he Crown Lands of the Hawaiian Monarchy are the private lands of Kamehameha III which he set aside and created a trust entirely for the ruler of the kingdom, nearly 1 million acres. The money generated from these lands are for the dignity of the royal office and are used for the income of the ruler who sits on the throne. These lands are to be inherited to the next ruler without being sold or transfered and are not part of the rulers estate. Also, the crown land and its income are seperated apart from the land of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
WHO HAS THE OWNERSHIP OF THESE LANDS?
The Hawaiian Monarchy was illegally overthrown by American businessmen
with the help and intimidation of U.S.A. armed forces.
The Treaty with the United States, ratified on the 19th day of August 1850, stated in article I reads:
Obviously, this treaty was violated and the methods used that resulted in the confiscation of Crown Lands & Hawaiian Government lands were regarded by President Grover Cleveland of the U.S.A to be in clear violation of International Law.
Her Gracious Majesty, Queen Lilioukalani was dethroned by a forming government with the help from USA troops and all Crown Lands were taken on January 17, 1893 and a provisional government was established, which was succeeded on July 4, 1894, by the republic of the familiar American form. With the enforced abdication of the queen, the lands "vested in the king for the purpose of maintaining the royal state and dignity" were taken in charge by the provisional and republican governments. To remove any doubts which might possibly exist, the constitution of the republic expressly provided "That portion of the public domain heretofore, and now to be the property of the Hawaiian government and to be now free and clear from any trust of or concerning the same, and from all claim of any nature whatsoever upon the rents, issues and profits thereof". After the annexation of Hawaii to the United States in 1898, the organic act, passed by Congress in 1900 to establish a government for the territory, repeated the same provision. Possession was no longer in the Hawaiian government, however, but in that of the United States, their treaty of annexation providing that "the republic of Hawaii also cedes and hereby transfers to the United States the absolute fee and ownership of all public, government, or crown lands,...together with every right and appurtenance thereunto appertaining". The treaty was not ratified as such, but their joint resolution providing for annexation adopted its terms.
Nevertheless, the United States annexation and the Joint Resolution was not handled accordingly, as so with the overthrow of the Queen, violating International Laws. According to the U.S.A and their laws providing, they successfully took possession of the Hawaiian Kingdom & Crown Lands.
To this day, the United States of America still holds over 971,463 acres of Crown Land that belongs to the wearer of the crown. With the removal of the monarchy, the trust and purpose of the Crown Land serves no more, thus the ownership still remains to King Kamehameha III.
The U.S.A. gives the State of Hawaii control of the Crown Lands.
The State of Hawaii gives a percentage of the income they get from Hawaiian Crown and Goverment Lands to the created Office of Hawaiian Affairs by laws made to their constitution.
This was made to create programs to help the native Hawaiians.
THE FIRST CLAIM OF THE CROWN LANDS
A month after the overthrow, in February 1893, Princess Elizabeth Kekaaniau and her husband, Prince Consort Frank Pratt who was Consul-General for the Hawaiian Kingdom attempted to save the crown lands from being plundered and taken into the American union. They lodged a protest against the American government, asking for the lands to be turned over to the rightful heirs of Kamehameha III, of whom Princess Elizabeth Kekaaniau was closely related to.
THE TELEGRAM OF PROTEST WRITTEN BY PRINCE CONSORT FRANK SEAVER PRATT:
Hon. Levi P. Morton, Vice President, Washington D.C.- Sir: As a person directly interested in the Hawaiian treaty now before the United States Senate for ratification I have the honor to request that you submit the following protest to that honorable body, to be considered with the said treaty. Respectfully, - F.S. Pratt, Hawaiian Consul-General.
To the President and Senate of the United States: On behalf of my wife, Kekaaniau, and other heirs of the royal line of Kamehameha, founder of the Hawaiian Monarchy, I hearby protest against the ratification of so much of the treaty of annexation negotiated between the United States government and Commissioners appointed by the provisional government of Hawaii as purports to convey the Crown lands of Hawaii to the United States Government, for the following, among other reasons, which shall be elaborated and sustained by proof upon an opportunity for doing so being offered before an independent and unprejudiced commission to be appointed by the United States:
1. The Crown lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom constitute a trust created by Kamehameha the Third, out of his personal and individual estate, to maintain the state and dignity of the Hawaiian Crown.
2. That this trust has been scrupulously observed.
3. The rents from the Crown lands have never been treated as public revenue, available for appropriation, by the Hawaiian Legislature, but has gone to sustain the state and dignity of the Hawaiian Sovereigns up to the date of the late revelation.
4. That the monarchy having been abolished and a republican government or Provisional Government having been established, the specific object for which the crown lands trust was created simultaneously disappears, and these lands revert of right to the legitimate heirs of Kamehameha the Third according to well-established principles of law and also to the custom of Hawaiian and descent.
THE TRUST OF KAMEHAMEHA III.
5. That the late reining house of, Kalakaua had no property right in the crown lands, either by blood descent or adoption, but simply enjoyed the income therefrom in terms of the trust created by Kamehameha III providing a fund to support with becoming dignity the sovereign state to which they have been called upon by election. Upon their expulsion from the throne their interest of the crown lands was at an end, and any act or deed assenting or purporting to assent to transfer of said lands to the United States Government, either by Liliuokalani or Kaiulani, by an agent otherwise, is hereby protested against as incompetent and inoperative without the approval and assent of the heirs of Kamehameha III.
6. That the crown lands never having belonged to the Hawaiian Government, it is not competent for the Provisional Government of Hawaii to cede them, and further, that the protestant on his own behalf and for and on behalf of the heirs of Kamehameha the Third hopes and believes that the United States Senate will not ratify and instrument which would involve thew confiscation of a large amount of property, without investigation or compensation.
7. That protestant believes that such an act of injustice by the United States Government would have a most disturbing effect upon native Hawaiians, smarting under their loss of country and independence, and might probably lead to disastrous consequences, without any compensating advantages.
-Respectfully submitted, F.S. Pratt, Hawaiian Consul-General
San Fransisco, February 16, 1893.
There shall be perpetual peace and
amity between the United States
and the King of the Hawaiian Islands,
His heirs and successors.