January 17. A mob of armed white men stormed the grounds of the seat of government, seeking to overthrow the country they had sworn allegiance too. A police officer, who had discovered their plot, was shot and killed. A corrupt U.S. official, in league with the Insurrectionists, called in the U.S. Navy -- not to stop the madness, but to prevent the citizenry, and their beloved Queen, from resisting.
"To prevent the shedding of the blood of my people, natives and foreigners alike," the Queen wrote, "I opposed armed interference, and quietly yielded to the armed forces brought against my throne."
The Insurrectionists celebrated the success of this original Grand Theft ʻĀina, one that would plunge the Hawaiian Islands into an oligarchy where Native Hawaiians and non-white immigrants were systematically oppressed and persecuted while land and power were brokered by the ruling corporate class for generations to follow.
The forceful theft of their lands and governance also uniquely and particularly impacted the Native Hawaiian people, who continue to live with the legacies of this historic injustice.
But we the people of Hawaiʻi nei, Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians alike, never stopped fighting to restore pono and righteousness to these islands. And we never will. Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono.
But just as we have never stopped fighting, those who have benefitted from this Grand Theft ʻĀina continue to try to maintain control of the lands, the ʻāina, that they should never have been entitled to in the first place:
HB499, which would allow these stolen and now "public" lands to be leased by corporations and the U.S. military for 105 years at a time -- setting the foundation for their permanent alienation -- is poised for its final committee hearing on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.
SB2, which envisions the mass leasing of stolen "public" lands to developers for 99 years at a time, will also be decided upon by its final committee on Wednesday, April 7 as well.
And HB902, which is a replica of SB2, has already been passed by its last Committee, with only one Senate vote, a closed "Conference Committee" meeting, and a final round of votes by the Senate and House before it becomes law.
If you live in and love these islands, please take a stand and fight back against these terrible measures. Click here to TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE LEGACY OF THE ORIGINAL GRAND THEFT ʻĀINA: ACTIONS NEEDED *NOW*.