The divisive, financially wasteful, and rushed so called “nation building” activities of OHA are taking the Kanaka Maoli people down a road toward federal recognition to form a fake Hawaiian Nation with no lands (except for Kaho’olawe) where we are entitled to no restitution for the illegal overthrow of the Hawaian Kingdom. Millions have been wasted by OHA to push a State initiated process down the throats of the Kanaka Maoli people with no education and with a Native Hawaiian Roll that has caused deep divisions in the community. This Roll has pillaged thousands of Kanaka Maoli names (hundreds of whom are deceased) from other OHA lists and has used fear mongering tactics to get Kanaka Maoli to sign up on this Roll which is nothing more than manufacturing consent for the State creation of puppet Hawaiian Nation.
Kanaka Maoli have the lowest mean income of any other group in Hawaii where we have one of the highest costs of living. Kanaka Maoli are more likely to die from chronic disease that are usually controllable with proper access to primary care and medicines. Throughout Hawaii 12-15,000 people are homeless at some point of the year and 33-37% of them are Kanaka Maoli. These are the real issues of our people and for these issues we need real solutions that has to include returning the 1.8 million acres of Hawaiian Kingdom crown and government lands to the Kanaka Maoli people that the US and its agent the State of Hawaii currently occupies. For these reasons and many more we are asking that OHA Trustees do its job to better the welfare of the Kanaka Maoli people and stop its divisive support of fake Nation building campaigns that have failed.
Submit your letter today to OHA and request they:
- Stop funding Kana’iolowalu, Na’i Aupuni offshoot organizations, as well as any other state initiated Hawaiian ‘so called’ nation building organizations and support the repeal of Act 195. Kanaʻiolowalu was given $4 million of OHA trust monies to enroll 200,000 Kanaka Maoli but were only able to enroll 19,000-40,000 Kanaka Maoli on their rolls. In 2013, over 80,000 names from three different OHA lists, Kau Inoa, Operation ‘Ohana, and OHA’s Hawaiian Registry, were transferred over to Kanaiolowalu without the free, prior and informed consent of thousands of Kanaka Maoli.
- Repeal their support for the Department of Interior (DOI) Rule that facilitates the “Reestablishing of a government to government relationship with the Native Hawaiian Community.” During the 2014 Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) over 90% of oral testimonies were in opposition to proposing a DOI Rule. Furthermore, during the 2015 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) there was no effort on the part of the DOI nor OHA to provide education on the Proposed Rule and its implications for the Kanaka Maoli people and the general public despite requiring comments to be specific to the Proposed Rule. The Rule provides for no lands except for the uninhabitable island of Kaho’olawe and takes all federally held lands (nearly 900,000 acres on the main Hawaiian Islands) off the table.
- Implement a forensic audit of OHA’s expenses, especially in regards to “Hawaiian Nation Building” campaigns that include Kana’iolowalu Native Hawaiian Roll Commission and Na’i Aupuni grant(s). So far OHA wasted approximately $33 million dollars in failed federal recognition campaigns while Kanaka Maoli remain overrepresented in Hawaii’s houseless and incarcerated populations and remain at the bottom of Health and Education statistics in Hawaii.
- Take a strong position in opposition to the building of TMT atop sacred Mauna Kea. With regard to Mauna Kea and the matter of the TMT, as a “state” agency, OHA has no jurisdiction because the mauna is part of the Crown and Government land of the Hawaiian Kingdom, which was never legally ceded to the occupying government. However, as a Hawaiian entity, your kuleana is to the protection of the summit’s natural and cultural significance. Both are of immeasurable importance to all future generations of Kanaka Maoli and the public. Therefore, OHA’s interests should be focused on the protection of Mauna Kea and every other sacred site in the Hawaiian archipelago. Your agency should oppose any further development, which is just a word for desecration, of the mauna. Furthermore, any discussions or negotiations that OHA enters into with DLNR and the State regarding Mauna Kea should be made public and allow for beneficiary input.