July 15, 2023
Kalākaua’s Protest of 1883
Last month, at the Federal Archives of the Swiss Confederation in Bern, Switzerland, I came across a letter of protest, written by Walter M. Gibson the Foreign Minister of the Hawaiian Kingdom on behalf of King Kalākaua and the Hawaiian people. It addresses our European treaty partners, protesting their colonial activities in Polynesia, beginning with the following eerily prophetic sentence:
“Whereas His Hawaiian Majesty’s Government being informed that certain Sovereign and Colonial States propose to annex various Island and Archipelagoes of Polynesia does hereby solemnly protest against such proposals of annexation as unjust for a simple and ignorant [uninformed] people and subversive in their case of those conditions for favorable national development, which have been so happily accorded to the Hawaiian Nation.”
It is a beautifully written protest by which King Kalākaua exercised his prerogative as the King of a Sovereign Nation to stand in support of the sovereignty of the Polynesian nations who were being forcibly subjected to colonial takeover by European powers. Although Kalākaua’s Protest was ignored by the colonial powers, it was a sincere, noble and righteous act.
Little did he know, that ten years later, his country would be forcibly hijacked by the United States.
If one were to do even a cursory search, Kalākaua’s Protest and other documents of Hawaii’s active engagement in international discourse (such as neutrality during the Crimean War, the immediate emancipation of slaves who touched Hawaii’s shores, etc.) can be found in the archives of many, if not all of our treaty partners in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The irony is, today in 2023, the picture is flipped. Most of the Pacific nations are independent or autonomous nations, but Hawaii is being held captive as the fake U.S. “State of Hawaii”, a situation to which the UN was manipulated into being an unwitting accomplice. Fortunately, today the United Nations and the international community in general, are inclined to take questions about sovereignty more seriously.
Thus, we have been speaking to our Pacific Family of Nations to ask them to assist in bringing the UN’s attention to the situation of the hijacking and usurpation of the Hawaiian Islands.
The beauty is, these nations would not have to jeopardize themselves by directly confronting the United States or the ʻmissing-in-action’ European treaty partners who abandoned us at every step since 1893.
All it would take is for a few UN members from our Pacific Family to submit a resolution to the United Nations General Assembly requesting for the UN to conduct a procedural review of its Resolution 1469 of December 12, 1959.
This is the resolution that erroneously endorsed the fake narrative and deceitful illusion that the Hawaiian Islands is an integral part of the United States.
If the members of our Pacific Family were to shine a light on the statehood illusion by calling for a review of Resolution 1469, the U.S. claim of dominion over Hawaii would quickly be exposed and rejected, and the Hawaiian Kingdom would be peacefully reinstated.
“Love of country is deep-seated in the breast of every Hawaiian, whatever his station.” — Queen Liliʻuokalani
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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