The Hawaii Independence movement is steadily growing. Hawaii was an independent multi-cultural kingdom until it was overthrown by force in 1893 by a band of armed thugs in cahoots with industrial interests and the US government. Bill Clinton issued a formal apology (but no reparations) for this in 1993.
Queen Liliuokalani was toppled Jan. 17, 1893 by a rebellion led by the American minister to Hawaii and supported by U.S. military forces.
The formal apology acknowledging the nation’s part in that coup was approved this fall by both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Supporters, led by Akaka, a native Hawaiian, had been pushing for an apology during the centennial observance of the kingdom’s overthrow.
The multi-cultural aspect of the Kingdom of Hawaii is important. Hawaii granted citizenship to all, and people from dozens of nationalities became active citizens. That’s what the independence movement wants back, an independent, multi-racial, multi-ethnic country.
Sen. Akaka of Hawaii has been sponsoring a bill that would grant limited rights to Native Hawaiians, similar to Native Americans. The independence movement tends to oppose it, seeing it as inadequate, deceptive, filled with traps, and not going far enough.
Scott Crawford, who blogs about Hawaiian independence at Hawaiian Kingdom eloquently details why he opposes the Akaka Bill in a Kos dairy.
He has other Kos diaries that provide background for those, like me, who are new to these issues.
Scott also emailed me info about the peace movement in Hawaii.
Re peace activities, things are actually focused more on anti-militarization in Hawaii, and have a close overlap with the sovereignty and independence folks. Issues include resisting the UARC at UH, the Stryker brigade, live-fire training at Makua Valley, and related issues, all of which I blog about under the military occupation category.
A couple of the prominent leaders are Kyle Hajishiro and Ikaika Hussey. Here’s a few links:
DMZ Hawaii. Stop military expanson
Stop UARC Stop expansion of military research at Univ. of Hawaii.
Noho Newa Ma Hawaii Ne. The wrongful occupation of Hawaii.
Urgent cases: Stryker Brigade in Hawaii
Then there are the groups and activities more directed at the Iraq war and broader policy issues than just Hawaii, which includes Not In Our Name Hawaii, and Maui Peace Action. Ave Diaz and Mele Stokesbury are two main activists here on Maui with MPA. Some of them were also delegates for Kucinich in 2004 (he won Maui by the way, and I think had 8 delegates from Hawaii).
And of course, check Scott’s blog, Hawaiian Kingdom.