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A statement from the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus

“ ʻOnipa’a I Ka Pō Me Ke Ao”— an event commemorating the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Monarchy— will take place on Sunday, January 17, 2021. A March will begin at Mauna ʻAla at 6 am, and will end at the Queen Liliʻuokalani Statue at the Hawai’i State Capitol building at 10 am. The sponsors of this event are Ka Lāhui Hawai’i and Queen’s Court.

The Hawaiian Affair Caucus (HAC) supports the observance of January 17, 1893, as we support the right to Sovereignty and self-governance. This date signifies that our Queen Lili’uokalani was steadfast in her belief of protecting her people, even in the light of the illegal overthrow of her peaceful Kingdom.

We consider it vital that our people acknowledge the right to participate in such a monumental event. However, in view of the rising cases of COVID due to large group settings and the current law limiting gathering to five (5) people, we are urging our people to strongly consider NOT physically attending the Onipa’a Event-- but to actively participate online via FACEBOOK live-streaming.

“We Refuse to Be Silenced” (an armed March)— an event challenging the principles of Democracy—will take place on January 17, 2021 at 12 pm.

The Hawaiian Affairs Caucus is NOT in support of this event, as we DO NOT condone the opportunity of potential violence and the use of arms to resolve disputes. We will continue to advocate for peace, diplomacy and social discourse in resolving our issues.

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