20th Hawaii Invitational Tournament at Kapiolani Park as well as do a clinic for native Hawaiian youth.
Yesterday’s clinic here by the Iroquois National Lacrosse team was much more than a cultural exchange. For the students at Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Anuenue, the Hawaiian immersion school in Palolo Valley, it was an educational experience that linked the Hawaiian sovereignty issue to the recognition problems encountered by the visitors last summer.
The Iroquois Nationals were unable to travel to England to compete in the Federations of International Lacrosse World Championships because of a document dispute. The players possess passports issued by the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy, a group of six nations in the U.S. and Canada. The State Department granted a one-time waiver to travel, but the United Kingdom refused to recognize the passports.
Rather than use U.S. or Canadian passports, the team — ranked fourth in the world — stood firm when defaulting its matches to underline national pride and the right to self-determination.