of Interior (DOI) ignored all verbal testimony for restitution, reconciliation, self-determination, and Independence as the DOI continues to pursue the path of Federal Recognition for Hawai`i;

Therefore be it resolved that we the undersigned:

Reaffirm our right to Independence and self-determination;

Repudiate  Na‘i Aupuni‘s false claim to be the representative voice of the Kanaka Maoli people; 

Reject the present and future US attempts through the DOI to Federally Recognize the Kanaka Maoli people on a par with a Native American Tribe under the document entitled “Procedures for Reestablishing a Formal Government-to-Government Relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community;”
Assert our  commitment to Uphold and Honor the ongoing endeavors to rebuild our Lāhui via, among other ways:

1) the reclamation of our gathering rights,

2) the spread of  ‘ōlelo Hawaii and the re-envisioning of our educational systems,

3) the revitalization of our traditional resource stewardship that assured food     sustainability through responsible stream, estuary/reef management as well as kalo farming and fishpond upkeep;

4)  resistance of the perils of climate change via  the pursuit of a truly independent economic system free from the strangle-hold of transnational corporations;

5) the re-invigoration of traditional means of healing such as ‘ai pono, ho‘oponopono, lomilomi, and the protection of wahi pana like Mauna Kea, Waipi‘o, and Haleakalā;

6) the expansion of  scholarly research to uncover the full range of traditional knowledge that our kūpuna gifted us;

Finally, we shall Unify all efforts to create an Independent Hawaiʻi, and so restore Ko Hawai‘i Pae ‘Āina to the descendants of the Hawaiian Kingdom for a better future for generations to come…

A Mau A Mau

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