February 25, 2023
Rejoining Our Pacific Family
Beginning in the early 19th Century, the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands was formally recognized by the colonial powers of Europe as a sovereign, independent state, a subject of international law and under bi-lateral and multi-lateral equal treaties with other sovereign States,
This recognition of Hawaii’s sovereignty and independence occurred at a time when most of the Pacific Island nations were being forcibly subjected to colonial rule by those same European powers.
However, today in 2023, the picture is flipped. Most of the Pacific nations are free, but Hawaii is captive and occupied under the guise of a domestic “state” of the United States.
The supreme irony is that the same United Nations decolonization process that assisted Pacific nations to become self-governing (autonomous or independent) was deliberately manipulated and used to hijack and falsely merge Hawaii into the United States.
One of the saddest results of the 130-year U.S. occupation of our nation has been the separation from the rest of our amazing Pacific Island family. This is particularly lamentable since Pasifika, not America is our real family. Prior to being kidnapped bu the Americans, our Kings, from Kamehameha II, to Kalākaua sought to maintain relations with our Pacific family.
The separation from our Pacific community has excluded Hawaii as representatives of our own interests in international matters. Instead, Hawaii is being “represented” by the U.S., the kidnapper, with its own spin, interests and agenda emanating from Washington, DC, 5,000 miles away from our shores.
As we draw closer to restoring our sovereign, independent nation, it is imperative to rejoin the rest of the Pacific ʻohana to work and share together the challenges of the future of the Pacific.
For the past 10 years I have attended various meetings of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), the Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG), the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) to connect and maintain contact with Presidents, Prime Ministers and government officials of those regional groups. It is amazing to see, think and do things through the islander world view.
I have been in Fiji for the past week to attend a Special Leaders Retreat of the Pacific Islands Forum and to meet with various civil society and non-governing organizations that are actively working in applying what is called “the Pacific Way” to address regional and global issues. A few years ago I began inquiring about joining the PIF and the PLG. At the meeting this week I spoke of our intent to seek membership in the PIF and the PLG. The response has been very positive... so weʻll be moving forward.
We believe as we recall and become grounded and anchored in the Pacific Way — the ways of our ancestors... mālama ʻāina, kapu aloha, kūleana — and with the significant practical experience we have as a modern economic, geo-political and cultural hub, we Hawaiians have much to contribute to advance aloha ʻāina to better the lives the people of Pacific and the Planet.
Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. The sovereignty (life) of the land is perpetuated in righteousness.
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