Theoretically Hawaiians already have sovereignty meaning that we can determine our destiny BUT the U.S. government would like us to believe that we should fight for sovereignty so that we are and our nation (called the Nation of Hawaii aka "the Kingdom of Hawaii") are officially recognized. Me personally... I don't care if they recognize me as Hawaiian or as a citizen of Hawaii. I know what I am. It's in the iwi.
Well it keeps us Hawaiians distracted but theoretically... we already have sovereignty meaning we can determine our destiny as many of us Hawaiians are and have been doing for years. We don't need a law to tell us that we have or have no sovereignty. Sovereignty is really a state of mind. We can either determine our own destiny... or we can let others especially the U.S. government do it for us. Fortunately there are MANY Hawaiian sovereignty "activists" who should really be called "Hawaiians who have an opinion about our destiny" but we're Hawaiian. Therefore some people look down on us as if we are bad or something lol Or worse they have a paternalistic attitude where they try to tell us what to do or try to tell us what they think is best for us.
My philosophy is that only "you" know what is best for yourself. No one else knows what is best for others. That is why I admire Hawaiians who speak up even if I do not necessarily agree with them. At least they are doing something and it's so much easier to sit and drink Starbucks than it is to actually DO something about it.
Anyway my friend Kalani Motuahina (just joking) his name is Kalani wrote this to me after he noticed that I wrote, "To me Hawaiian sovereignty is about determining our destiny." This was his response to my mana o:
"to me Hawaiian sovereignty is about determining our destiny"
Ae! [which means "yes"] This is what it really is. Nothing more. People think it’s more than that, but basically it’s US making the decision, not people like ___________ trying to pry into our heads for whatever reason, and worse…sharing his manao and stating what he think is best. That is NOT sovereignty right there. lol
Unfortunately some people like to make it more complicated than it is. On the other hand... there is beauty in simplicity and sovereignty is simply determining our destiny.