Keanu Sai on the Apology Bill
from television broadcast Aloha Quest
Keanu Sai, Chairman, Council of Regency, Hawaiian Kingdom: If I read to you the apology,
“The congress, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai`i...”
So common sense tells you if it's illegal, then it must have been legal before it became illegal. So legal-wise, you're talking Kingdom of Hawai'i — as a country now, a government.
“...acknowledges the historical significance of this event, which resulted in the suppression of the inherent sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people.”
Is that correct? Inherent sovereignty of the Hawaiian people. But Hawaiians are not inherently sovereign. Hawaiians have inherent rights, vested rights. The government, the body politic, is that sovereignty.
“Congress expresses its commitment to acknowledge the ramifications of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai`i, in order to provide a proper foundation for reconciliation between the United States and the Native Hawaiian people.”
Is that correct? No. It's the United States and the Kingdom of Hawai`i. The Native Hawaiian people are part of that country. You also have non-natives that are part of this country, right?
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Now, after the 1898 failed attempt of annexation by treaty, America began to do something that was very interesting. They started to enact internal laws, called joint resolutions, acts, amendments to these acts, between 1898 and the present. Some of these acts are called, the first one, the Joint Resolution of annexation. July 7, 1898. That purports to annex the Hawaiian islands. The problem is that's an internal law.
The next two years they create the Organic Act. Again that's another congressional act purporting to create a government for the territory of Hawai`i.
1921, they amend that Organic Act and they now create the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act. They now start to identify native Hawaiians, those of the blood, using a blood quantum. Now you gotta be fifty percent. But again, these are all internal laws.
Then in 1959, here comes another congressional act. They say Hawai`i is admitted as a state. One problem. There's no annexation. There never was a treaty.
And then in 1993 they go ahead and say, "OK, we apologize. The overthrow was illegal." Well, great! But again, it's still an internal act. A joint resolution in 1993 was no different than the joint resolution in 1898 purporting to annex Hawai`i.
What we've got from 1898 until the present are congressional acts passed by the United States purporting to affect a foreign country. The problem is, we're still foreign, because there was no treaty of annexation. The issue is a violation of treaties, not an issue of America's internal laws affecting the native Hawaiian.