Foreign Affairs

 
 

2018 STATUS REPORT

by H.E. Leon Kaulahao Siu

Minister of Foreign Affairs



THE SITUATION

The Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands is a country in continuity. The sovereignty of the Hawaiian Kingdom and its subjects was never acquired, transferred or extinguished. The United States has been fraudulently professing it is sovereign over the Hawaiian Islands Archipelago when it only has jurisdiction over the fictional entities it created, namely, ”The State of Hawaii” and its agencies, U.S. citizens and the U.S. Armed Forces, all of which which are used to conduct international criminal activities in and from the Hawaiian Islands. The United States possesses no physical territory in the Hawaiian Islands. It is a squatter. In kinder terms, the United States is an illegal occupier. In reality, it is a pirate... a criminal enterprise.

Subjects of the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands have been purposefully and peacefully engaged in legal and diplomatic actions to end the U.S. illegal presence in the Hawaiian Islands and to reactivate the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign, independent state.

One of the primary tasks in the reinstatement effort is to engage the international community (states and multi-state organizations) to seek their help to free the Hawaiian Islands from the clutches of the USA. This task falls upon the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


THE MISSION

The mission of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom is to promote the cause for the reinstatement of the Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign, independent country, to engage in friendly relations with other countries, and to restore and develop the basis for continued friendship and trade relations.


BASIC STRATEGY

The basic strategy includes: 1) gaining access to interact with organizations such as the United Nations; 2) opening dialogue with the United States for a peaceful resolution; 3) developing rapport with other sovereign nation-states; 4) raising international media and press awareness of our situation; 5) working with other peoples and nations seeking liberation; 6) gaining support of international non-governing organizations; 7) creating actions and occasions to raise awareness in the international community.

Specific tasks include: 1) accessing and utilizing the United Nations mechanisms to expose the U.S.’ illegal presence and operations in the Hawaiian Islands and to call for an end to those illegal activities; 2) finding UN Member States to support our efforts at the UN; 3) reactivation of membership in the Universal Postal Union and other bodies; 4) engage in gaining support from regional inter-governmental organizations such as Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), African Union (AU), Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Non-Alogned Movement (NAM), etc. 5) establishing diplomatic relations with other sovereign states and other nations; 6) reactivating relations with states that have treaties (since the 19th Century) with the Hawaiian Kingdom; and so forth.


ACTIVITIES

The Hawaiian Kingdom’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) participates in numerous international discussions and panels concerning human rights and the rights of original peoples and nations, particularly with regard to self-determination in governance, economic development, protecting natural resources, maintaining cultural integrity, restoration of sovereignty and so forth. The Ministry has advocated these matters before the UN Human Rights Committee, Human Rights Council, Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, World Intellectual Properties Organization, the UN Fourth Committee, the Committee of 24 and others.

The MFA has led the reentry of the Hawaiian Islands into crucial discussions on global sustainability; participated in the Marshall Islands conference on climate change at Columbia University; attended and contributed to regional discussions on sustainable development in the Pacific conducted by the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the Pacific Islands Development Forum and the Pacific Islands Forum. The MFA is also tracking the progress of legal actions being initiated by the Hawaiian Kingdom at various international court venues. 

The MFA initiated the formation of the Decolonization Alliance a coalition of original nations and supporting organizations working to reform and advance the UN’s decolonization process in order to return self-governance to original peoples and nations. With the motto “Decol All” the alliance is actively pursuing discussions with the Fourth Committee of the UN General Assembly and the UN Committee of 24 with regard to their obligation to assist captive nations to decolonize.  

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also engaged in direct dialogues with leaders and diplomats from several states that have expressed interest in assisting to resolve the situation in Hawaii.


ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Although at present, gaining access to the UN must be done through accreditation by non-governing organizations (NGO); and making formal oral and written interventions before the UN body is done under the auspices of an accrediting NGO, I am able speak on panel events, have conversations with diplomats and so forth, in my capacity as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hawaiian Kingdom. This is a title acknowledged by many of the representatives and experts at the UN and in the international community.

Interventions: At a single session of the UN Human Rights Council, for instance, I will submit in written form and orally present, anywhere from 2 to 5 interventions from the floor, reporting on the newest (or ongoing) human rights violations against the Hawaiian people caused by the US’ illegal presence and operations of the Hawaiian Islands.

