Queen Liliuokalani, pictured at left, never wished to be a U.S. citizen. In the 1890s, the same time that women in the American West first began to win the right to vote, she was a head of state who fiercely defended the sovereignty of her own nation and people. She was born Lydia Liliuokalani in 1838. Queen Liliuokalani's struggle came to a head when armed U.S. troops invaded Hawaiian soil in 1893, illegally overthrowing Hawaii's government.
Liliuokalani lived out the rest of her days in Hawaii, never accepting the unlawful annexation of Hawaii as a U.S. territory. Her autobiography, Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen, was a poignant memoir of her struggle to save Hawaii's land and culture. She wrote many beautiful poems and songs. Her famous "Aloha Oe" is sung around the world today. It is a love song and a hopeful promise that the Hawaiian people may some day "meet again" in their homeland. She died in Honolulu in 1917 at the age of seventy-nine. Descendants of subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom will continue their struggle to regain their inherent right to a sovereign Hawaii. WE WILL NEVER GIVE UP!!!
The Right of Hawai'i to be Restored to the United Nations List of Non-Self-Governing Territories
In substance: was the incorporation of Hawai'i into the U.S. accomplished in a manner contrary to the letter and/or intent of the Charter and thus in violation of international law? If so, does Hawai'i retain a legal status separate and distinct from the United States, even as it suffers the ongoing illegality of U.S. occupation? And, if that is so, is the United Nations, as "guarantor" of Chapter XI, required by its own Charter to reinscribe Hawai'i on its List of Non-Self-Governing Territories, ensuring thereby that the Kanaka Maoli are at last allowed to exercise their self-determining right to decide for themselves the nature of their relationship to the United States?
Safe swimming standards:
Both U.S. EPA and Hawaii State Standards for enterococcus levels require that a single sample value be <100. Dangerous levels are highlighted in red.
Celebration and Rededication of Ko'ie'ie
The haunting call of conch shells being blown announced the landing of the canoes and beginning of the ceremonies. On the morning after one of the most spectacular, all-night thunder and lightning storms of the year - Sunday, January 9 - in a steady downpour of tropical rain, more than a hundred residents and visitors gathered near the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary on South Kihei Road to help celebrate the revitalization of the ancient royal Hawaiian fishpond just offshore.
Is Race for Real?
We all know that people look different. Anyone can tell a Czech from a Chinese. But are these differences racial? What does race mean?
How did Hawaii and Alaska become states?
The United States acquired Hawaii through force. Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last Queen, was deposed on Jan. 17, 1893, by a group of American businessmen supported by the United States Navy and Marine Corps and diplomatic representatives.
Processes of Decolonization
Colonization and decolonization are social processes even more than they are political processes. Professor Virgilio Enriques has suggested the following steps in the process of colonization / de-colonization:
In ancient Hawaii, roughly one third of the year was set aside as the “makahiki”. During this four-month season, which began in the month of Ikuwa (roughly late October to early November), warfare was forbidden. It was a time of playing games, celebrating the harvest, paying tribute to the chiefs, and honoring the god Lono. It was a time for storytelling, competitions, feasting, and dancing. This bibiography will help you learn about this very special time of the traditional Hawaiian calendar.
Fishing for Answers: What are the Best Seafood Choices for You?
Seafood lovers have recently faced a spate of bad news when it comes to toxins and pollutants in fish -- from the growing list of advisories issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and reports of high mercury levels in canned tuna, to a study in the journal Science that found higher levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and other contaminants in farmed salmon than in wild salmon. All this comes as health experts extol the benefits of fish's lean protein and abundance of heart-healthy omega-3s. Adding to the complexity of making good seafood choices, many of the fish we like to eat are overfished or farmed in a way that's ecologically damaging. So what's a health-conscious diner with an environmental conscience supposed to do?
Rat DNA Offers Clues to Pacific Colonization
Noting that Polynesians and their ancestors carried plants and animals as they migrated, Matisoo-Smith said, "We can use the genetic variation in those species to track the movement of the people who carried them." The technique is similar to one used by archaeologists to uncover clues about early peoples by pinpointing the origins of stone or clay used in ancient tools and pots, Matisoo-Smith said.
