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Kue petition revisited

A peaceful demonstration to inform the public about the petitions protesting the annexation of the Hawaiian nation to the United States in 1897 by Hawaiian nationals was held Monday, Feb. 21, at the statue of U.S. President William McKinley, the statue of President McKinley holding a “Treaty of Annexation” that never was.

You may read the story and view photos at http://www.hawaiianindependencealliance.org/category/eventsactions/

The petitions against annexation were circulated by Hui Kalaiaina, Hui Aloha Aina for Men, and Hui Aloha Aina for Women. At the time the population was less than 40,000. More than 38,000 signatures are on the combined petitions, indicating overwhelming opposition. In 1997 the petitions were retrieved from the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., and brought back to Hawaii by Noenoe K. Silva who informed present-day Native Hawaiians of their ancestors’ position.

You may read Dr. Silva’s findings at http://libweb.hawaii.edu/digicoll/annexation/pet-intro.html

Posted by Rebekah