THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE WAS SENT TO HAWAI'I'S PEOPLE IN SPRING, 2002 ASKING SUPPORT FOR THE STATEHOOD DAY CELEBRATION RESOLUTION (HR11 and SR22) AND ASKING FOR OPPOSITION TO THE INDEPENDENCE RESOLUTION (HCR59 and HR35).
FOR 2003, THERE IS NO INDEPENDENCE RESOLUTION TO BE OPPOSED, AND THE STATEHOOD DAY CELEBRATION RESOLUTION HAS NUMBERS SR144 AND SCR204.
Aloha to Citizens of Hawai'i:
Are you proud to be an American?
Do you believe Hawai'i is the 50th State?
Would you like to keep it that way?
Is Hawai'i legitimately the 50th State? Or are we under foreign military occupation and need the United Nations to come liberate us from the U.S.?
Two resolutions in the Legislature take those opposing views.
One resolution, HCR59 and HR35, claims Hawai'i is not legitimately a part of the United States, and asks the United Nations to hold an internationally supervised plebiscite offering independence. THIS DANGEROUS CRY FOR HELP ACTUALLY PASSED OUR SENATE LAST YEAR, and your own senator voted for it or was absent. Sovereignty activists have a weird logic saying only Hawaiians, plus non-Hawaiians who support independence, could actually vote in the plebiscite.
A resolution now in both the House (HR11) and Senate (SR22) affirms our pride as Americans. Its history clauses describe our long struggle for Statehood, including the petition signed by 120,000 citizens in 1954 and the 94% "yes" vote in 1959. It urges the Governor to organize a patriotic celebration of Statehood Day (Admission Day) and fly the U.S. flag on all public buildings.
Please contact your state Representative and Senator to demand that the Legislature should pass HR11 and SR22, the Statehood Day Celebration resolution. And demand that they oppose HCR59 and HR35. Details of the resolutions are given below, along with contact information for the Legislature.
Do you think the Star Spangled Banner should be able to fly over all public buildings in Hawai'i, including the former Territorial and State Capitol building, 'Iolani Palace?
Hawaiian sovereignty activists want to rip the 50th star off our flag.
They think 'Iolani Palace is more than just a period museum -- they see it as the Capitol of a still-living independent nation of Hawai'i.
Your help is needed to defend Hawai'i Statehood.
We already have a state holiday in mid-August called Statehood Day (formerly known as Admission Day, in honor of Hawai'i's admission to Statehood in 1959). We got that holiday because Hawai'i's people of all ethnic groups voted 94% "yes" in 1959 to become a state. There was dancing in the streets. A holiday was declared, and remains on the books.
In recent years Statehood Day has been little more than a paid holiday for state employees.
Let's revive the active celebration of Statehood Day as a way to bring all Hawai'i's people together in a show of patriotism for America. Following the attack on America of September 11, there has been a great outpouring of American patriotism in Hawai'i. Many U.S. flags can be seen on cars and in the windows of people's homes.
'Iolani Palace should be the focal point of Statehood Day, because this building served as the Capitol of the Territory of Hawai'i and the State of Hawai'i for 70 years, until 1968 when the new State Capitol was built next door. The U.S. flag flew proudly atop 'Iolani Palace for 70 years. In 1954 a petition for Statehood signed by 120,000 people was given a great celebratory sendoff from 'Iolani Palace on its way to Congress. In 1959 the change-over from Territory to State took place there. But now it is "politically incorrect" to fly the Star Spangled Banner there. The sovereignty activists say the feelings of some ethnic Hawaiians will be "hurt" if Old Glory ever flies there again. That's nonsense. The only people whose feelings will be hurt are the ethnic nationalist crazies. Most kanaka maoli (Native Hawaiians) are proud to be Americans and reject the ethnic nationalist independence radicals.
"Oh say, does that Star Spangled Banner yet wave, o'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?" Be brave. Protect our freedom, unity, and equality as American citizens.
Please contact your state Representative and Senator to demand that the Legislature should pass HR11 and SR22, the Statehood Day Celebration resolution; and to oppose HCR59 and HR35 which seek independence for Hawai'i.
The Statehood Day Celebration resolution contains a wealth of historical information about the long and successful struggle of Hawai'i to become the 50th state. To see these resolutions, and additional information about why this issue is important, please visit
To contact your state Representative by phone, fax, mail, or e-mail, see a complete list at
To contact your state Senator by phone, fax, mail, or e-mail, see a complete list at
Thank you for supporting this resolution, HR11 and SR22.
Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D.
46-255 Kahuhipa St. Apt. 1205
Kane'ohe, HI 96744
tel/fax (808) 247-7942
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