Big Island Video News (BIVN): International Inquiry Delayed After “Political Bomb”, Sai Says

HILO, Hawaii – Keanu Sai told attendees at a Hilo Lā Kuʻokoʻa conference that the Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration “has just been exposed as an agent for the United States at the highest level of the court.”

(BIVN) – The first sitting of the International Commission of Inquiry, initially scheduled for January 16 and 17, 2018 on the grounds of ‘Iolani Palace at the Kana‘ina Building, has been delayed.

Political scientist Dr. Keanu Sai, who is also the agent representing the Provisional Government of the Hawaiian Kingdom in the Inquiry that stems from the Larsen v. Hawaiian Kingdom arbitration held at the Permanent Court of Arbitration from 1999-2001, made the announcement during a Lā Kuʻokoʻa educational conference held in Hilo on Saturday.

“We’re gonna probaly have to hold back on the hearing of January 16 and 17, and probably move it to March,” Sai said.

The orginal January hearing dates would have coincided with the 125th anniversary of the American invasion of the Hawaiian Kingdom on January 16, 1893 – which was followed by the conditional surrender of the Hawaiian government by Queen Lili‘uokalani on January 17, 1893.

According to the Hawaiian Kingdom blog:

At the core of these proceedings will be the unlawful imposition of American laws that led to the unfair trial, unlawful confinement and pillaging of Lance Paul Larsen, a Hawaiian subject and victim of war crimes committed against him by the United States through its armed force—the State of Hawai‘i. These war crimes were committed in 1999.

The reasons for the delay seem steeped in international intrigue.

“I gotta be honest,” Sai told the crowd at the Boys and Girls Club gym during the Lā Kuʻokoʻa event, “I always kept thinking ‘how is the United States gonna obstruct these proceedings?’ They’re not gonna just sit there and let it happen, right?”

The Tribunal in the 1999-2001 arbitration concluded that “it could not determine whether the (Hawaiian Kingdom) has failed to discharge its obligations towards (Larsen) without ruling on the legality of the acts of the United States of America – something the Tribunal was precluded from doing as the United States was not party to the case,” the PCA says on its website. Sai says the U.S. was given the opportunity to participate before the Tribunal was convened. The U.S. State Department declined, he said, instead asking to access the records of the PCA proceedings.

“If there was any time that the United States could have stopped these proceedings, it would have been then in 2000,” Sai said. “But they would have to show the Hawaiian Kingdom doesn’t exist as a state. They couldn’t.”

17 years later, and the International Commission of Inquiry – an avenue recommended by the Tribunal in its 2001 award – is about to get underway.

“This is headquarters for Pacific Command. 118 military installations here,” Sai said of the United States. “You’re not just gonna sit down and let this whole things happen.”

As things were moving along towards the first hearings, Sai said suddenly, the Secretary-General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hugo Hans Siblesz, “obstructed the proceedings,” via a letter, saying that entities who are not members of the United Nations “cannot use this court.”

“We were already there!” Sai said, reliving his astonishment. “This case is stemming from the original case.”

Sai and his deputy agents tried to contact the Secretary-General, to no avail. “Something’s happening,” Sai thought. “Number one, that’s very evasive. This guy doesn’t want to talk.”

The events prompted Sai to travel to the Hague, where the Permanent Court of Arbitration is located. But before doing so, Sai looked into the cryptic statements contained in Secretary-General Siblesz’ letter. His research led him to conclude that the Secretary-General “was actually representing the United States and protecting them in these proceedings.”

“The Secretary-General cannot operate outside of the Hague convention,” Sai said. “That means the Secretary-General has just been exposed as an agent for the United States at the highest level of the court. That’s huge. That’s a political bomb, right there.”

The story goes on. “A formal complaint was received – and I can’t say which country”, Sai said, “but we met with an embassy in the Hague and I was received as an ambassador-at-large for the Hawaiian Kingdom, and they acknowledged receipt of a formal complaint against the Secretary-General.”

“We’re gonna take it to another level now,” Sai said. “Now, we’re taking it to all 122 countries,” also known as the Contracting Party states, whose diplomatic representatives comprise the Administrative Council of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. “And we’re also gonna take it to all 193 countries at the (United Nations).”

Sai says the embassy of the country filing the complaint is asking to “keep things bilateral and confidential” for the time being, as negotiations take place at the international level.

Big Island Video News will be posting the entire presentation given by Sai during Saturday’s Lā Kuʻokoʻa educational conference.

15 thoughts on “Big Island Video News (BIVN): International Inquiry Delayed After “Political Bomb”, Sai Says

  1. I could say a hell of a lot of things right now regarding this breaking news, but I’ll just sum it up this way for now:

    Knowledge IS power!! And the Hawaiian Kingdom is part of that power!!
    The clock will be ticking soon!

    Hau’oli La Ku’oko’ka!

