Hawaii Not Sanctuary For Hawaiians

04/23/2017 10:46 am ET Updated Apr 29, 2017

Leon Kaulahao Siu is a guest contributor and writer of the article, “Hawaii Not Sanctuary For Hawaiians.” He is active in the Hawaiian independence movement and is a nominee for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. He is the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands and travels the world representing the people of Hawaii, including the United Nations in New York City and Geneva, Switzerland. Siu is based in Honolulu, Hawaii.

By Leon Kaulahao Siu

Hawaii Not Sactuary For Hawaiians

In a surprise move, the attorney general of the so-called State of Hawaii filed a lawsuit in federal court for an injunction against President Trump’s recent policy restricting entry into the U.S. by travelers from certain countries. The State of Hawaii intends to defy the president’s executive order by declaring itself a “sanctuary state.”

The lawsuit is a surprise move because the State of Hawaii has always dutifully towed the line in enforcing U.S. Federal immigration policies.

In fact, the state has gone overboard in utilizing the cover of U.S. immigration policies to apply the status of “undocumented” to Hawaiian nationals — those Hawaiians living in the Hawaiian Islands and who assert they are subjects of the Hawaiian Kingdom, residing in the Hawaiian Kingdom. The reason the state has a strong aversion ro Hawaiian nationals is that their very existence and their claim of sovereignty, repudiates the legitimacy of the “State of Hawaii.”

There is a guy named Bobby Warren sitting in the Hawaii County Correctional Center who has been held there by orders from a state judge for the past 10 months. He has not been charged with any crime and yet, he is being detained by the state. The writ of habeas corpus filed on his behalf last September was ignored. The state judge refuses to let Bobby out even though holding him without charge is a serious violation of the most fundamental rights guaranteed under their own state, and the U.S. constitutions.

Why is Bobby Warren being detained in a Hilo jail? It is not because he is kanaka maoli, a descendant of the original inhabitants of these islands. It is not because he committed any crime. It is because he is a Hawaiian national; a subject of the Hawaiian Kingdom; a man who says Hawaii — not the U.S. — is his country; a man who insists he lives in the Hawaiian Kingdom, not the fake “State of Hawaii.”

And he is not the only one. Every year the “State of Hawaii” routinely tickets, arrests, tries, fines, jails and otherwise harasses and persecutes dozens, if not hundreds of Hawaiians living in their homeland. Though documented in the Kingdom not as U.S. citizens, but as Hawaiian subjects (a.k.a. Hawaiian nationals) the State of Hawaii regards them as illegals and routinely treats them worse than undocumented immigrants.

Do you see the injustice? Do you see the abject irony? The governor, the attorney general, the legislators, the activists for human and civil rights, the media and other collaborators in the U.S. occupation puppet-government, operating as the fake “State of Hawaii,” are clamoring to declare the state a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants entering the U.S. fake State of Hawaii. Meanwhile, Hawaiian nationals living in Hawaii are abused with impunity by the state. There is no safe place provision for Hawaiians in this would-be sanctuary.

These champions for sanctuary should start a campaign to end the state’s persecution and abusive treatment of Hawaiian subjects, ironically the only ones who can genuinely and legitimately claim these Hawaiian Islands as their home country.

These sanctuary advocates should expose the wrongful incarceration of Bobby Warren and mount a campaign to free him from captivity. That would be a real demonstration of their sincerity in the spirit of sanctuary.

Leon Kaulahao Siu

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Kingdom of the Hawaiian Islands

Nominee for 2017 Nobel Peace Prize

Leon Kaulahao Siu, Contributing Guest Writer
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