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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 educates voters with legislative report card

Click to access 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.

Click to access koho-pono-r_c-dr22.pdf

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

Upholding Self-Determination: Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi’s Three Elected Kiaʻāina Oppose Naʻi Aupuni and the US DOI’s Proposed Rules

(This article was originally submitted to the Community Voice column of Civil Beat, that published it on November 13, 2015.)

In recent weeks, individuals running as delegates for Naʻi Aupuni have attempted to represent Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi. This response was prepared to correct the record and is submitted by the three Kiaʻāina (Governor) elected by Hawaiians statewide and on the U.S. continent.

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi is a native initiative for Hawaiian self-governance formed by and for Native Hawaiians without the interference of State or Federal agencies. Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi is the evolutionary product of years of legal research, community dialogues, meetings, and workshops. We also have engaged in nation building with Native Hawaiians without State and Federal government interference. From 1987, we enrolled over 20,000 citizens from our islands and on the US continent, convened 3 Constitutional Conventions, held over 35 legislative sessions, conducted 4 general elections with the assistance of the League of Women Voters, ratified 14 treaties of mutual recognition and friendship with Inuit and Indian Nations, sent diplomatic liaisons to the United Nations, and sent delegations to Washington, DC, to lobby Congress on behalf of Hawaiian entitlements and programs. In addition, Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi has actively testified on issues at the Federal, State, County, and community levels, published newsletters and other educational materials, and convened numerous community educational meetings on sovereignty and other critical issues facing our community like protecting sacred lands and advocating for water rights.  Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi has also conducted hundreds of community workshops in Hawaiʻi and on the US continent to exercise our peoples right to Self-Determination believing in the advancement of our efforts to be self-governing. To build on this long history of self-determination work and in honor of our citizens who have passed away, Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi leadership stands in opposition to Naʻi Aupuni and the US Department of Interior’s (DOI) Proposed Rules.


The Naʻi Aupuni process violates the principle of Self-Determination as well as the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. In effect, the process is a political ruse to disenfranchise Hawaiians, deny us our right to our traditional lands, territories, and resources, and sidestep our historic claims for reparations.

The International Human Rights Conventions and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (applicable to and binding on the United States) defines Self-Determination as…“The right of all peoples to determine their political status and by virtue of that right to freely pursue their Economic, Cultural and Social development”.

Self-determination is not a right of governments or state or federal agencies. It is the collective right of “Peoples” including Indigenous Hawaiian Peoples. This means that the Hawaiian peoples are the only group that has the power to “define their political status” and, ultimately, determine citizenship in a nation of their own creation. Once the people have exercised this power, the nation formed has the right and authority to freely pursue social development through programs for housing, education and health. It has the right to freely pursue cultural development by preserving Hawaiian language, protecting sacred sites, and maintaining cultural practices. It also has the power to pursue economic development, including the power to tax, to trade under traditional treaties, and to engage in and license others to engage in business in order to raise revenues and be economically self-sufficient.


SAC/HSAC/HSEC Were All Created by the State

In 1991, the State created the Sovereignty Advisory Council (SAC) in Act 301. As part of OHA’s budget, the State provided SAC with up to $200,000 to develop a plan to discuss and study the sovereignty issue.

On the heels of the 100th commemoration of the illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1993, the State established the Hawaiian Sovereignty Advisory Commission (HSAC) in Act 359. Under this legislation, the State appropriated $420,000 to hold “a referendum to determine the will of the native Hawaiian people to call a democratically convened convention for the purpose of achieving consensus on an organic document that will propose the means for native Hawaiians to operate under a government of their own choosing.”

The next year, the State amended Act 359 with the passage of Act 200 creating the Hawaiian Sovereignty Elections Council (HSEC). The State appropriated up to $1.8 million to HSEC to hold “a plebiscite in 1995, to determine the will of the indigenous Hawaiian people to restore a nation of their own choosing.”

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and other community organizations opposed the SAC/HSAC/HSEC state driven initiatives, and called for a boycott of the process. We had grave concerns that this referendum or plebiscite would be used as evidence that the indigenous Hawaiian people relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, in direct contrast to our peoples history of resistance as acknowledged in the Apology Resolution, which provides that “the indigenous Hawaiian people never directly relinquished their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people or over their national lands to the United States, either through their monarchy or through a plebiscite or referendum.”

After Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and other community organizations called to boycott the process for nearly two years, a month before the election was to be held, the State amended Act 200 by passing Act 140 in 1996. The new State law specifically changed the requirement that the plebiscite be approved by a majority of “qualified voters” to “ballots cast.” In other words, the State first created a process that required a majority of the approximately 85,000 Native Hawaiians to approve. However, the new law required only a majority of all votes cast in order to approve the plebiscite.

