Review: Francis A. Boyle's Restoring the Kingdom of Hawaii: The Kanaka Maoli Route to Independence

Francis A. Boyle, has recently released a long awaited source of information in his new book Restoring The Kingdom of Hawaii: The Kanaka Maoli Route To Independence. He is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois. With deep knowledge and history of over 20 years working with the Kanaka Maoli and their concerns due to oppression in Hawaii, after the takeover of the Kingdom in Hawaii in 1893 by the U.S. Military, he offers information and choices that can be made to restore the kingdom. As an active expert in international law and human rights, with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University and holding a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude, also from Harvard Law School, he has concluded that it is achievable to restore the Hawaiian monarchy and discusses the conditions needed to make it a reality. "I've worked with the Kanaka (people of the land) since 1992 to try to do what I can", referring to their goal to restore the Kingdom of Hawaii. He points out that Chapter 6 of his book is an analysis of the evolution of thought going back to 1992 (p.166-190). His suggestions include the advice of Queen Liliuokalani, to let the people make the decision, and have an elected constitutional monarchy. He reveals many options that would be decided by the people.

Boyle believes that there is power for oppressed people through international law based on the legal work he has done for Palestine, Bosnia, Ireland, Lithuania, Puerto Rico and other countries throughout the world, including his work as legal adviser to the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East Peace Negotiations, 1991-92, and author of the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989.

He points out that he is in good shape and believes he will be around to help Hawaii if they decide to take the route of restoring the kingdom.

As an Irish-American, Boyle says he stands up for the downtrodden around the world. He believes that the Hawaiians will attain their goals peacefully with aloha, consistent with nature. He recognizes that they are beautiful wonderful people. He says, "Working with the Kanaka Maoli and other persecuted people around the world has made me more human - thanks to them."

Boyle reveals that because of his love for the Kanakas he felt the need to design the cover of his book for the first time out of the previous 16 published books. He carefully selected national images including Queen Liliuokalani who he says risked her life and did her best to continue legal continuity. He states, "She never sold out the Kingdom." He included images of an authentic village and national flag on the front cover. He insisted on a large image of Pele, Hawaii's Goddess of Fire on the back to signal his support for the Kanaka heritage.

Boyle was invited by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to be a panel member of the Kamau a Ea (Keeping the Breath of Life) Governance Symposium event on November 1, 2014 in Honolulu. "The panelist will offer their insights on potential pathways to and outcomes of federal and international recognition for Kanaka Maoli," according to Kamana`opono M. Crabb, Ph.D, CEO, Office of Hawaiian Affairs. The event was held at McKinley High School Auditorium. 9:00 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. The public was invited. There was no entry fee.


Restoring The Kingdom of Hawaii available at: Clarity Press, INC. Overseas orders from Marston Books, UK


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