Panels: Over the years, I have become a frequent panelist on a variety of topics. During a one-week period, particularly at the Human Rights Council, I usually speak on 3 different panels. This in June 2016, I spoke on 5 panels, 3 of which I also chaired. Two others from Hawaii, Routh Bolomet and Williamson Chang also participated on panels during that session.

Developing Relationships: We have found that at this stage, the most important way of building relations is to find opportunities for conversations with diplomats, experts, staff and others in the margins (during breaks and informal times) of UN sessions. The physical set-up in Geneva allows these types of brief, informal connections to occur to initiate and develop relations. From these informal meetings relationships were developed over time into more frank and formal talks about our issues. This is why it is important to return time and again to these UN sessions. In the other hand, meetings at the UN in New York are more likely to take place through appointments in the offices of the various missions.

In both NY and Geneva we have befriended and engaged a number of diplomats (including heads of missions) in dialogue. These are those who are willing to talk about our situation, provide feedback and offer advice. Indications are they are inclined to help us once a certain threshold has been reached.

Several have suggested its time we “talk to their capitols” — meaning, go and meet with their country’s leaders to get an indication of the type of support they are willing to give and the level and timing of that support.


MAINTAINING A PRESENCE

Advocating for our country’s freedom in the international arena requires being there, in-person, as frequently as possible in order to maintain a presence and urgency about our matter. Otherwise, the Hawaii situation can easily fall by the wayside. More than anything else, it is our persistent presence that has given credibility to our cause and is responsible for gaining traction at the UN.

Over the past 10 years, I have attended approximately 40 international meetings, mostly at the United Nations in both Geneva and New York; but also the European Union in Brussels and Strasbourg; the Melanesian Spearhead Group in New Caledonia, the Pacific Islands Development Forum in Fiji, the Pacific Islands Forum in the Marshall Islands, and so forth. I have also made trips to Bern, the capitol of Switzerland to meet with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the Universal Postal Union. I have also made numerous trips to Washington, D.C.

Attending and participating in these meetings involves a great deal of travel on my part. The more progress we make, the more travel by more diplomatic personnel will be required.


EXPENSES

Thus far, whatever funds we’ve been able to muster has gone entirely toward travel expenses…and for only one person. We will soon need funds not only to increase our mission with more diplomats and field personnel, but to open a home office with paid support personnel to maintain communications; host meetings with dignitaries and international advisors; produce collateral materials; and so forth.

Raising funds. It is critical to raise the necessary funds to continue the present work and to expand the activities, personnel, operations and, thus, the capacity and effectiveness of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to advance our cause.

For more information on contributing to the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please email: ForeignAffairs@HawaiianKingdom.net   



OTHER AREAS IN WHICH MFA IS

ENGAGED TO FREE HAWAII


TREATY NATIONS

Pursuing reactivating treaty relations with those nations with whom the Hawaiian Kingdom has standing treaties of friendship and trade.


PASSPORT

Working to reactivate our international status as an independent state so that Hawaiian Kingdom passports may be certified as valid and in conformity to the standards of the international passport-regulating agency.


DIPLOMATIC CORPS

Expanding the foreign ministry to include: opening and staffing an office in Honolulu; recruiting, training and appointing representatives to foreign countries for the purpose of developing appropriate missions, consulates and embassies around the world.  Encourage the foreign consulates to convert their Honolulu consulates (to the US) into embassies to the Hawaiian Kingdom. Set up the issuing visas to foreigners entering the Hawaiian Kingdom.


PUBLIC RELATIONS AND EDUCATION

Operate a Hawaiian Kingdom office of information (press office) to inform, educate and acclimate the public in Hawaii and abroad, and to promote the idea that the Hawaiian Kingdom is alive and on the path to recovery. Produce videos, reports and collateral materials to promote the fact that this is actually the Hawaiian Kingdom and to dispel the myth (especially to those intending to visit), that Hawaii is part of the US.

Conduct educational, art and cultural outreaches such as exhibitions, music and dance concerts, film festivals, etc. to the international community.

Make extensive use of media and social media.


DECOLONIZATION ALLIANCE

Working in partnership with other peoples and nations to support their efforts to liberate their countries from foreign rule.

Also see: “What are we doing at the UN?” under FAQS section

For more information on contributing to the work of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please email: ForeignAffairs@HawaiianKingdom.net   



 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The Hawaiian Kingdom

A Sovereign Nation State Contemplated Under the 1933 Montevideo Convention