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Sunday, January 19, 2003

Hawaiians call for independence

(abridged article)

Yesterday was the 110th anniversary of the U.S. overthrow

Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Saturday, January 18, 2003

By Ron Staton
Associated Press

Native Hawaiians observed the 110th anniversary of the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani yesterday with calls for unity and independence.

"Our nation is coming. It's inevitable," said Lynette Cruz, co-chairwoman of the Living Nation campaign, an umbrella group which concluded a week-long observance with a rally on the grounds of Iolani Palace, the former home of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii's last monarch. "We're all headed down the same path."

That path will lead to independence by taking direction from history and acknowledging that the overthrow was illegal, she said.

"We hope that America will realize that the wrong that was done to the Hawaiian nation can be undone," said Cruz.

The events commemorated Jan. 17, 1893, the date a group of U.S. businessmen and sugar planters forced the queen to abdicate. Five years later, the United States annexed the Republic of Hawaii. The U.S. Territory of Hawaii was granted statehood in 1959.

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