King Edmund and the royalty con

The email arrived Wednesday afternoon via Pookela PR in Lahaina pitching a statement from the “Kingdom of Hawaii” regarding the OHA/Roll Commission campaign.

It linked to a letter on stationary of “His Majesty King, Edmund K. Silva, Jr.” addressed to the governor, Office of Hawaiian Affairs, federal officials, and “citizens and subjects” of Silva’s claimed kingdom.

It begins:

Subject: Fraud: 1. a deception deliberately practiced in order to secure unfair or unlawful gain. 2. a piece of trickery; a trick. 3. A cheat. A confidence trick (synonyms include confidence scheme and scam) is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, in the classical sense of trust (Latin:”con-fidere”). A confidence artist (or con artist) is an individual, operating alone or in concert with others, who exploits characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, nai?vete?, or greed.

For a brief moment I thought to myself, “he’s going to confess!”

After all, here’s a guy who served time in Colorado for “theft by deception” who now claims to be king, derives benefits from that bogus claim, and I presume expects the rest of us to act as his subjects.

But no, he isn’t referring to the obvious scam elements of his royal claims. He’s pointing fingers at OHA.

Oh, the irony!

2 responses to “King Edmund and the royalty con

  1. Thanks Ian. Of course His Majesty King, Edmund K. Silva, Jr., is only one of many claiming to be King, or Prime Minister, or Regent Pro Tempore, or Minister of Foreign Affairs or Ambassador, etc. of numerous reinstated or lawful Kingdom of Hawaii groups. They are all lots of fun to keep up with. Silva is one of the lesser players in this sandbox. Lanny Sinkin, attorney for Edmund Silva whose name appears on some “royal” documents, is also an interesting character worth Googling.

    Edmund Silva’s little group has a website which includes 5 “King’s Letter”s to OHA and 3 additional documents, focused on the Roll Commission and the Kana’iolowalu racial registry.

    Edmund Silva was also a principal in the “Royal Kupuna Exchange” of the “Kupuna Action Council” which had a website from 2002-2005 where they were offering to sell One Billion dollars of newly issued Hawaiian Kingdom Bonds. Rob Perez wrote an investigative report published in the Star-Bulletin on February 2002, at
    Funny thing is, it took the Securities Enforcement Branch with the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs about three years before they succeeded in forcing the shutdown of the webpage offering the bonds. In the meantime I wonder how many hundred millions of bonds they sold!

  2. Whenever I read a story like this there is always a question that pops into my mind. If, by some stroke of fortune, Hawaiians do achieve some form of sovereignty, who will be in charge? Will it be one of these pathetic buffoons and scam artists who appear from time-to-time? Will it be some of the people from OHA or DHHL who have been much in the news lately with their questionable competence? Will there be elections to choose from the usual well connected suspects? Who? Maybe I am not close enough to the process to know what the proposed end game is because I can see no good outcome.

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