OUR ʻĀINA, OUR KULEANA
The U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) is proposing a rule or administrative procedure to re-establish a formal government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community that will not affect the title, jurisdiction, or status of Federal lands and property in Hawaii, which amounts to 898,637 acres in the main Hawaiian Islands and over 88 million acres of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Furthermore, the proposed rule does not provide for any land to any newly formed “Native Hawaiian” nation except for possibly Kahoʻolawe. The absence of any reference to Hawaiian lands controlled by the State of Hawai`i in the DOI proposed rule is of grave concern. What is also of concern is the absence of any mention of compensation for any past wrongs done to the Kanaka Maoli aka the “Native Hawaiian” people. Finally, despite requiring comments to be specific to the 2015 DOI proposed rule, there was no effort on the part of the DOI to provide education on the rule and its implications for the Kanaka Maoli people and the general public. Despite hundreds of oral testimonies in opposition to this rule in 2014 and deep seeded concerns from the Kanaka Maoli community and general public about the comments process for the proposed rule, the DOI continues to move forward in the creation of a federally recognized “Native Hawaiian” tribe.
On February 26, 2016, the purported “Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation” was adopted by 88 unelected Naʻi Aupuni delegates at the ʻAha 2016. The flawed process that created this constitution spent millions of Kanaka Maoli trust monies and excluded 80%-90% of the Kanaka Maoli people by only allowing those that signed up on the Kanaʻiolowalu or Native Hawaiian Roll to participate. (Kanaʻiolowalu or the Native Hawaiian Roll was created by the Hawaii State Legislative Act 195.) The Constitution was written behind a locked gate and heavy security in 20 days with no mechanism for input from and accountability to the Kanaka Maoli people. The so called “Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation” was written with the proposed DOI rule in mind in order to create federally recognized nation where the only land base will be Kahoʻolawe. Despite protest to the creation of a governing document at the Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha 2016 and arrests in connection with these protests the illegitimate “Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation” was adopted and is now awaiting ratification.
On May 13-21, 2016, the Sovereign Councils of Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) is taking this illegitimate constitution up to Washington D.C. along with handpicked “Policy Fellows” where they will promote this so called “Constitution of the Native Hawaiian Nation” to federal agencies and key D.C. decision makers including the Hawaii Delegation. This visit coincides with the Hōkūleʻa visit on May 18-22, 2016 which we fear may be appropriated as propaganda in support of the proposed DOI rule. For this reason we are asking for your help in informing the Hawaii Delegation in Washington D.C. that the vast majority of the Kanaka Maoli people and supporters do not support the DOI rules including the reasons why. Fill out an online form letter today it will take you less than 2 minutes!