“What Does Hawai’i Know About Being Attacked, Anyway?”


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President Donald Trump Supporters are expressing their thoughts,
and for some, actions on the latest injunction to stop the “ban on travel” by heading to social media and calling for a travel boycott on Hawai’i. This took place after Attorney General Doug Chin of Hawai’i imposed the injunction just days before executive order No. 13780 was to take place. This order was meant to keep America safe from terroristic attacks.

Supporters are using tags like #boycotthawaii #bantraveltohawaii …

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What these supporters don’t realize, is that the people of Hawai’i, native or not, don’t really care if people from the other states don’t come to Hawai’i. In fact, many local people are encouraging them to put their “money where their mouth is” and prefer them to stay out of Hawai’i. However,

Some poster’s comments took their verbal opinions a little too far, in an uneducated WarSBheadline-sb1207a475web2manner. Such is the case with most social media posts. On Instagram, a post saying “… what does hawaii know about being attacked, anyway.” Is being met with replies of a quick history lesson of Hawai’i and its experience with attacks. On December 7th, 1941 on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i, Pearl Harbor was attacked. This was a world-renowned attack that forced America to completely participate in World War II.

What most people don’t know is that the most significant attack that occurred in Hawai’i was not Pearl Harbor, but the Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 17, 1893.

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King Kalakaua on the footsteps of the Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

A coup of American businessmen illegally overthrew the kingdom. This coup also sought help from the U.S. Navy to overthrow the Hawaiian Kingdom. The reigning monarch Queen Lili’uokalani was literally imprisoned and threatened, then forced annexation onto Hawai’i despite a resounding opposition by the majority of the local people.

Hawai’i has also endured military occupation through the Spanish-American War and underwent years of martial law during World War II. Lesser known by most is that many U.S. citizens of Japanese descent and foreign Japanese, such as plantation workers, tourists, husbands, wives, and children in Hawai’i and throughout the U.S. were segregated into internment camps for “Security Purposes”.This includes the most patriotic, such as those that were in military service at the time.

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Japanese-American Internment Camp in West O’ahu, Hawai’i.

I guess you could say that this stop against the ban of travel that Attorney General, Doug Chin put into place is another way of making sure the U.S. doesn’t break any laws in the U.S. constitution or violate any human rights laws, all while trying to treat all visitors with respect and making sure that this executive order is done right.

Today, it is recognized that the U.S. in fact did wrongfully overthrow the Hawaiian kingdom and the internment camps during World War II were wrong as well. What we can learn from this is that challenging or questioning laws to be, is a core principal of democracy and it will also ensure that laws that are put into place are sound and righteous.

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Pres. Bill Clinton signing the Apology Resoution, recognizing the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai’i


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      1. Like I mentioned. Yes, you’re right. Hawai’i is being occupied not “annexed.” Per definition, what I am saying is, on paper through western palapala that is what is understood and recognized by U.S. congress alone. Hence my Quote”forced annexation”, an explicit implication placed by one governing body, The U.S. Government, onto a governing body that is not willing to annex, The Kingdom of Hawai’i not the Republic of Hawai’i, never have and never will. The Kingdom of Hawai’i still exists today. I guess if it’s being misunderstood, i should re-write it to reflect on the illegal establishment of the Republic of Hawai’i set on by the same Coup of American Bussinessmen, who then annexed their own governing body and falsely claimed kingdom land as their own via Newlands Resolution, but was swatted down by the local citizens of the Kingdon of Hawai’i, but through a plethora of reasons congress decided to take matters in their own hands, created the joint resolution, which caused the annexation of the falsely established Republic of Hawai’i, which founding occupation is still present today in the form of the State of Hawai’i not the original and still standing Kindom of Hawai’i. So, I totally agree. let me re-word it a bit as short as possible for our readers. Thank you again.

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      2. Joint resolution cannot annex another country! A joint resolution is only applicable to the nation that issues it .. It is a municipal law good only in the united states. The Hawaiian Kingdom was a Constitutional monarchy recognized as an independent sovereign and neutral country internationally re ovnized in 1843 and was a member of the Family of Nations.

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      3. Thank you… yes, “Forced annexation implies “establishment of a false government, annexing themselves to the U.S., not the Kingdom of Hawai’i which still exists. Refer to Replies to Haupu. Thank you.

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    1. There was a treaty of annexation made by the Rebublic of Hawai’i, just not by the indigenous governing body,which is the Kingdom of Hawai’i, which still exists. “Forced Annexation” implies this event that occurred. Please refer to the ending reply made to Haupu. Yes. The Kingdom of Hawai’i was never annexed. Thank you.

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  1. While the Senate of the so-called Republic of Hawai’i did pass a treaty of annexation, that treaty was never ratified by the United States Senate. So even if the Republic had been legal, annexation never legally happened. Because the annexationists could not get ratification from the U.S Senate, they proceeded to “annex” the Kingdom with a legally ineffective, joint resolution.

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  2. Fantastic article!!! Love the conversation! Since you’re revising, perhaps the mention of “U.S. citizens of Japanese descent” could be clearer as well, since the Nissei (2nd Generation Japanese) Veterans (mostly Hawai’i born boys), were born after 1898, in an occupied state, and were actually NOT U.S. citizens, nor Hawaiian Kingdom nationals.

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    1. Thank you so much. This article was exactly that, one to spark conversation, not exactly to be politically correct, nor present an exact history of everything, but to generally present material in a fashion to which readers could enjoy and quickly understand the material being presented, especially in the case of the overthrow. That subject alone can be too much information for people and they may lose interest and get confused even at the sight of the term “committee of Safety”, and that would defeat the whole purpose of spreading the word on subjects like this. Thank you for that, I appreciate it. The “U.S. Citizens of Japanese descent” was a blanket term to acknowledge all, not just in Hawai’i, but those in the west coast states on the mainland as well, who would be considered U.S. citizens if born in the U.S. prior to the relocation mandate in 1942. You bring up a good point about the Nisei and citizenship of other foreign ethnic groups during this transition of the Republic of Hawaii and then Territory of the U.S. all the while the Kingdom of Hawai’i still existing. The topic of Nisei is actually a subject that I want to dive deeper into learning as well. Like all the stories of Daniel Inouye, “whitey” Yamamoto and the many other local Hawai’i Nisei. Thank you again. Maybe doing a post on Nisei might be something I would do as well, because i don’t think most Americans know that history, kind of like how I had no idea the contributions the Native American Soldiers had in the war until I saw the movie “Windtalkers”. Mahalo!

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