Ho’opunipuni: Myth of Statehood pt.1 –.

The Fact of Statehood is quite clear, and evidenced by an electorate which votes, pays taxes, obeys laws, and has organized and lived by this system of government for nearly 50 years now. Calling it a “myth” is wishful thinking at best, and cynical manipulation of the gullible at worst.

We could have the same detailed, legalistic discussion of the unification of the Hawaiian Islands in 1810. We could call it the “Myth of Kingdomhood.” We could analyze the various illegalities (as we claimed them, not adjudicated by anyone but ourselves), point out the poor treatment of the maka’ainana, and the imported slave labor from China, Japan, Portugal and the Philippines. We could delve into the corruption of Kalakaua and Liliuokalani, and rail against the injustice of it all. But then what?

My question to these panelists, and to anyone who truly believes that statehood is a myth, is what next? Do we ethnically cleanse Hawaii so that we can have a direct democracy that gives these people the voting results we want? It’s obvious that if a Statehood plebiscite was given today, it would be overwhelmingly in favor – but die-hard racial sovereignty activists will dispute the rights of suffrage to anyone who would not vote “properly.”

Hawaii is governed by the consent of the people, for the people, regardless of race, creed, color, or political history view of 1893. Unless someone can suggest a better form of government than being a highly influential part of the last remaining superpower on earth with a constitution that has lasted over 200 years, there really isn’t much substance to the argument.

My fear is that this kind of legalese is used to pursue political power on the basis of identity politics, and the poisonous politics of racial categorization. Hawaii is a place, not a race, and anyone who is telling you that on the basis of bloodline, you should have special privileges, is doing grave harm.

He Hawaii au; he mau Hawaii kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian. We are all Hawaiians.

4 Thoughts on “Ho’opunipuni: Myth of Statehood pt.1 –

  1. Aloha,

    You are a fishing…like Dole, Thurston and Stevens who were all white capitalist who sucked around for information so you can make yourself alot of money off of people’s ignorance.

    You make me sick! We are not going to tell you, what next…we will show you what next. That’s just how we, the real Hawaiians, do things today because of the radical right, which you are a part of hiding under the umbrella of being a Hawaiian in our book. We are not Hawaiian by US law…we are Hawaiian as in nationality…not race…you are not Hawaiian.

    I know I have talked to you before. So you are no Hawaiian Jere…get a life.

    Jon Osorio and Kekuni Blaisdell are educated of the facts and truth so learn from your kupuna and makua…read, “hawaiiankingdom.org” and read again, Liliuokalanis Story. Stop the right white attempts to confuse the masses. Check mate.

  2. Kawehi, I’m afraid your inner hatred consumes you. Hawaii is a place, not a race, and the current government of the State of Hawaii is by the people, for the people and of the people of that place. Your thinly veiled racism and insistence that you get to judge who and who is not “Hawaiian” is pathetic.

    Although I have never met Mr. Osorio, I’ve met uncle Kekuni, and I’m sure he would disavow your poisonous rhetoric. Think about uncle Kekuni’s grace and wisdom before you start insisting that you get to decide who is and is not Hawaiian.

    He Hawaii au; he mau Hawaii kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian. We are all Hawaiians.

  3. Kealoha'po'ina'ole on 8/12/2012 at 2:33 am said:

    Jere, if Hawaii was indeed illegally overthrown and you claim to be, “Hawaiian”, you are in a sense committing treason. Just to let you know. Stand under the spotlight next to Dr. Sai and prove the points of his dissertation wrong, then you may claim to have a case. Also you can show everyone how Hawaiian you are.

  4. Kealoha’po’i – I’d be more than happy to debate David Sai anytime.

    As a converse, though, would you admit that if Hawaii was indeed legally annexed by the United States, then David Sai is in a sense committing treason?

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