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Eia Hawaiʻi

Location: Campus Center 301

1893 Executive Agreements & Impacts Today: Hawaiian Protest & Demand filed in United Nations with Dr. Keanu Sai

The overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government on January 17, 1893 remains a contentious moment in the history of Hawai‘i. On the 100th anniversary, the Congress enacted a joint resolution apologizing for the illegal overthrow and sought reconciliation efforts with the native Hawaiian population similar to its relationship with Native Americans. Could it be that our current understandings of the overthrow are based on an erroneous narrative of historical events? This presentation offers a political science perspective that incorporates law on the repercussions of the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government, and the effect of two executive agreements entered into in 1893 between Queen Lili‘uokalani and President Grover Cleveland that have not only a profound legal and political impact on Hawai‘i and the international community, but also upon the office of the current President.

Dr. Keanu Sai received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa specializing in international law, state sovereignty, international laws of occupation, United States constitutional law, and Hawaiian constitutional law. His research specifically addressed the legal and political history of the Hawaiian Islands since the eighteenth century to the present. Dr. Sai has authored several law journal articles on the topic of the continuity of Hawaiian Kingdom as a sovereign state, and served as lead agent for the Hawaiian Kingdom in arbitration proceedings before the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague, Netherlands, in Lance Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom (1999-2001).

For more information, contact: kipuka@hawaii.edu 808-933-0897

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