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Dec
03

Déjà vu at `Iolani Palace, Honolulu

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Sanford B. Dole was sworn in, June 14, 1900, as the first territorial governor on the steps of ʻIolani Palace as American businessmen and plantation owners lauded victory against the monarchy.Reference: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Territory_of_Hawaii

Many people have protested the State of Hawaii’s use of ‘Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu as the site for the swearing in of Neil Abercrombie as the next Governor. It will be on Mon Dec, 6 (details below).

I was told by his office today that the event would go ahead as scheduled. Palace decorations and invitation were set. Abercrombie has ignored the warnings. This is the opening blunder, Day One, of the incoming Administration of the US occupation in Hawaii.

I sent a protest to Abercrombie through http://newdayhawaii.org
I wrote:

It is insulting to hold a [Hawaiian] state government ceremony at ‘Iolani Palace.

I call for Neil Abercrombie to desist in making his first official act as the new Governor of state to be that of being sworn in at `Iolani Palace.

This is a sacred site of Kanaka Maoli and the historic national site of war and takeover of the Hawaiian Monarchy since the coup and US invasion of 1893. Abercrombie is being woefully provocative. He is contemptuous of even US domestic law. The US Apology Resolution of 1993 outlines the historic wrongs of the USA, the suffering and oppression done to Native Hawaiians and calls for reconciliation. Until reconciliation occurs the state should not feel free to use the palace.

Under Governor Lingle, `Iolani Palace was not used last year for the 50th Anniversary of Statehood in reenacting and celebrating official events in 1959 which were held on the palace steps. Instead events were held in the state Capitol Building.

Using the palace on this coming Monday, sets the stage of the new Governor as being an Administration blatantly hostile and opposed to reconciliation or simply acting without an awareness of fair process and respect. In any case it is going to be a throw back to the worst of colonial days”.

Michael Daly

Inauguration of Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz
`Iolani Palace on Monday, December 6, at 12 noon.

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