    • Aloha Iolani, you got that right. This lolo Secretary General just turbo charged the exposure of the U.S. illegal occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Now some 121 contracting powers are going to be informed of the occupation very soon. Then hopefully the 192 members of the United Nations General Assembly will be next. Some members are being sanctioned for the very same thing. Pretty sure they won’t hesitate to give the U.S. a taste of it’s own medicine for violating international law. In fact I believe China and Russia signed an agreement saying they would make sure the rule of law regarding international law is followed. Wonder how much this lolo got from the U.S. for his stupidity. Did this lolo really think no one would figure out what he was doing. They should impeach this clown immediately. Although it is a surprise blessing. I always hoped for a two pronged attack simultaneously. One at the PCA and one at the U.N. General Assembly. God is good.

      • This sounds exactly like what the PCA said. So this IS kind of good news, right? It should open the door to the PCA also, hopefully?

        • Aloha Noelani, what this did is call into question the credibility of the PCA. Because the Sec.Gen. was corrupt and impartial in this case could he have influenced past cases or maybe future cases? I don’t think the PCA will put up with the Sec. Gen. dishonoring their institution. The only option they have to repair the damage is to impeach him and overturn his decision to stop the proceedings. I think they will closely monitor these proceedings to avoid future incidents. MHO

      • Paradoxically, he certainly did! He basically boosted us! Now it’s only a matter of time before mostly all nations of the world, especially the major powers, know about this occupation! I’m sure things might get interesting if Russia and/or China knew about this. Not to also mention the abasement of power the Secretary General of the Permanent Court of Arbitration did. All in all, things just got VERY interesting!

        There’s no use prolonging this occupation anymore; it’s only a matter of time.


        • Aloha Iolani, yes things just got very interesting. But if you really want to flush out these trolls check out this food for thought. Let the 121 member states of the PCA deal with the complaint on Sec. Gen. troll. Let the unnamed country report the U.S. illegal occupation of Hawaii to the U.N. General Assembly. The U.S. is a member state to both entities. The U.S. always remains silent when confronted with the issue of Hawaii. They have no choice, because anything they say can and will be used against them. Smart crooks don’t get directly involved they have a troll like the Sec. Gen. do the dirty work and be the fall guy. Now they are cornered. If they protest the U.N. they would need to prove how they legally acquired Hawaii under the accepted principles of international law. NO CAN. If they choose to remain silent they lose. Take it up a notch and ratify the Treaty to become a member state/contracting party of the PCA. Same result. If they try to block it they would need to provide the Treaty that extinguished the HK and if they remain silent they lose. This is how you get around the PCA rules of the indispensable third party. Force the indispensable third party to either put up or shut up without having to even go through an arbitration. MHO

  2. hmmmm— I wonder just how many illegal transactions, like treaties, and so on that the u.s .has made with the rest of the world while still in a “state of WAR” with us.

  3. I suppose it might be considered ‘clever’ but ask Native Americans about how honestly and honorably the USG performs treaty obligations it agreed to. Nearly zero and the US Courts have never held the USG to its promises.

    • Yes. But is that the correct perspective Steve? Are we looking at the same relationship as Native Americans? The comparison confuses me. Thanks for clarification. ✌️

      • It isn’t a ‘perspective’. It isn’t a ‘comparison’ if I understand what you mean by ‘perspective’ and ‘comparison.’ except in a very limited, immaterial, way. It’s a judgment as to credibility- how reliable is an entity about not lying and/or not honoring promises it makes. The ‘status’ of who is made promises to isn’t the point. If you make promises to members of your family and break those promises then your credibility is at issue if I, not a member of your family, think about whether I want to have dealings with you. Credibility is always an issue when promises are made. Who the promise is made to isn’t the point, the making and fulfilling/not fulfilling the promises is the point. Treaties are collections of promises and/or covenants to do and/or not do certain things. The ‘same’ relationship in one sense, yes, promises made. The ‘same’ relationship in another sense, no, the formal legal relationship between the Kingdom and the US [which is between co-equal internationally recognized states] is materially different from the formal legal relationship between Native American tribes [which are not considered international actors and are considered ‘domestic dependent nations’]. One is status of the promise, the other is status of the parties. cheers and aloha. I hope this ends any confusion. It’s about oath-breaking and promise breaking and lying.

    • If I understand u correctly: the US has no cred. They r not trustworthy. But, I think the confusion for me is in the mention of asking First Nations about how honest or honorable USG is or the US court system in forcing USG’s hand.

      Kanaka have made fast strides to understand the difference between themselves and First Nations Peoples; to understand their rights as Hawaiian citizens and not US citizens. People have worked hard to understand that Hawaii’s issues don’t belong in a US courtroom, rather a International venue.

      I usually find your comments enjoyable. They are good food for thought. I enjoyed the link u provided earlier. Thanks for that. But, I will say, that after 125 years of occupation, the suggestion that Hawaiians should look to another group of people to see how well the US upheld their treaties w/ them is condescending. Hawaiians know this too well for themselves. And the US court isn’t where any treaty belongs for us, so, again…I’m at a loss.

      Just want to keep the waters clear. ✌️

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