Saturday, August 08, 2009


Honolulu Star-Bulletin - August 7, 2009

The "Jubilee of Statehood," was supposed to be a humdinger of an event. But the mood had changed considerably since 1959, so the state's celebration commission decided to downplay the jubilant part of jubilee.

You see, over the last few decades Hawaiians became increasingly aware that there was something wrong with statehood. The more that was discovered about the shady circumstances that led to statehood, the more statehood looked like a massive con job. The people of Hawai`i (and the world, for that matter) were hoodwinked.

The passage of the Apology Resolution in 1993 by Congress and signed by the president, had obvious implications: It confirmed that Hawai`i was being unlawfully possessed by the U.S.; that the Kingdom of Hawai`i never ceased to be; and that the people of Hawai`i had the lawful right (indeed, patriotic duty) to restore their country.

The Republic of Hawai`i was unlawful; the annexation of Hawai`i by the U.S. was unlawful; the Territory of Hawai`i was unlawful; and the State of Hawai`i was and is unlawful.

This is radically different from Hawai`i being the 50th state. The dilemma for the state is: celebrating the jubilee of a lie.

Oliver Dukelow

Kahakuloa Village, Maui