KPAC releases report card, shows how State legislators fared

Ka Lahui Hawai‘i Political Action Committee (KPAC) announces the publication of its 3rd KOHO PONO Legislative Report Card in the July 2018 issue of the Ka Wai Ola (OHA’s monthly newsletter).  The Report Card is also available for download on the KPAC website at this link.  KOHO PONO means to Elect or Choose Wisely by making an informed decision when voting for an elected official to represent your voice.  It’s important that Kanaka Maoli voters know how elected officials voted in 2018​ ​on key issues that impact our community.

The 2018 KOHO PONO Legislative Report Card focuses on important bills from this past State Legislative Session and its overall impact to the Hawaiian community. KPAC monitored and provided testimony on a number of legislative measures dealing with ceded lands, Hawaiian education and language, Mauna Kea and Hawai`i’s precious environment. In addition, we ran several social media education campaigns on specific bills in order to heighten informed awareness and garner greater civic participation to directly address its cultural, social, political and economic impacts.

The Report Card spotlights several bills that attempt to address public lands from the ceded lands trust, aka “stolen Hawaiian lands” by providing a voting record matrix on how each legislator voted from both the Senate and House. The community will be able to use the Report Card as a voting tool when deciding upon who they should vote for in the coming 2018 Election.

KPAC member and long time Mauna Kea Kia`i (protector) Kealoha Pisciotta, when asked to share her thoughts about participating in the State’s legislative process, states, “We kanaka need to engage in the political process to help create a better, just, Pono, healthy and beautiful world.”  She goes on to say, “Don’t be afraid of how things look, just get involved and help to make the change. Have hope in Aloha and be willing to move Aloha at every opportunity.”

The Report Card also highlights responses to questions by the 2018 Hawai`i Gubernatorial candidates to provide clarity on their individual positions on Hawaiian issues. KPAC does not endorse any political candidates. Our mission is to inform our community on impactful legislative matters.

~ Healani Sonoda-Pale, kalahuihawaiipoliticalactioncommittee.org

Limited run of commemorative Liliʻu shirt

    Design is on the front of a black T-shirt

For a limited time only we will be making the OFFICIAL commemorative 125th Illegal Overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation – Ma Hope Makou O Lili’ulani T-shirt available for a donation of $20 to Ka Lahui Hawai’i. Add $5 if you would like it mailed to you directly. Text to 1-808-372-2512 with your order, name, and mailing address. We only printed a limited number of shirts.
**NEW if you go to https://kalahuihawaiipoliticalactioncommittee.org/740-2/ and make a $25 donation we will mail you a shirt. Provide us with confirmation of donation, shirt size and mailing address at klhpoliticalactioncommittee@gmail.com**

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Workshops: Navigating the State Legislature

Join Us! Ka Lāhui Political Action Committee is holding a FREE community workshop this Tuesday, January 30, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria at Stevenson Middle School, 1202 Prospect St., Honolulu, HI 96822.

Speakers include Hawaiian Attorney Lehua Kinilau and KPAC Chair Healani Sonoda-Pale. Topics include:

  • The Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee
  • The 2018 Legislative Session
  • Kanaka Maoli Legislative Priorities
  • A special historical presentation on the Hawaiian Kingdom Patriots of the 19th Century who voted
  • How to Navigate the Legislature.

Refreshments provided and doors open at 5:30 pm.

Save the date for the next “Navigating the Legislature” workshop on February 12, 2018 at Ka Waihona o Ka Na’auao, 89-195 Farrington Hwy., in Nānākuli at 7 pm.

These events are co-sponsored by the Kim Coco Fund for Justice of the Iwamoto Family Foundation, the Hawai’i People’s Fund, and the PAC Foundation. Mahalo.

For more information, email klhpoliticalactioncommittee@gmail.com.

125th anniversary of overthrow observed

UPDATE: The Ka Lāhui information booth is adjacent to Iolani Barracks (a change from the Bandstand as previously reported.)

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and the Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee will join other citizens in observing the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of Queen Liliʻuokalani. On January 17, 2018, citizens will participate in the peace march starting at 9 a.m. from Mauna Ala on Nuuanu Avenue to Iolani Palace on King street and witness the raising of the Hawaiian flag at 10:45 a.m. on January 17, 2018. Look for the blue Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi flags with the Makaliʻi star constellation. There will be a Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi information booth near the barracks, as well as music, hula, food and beverage elsewhere on the palace grounds.

~Rebekah

National meeting set for Oct. 13-14, 2017

To register for this halawai, email klhpoliticalactioncommittee@gmail.com. All are welcome. Mahalo!

Ka Lahui Hawaii Political Action Committee news

The Ka Lahui Hawaii Political Action Committee encourages citizens to attend this week’s Legislative “Talk Story” Sessions sponsored by the Hawaii Department of Home Lands. Lehua Kinilau-Cano will be facilitating. The sessions are open to the public and are scheduled as follows:

Monday, January 23, 2017, 6 p.m., Lincoln Elementary School Cafetorium, 615 Auwaiolimu St., Honolulu, HI 96813

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6 p.m., Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Hale Pono‘i, 91-5420 Kapolei Parkway, Kapolei, HI 96707

Monday, January 30, 2017, 7 p.m., Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association Community Center, 41-253 Ilauhole St., Waimanalo, HI 96795

Discussion may include proposed legislation that Hawaii Governor David Ige has included in the State Legislative package. The proposals are about blood quantum requirement for homestead lessees’ relatives; privacy of DHHL applicant and lessee information files; and appointing a Hawaiian Homes Commissioner from the Island of Lanai.

For more information about these or other workshops, please email Lehua at Nicole.L.Kinilau-Cano@hawaii.gov.

KPAC plans to monitor the 2017 Hawaii Legislative Session with an eye open for bills that affect Hawaiians. For the the complete text of KPAC’s 2017 Hawaii State Legislative Packet that lists its purpose, 2016 legislative accomplishments, and 2017 legislative goals, please go to the KPAC website http://kalahuihawaiipoliticalactioncommittee.org

Posted by Rebekah Luke

Obama scheduled to announce US Dept. of Interior rule tomorrow; call for opposition

“UPDATE: The final DOI Rule facilitating a government to government relationship with the “Native Hawaiian” community will be released tomorrow morning – Obama will be announcing it. We will be doing a Press Conference at Iolani Palace tomorrow morning at 12 noon 9/23/2016. Please come and join us in opposing this Rule.”

Healani Sonoda-Pale via facebook.com

Posted by Rebekah Luke

About the U.S. federal rule on Hawaiian home lands

The link to a Civil Beat July 11, 2016, article co-authored by Lehua Kinilau-Cano, a legislataive analyst for the Hawaii Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and Hokulei Lindsey, administrative rules officer for the DHHL is below. Lehua is the most recent kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and has been presiding over its meetings.

http://www.civilbeat.org/2016/07/problems-in-interiors-rule-on-hawaii-home-lands/

Posted by Rebekah Luke

KPAC educates voters with legislative report card

https://kalahuihawaiipoliticalactioncommitteedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/koho-pono-r_c-dr22.pdf

KOHO PONO means to Elect or Choose Wisely by making an informed decision when voting for an Hawaiʻi State elected official to represent your voice. The Koho Pono Legislative Report provides information and insight on key issues impacting Hawaiians and our communities including Mauna Kea, Water Rights, and Hawaiian Lands. Download the pdf version of the Koho Pono report here.

https://kalahuihawaiipoliticalactioncommitteedotorg.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/koho-pono-r_c-dr22.pdf

The Report Card is set up to be printed on 11 x 17 inch paper.