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TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION
  COMMEMORATING THE CENTENNIAL OF THE ORGANIC ACT.



 1        WHEREAS, on January, 17, 1893, the Kingdom of Hawaii was
 2   overthrown; and
 3   
 4        WHEREAS, on July 7, 1898, the Republic of Hawaii was
 5   annexed by the United States by a Joint Resolution of
 6   Annexation; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, after annexation, United States President William
 9   McKinley appointed, pursuant to the Joint Resolution, five
10   commissioners to recommend to Congress "such legislation
11   concerning the Hawaiian Islands as they shall deem necessary or
12   proper"; and
13   
14        WHEREAS, the five commissioners were United States
15   Senators Shelly M. Cullom, chairman, and John T. Morgan; United
16   States Representative Robert R. Hitt; and Hawaii residents
17   Sanford B. Dole, and Walter F. Frear; and
18   
19        WHEREAS, the commissioners held meetings and hearings in
20   Honolulu and the neighbor islands in the fall of 1898; and
21   
22        WHEREAS, on December 6, 1898, President William McKinley
23   of the United States transmitted the report of the Hawaiian
24   Commission, appointed pursuant to the "joint resolution to
25   provide for annexing the Hawaiian Islands to the United
26   States," approved July 7, 1898; together with a copy of the
27   civil and penal laws of Hawaii; and
28   
29        WHEREAS, on April 30, 1900 the Congress of the United
30   States passed the Organic Act; and
31   
32        WHEREAS, the Organic Act provided for a government for the
33   Territory of Hawaii; and
34   
35        WHEREAS, the Hawaiian Islands consisted of the following
36   islands:  Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau,
37   Kahoolawe, Molokini, Lehua, Kaula, Nihoa, Necker, Laysan,
38   Gardiner, Lisiansky, Ocean, French Frigates Shoal, Palmyra,
39   Brooks Shoal, Pearl and Hermers Reef, Gambia Shoal and Dowsett
40   and Maro Reef; and
41   

 
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 1        WHEREAS, under the laws of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the
 2   Crown lands were declared to be inalienable; and
 3   
 4        WHEREAS, under the Organic Act, the Crown lands were
 5   declared to be public domain and "subject to alienation and
 6   other uses as provided by law"; and
 7   
 8        WHEREAS, On July 9, 1921 the Congress of the United States
 9   enacted the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act; and
10   
11        WHEREAS, On March 18, 1959 the Congress of the United
12   States enacted An Act to Provide for the Admission of the State
13   of Hawaii into the Union; and
14   
15        WHEREAS, in December 1999, representatives of the
16   Department of Interior held reconciliation discussions within
17   the Native Hawaiian communities regarding the unlawful
18   overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii; now, therefore,
19   
20        BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
21   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
22   of 2000, that the centennial anniversary of the passage of the
23   Organic Act is hereby commemorated; and
24   
25        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that members of the House of
26   Representatives of the Twentieth Legislature "Express Aloha" to
27   the Native Hawaiian community on this centennial event that
28   saddens many Native Hawaiians; and
29   
30        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all members of the House of
31   Representatives of the Twentieth Legislature of the State of
32   Hawaii, are encouraged to gather with the Native Hawaiian
33   community at Iolani Palace on April 30, 2000, commemorating the
34   centennial of the Organic Act; and
35   
36        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution serve as a
37   reminder to the United States Congress of its involvement in
38   the creation of the Organic Act; and
39   
40        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution serve as an
41   invitation to President William Jefferson Clinton of the United
42   States of America and the Congress of the United States to
43   gather with the Native Hawaiian community at Iolani Palace on
44   April 30, 2000, commemorating the Centennial of the Organic
45   Act, or at their earliest convenience; and

 
 
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 1   
 2        BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 3   Resolution be transmitted to the President of the United
 4   States, the United States Secretary of State, the Attorney
 5   General of the United States, the United States Secretary of
 6   the Interior, the President of the United States Senate, the
 7   Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States,
 8   Hawaii's Congressional delegation, the Chief Justice of the
 9   United States Supreme Court, the Governor of each state, the
10   Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii, the
11   Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court, and each member of
12   the House of Representatives of the State of Hawaii.
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17                           OFFERED BY: ___________________________