October 6, HAC EC  Meeting, 6:00 p.m., DPH Headquarters

Hawaiian Affairs Caucus
Executive Committee Meeting

Oct 6, 6:00 p.m.
Dial In Number:  (712) 451-0200, access code 938390.


Call to Order

Pule Wehe

Secretary’s Meeting Minutes

Treasurer’s Report – deferred as no change

Membership Committee Report (Melodie)

Unfinished Business

  • *Mauna Kea Resolutions and next steps
  • PPP Kukui Hui:  Status of HAC Donations (Kainoa)
  • Three misses and out Policy (Raytan)
  • HAC Uniform (Jacob)

New Business

  • DPH Platform
  • Resolution calling for US Compliance with International Law on the Hawaiian Islands (Melodie)
  • DPH Convention HAC Presentation
  • Appointment of HAC Campaign 2020 Committee


  • Future HAC Meetings:  Executive Committee, Nov 6, Dec 4
  • General Membership, Oct 23, Guest speaker, William Aila, DHHL;  Nov 6 (combined), Guest speaker Robin Danner, SCHHA; Dec 11 (Holiday Party)
  • All meetings at DPH, 6:00 p.m.  Check HAC website for updates, hawaiianaffairs.org

Pule Ho’oku’u


#1 Support the Protectors of Maunakea who oppose the building of the Thirty Millimeter Telescope (TMT); and urge the TMT International Observatory Board of Governors to withdraw its plans to build the TMT on Maunakea. (Done)

#2 Urge the State of Hawai’i and the University of Hawai‘i to escalate the Decommissioning of Telescopes on Maunakea that would have the added benefit of jobs for Hawaii’s workers (Whereas clauses should provide the info in support of this resolved clause).  Decommissioning includes complete removal of the Telescope and its facilities and restoring the land to its pristine condition.

#3 Urge the University of Hawaii and the Office of Maunakea Management to give priority to updating the Comprehensive Management Plan for Maunakea.  (We need to give the reasons as to why the current plan isn’t working in the Whereas clauses)



WHEREAS, On November 28, 1843, both Great Britain and France jointly recognized the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent and sovereign State and admittance into the Great Family of Nations; and

WHEREAS, The Hawaiian Kingdom maintained over 90 embassies and consulates throughout the world; and

WHEREAS, November 28th is a national holiday throughout the country called La Ku`oko`a (Independence Day); and

WHEREAS, President Grover Cleveland on December 18, 1893, after investigating the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government, stated, when “a detachment of marines from the United States steamer Boston, with two pieces of artillery, landed on Honolulu . . . supplied with double cartridge belts filled with ammunition and with haversacks and canteens and were accompanied by a hospital corps with stretchers and medical supplies . . . was of itself an act of war”; and

WHEREAS, President Cleveland further concluded that by “an act of war, committed with the participation of a diplomatic representative of the United States and without the authority of Congress, the Government of a feeble but friendly and confiding people has been overthrown”; and

WHEREAS, Customary international law at the time required the United States, as the occupying State, to administer the laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom, the occupied State, which was later codified under Article 43 of the 1907 Hague Regulations and Article 64 of the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention; and

WHEREAS, The United States has not carried out its obligations under international humanitarian law; and

WHEREAS, The United States Congress purported to annex the Hawaiian Islands by a joint resolution of Congress on July 7, 1898; and

WHEREAS, The United States Constitutions does not grant the U.S. Congress a power to annex another country; and

WHEREAS, Neither a joint resolution nor a statute enacted by the U.S. Congress can have any legal effect beyond the borders of the United States and affect the sovereignty of a foreign State; and

WHEREAS, The 1898 joint resolution of annexation is not a treaty whereby the Hawaiian Kingdom ceded its sovereignty to the United States of America; and

WHEREAS, The United States Congress has enacted municipal laws and unlawfully imposed these laws within the territory of the Hawaiian Kingdom in violation of international law; and

WHEREAS, In 2001, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, in Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom, accepted a case that on “the unlawful imposition of American municipal laws . . . within the territorial jurisdiction of the Hawaiian Kingdom”; and

WHEREAS, Under international law, all States have sovereign equality, and have equal rights and duties as co-equal members of the international community regardless of their economic, social, and political differences; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Hawaiian Affairs Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai`i calls upon the United States of America to immediately begin to comply with international humanitarian law in its prolonged and illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Islands.