Symposiums Scheduled to Discuss Potential Hawaiian Governance Structures

 

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September 2, 2015

 

Symposiums Scheduled to Discuss Potential Hawaiian Governance Structures

Honolulu, Hawaii – Three Native Hawaiian organizations are partnering to deliver symposiums across the State of Hawaii and locations on the continent for any Hawaiian enrolled in the Kana‘iolowalu base roll.

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and the Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly are working together to support the ground swell movement to re-organize a Native Hawaiian government recognized by the State of Hawaii under Act 195.

“This is an important time for Hawaiians,” said Annelle Amaral, President of the AHCC.  “We are energized to bring the talent of our civic clubs to the table with the SCHHA and CNHA.”

The Ho‘o Ekolu Initiative, a tri-party agreement brings three long standing advocates together to provide educational symposiums on 10 different constitutions from around the country and the Pacific.  The partnership is focused on helping Hawaiians prepare for the constitutional convening anticipated to be organized by Na‘i Aupuni, a private nonprofit.

“Our community has incredible knowledge on the subject of self-governance,” added Michelle Kauhane, president of CNHA.  “We are proud to bring our member organizations to bear on the exciting challenge before all those that have enrolled in Kana‘iolowalu.”

The three organizations will convene on September 23, 2015 at the Hawaii Convention Center at 6:00pm to finalize the symposium schedule and the curriculum content.

“I can’t think of a better purpose for our organizations to link arms to work together at this historic time,” said Kamaki Kanahele, SCHHA Policy Chairman.  “The SCHHA and our homestead association members will stand with the AHCC and CNHA in conducting this powerful work.”

The Ho‘o Ekolu Constitutional Symposiums will be open to anyone certified on the Kana‘iolowalu base roll.  For more information, contact the Native Hawaiian Policy Center at policy@hawaiiancouncil.org.

The AHCC is a confederation of 67 Hawaiian Civic Clubs located throughout the State of Hawaii and in 16 states across the nation. The AHCC is a strong voice at city, state, and federal levels and advocates for the improved welfare of native Hawaiians and to perpetuate and preserve language, history, music, dance, and other traditions.

CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities.

The SCHHA, founded in 1987, unifies beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1920.  As the oldest and largest advocacy organization by and for homestead associations, the SCHHA works to perpetuate the HHCA to advance the well-being of native Hawaiians. 

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Symposiums Scheduled to Discuss Potential Hawaiian Governance Structures