Ali’I Nui Aleka Dayne Aipoalani

King of Modern Day Polynesia

Today, a movement is underway to restore Hawaii’s sovereignty (independence) and the rights of Native Hawaiian People. This movement is being led by Ali’i Nui Aleka Dayne Aipoalani, a direct descendant of King Kaumualii, the last King of Kauai, and the great King Kamehameha I. Having proved his bloodline to the state government, the indigenous leaders of Hawaii, the Royal Union of Pacific Nations which include, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand (The United Nations recognize these Island Nations as Sovereign States), officially and traditionally recognized Aleka Dayne Aipoalani as the Mana Ali`i Nui (the most powerful King of Polynesia).

In 2007, one hundred fourteen years after the Hawaiian Islands were illegally occupied by the United States Government, Ali`i Nui Dayne Aipoalani registered a formal claim for the lands of Atooi with the Hawaii State Attorney General and court system. This claim of land ownership was recognized. Ali’i Nui Dayne Aipoalani is leading the Sovereign Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi in the process of organizing, instituting, and forming Subordinate Councils, whose rules, regulations, and by-laws shall be promulgated to uphold the supreme authority of the Customary Chiefs (Konohiki) and People (Native Tenants) whose sovereignty has never been voluntarily relinquished.

A History of Injustice

Long before the arrival of European and American missionaries, Hawai’i was a beautiful self-governed Polynesian Island Nation. The Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi was the ancient name for Hawai’i, the head of the Polynesian Triangle. Atooi, which translates to “The Light of God,” has for centuries been the cultural and spiritual hub for all of Polynesia. Look at a map of the Pacific and draw a line from Hawai’i to Rapa Nui / Easter Island off the coast of Chile. Continue that line all the way across the Pacific to New Zealand, and back up to Hawai’i. This creates the Polynesian Triangle — the largest Union of Island Nations in the largest ocean on the planet.

On January 17th, 1893 the United States Government deployed its military might to illegally overthrow Hawaii’s reigning Queen Liliuokalani in the interest of American and European Businessmen who were threatened by the Queen’s proposed new constitution. A new provisional government — composed of the same European and American businessmen— assumed power and initiated the annexation of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States. On 1 February 1893, the U.S. Minister (ambassador) to Hawaii proclaimed Hawaii a protectorate of the United States. On 4 July 1894, Hawai’i was proclaimed a Republic, and Sanford B. Dole (Dole Pineapples) a leader in the movement to abolish Hawaii’s monarchy, became President of the new Republic. The Republic of Hawaiʻi was then recognized by the United States government as a protectorate, until Hawai’i became the 50th State of the Union in 1959.

An Appeal to the United Nations

The Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi, under the leadership of Ali’i Nui Dayne Aipoalani, is currently working with the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues to remedy the illegal injustices committed against their peoples. The Ali’i Nui also recognizes the urgency to develop policies for global sustainability. He has reached out to other Polynesian nations to coordinate their efforts to protect and ensure a sustainable pacific. To achieve this goal, representatives from 15 Pacific Nations have signed cooperative treaties to promote responsible land use and ocean management, and establish renewable energy sources.

Smoke Signals’ connection with the Ali’i Nui and the People of Hawai’i - Polynesia comes not as an opportunity, but rather a responsibility. For us as Native People to share our history and experiences to help the Hawaiian People further their efforts is as an honor. It is our shared responsibility as Indigenous People to assure that we pass down to our children our culture, and a healthy environment with ample natural resources for a sustainable future.