Yesterday, I attended a very interesting lecture at the University of Houston, Downtown campus where we watched Temple Under Siege - a documentary addressing the grievances of native Hawaiians on issue of mountain volcano Mauna Kea. The guest speaker was Hawaiian activist Paul Neves. Paul Neves introduced us to the Kingdom of Hawaii: "I am not a US national or citizen. The US seized our land through congressional legislation and desecrated our holy mountain where our forefathers are buried by turning it into a global observatory. "There is no treaty between Hawaii and the US relinquishing our sovereignity. "Our parents signed a petition in 1897 denouncing US citizenship and yet we are being colonized by the US. "We are not an internal affair of the US government. "We want to be left alone to manage our nation and govern ourselves...." Until yesterday, I assumed Hawaii was a willing member of the US union. Is the US illegally occupying Hawaii? A great number of native Hawaiians seem to be of the opinion that they are being colonized by the US against their wishes.