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Setting the Record Straight on Hawaiian Indigeneity

Thursday, March 7, 2024  |  11:00 AM – 12:30 PM HST  |  Free  


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Webinar Description:

Academics have assumed that when the United States overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom government on January 17, 1893, it was also an overthrow of the country, being a sovereign and independent State. This conflating of two legally relevant facts stem from Max Weber's theory that the State has the monopolization of power, when it isn't the State but rather its government. Political science and law discern the two and are able to conclude that despite the Hawaiian government having been unlawfully overthrown, the Hawaiian State, as a subject of international law, continues to exist despite the purported annexation of the Hawaiian Islands in 1898 by the US Congress. Just over a century later in 1999, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, Netherlands, verified that the Hawaiian Kingdom continues to exist as a State, which  has rendered the American annexation as nothing more than a myth.


Presenter: Dr. David Kenau Sai

presenter David Kenau Sai

Dr. Keanu Sai is a political scientist and senior lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i Windward Community College, Departments of Political Science and Hawaiian Studies, and affiliate graduate faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa College of Education. He also served as Agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom at the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, Netherlands, in Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom, PCA case no. 1999-01. Dr. Sai received his Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in political science specializing in international relations and law from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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