18 Jan 2005

Hawaiians commemorate monarchy's demise in US military coup

10:44 am on 18 January 2005

Dozens of supporters of Hawaiian independence have held a ceremony in Honolulu to mark the 112th anniversary of the US-backed coup against the Kingdom of Hawaii.

The event on the grounds of the Iolani palace has been attended by the pro-independence group, Ka Pakaukau, and the Reinstated Lawful Hawaiian Kingdom Government.

The groups want to restore Hawaii's independence which was lost in the 1893 coup by American settlers supported by the US military.

Kekuni Blaisdell of the Ka Pakakau movement says schools in Hawaii don't teach the history of the US-led coup.

"We are here to recall these events and never forget. The Americans who invaded our homeland want us to forget. The colonial media never mention it. That's why we must mention it. That's we we meet every year at the Iolani Palace."

Kekuni Blaisdell

In 1993, the US Congress officially apologised to what it calls Native Hawaiians for the overthrow of the kingdom and the deprivation of their right to self-determination.

But the congress resolution says it is not the basis for any claims against the US.