There is a great reverence for the land in Hawaii. The native Hawaiians have always lived their lives tied to the aina, the land and what it represented to their indigenous ancestors. Today, there are critical issues being brought to light regarding the lands in Hawaii.
Does a foreign governing body usurp all ownership rights to land that they’ve claimed through military force? This would appear to be an issue in the history of Hawaii and its land. The US government overthrew the reigning monarch, Queen Liliuokalani in 1893 and imposed martial law over their territorial possession.
It really is not that long ago, if you think about it. Just less than 120 years ago, the US government imposed its military force upon a foreign land and proclaimed its rule over the indigenous people and their land. Sounds similar to what the native Indians in America suffered in parts of the mainland.
What is right?
Here in California, land ownership can be traced back to original Patents granted by the US government in the 19th century. This was made possible after issues with the Spanish government were settled either by force or treaty, since original Spanish settlers claimed under the rule of the Spanish government.
But in Hawaii, the lands that were divided from the mountains to the sea by the Great Mahele of the monarchy seem to have been completely ignored when plantation developers began to work the land after the fall of the monarchy. As the world economy has shifted and these plantation lands are being put up for sale, the question of true ownership of these lands becomes a critical issue.
It is an issue that lawfully should be examined. The question maybe becomes: ‘Which comes first, the native people, or the foreign government with good intentions?’
‘Hawaii a Voice for Sovereignty’
On April 3, 2010 check out this documentary by photojournalist, Catherine Bauknight, at the Pasadena Convention Center, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 online or at the door. www.catherinebauknight.com
Opening ceremony and welcome by Aunty Geri Kuhia, 3:00-3:30 PM.