The unlawful and contentious State of Hawaii has chosen to swear-in it’s next head of State, Governor (apparent) Neil Abercrombie at `Iolani Palace on Monday. The use of the palace is profoundly significant and goes well beyond state government political opportunism being that the palace grounds are an ancient sacred site of native Hawaiians and a burial ground of ali`i rulers and ohana.
Politically, `Iolani Place has always been a site of pomp and grandeur, imbuing a sense of authority, and Abercrombie now follows a long history of this ~ however hypocritical, wrong and debasing it has become since the overthrow in 1893.
The palace is proof of a native people’s ability and willingness to raise a sophisticated government of European envy and one recognized by world nations in the 1800s. It was built by King Kalakaua and on completion the Pavilion and grounds were used for the Coronation of King Kalakaua and Queen Kapi`olani in 1883.
Yet a handful of racist commercialist, the sons of Christian missionaries, overpowered the Kingdom of Hawai`i with support of a US naval invasion on January 16, 1893 ~ in violation of International Law. The white rebels of private sugar plantation interests, convinced of their self righteousness in taking the palace were driven in part by what they saw as gross financial waste associated with the use of the palace for grand public ceremonies such as the coronation of King Kalakaua.
So advanced and connected was King Kalakaua the palace had electricity and telephones before the White House. Go http://www.iolanipalace.org/index.php/museum-information/palace-building.html
The palace was the main target of the invasion and Queen Lili’uokalani was abducted and ousted on January 17, 1893.
`Iolani Place became the immediate headquarters of the rebel government; the self proclaimed Republic of Hawaii. Queen Lili`uokalani was held in house arrest in one of the second floor palace bedrooms by the cabal during the period needed to establish there foothold.
By 1897 the cabal, also known as annexationists had successfully conspired with US government officials in Washington DC to have the territory annexed to the USA in the face of a totality of Hawaiian protest and many US domestic concerns. The palace was then used as headquarters for the Territory of Hawaii, later becoming the main assembly site of Statehood mass frenzy in 1959.
The palace was ignored and came into disrepair when the state moved to the new Capitol Building in 1969. This happened during the term of the second Hawaiian Governor, John Burns.
The Capitol stands between the palace and “Washington Place” on Beretania Street, the former home of Lili`uokalani, and now part of the residential grounds of the state governor.
The palace has been restored and is administrated by ‘Friends of `Iolani Palace’ under a lease from the State of Hawaii. The visitor film presented by ‘Friends of `Iolani Palace’ who run guided tours states in the beginning that this is “the only palace on American soil”.
In 2009 in response to public condemnation and demands by Office of Hawaiian Affairs, plans to reenact Statehood ceremonies at the palace were scrapped by the 50th Anniversary of Statehood Commission.
`Iolani Palace is the single most important cultural and political gathering place in Hawai`i for descendants of Kingdom subjects and international supporters. In recent years Hawaiian groups, loyal to the Monarch, have attempted to assert there rights to `Iolani Palace. In 2009 the state passed legislation prohibiting public forum on the property without a permit.
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Inauguration of Neil Abercrombie and Brian Schatz
`Iolani Palace on Monday, December 6, at 12 noon.