This hour-long documentary is a provocative look at a historical event of which few Americans are aware. In mid-January, 1893, armed troops from the U.S.S. Boston landed at Honolulu in support of a treasonous coup dʻētat against the constitutional sovereign of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen Lili‘uokalani. The event was described by U.S. President Grover Cleveland as an “act of war.”
The proceedings of Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli — Peoples’ International Tribunal Hawai‘i, 1993, in which the United States and the state of Hawai‘i were put on trial for crimes against the original people of Hawai‘i, the Kānaka Maoli.
A panel of international judges traveled to five islands to hear the charges, which included genocide, ethnocide, the taking of our sovereign government and the destruction of our environment.
Selected segments from a historic six-hour educational television presentation on Hawaiian sovereignty, broadcast on KFVE, Dec. 19, 1999 and streamed to the world over the Internet. Co-produced by Aloha First and Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina.
Historical segments present the legal basis for the existence of the Hawaiian Kingdom and the history of popular opposition to U.S. annexation in 1897-98.
Selected segments from a historic six-hour educational television presentation on Hawaiian sovereignty, broadcast on KFVE, Dec. 19, 1999 and streamed to the world over the Internet. Co-produced by Aloha First and Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina. Segments focus on historical and contemporary issues surrounding Hawaiian sovereignty, education and spirituality.
From the history of the Mahele and the 1893 act of war against the Hawaiian Kingdom to the modern-day struggles for land rights, this video takes a look at one of the first native initiatives for self-governance, Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i.
From Resistance to Affirmation
The story of the defeat of a treaty of annexation by Queen Lili‘uokalani and loyal subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom, who sent an anti-annexation petition to Congress in 1897 consisting of over 38,000 signatures representing 95 percent of the native Hawaiian population. The story of “the annexation that never was.”
In this 5-hour series, David Keanu Sai gives a comprehensive legal history of the Hawaiian Kingdom, including the Declaration of Rights by King Kamehameha III, the formation of a constitutional monarchy, the 1850 Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation with the United States, the 1893 act of war against the Hawaiian Kingdom, the 1898 purported annexation to the U.S. and the internal U.S. legislation that supposedly made Hawai‘i a state of the union.
In 1992, a year before the centennial observance of the 1893 armed invasion of Hawai‘i, a coalition of over forty Hawaiian organizations got together to educate themselves and the public on the historical basis for recognition of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Representatives of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Ka Lāhui Hawai‘i and indigenous Alaskan and Lakota Sioux peoples, along with an international law expert, discuss human rights, land titles and the legal case for recognition of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
Ho‘okū‘oko‘a is a Hawaiian term meaning to cause to stand independently, or to bring about independence. It was the name chosen for a historic gathering of speakers on Hawaiian sovereignty held at the Kamehameha Schools in 1985. Transcript covers three hours of presentations.
Transcript of presentations by Jonathan Kay Kamakawiwoole Osorio and Richard Kekuni Blaisdell covering the history of the 1897 petitions signed by thousands protesting the annexation of Hawai‘i to the United States.
Ka Ho‘okolokolonui Kānaka Maoli – Peoples’ International Tribunal Hawai‘i 1993, Transcript of proceedings, island of O‘ahu
Day One, August 13, 1993
Day Two, August 14, 1993
April 16, 1998
University of Hawai‘i – Hilo
Panel discussion held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights