The Kingdom of Hawaii: to be or not to be? | Pacific Beat

The Kingdom of Hawaii: to be or not to be?

The Kingdom of Hawaii: to be or not to be?

Updated 21 May 2014, 9:40 AEST

The Chief Executive of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has kept his job after an emergency board meeting in Honolulu.

Kamanaopono Crabbe sparked an internal crisis when he sent a letter to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, asking for a ruling on whether the Kingdom of Hawaii might still legally exist.

The letter, which was quickly rescinded by the OHA's trustees, was prompted by US government acknowledgment that the overthrow of the kingdom in 1893 was illegal.

But not only has Mr Crabbe kept his post, he's won over his trustees and public support for his campaign is growing, with 2,500 people signing a petition.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Dr David Keanu Sai, political scientist, Windward Community College, Hawaii

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