O Hawaiian people, don’t worry and don’t be uncertain. for we have publicly shown that there are three great powers of the world who have granted independence to us in 1843, that being France, Britain, and America.
But when our land was stolen and our beloved Queen was taken from her throne and our land stood bare without any beauty remaining,
During that time, we composed our protest, along with Queen Liliuokalani, and left if for America to make right; and it for this that we wait until today. But O Nation, do recall one of the famous stories of our beloved land, this being:
The bird called Elepaio called out loudly:
“O Io, O Io, I was hit by the rock of the man.”
Io answered, “Who was at fault?”
“I was wrong for pecking at the huewai of the man,” answered Elepaio.
“You are indeed at fault for puncturing the huewai of the man; let it be judged by the many birds,” was Io’s answer.
It was so, Elepaio was judged; he came upon Oo, and his answer was the same, that it be judged by the many birds.
Elepaio arrived before Pueonuiokona, and his answer was the same.
But Pueonuiokona went on to say, “Say Elepaio, I will call our many fellow birds to come together.”
In no time, all the birds came together, and Pueonuiokona revealed the reason for them being called to assemble, like this:
“Before me appeared your younger sibling with his protest, and when I heard correctly, I knew he was wrong, however, the best thing to do would be for us to send Iwa before the man to whom belonged the huewai that Elepaio pecked, and to tell him that Elepaio was guilty, and it is for him to set the punishment.”
And it was so, Iwa went to the place of the man to whom belonged the huewai, and told him of their decision; this is what the man said:
“You are forgiven, and don’t do anymore harmful acts.”
So we compare this story with the actions carried out upon us, and we see that they are exactly the same.
For America totally blames itself for the wrong done by Elepaio to our huewai.
But it is going around being judged by the many birds, and is currently in Europe.
So therefore, O Nation, we will receive a fair judgement from Iwa, the messenger that is being sent; and that will be when the dignity shall be awarded to our side through the judgement of the crimes carried out by Stevens Elepaio.
(Leo o ka Lahui, 10/11/1894, p. 2)
Ka Leo o ka Lahui, Buke II, Helu 1047, Aoao 2. Okatoba 11, 1894.