Stop addressing the members of the Kawananakoa family as Prince/ss.
This petition is addressed to the Governor of Hawai'i, the Friends of 'Iolani Palace, and local media outlets.
1. The titles of "prince" and "princess" are European in origin and are not Hawaiian and therefore not governed by Hawaiian tradition but solely and strictly by proclamations signed by the Hawaiian sovereign (in accordance to the Constitutions of 1864 and 1887, Art. 35) and are not automatically hereditary;
2. That the last named heir to the Hawaiian Throne was Princess Victoria Ka'iulani and although King Kalakaua named his wife and her nephews as his possible successors, Queen Lili'uokalani--had she continued to reign after 1893--could have changed the succession at any time until her death in 1917;
3. That the male line of the Kawananakoa has ceased since the death of David Kalākaua Kawānanakoa, son of Prince David La'amea Kawānanakoa;
4. Furthermore, David Kalākaua Kawānanakoa stopped being a possible candidate to the Hawaiian Throne when he was convicted of the brutal murder of Arvilla Kinslea in 1937 in accordance to Article 25 of the 1864 and 1887 Hawaiian Constitutions which reads:
"No person shall ever sit upon the Throne, who has been convicted of any infamous crime, or who is insane, or an idiot";
5. Prince David La'amea Kawānanakoa doubted his paternity over Abigail Kapiolani Kawananakoa which is a reason why he had his mother-in-law adopt her and purposely left her out of his Last Will and Testament;
6. That the Hawaiian Monarch was a Constitutional Monarchy and since the time of Kamehameha III, Hawaiian sovereigns could not simply nominate successors to the throne arbitrarily but only through a constitutionally sanctioned procedure found in Article 22 of the Hawaiian Constitution namely "...the successor shall be the person whom the Sovereign shall appoint with the consent of the Nobles, and publicly proclaim as such during the King's life...."
7. That upon the death of Queen Lili'uokalani in 1917 and being that her last named heir was Princess Ka'iulani, that the National Legislature should have elected a new ali'i in accordance to Article 22 of the 1864 and 1887 and to date no National Legislature has elected the Kawananakoas as the royal family;
8. That Article I Sec. 9 Clause 8 of the United States Constitution forbids anyone from acquiring or using titles of nobility;
9. That allowing the Kawananakoa family to be addressed as prince or princess is in violation of the Hawaiian and US Constitutions and undermines Hawaiian self-determination;
10. That it is acceptable for them to be addressed as ali'i and be given the courtesy of a native chief, it is not acceptable for them to be addressed as prince/ss as those titles only emanate by the Reigning Sovereign and the last legal sovereign of the Hawaiian Kingdom died in 1917;
11. That the Kawananakoas, specifically Abigail Kekaulike Kawananakoa, and show repeatedly her disrespect for the Hawaiian Monarchy when she sat on the throne for a picture taking in 1997, called herself the "Big Cheese", causes division within the Hawaiian community, arrogantly flaunts her wealth at a time when most Hawaiians live in poverty and suffering from the global recession, and this year has decided to try to bury herself at Mauna `Ala.
Therefore we ask the Governor, the Friends of 'Iolani Palace, and local media to respect the Hawaiian law and to stop perpetuating misconceptions of our legal history. They are not entitled to use those titles and there are other candidate to the Hawaiian throne and many other ali'i besides the Kawananakoas.
We also ask that Abigail Kawananakoa and any other Kawananakoas not be allowed to be buried at Mauna `Ala until there is permission from a legal monarch.
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