Hawai‘i: Independent Nation or Fiftieth State?

Aug 29, 2014

Dr. Keanu Sai is a political scientist and educator. He teaches Hawaiian Studies and Introduction to the Hawaiian Kingdom at Windward Community College.
Credit University of Hawaii




   The U.S. Department of the Interior’s recent hearings in Hawai‘i revealed a number of those testifying believe the U.S. government does not have jurisdiction over these islands.  As part of  ongoing coverage of sovereignty issues, HPR’s Noe Tanigawa took up the idea with Dr. Keanu Sai, who has been studying the Hawai‘i-U.S. relationship for over 3 decades.   Dr. Sai's research has had broad influence on the sovereignty debate, and this interview attempts to present his view.

The Interior Department hearings are a starting point for a broader discussion this coming Tuesday at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Dr. Keanu Sai will be part of the symposium, along with Professor Williamson Chang and Dr. Willy Kaua‘i, an expert on nationality and citizenship.   

The event will be held in Classroom 2 at the William S. Richardson School of Law and will be presented by The William S. Richardson School of Law student chapter of the American Constitution Society on September 2, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Click here for more information on Keanu Sai's research and activities.

This link takes you to Sai's response to a recent Star Advertiser report about the memorandum he wrote for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.  You will find a link to the memorandum itself on this blog.  

The Star Bulletin article regarding Dr. Sai's 1999 conviction for theft, in relation to his work with Perfect Title Company