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Ma Hope Ho'i Ma Mua

Taro lo'i - Keanae Whereas, the health and well-being of the Native Hawaiian people is intrinsically tied to their deep feelings and attachment to the land;
Whereas, the long-range economic and social changes in Hawaii over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries have been devastating to the population and to the health and well-being of the Hawaiian people;

"It is estimated that, at the time of the arrival of Cook, there may have been more than 800,000 people here, perhaps as many as one million. Well, that population underwent a rapid decline. So that, about a hundred years later, 1893, at the time of the illegal armed invasion of our homeland by American naval forces, the total population, indigenous Kanaka Maoli population, was down to 40,000. That's over 95% reduction in our population. A holocaust, by any definition."

- History of Health to 1893, by Kekuni Blaisdell

Well that's an understatement. The Hawaiian people have been subjected to the international crime of genocide, as determined and defined by the 1948 Genocide Convention, and the 1987 Genocide Convention Implementation Act, the Proxmire Resolution. That is clear.

I submit, having argued genocide myself to the International Court of Justice, and having convinced them that genocide is going on in Bosnia-Herzegovina, I personally would have no difficulty at all in convincing the World Court that genocide has been practiced by the United States government against native Hawaiians. Now, that's bad enough, but where does that lead you? I submit where it leads you is back to the creation of a state. One of the few and only protections a people have from being exterminated by means of genocide, is their own state and ultimately United Nations membership.

Prof. Francis A. Boyle
Dec. 28, 1993

Ma Hope Ho'i Ma Mua