A journalist from Kansas chronicled the political situation in Hawai’i shortly after the overthrow of Queen Liliu’okalani. His objective observations provide useful insight into what was actually happening.
Meanwhile, there is an active debate on whether those who support the restoration of the Kingdom should participate in the Na’i Aupuni process. This process involves the creation of a roll of people with pre-Cook Hawaiian ancestry who will serve as voters. They will elect delegates to a convention. Those delegates will discuss what form of governance might be pursued by Native Hawaiians, e.g. independence, statehood, or something in between. The funding for the process comes from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), a State agency.
Attached are the views of Moani Akaka, a long time activist and previous Trustee of OHA and my response.