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Darkness over Hawaii: Annexation Myth Greatest Obstacle to Progress

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Title:Darkness over Hawaii: Annexation Myth Greatest Obstacle to Progress
Authors:Chang, Williamson B.C.
Keywords:Native Hawaiians
Date Issued:09 Apr 2015
Abstract:Native Hawaiians are not ready for a convention. We are not ready for big decisions. We know little about the world. The world is ignorant about Hawaii. Justice Scalia in his recent remarks on the law and history pertaining to Hawaii displayed some of that ignorance. His remarks revealed the extent and consequences of the campaign of deception asserting that Hawaii was acquired by a joint resolution. This claim is not only false. It is impossible.

Justice Scalia is not the only one deceived. The Hawaii Supreme Court, in a 2013 ruling on the effects of annexation, blithely ignored the most basic of all state laws—those describing the boundaries of Hawaii. Truth telling through re-education of Hawaiians and the rest of the world is just beginning.

Whether one supports restoration of the Kingdom or Tribal recognition, what Hawaiians need now is more scholarship about the world-- particularly as to the world of newly emerging sovereign states and the history of decolonization. We should not let Washington push us into tribal status. The path we take must be fully informed and selfless.
Description:Work in progress dated April 9, 2015 and deposited April 10, 2015.
Corrected work dated April 23, 2015. Item and bitstream updated April 25, 2015.
Pages/Duration:37 pages
Rights:Williamson B.C. Chang, “Darkness over Hawaii: Annexation Myth Greatest Obstacle to
Progress,” Copyright 2015 Professor Williamson B.C. Chang, University of Hawaii at Manoa
April 23, 2015 This Article Has been Accepted for Publication by the Asian-Pacific Law &
Policy Journal - University of Hawaii for Volume 16, Spring 2015, If citing Please make the
Appropriate Attribution or Citation to that Journal,
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