Vote today in the general election

Hawaii has same-day registration. Anyone 18 or older may simply go to the polling place to register (if you aren’t already) and vote. Remember to bring an ID. That’s it! Polls are open until 6 p.m. As a reminder, voting for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs is open to all.

175th Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea at Thomas Square

Hawaiian National Position Statement on Thomas Square

Thomas Square holds historical and political significance for Hawaiians. This is where the 5-month occupation of the Hawaiian Kingdom, by the British, ended on July 31, 1843, when Admiral Thomas of the British Government ordered the Union Jack lowered and the Hawaiian Kingdom flag to be raised. The park is named in honor of him.

That was also on the day that King Kamehameha III proclaimed: “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ‘Āina I Ka Pono,” which translates to mean the “Sovereignty of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness.”

Since then, July 31st has been a Hawaiian Kingdom national holiday known as Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea. And it was celebrated by Hawaiians here and abroad until the United States illegally took control of Hawai’i via a Joint Resolution of Congress. Today, Hawaiians refer to the 1898 US takeover as an illegal occupation because no Treaty of Annexation exists, which is the only document that could legitimize the American presence here, as prescribed under US and International law.
Since 1986, Hawaiian Nationals and Patriots have gathered here annually to assert and affirm the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Nation with no permits or permission from either the so called “State of Hawaiʻi” or the “City and County of Honolulu”. It continued that way until 2017 when “joint control, maintenance, and management” of this politically historic park was transferred over to the Department of Enterprise Services (DES), a private money generating corporation, despite strong community opposition and no consultation with the Kanaka Maoli people.

With million-dollar condominiums going up near Thomas Square this park is set to become a jewel in the crown of the surrounding real estate. And now 175 years after it was first designated as the first Hawaiian Kingdom park, where Hawaiians honor the sovereignty and righteousness of the land, it is finally getting a facelift from the City and County of Honolulu and DES.

Historic events like Lā Hoihoi Ea are being tokenized as cultural events intended to enhance the value of Thomas Square by engaging the community with art and entertainment. Today Hawaiian Nationals have to sign a permit and get a million-dollar insurance coverage indemnifying all parties involved including the occupying government, the City and County of Honolulu, to celebrate Hawaiian Restoration Day. Thomas Square was created by the Hawaiian Kingdom Privy Council to memorialize and celebrate the sovereignty of our Nation and today it is a symbol of our sovereignty as Kanaka Maoli and Hawaiian Nationals over this archipelago.

In conclusion, we must reject any claims that the State of Hawaiʻi, City and County of Honolulu, and the DES own or control this Hawaiian National Park and REFUSE to sign any permit or permission slip to use the lands that our King established me ke aloha nui no ko kākou Lāhui (with love for our Hawaiian Nation).

Kanaka Maoli, Hawaiian Nationals and Patriots of the Hawaiian Kingdom, hold your ground here at the piko (the center) of what is now a widespread celebration that extends throughout the islands and on Moku Honu (the Continent). It is important to STAND. If we can’t even hold down a park, how can we be pono (righteous) in stating that that our Kingdom still lives?

— Healani Sonoda-Pale

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