GMO Free Kaua'i
The multinational corporations that dominate the genetic engineering industry have made a home for themselves here on the Garden Island. DuPont/Pioneer, Monsanto, Sygnenta and others have selected the state of Hawaii (and Kauai in particular) as the place to conduct some of their most experimental open-air field trials of genetically engineered crops. We are concerned about the effects these introduced, novel species will have on our public health, our local agricultural economy, and our fragile environment.
Freak Waves Are No Tall Tale
Massive waves up to 100 feet in height -- once thought to be extremely rare -- actually roam the oceans quite frequently and could threaten to overturn ships.
Experts validate legitimacy of international law case PDF
The 2000 Larsen case (Lance Larsen v. the Hawaiian Kingdom) held at the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in The Hague represents a genuine anomaly given today's assumption that Hawaiians lost their sovereignty and cannot access international proceedings. The Larsen case was a legal proceeding based upon sovereignty already achieved since the 19th century especially when the United States was the first country to recognize the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent nation-state on Dec. 19, 1842. The commentary correctly explained that at the center of the PCA proceeding was & that the Hawaiian Kingdom continues to exist and that the Hawaiian Council of Regency (representing the Hawaiian Kingdom) is legally responsible under international law for the protection of Hawaiian subjects, including the claimant. In other words, the Hawaiian Kingdom was legally obligated to protect Larsen from the United States unlawful imposition [over him] of [its] municipal laws through its political subdivision, the State of Hawai'i. As a result of this responsibility, Larsen submitted, the Hawaiian Council of Regency should be liable for any international law violations that the United States committed against him.
With e-Coli readings skyrocking this Beach Advisory and Closing On-line Notification directory can help you find the safest beaches.
Pocket Seafood Selector (in Acrobat PDF format)
The Environmental Defense online Seafood Selector features a printable, pocket-sized Eco-Best and Eco-Worst Seafood Choices list. Fish for which limited consumption is advised due to chemical contamination are annotated. Print out a copy to carry in your purse or wallet, and give a copy to a friend.
The central goals of the project WaveAtlas are to globally derive and examine sea state information from ERS wavemode data for a period of at least two years in a first step. The result will be a in the climatological atlas showing extreme wave events with special emphasis to the areas of ship accidents due to extreme waves.
Hawaiian is the ancestral language of the indigenous people of the Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaiians, a Polynesian people. It is notable for having a small phoneme inventory, like many of its Polynesian cousins. Hawai‘ian is a member of the Austronesian language family, related to Sāmoan, Māori, Fijian, and other languages spoken throughout Polynesia, and more distantly to some Southeast Asian and Indian Ocean languages.
Officials hope for more hawksbill turtle nests
(Kihei-AP) -- Wildlife experts are hoping that endangered Hawaiian hawksbill turtles will build more nests in Hawaii this year.
Who is Kamehameha the Great?
On June 11, the state celebrates the birth of King Kamehameha the Great, also known as Kamehameha Paiea.
Monster or Hero
Kamehameha, the first king of the unified Hawaiian Islands and the last Hawaiian king raised in pre-contact time, would be considered a monster by modern standards. But was his rule better than the alternatives?
Hawaii farm work force
There are 7,300 people working in agriculture in Hawaii, and most of them are working in the diverified agricultural sector, not the sugar or pineapple businesses.
History of the Hawaiian Islands
There are many differing interpretations of what Hawaii was like before western contact, the abilities and accomplishments of the rulers in leading the people of the islands into relationships with the wider world after centuries of near isolation, and what actually happened during the period where the sovereignty of the islands passed from the Kingdom of Hawai'i to the United States.
Kaua`i Beach Guide
There's a whole lot more to Kaua`i than sun, sand, and surf. Given the sheer beauty and diversity of the beaches and parks you'll find on Kaua`i, you may decide to spend all your waking hours exploring them.
Did You Know?
The land area of Hawaii consists of the tops of a chain of emerged volcanic mountains that form eight major islands and 124 islets, stretching in a 1,500-mile crescent from Kure Island in the west to the island of Hawaii in the east, with a combined land area of 6,471 square miles (16,759 square kilometres).
Information and regulation in regard to the generation, transportation, treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous wastes.