‘Spirit Of Aloha’ Defies SCOTUS On Gun Rights

In a unanimous decision, Hawaii’s Supreme Court decided on Wednesday that “the spirit of Aloha” trumps the U.S. Supreme Court on Americans’ Second Amendment rights, according to the Daily Wire. The decision concerned the case of State v. Wilson.

Justice Todd Eddins wrote the decision. Eddins opined that the Hawaii Constitution “mirrors” the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with one important distinction: “We read those words differently than the current United States Supreme Court.”

Bottom line: States “retain the authority to require” people to attain permits before they carry a firearm in public.

“We hold that in Hawaii there is no state constitutional right to carry a firearm in public,” Eddins wrote.

Hawaii’s Democrat Attorney General hailed the decision as “thoughtful and scholarly,” according to Fox News.

A reaction on X summed up the ruling with, “Hawaii state supreme declared war on the people of Hawaii with this ruling.”

The decision was rationalized by invoking the “Spirit of Aloha,” whatever that might mean.
“The spirit of Aloha clashes with a federally-mandated lifestyle that lets citizens walk around with deadly weapons during day-to-day activities,” the opinion reads.

“The history of the Hawaiian Islands does not include a society where armed people move about the community to possibly combat the deadly aims of others.”

The members of Hawaii’s’ Supreme Court may need a history lesson.

According to the National Park Service, “Warfare was a familiar part of early Hawaiian life.” Furthermore, “Aspiring young chiefs practiced the arts of warfare with great intensity.”

“Large-scale political activity and territorial expansion by conquest were characteristic” in the islands.

That doesn’t sound like Kumbaya and the peaceful bliss of a manmade utopia. It sounds more like the Hawaii Supreme Court is denying human nature.

The high court’s decision stems from an incident in 2017. Christopher Wilson, a Hawaiian, was detained and charged with improperly carrying a firearm and ammunition, according to Fox News.

Wilson’s firearm was unregistered in Hawaii. He didn’t have a gun permit. He said he purchased the firearm in Florida in 2013. In court, Wilson argued the charges violated the Second Amendment.

The Hawaii high court, however, explicitly rejected the U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment in 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller, according to The Reload.

The Hawaii court also ignored 2022’s New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen.

In both cases, the U.S. Supreme Court held that there is a constitutionally protected right to carry firearms.

The Hawaii high court’s decision was a symbolic flipping off of the Constitution.

“As the world turns, it makes no sense for contemporary society to pledge allegiance to the founding era’s culture, realities, laws, and understanding of the Constitution.”

The opinion went so far as to quote a line from the HBO TV series “The Wire.” Eddins wrote, “The thing about the old days, they the old days.”

George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley commented on the decision. “Hawaii apparently is controlled not by the precedent of the Supreme Court but the ‘spirit of Aloha.’”

“While Queen Liliʻuokalani would be pleased, the justices on that ‘other’ Supreme Court may view such claims as more secessional than spiritual.”

Turley wasn’t done. “The hyperbole of the decision does not mean that the Hawaii Supreme Court is prepared to defy the United States Supreme Court.”

If the Hawaii decision is allowed to stand, each state will have the right to interpret not only the 2nd Amendment but the Constitution any way they like.

On that day, the American Republic will be dead.