Will intergalactic visitors prove a boon to supporters of Hawaii's independence movement? Sovereignty group Lawful Hawaiian Government hopes so ... and they've constructed a UFO landing pad and "Star Visitor Center" on a rocky Big Island lava field, to welcome alien guests.

Reports the Wall Street Journal:

Seeking out alien visitors might seem as improbable as reinstating the Hawaiian Kingdom of more than 120 years ago. But the Lawful Hawaiian Government, which created the alien welcome mat last year, believes it could help advertise its cause. Alien visitors are invited to "establish diplomatic relations" and demonstrate their technologies "for the benefit of all humanity, marine and animal life."

"The idea is to announce to the world, and to the universe, that Hawaii is here, Hawaii is back, Hawaii is a neutral country," said [Garry] Hoffeld, his government's Big Island coordinator. "We're interested in making peaceful relationships with everybody on the world — and even off the world."

As that quote might suggest, Hoffeld's group (Hoffeld is pictured above at the site) realizes the landing strip is more a symbolic construct than a literal point of touchdown. Its location was chosen for its natural beauty, as well as its proximity to Uncle Robert's, a bar owned by the man who was inspired to build the E.T.-beckoning spot: Hawaiian noble Robert Keliihoomalu, who believes that native Hawaiians descended to Earth from the Pleiades.

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So, how do alien encounters tie into Hawaiian independence? The WSJ gives a little history:

The U.S. bases its claim to Hawaii on an 1898 joint resolution of Congress. President Bill Clinton signed an "apology resolution" in 1993, recognizing that native Hawaiians never relinquished their claims. The Lawful Hawaiian Government, which began as the Reinstated Hawaiian Government in 1999, makes the argument that it is indeed the lawful government, and runs a parallel authority complete with elections and services for its citizens.

With the help of "exopolitics" expert and former American University professor Michael Salla, the group set up the star sanctuary as a way to further establish Hawaii as its own nation:

"Countries do this all the time," Dr. Salla said. "They assign sovereign territoriality to a particular piece of land for diplomatic purposes, and so that's how you have embassies and consulates being created all around the world."

So far, the lava field is more gathering place for (human) activists than anything else. Hoffelt remains upbeat, noting to West Hawaii Today that "It's potentially controversial ... it's potentially funny to some people, potentially stupid to some people."

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And if aliens were going to visit and make their presence known, Hawaii sure would be a nice place to hold the welcoming party.

Top image via Hawaii Star Visitor Sanctuary; lower image via West Hawaii Today.