NHPAC is an important component to democracy and engaging in the political processes that place policy makers into office, and engages citizens to exercise the right to vote. We believe that Native Hawaiians have an extraordinary responsibility and kuleana to not only participate, but to help policy makers to maximize the incredible manao and knowledge of Native Hawaiians in making Hawaii a better place to raise families, to work and prosper, and create opportunities that lift up what has always made the Hawaiian Islands an incredible home for over 2,000 years.
NHPAC embraces the value of individuals, the collective hopes and opportunities for all who love Hawaii, and the significance of Native Hawaiians as an asset to our state. If you believe as we do, that Native Hawaiians must be an integral part of the direction of Hawaii, its future, and its prosperity, we welcome your participation and engagement by supporting NHPAC and its work.
The Chair of the NHPAC is retired judge William Fernandez, a graduate of Kamehameha Schools’ class of 1949, who earned his Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in 1953 and his Juris Doctor degree from Stanford School of Law in 1955. A non-partisan, Fernandez leads NHPAC to encourage new generations of emerging leaders to engage in public service, to serve Hawaii with Hawaiian values and a knowledge of the opportunities that are possible when Native Hawaiians as a Native peoples in the United States, are fully engaged in the political future of Hawaii nei.
The Vice Chair of NHPAC is Robin Puanani Danner, a Kauai homesteader employed by the nonprofit, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, and a member of the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homeland Assembly (SCHHA – a statewide association of Hawaiian homestead areas). Also a non-partisan, Danner co-founded the NHPAC with other leaders to actively assist great candidates to become great state government policy makers for Hawaii.
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