Policy Center

CNHA convenes non-governmental organizations around policy priorities and solutions to meet the challenges of Hawaiians. We publish annual Policy Priorities with input from our members and current events that arise throughout the year. We coordinate monthly policy calls to provide regular opportunities for CNHA to share its policy work and to receive input from member leaders and interested guests on potential positions or policy projects CNHA may adopt or work on. We focus on advocacy and education, convening community, and produce publications that provide research and data. CNHA’s policy center also support civic engagement and voter initiatives.

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Local Policy Priorities Statewide & Federal Policy Priorities CNHA Initiatives Monthly Policy Calls 

Local Policy Priorities

Agricultural & Pastoral Homesteading (2009)

OHA, DHHL Establish an Agricultural and Pastoral Homesteading program with technical resources, loan funds and dedicated grants.

Operating Budgets (2012)

OHA, DHHL Strengthen Beneficiary Consultation on trust resources and budgetary processes to increase transparency of trust fund expenditures and increase beneficiary recommendations in agency budgets.

Ceded Lands Settlement Resolution (2012)

OHA, DHHL Execute programs to fulfill the OHA/DHHL resolution on the Ceded Lands Settlement to serve the mutual beneficiaries of these public trusts in homesteading and advancing the purposes of the HHCA.

Legal Counsel (2012)

OHA, DHHL Hawaiian Homes Commission to fund and retain separate legal counsel to represent the interests of the beneficiaries at all Hawaiian Homes Commission meetings.

NGO Access to State of Hawaii CIP Resources (2013)

OHA Develop a training guide to accessing State CIP resources for Non-Governmental Organizations, and directly assist community leaders to present CIP eligible projects through the State of Hawaii governmental system.

Foreclosure Prevention of Hawaiian Homes (2013)

DHHL Protect beneficiaries through a moratorium on lease cancellations until the State adopts written collection policies that include the priorities of Act 48, mandates 3rd party mediators that are HUD certified and includes access to foreclosure prevention best practices available to all other citizens.

Fund Beneficiary Water Defense Project (2013)

OHA, DHHL Support beneficiary collaborative project to educate and exercise water rights.

Next Generation Leadership (2013)

OHA, DHHL Support and dedicate resources to leadership development of next generation (age 18-38)

Housing Partnerships & Self Determination (2013)(2014)

DHHL Partner with beneficiary NGOs to develop affordable housing with leveraged trust funds to gain efficiencies and meet the expectations of NAHASDA. (Prioritize affordable rental housing and self-help programs)

Leverage Loan Funds (2014)

OHA, DHHL Provide match funds to Native CDFI’s that secure loan capital and/or technical assistance funds that meet the needs of HHCA beneficiaries or OHA strategic priorities.

Kanaiolowalu (2013)(2014)

OHA Fully fund the completion of Act 195, and pursue next steps of electing delegates from Roll, holding a constitutional convention and ratifying governing documents and election of Native Government officials through a community based consortium made up of Native Hawaiian membership organizations. Provide funding support for a constitutional symposium to support nation building.

Equity Loans (2014)

DHHL Establish a loan product that allows second mortgages on homestead properties.

Statewide & Federal Policy Priorities

Sovereignty: State (2011) & Federal Recognition (2002)

State, Federal Support the implementation of State recognition law and work to extend the federal policy of self- governance and self determination to Native Hawaiians.

Business: SBA Native 8(a) Business Development (2008)

Federal Passage of federal legislation to distinguish Native 8(a) firms versus Minority 8(a) firms in the SBA program, and to reaffirm the origins of Native 8(a) under the federal Indian policy and the Native status in the U.S. Constitution.

Financing: FHA 247 Amendments (2006) & HUD 184a Amendments (2011)

Federal Engage a new HUD MOU on FHA 247 by the Obama Administration to reverse 75% LTV ratio limitation on beneficiary borrowers. Address mediation necessity and remove need to qualify with existing debt. Amend HUD 184a home loan program to allow refinancing, and home transactions off trust lands, as American Indians and Alaska Natives are allowed.

Donor Giving: Employee Choice in State of Hawaii Work Place Giving (2008)

State Revise 35-year policy by state government to restrict state employees to a single charity giving option of an Oahu nonprofit, to open opportunities to charities across the state, and in particular to culturally based charities.

Federal Program Unity Project (2010, 2012, 2013)

Federal Identify successful federal programs that are relevant to Native Hawaiians for inclusion based on Native status, and re-authorize Indian/Hawaiian federal programs. Include SUTA to be a standard eligibility definition for various federal programs, with a set-a-side for SUTA projects using LITC & NMTC to increase eligibility of Native populations nationally. Provide exemptions to Tribal/Native telecommunication firms working on trust lands under new FCC programs.

DoI Oversight of HHCA (2011, 2012)

Federal Promulgation of federal administrative rules by the Department of Interior for the HHCA and the Hawaiian Home Land Recovery Act (HHLRA). Establish direct relationships between HHCA beneficiaries and DoI officials to share experiences and best practices of DoI-Insular Affairs, DoI–Bureau of Indian Affairs and DoI-Office of Native Hawaiian Relations, and implement improved active oversight of State of Hawaii.

Education Policy (2013)

State, Federal Improve Early Education Preschool Act to include consultation with Hawaiians, fund the 2-state language reality, has a family component and embraces diverse delivery systems. Provide parity to charter schools with public DoE schools. Reauthorize federal Native Hawaiian Education Act and strengthen NH control.

Kalaupapa Cooperative Agreement (2013)

Federal Execute a cooperative agreement between the National Park Service and the NGO representing the families and patients of Kalaupapa.

HHCA Amendments by Congress (2013)

Federal Conduct Beneficiary Consultation with homestead and waitlist beneficiaries to discuss an amendment to the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act to address eligibility and stability of homestead beneficiaries, including blood quantum, how to address conflicts of interests of state versus beneficiary interests, and strengthening the self-determination of beneficiary organizations cited in the HHCA.

Native CDFI Eligibility (2013)(2014)

Federal Strengthen criteria of organizations eligible to compete for Native American CDFI grant funds at the U.S. Treasury reverse the match fund requirement for emerging and Native CDFI’s.

Native Arts & Culture (2014)

State Increase NH Art representation in the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and Arts Collection from 2% to 25%. Require NH representative on the Board of Commissioners.

Census Data (2014)

Federal Improve upon data disaggregation practices from the 2010 census for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

Native Hawaiian Education (2014)

State Develop appropriate levels of funding for Office of Hawaiian Education Office and proper pay for dual certification of Hawaiian & English teachers.

CNHA Initiatives

Native & Tribal Leader Roundtables (2013)

Coordinate and host leader-to-leader roundtables to share policy priorities and best practices in economic development, education, health, etc. Work to support a national Native to Native Trades Bill.

No Vote No Grumble Coalition (2014)

Increase participation by CBO’s to support a statewide field plan around civic engagement that includes voter registration, GOTV efforts, voter education, and training.

Monthly Policy Calls

CNHA Policy Call: Federal Rules on Hawaiian Home Lands Monday, May 18, 2015 More info
Policy Calls- Federal Rules on Hawaiian Home Lands Friday, July 10, 2015 Conference Call More info