The Hawaiian Sovereignty Discussion List (kanakamaoliallies-l@hawaii.edu) was created to further the on-going discussions about the Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement, and all other issues related thereto. It is dedicated to the rational exploration, consideration, and discussion of the political nature of the sovereignty movement; as such it seeks to incorporate both the academic and non-academic areas of the sovereignty movement.

Some of the fundamental questions/issues touched upon have been the meaning of self-determination in an on-going Indigenous Peoples' struggle here in Hawai'i, and elsewhere. Issues explored included the identification of the "self" in "self-determination," i.e., who is that particular "self," how has it been historically constituted by colonizations, how is that "self" to be defined amidst the different migrations into and out of Hawai'i? Accordingly, what is to be the role(s) of each "ethnic" groupings presently constituting Hawai'i? This fundamental question seeks to investigate the emerging role(s) of the Non-Hawaiians in the articulation of the larger sovereignty movement and decolonization of the Kanaka Maoli (the Indigenous Peoples of Hawai'i). The motives of such queries are to explore the potential contours of an emerging (post)colonial society, the fair distribution of what are obviously the economic consequences of an illegal overthrow of an Independent Nation (by the United States of America), and the possible political formation of entity(ies) designed to reconcile the compounded historical injustices against the Kanaka Maoli.

The List is managed by both Lynette Hiilani Cruz and Richard Salvador. Lynette is a Native Hawaiian person who is active in the on-going sovereignty movement in Hawai'i and is a leader as well in her community. She is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. Richard Salvador is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa. He is a citizen of the Republic of Belau and has been studying similar issues of decolonization in Belau. They can be contacted via email at:

Lynette Hiilani Cruz: lcruz@hawaii.edu
Richard Salvador:salvador@hawaii.edu
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