“Sovereignty” refers to, according to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, supreme power especially over a political body; freedom from external control; autonomy; controlling influence and can also be summed up to mean ―an autonomous state. With this in mind, let us begin by discussing what the Hawaiian sovereignty movement is, at its root, and what it hopes to accomplish.
The problem with being native Hawaiian or a resident of Hawaii is what the Hawaiian sovereignty movement hopes to accomplish, and why change is sought after. For better understanding of this, the history of Hawaii needs to be understood. The interest in Hawaii by the United States became prevalent when white immigrants started purchasing large quantities of Hawaiian land and taking interest in the national government. These strategies inevitably aided westerners to assume power from the Hawaiian monarchy. When Queen Liliuokalani tried to pr...
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...recognition for Native Hawaiians. Today, in with an expanding sovereignty movement fighting to regain their country, the Interior Department is contemplating if they should acknowledge a government-to-government relationship with “the Native Hawaiian community.”
Perhaps it is complete independence from the United States. Or perhaps it needs to be a completely new form of sovereignty, unique to the history and culture of Hawaii itself. Whatever the decision, and whenever that decision needs to be made, it is my hope that this article contributes to the work currently being done by Hawaiian activists within the movement to achieve what many consider their most important goal for the time being: educating the general public, and offering the people of Hawaii enough options and information so that they are better equipped to make a sound decision once the time arrives.
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