One state after another has appeared on the list of petitions to secede from the United States. Now, all 50 are listed as joining the secessionists, including Hawai`i.
Trying to leave the US is nothing new for Hawai`i. Ever since the January 17, 1893 illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy by American businessmen, many Kanaka Maoli, Native Hawaiians, have been trying to regain their sovereignty.
A quick scan of the 2,000-plus e-signatures on the Hawai`i petition, however, revealed that of 200 randomly selected signers, 142 live in the Continental United States, 53 did not list their place of residence, and only 5 actually claim residence in the state of Hawai`i.
A man who identifies himself as Olapono Kaleolani, a self-described "spiritual activist," one who supports causes through prayer, said, "Who are those people to put that petition in? I think it was started by some lady in Florida. Why? How can we secede from something we are not part of? We already are a sovereign nation. We just need the US to be pono [correct] and return what already is ours. This situation is not our fight. It is wrong for those people to drag us into it. The US has been around for what, two hundred something years? We have a two thousand year old heritage. Those people need to quit telling us what to do and get their own country straightened out. Yeah. I pray for them, too."
A number of entities have been seeking sovereignty for Hawai`i for years, through means ranging from petitions and demonstrations to law suits in international court.
Free Hawai`i seeks to restore Hawai`i as a sovereign nation under the rule of Majesty Akahi Nui. According to their website, "For the first time in 81 years, since the death of Queen Liliuokalani (November 11, 1917), and the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom (January 16, 1893), Hawaii again, has a Royal Family. February 22, 1998. At the `Iolani Palace in Honolulu, His Royal Majesty (HRM) Akahi Nui, was coronated King of Hawaii."
Hawaii Kingdom takes a more legalistic approach, stating in their website, "The primary objective of the Hawaiian Kingdom Government is to expose the occupation of our nation within the framework of the 1907 Hague Conventions IV and V and our domestic statutes, and to provide a foundation for transition and the ultimate end of the occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Article 43 of the 1907 Hague Convention IV mandates that the occupying government, being the United States of America, must administer the laws of the occupied State, being the Hawaiian Kingdom, and any deviation of this mandate is a violation of international law."
Hawai'i Nation "Restoring Hawai'i's independence is clearly legal, justified, and possible. It is obvious that the existing political and economic systems of the State of Hawaii, aside from being illegal, are not responsible to the just and timely advancement of peoples' rights and livelihoods, nor the sustainability of our environment. . . While we cannot and do not seek to return to 1778 and pre-contact Hawai'i, the traditional Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) values are still intact and as relevant as ever, and can still be applied as the basis of national policy today, and in the everyday lives of the people of the Nation, including fundamentally new and innovative approaches to land administration and land tenure. "