Poste Box 2845 - Moku'aina O Wailuku, Mokupuni O Maui
Ke Aupuni O Hawai'i
Sovereign Nation of Akua
DECLARATION OF RIGHTS (1839)
Both Of The People & Chiefs.
"God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the earth,"
in unity and blessedness. God has also bestowed certain rights alike on all men and all chiefs, and all people of
all lands. These are some of the rights which He has given alike to every man and every chief of correct deportment; life, limb, liberty, freedom from oppression; the earnings
of his hands and the productions of his mind, not however to those who act in violation of the laws.
God has also established government, and rule, for the purpose of peace;
but in making laws for the nation it is by no means proper to enact laws for the protection of the rulers only, without
also providing protection for their subjects; neither is it proper to enact laws to enrich the chiefs only, without
regard to enriching their subjects also, and hereafter there shall by no means be any laws enacted which are at variance
with what is above expressed, neither shall any tax be assessed, nor any service or labor required of any man, in a
manner which is at variance with the above sentiments.
PROTECTION FOR THE PEOPLE DECLARED.
The above sentiments are hereby published for the purpose of
protecting alike, both the people and the chiefs of all these islands, while they maintain a correct deportment;
that no chief may be able to oppress any subject, but that chiefs and people may enjoy the same protection, under one and the same law.
Protection is hereby secured to the persons of all the people, together with
their lands, their building lots, and all their property, while they conform to the laws of the kingdom, and nothing
whatever shall be taken from any individual except by express provision of the laws. What ever chief shall
act perseveringly in violation of this constitution, shall no longer remain a chief of the Hawaiian Islands, and the
same shall be true of the Governors officers, and all land agents.
But if any one who is deposed should change his course and regulate his conduct
by law, it shall then be in the power of the chiefs to reinstate him in the place he occupied previous to his being deposed.
United Nations Correspondents Association 50th Anniversary & Dinner Dance
Friday, October 23 1998