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Liliuokalani 1895: “Monarchy is Forever Ended, Republic of Hawaii is only lawful Government”
By Andrew Walden @ 9:37 PM :: 8544 Views :: Hawaii History

by Andrew Walden

After a week of hearings on the Obama Administration scheme to turn Hawaiians into a fake Indian tribe, it has to be noted that much of the debate is being conducted on the basis of a key historical falsehood backed by most of Hawaii’s political class. 

On one hand, trying to create the fake tribe, the Kanaiolowalu Roll claims “WE THE UNDERSIGNED: Affirm the unrelinquished sovereignty of the indigenous people of Hawaiʻi.”

On the other hand, sovereignty activists typically argue “We are an independent kingdom. We are still sovereign.”

In a debate defined by official and unofficial lies, those who address the Federal panel with simple irrefutable truths such as, “Hawaiians are not and never have been a tribe,” can be lost or discredited by association.  In media accounts, most are assumed to be sovereignty activists -- as if independence were the only alternative to a fake tribe.

If the Hawaiian Kingdom did indeed legally relinquish sovereignty to the Hawaii Republic after the overthrow, does that mean that native Hawaiians have lost everything?  Is a fake Indian tribe needed to protect “entitlements?”  No.  And here are some reasons why >>> Supreme Court ruling shields Hawaiian Homelands and ceded lands revenue.

What did Queen Liliuokalani have to say about all this?  The answer comes in two parts.

On January 17, 1893, after being overthrown by the ‘Provisional Government’ which eventually formed the Hawaii Republic, Liliuokalani gave a very qualified response:

I Liliʻuokalani, by the Grace of God and under the Constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom, Queen, do hereby solemnly protest against any and all acts done against myself and the Constitutional Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom by certain persons claiming to have established a Provisional Government of and for this Kingdom.

That I yield to the superior force of the United States of America whose Minister Plenipotentiary, His Excellency John L. Stevens, has caused United States troops to be landed at Honolulu and declared that he would support the Provisional Government.

Now to avoid any collision of armed forces, and perhaps the loss of life, I do this under protest and impelled by said force yield my authority until such time as the Government of the United States shall, upon facts being presented to it, undo the action of its representatives and reinstate me in the authority which I claim as the Constitutional Sovereign of the Hawaiian Islands.

But in 1895, after the failure of the Wilcox rebellion to restore the monarchy, Liliuokalani wrote a second abdication which should be required reading for anybody fooled by the OHA/Sovereignty movement narrative:


HONOLULU, Jan. 24, 1895.

TO THE HON. SANFORD BALLARD DOLE, President of the Republic of Hawaii:

SIR: -- After full and free consultation with my personal friends and with my legal advisors, both before and since my detention by military order in the Executive building, and acting in conformity with their advice, and also upon my own free volition, and in pursuance of my unalterable belief and understanding of my duty to the people of Hawaii, and to their highest and best interests, and also for the sake of those misguided Hawaiians and others who have recently engaged in rebellion against the Republic, and in an attempt to restore me to the position of queen, which I held prior to the 17th day of January, A. D. 1893, and without any claim that shall become entitled, by reason of anything that I may now say or do, to any other or different treatment or consideration at the hands of the Government than I otherwise could and might legally receive, I now desire to express and make known, and do hereby express and make known, to yourself, as the only lawful and recognized head of the Government, and to all the people of the Hawaiian Islands, whether or not they have yet become citizens of the Republic, or are or have been adherents of the late monarchy, and also to all diplomatic and other foreign representatives in the Hawaiian Islands, to all of whom I respectfully request you to cause this statement and action of mine to be made known as soon as may be, as follows, namely:

First. In order to avoid any possibility of doubt or misunderstanding although I do not think that any doubt or misunderstanding is either proper or possible, I hereby do fully and unequivocally admit and declare that the Government of the Republic of Hawaii is the only lawful Government of the Hawaiian Islands, and that the late Hawaiian monarchy is finally and forever ended, and no longer of any legal or actual validity, force or effect whatsoever; and I do hereby forever absolve all persons whomsoever, whether in the Hawaiian Islands or elsewhere, from all and every manner of allegiance, or official obligation or duty, to me and my heirs and successors forever, and I hereby declare to all such persons in the Hawaiian Islands that I consider them as bound in duty and honor henceforth to support and sustain the Government of the Republic of Hawaii.

Second. For myself, my heirs and successors, I do hereby and without any mental reservation or modification, and fully, finally, unequivocally, irrevocably, and forever abdicate, renounce and release unto the Government of the Republic of Hawaii and the legitimate successors forever all claims or pretensions whatsoever to the late throne of Hawaii, or to the late monarchy of Hawaii, or to any past, or to the existing, or to any future Government of Hawaii, or under or by reason of any present or formerly existing constitution, statute, law, position, right or claim of any and every kind, name or nature whatsoever, and whether the same consist of pecuniary or property considerations, or of personal status, hereby forever renouncing, disowning and disclaiming all rights, claims, demands, privileges, honors, emoluments, titles and prerogatives whatsoever, under or by virtue of any former, or the existing Government, constitution, statute, law or custom of the Hawaiian Islands whatsoever, save and excepting only such rights and privileges as belong to me in common with all private citizens of, or residents in the Republic of Hawaii.

Third. I do hereby respectfully implore for such misguided Hawaiians and others as have been concerned in the late rebellion against the Republic of Hawaii, such degree of executive clemency as the Government may deem to be consistent with its duty to the community, and such as a due regard for its violated laws may permit.

Fourth. It is my sincere desire henceforth to live in absolute privacy and retirement from all publicity, or even appearance of being concerned in the public affairs of the Hawaiian Islands, further than to express, as I now do and shall always continue to do, my most sincere hope for the welfare and prosperity of its people, under and subject to the Government of the Republic of Hawaii.

Fifth. I hereby offer and present my duly certified oath of allegiance to the Republic of Hawaii.

Sixth. I have caused the foregoing statement to be prepared and drawn, and have signed the same without having received the slightest suggestion from the President of Hawaii, or from any member of the Government of Hawaii, concerning the same or any part thereof, or concerning any action or course of my own in the premises.

Relying upon the magnanimity of the Government of the Republic, and upon its protection.

I have the honor to be, Mr. President,

Very respectfully,

Your most obedient servant,




Honolulu, Island of Oahu ss.

Hawaiian Islands.

I, Liliuokalani Dominis, do solemnly swear in the presence of Almighty God that I will support the Constitution, Laws and Government of the Republic of Hawaii, and will not, either directly or indirectly, encourage or assist in the restoration or establishment of a Monarchial form of Government in the Hawaiian Islands.

[signed] Liliuokalani Dominis

Subscribed and sworn to

this 24th day of January

A.D. 1895 before me,

[signed] W L. Stanley

Notary Public [notary seal]


Queen Liliuokalani's hand-written abdication and oath of loyalty can be seen >>> HERE

The originals are kept in the Hawaii State Archive.




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