Let’s Imua Hawaii

It’s an exciting time for the Native Hawaiian people.  For decades, our community has worked to increase our ability to be self-determining, and to exercise self-governance over our own affairs.

The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission has established Kana’iolowalu, the Native Hawaiian Roll, to serve as the list of Native Hawaiians interested in participating in the reorganization of a Native Hawaiian government.  The roll is still open for enrollment until October 15, 2015.  At the same time, Na’i Aupuni has begun the process of reorganizing our Native Hawaiian government.  Soon, people on the Kana’iolowalu roll will have an opportunity to elect delegates to a Constitutional Convention, which will propose a draft constitution for consideration by the people on the roll.  If adopted, the framework for a Native Hawaiian government will be established.

Last year, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) published the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on whether to implement a rule to facilitate a government-to-government relationship between the United States and the Native Hawaiian people.  The DOI received over 5,000 oral and written comments and has determined there is sufficient support and need for such a rule.  The proposed rule has been published and is available for public comment now.   Imua Hawaii encourages you to support and participate in the rule-making process.  A federal rule establishing a pathway for the recognition of a Native Hawaiian government:

-Advances an option for the Native Hawaiian people to consider. Federal rules will open a door to an enhanced self-governance that is already open to every other indigenous peoples in the United States.

-Secures the promise of a federally-recognized Native Hawaiian government, completing the work of Senator Akaka.

-Leads to strengthened legal protections for our trusts, our assets, and our programs currently addressing critical Native Hawaiian needs.

-Keeps all options open as we move forward with nation-building.

-Does not close off any other sovereignty options or limit future choices.

With so much happening, Imua Hawaii wants to be a resource for you!  Please explore our site to learn more about efforts towards greater Native Hawaiian self-determination and self-governance.  We strive to provide accurate, fact-based information on these topics, as well as perspectives from Hawaiian community leaders and resources to help you participate in the decision-making processes.  Together, we can navigate towards a future where the Native Hawaiian people thrive in our Hawaii once more.