In 1893, a group of White Americans forcibly overthrew the Kingdom of Hawaii. Today, the Hawaii Independence movement continues to resist US colonial occupation.

Leon Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ke Aupuni O Hawaii (the Hawaiian Kingdom) and Director of Christian Voice of Hawaii joins Centering to speak on faith and freedom in Hawaii.

Originally published

April 9, 2021

Related Topics
Professor Jane Hong Headshot

Jane Hong

Associate professor of US history. Author of Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion (UNC Press, 2019). NJ Transplant to Los Angeles. Currently writing a history of how post-1965 Asian immigration changed US evangelicalism (Oxford Univ Press). Tweets @janehongphd.

Tim Tseng

Tim Tseng

Fuller Asian American Center Affiliate and Pacific Area Director of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Graduate and Faculty Ministries. Tim’s forthcoming book, tentatively titled Asian American Christianity and the Quest for a Better Country, will be the first comprehensive history of Asian American Christianity.


Leon Siu

For over two decades, Leon Kaulahao Siu has been serving Hawaii as the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ke Aupuni O Hawaii (the Hawaiian Kingdom). Since the early 1970s Siu has been involved in the movement to reinstate the Hawaiian Kingdom as an independent state. He was nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in promoting independence for West Papua. An accomplished Hawaiian music artist, he also serves in various capacities in a number of other organizations including the Decolonization Alliance, the Koani Foundation, and Free Hawaii.