On July 15, 1996, HSEC sent out ballots to approximately 85,000 Native Hawaiians. 30,423 ballots were returned, of these ballots, 22,294 voted yes to the question “Shall the Hawaiian People elect delegates to propose a Native Hawaiian government.” Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi and other community groups claimed a victory due to the low turnout. However, the State claimed a victory by looking at the majority of the ballots cast. Consequently, this State initiated process continued with Ha Hawaiʻi and ʻAha Hawaiʻi ʻOiwi.

The Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (aka Akaka Bill)

Hawaiʻi’s Congressional delegation introduced the first version of the Akaka bill, S. 2899/H.R. 4904 in 2000, authorizing a process for the reorganization of a Native Hawaiian government and to provide for the recognition of the Native Hawaiian government by the United States. This bill had only 1 hearing in Hawaiʻi in 12 years. Over the next decade, Congress proposed multiple versions of the bill. But the changes and versions that followed were done in Washington, DC, without the input of the Native Hawaiian people. In stark contrast, the changes reflected input from state agencies like OHA and a select few individuals from the Hawaiian community who continue to push an agenda that excludes the vast majority of Hawaiians from the process. An estimated $30 million trust dollars was spent to support passage of the Akaka Bill. No accounting has ever been provided for the Hawaiian trust funds spent on these efforts.

The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission/Kanaʻiolowalu Was Created by the State

In 2011, the State established the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission in Act 195 to prepare and maintain a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians defined initially in the law as 1) “an individual who is a descendant of the aboriginal peoples who, prior to 1778, occupied and exercised sovereignty in the Hawaiian islands, the area that now constitutes the State of Hawaii; or  2) “an individual who is one of the indigenous, native people of Hawaii and who was eligible in 1921 for the programs authorized by the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, 1920, or a direct lineal descendant of that individual.” The law also required that a qualified Native Hawaiian “has maintained a significant, cultural, social, or civic connection to the Native Hawaiian community and wishes to participate in the organization of the Native Hawaiian governing entity; and is eighteen years of age or older.” Funding for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission was provided by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs while no other community organization was provided money to conduct any kind of educational campaign in opposition to this initiative.

As noted in a Civil Beat article by Trisha Kehaulani Watson, “within the first two years of implementation (between the signing of the Act in 2011 and September 2013), less than 19,000 Hawaiians enrolled, despite having a $4 million budget from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.” To inflate this low enrollment, the State passed Act 77 in 2013 expanding the definition of “qualified Native Hawaiian” to include “an individual who meets the ancestry requirements of Kamehameha Schools or of any Hawaiian registry program of the office of Hawaiian affairs,” immediately swelling the roll to over 107,000 names. It is this roll that Naʻi Aupuni is using to conduct its election of delegates to a constitutional convention, or ʻAha. At the heart of self-determination is deciding to participate in any process and not have the State determine participation by defining a qualified Native Hawaiian.

The US Department of Interior’s Proposed Rules

The US Department of Interior (DOI) has issued proposed rules to create an administrative procedure for re-establishing a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community. These proposed rules follow the Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking issued last year where the vast majority of those who testified at public hearings expressed opposition to the DOI’s proposal. Nevertheless, thousands of identical postcards submitted as part of a concerted effort of political insiders intent on securing federal recognition was used to justify the DOI’s proposed rules. Interestingly, portions of the proposed rule would allow a roll of Native Hawaiians certified by a State of Hawaii commission like Kanaʻiolowalu that is being used by Naʻi Aupuni to determine participation when the large majority of the names on the roll came from different OHA lists and registries without the free prior and informed consent of those who signed on to those prior lists and registries including one registry that was used to qualify for OHA programs such as loans, grants and scholarships.


The record reflects that none of these initiatives came from the Hawaiian “Peoples” and all were in fact created by State and Federal bodies. SAC/HSAC/HSEC and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission/Kanaiolowalu are all State bodies, created by State procedures. The Akaka Bill and the US Department of Interior’s proposed rules were drafted in Washington, DC, without any input from our broader community. None of these groups represents the Hawaiian Peoples. Consequently, these efforts cannot be viewed as legitimate reflections of the Hawaiian peoples desire for Nationhood or a valid expression of our peoples right of Self-Determination.

The record further indicates that for years the State and Federal Government have tried unsuccessfully to manipulate Hawaiians into approving a governmental structure that would limit political power or authority. As a result of this limited power, our peoples vast trust lands and resources would continue to be controlled by the State and Federal bodies that control them now.


As Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi did in 1996, we are once again calling upon the Hawaiian community and all Citizens to boycott State/Federal efforts to manipulate Hawaiian Self-Determination. We urge you to oppose Naʻi Aupuni, by refusing to cast a ballot in this election. We also recommend you submit testimony against the proposed US DOI Rules for the following reasons:

  1. As explained in the two US DOI memo’s released in late September 2015 (links are as follows: and, the ‘Recognized’ Hawaiian Nation will not have any share of our peoples Ceded lands trust or Hawaiian Homelands but will be only given Kahoolawe Island. (Kahoolawe was used by the US as a bombing target for years and is still littered with bombs. No one lives there.)
  2. The ‘Recognized’ Hawaiian Nation will not have any of the powers the ‘Recognized’ Indian Nations have. It will not have taxing authority, the ability to zone or develop our trust lands for housing, education or health, etc. This means that some ‘Recognized’ native nations in the USA will have rights other ‘Recognized’ native nations are not allowed to have. A clear violation of the 14th Amendment.
  3. The ‘Recognized’ nation will not be able to access federal laws appropriating federal funds for other classes of Native Americans. For example, Hawaiian children removed from Hawaiian families will not have the protections of the Indian Child Welfare Act (the right to be placed with Hawaiian foster homes), etc.
  4. Hawaiian trust lands under control of the USA and State will continue to be under Federal and State control. Wardship will be maintained. Hawaiians will be “Beneficiary-Wards” of state & federal government and these entities will continue to control our trust resources.
  5. The vast majority of Hawaiian peoples are being disenfranchised by the process. There are approximately 577,000 Hawaiians in the US, less than 19,000 have been registered by Kanaʻiolowalu, and thousands have been added to a list without their free prior informed consent and approval. These numbers confirm that the overwhelming majority of Hawaiians are not included in this process.
  6. Hawaiians will forever be denied their right of Self-governance and Self-determination. The DOI Memos verify that once the US confers “recognition” on the Naʻi Aupuni Nation, the US will never again ‘recognize’ a Hawaiian Nation.

What Can Hawaiians Do?

  1. Inform/educate yourselves by reading the US DOI memos and exercise your best judgment for yourself and ʻohana;
  2. Get involved by submitting testimony to the US DOI opposing the Recognition Rules and limitations. Go to!submitComment;D=DOI-2015-0005-2438 to submit testimony;
  3. DEMAND that the United States Department of Interior respect our peoples right to “consultation” under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United States should be in Hawaiʻi meeting with Indigenous Hawaiians on these issues. Previous “Hearings” were held for the public and Indian Nations with gambling casino’s on the continent but no “consultation” has been held specifically for Hawaiians in and throughout Hawaii;
  4. Support and Sign on to the Kū`ē Na`i Aupuni Petition. Go to to sign on.


Kūʻē Naʻi Aupuni, Kūʻē Kanaʻiolowalu, Kūʻē OHA and US DOI
Remember the words of our beloved queen, Liliʻuokalani
“Onipaʻa Kākou”

Nā Kiaʻāina
Mililani Bernardette Trask
Josiah “Black” Hoʻohuli
Lehua Kinilau-Cano


The authors:

Mililani Bernardette Trask is the first elected Kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi, who served from 1990-1998. A longtime leader in the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, Mililani has advocated both in Hawaii and abroad to advance rights on behalf of indigenous peoples and is considered an indigenous expert to the United Nations in international and human rights law.

Josiah “Black” Hoʻohuli is the second elected Kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi, who served from 1998-2002. A Nanakuli homesteader, Black is a longtime advocate of homestead beneficiaries to enforce the trust responsibilities owed to beneficiaries under State and Federal law.

Lehua Kinilau-Cano is the third elected Kiaʻāina of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi, who served from 2002. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools, she obtained her BA degree in Hawaiian Studies and JD from the University of Hawaii.

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Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi’s copyrighted educational materials require training and permission for use

The three documents — “Constitution of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi,” “A Compilation of Materials for Education Workshops on Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi,” and “Hoʻokupu a Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi” the Ka Lāhui Master Plan for Hawaiian Sovereignty — are copyrighted by Mililani B. Trask on behalf of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi. Persons or groups wanting to use these materials, including the Constitution and Master Plan must first obtain the written permission of Mililani B. Trask and a Licensing Agreement.

Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi has trained citizens who can conduct training for the community with these materials and who can assist with community workshops using these documents. Ka Lāhui Hawaii/Mililani B. Trask does not give permission for use of these documents and materials, in whole or in part, for any purpose except for uses approved in writing and subject to a Licensing Agreement as stated above.

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Ka Lahui Hawaii’s master plan for Hawaiian sovereignty

A master plan for Hawaiian sovereignty prepared by the Ka Lahui Hawaii Mokuna (elected legislature) in 1994 can now be read on this website. Click on the “Hookupu Master Plan” tab above.

I am proud to say I was present in Keaukaha at that legislative session to witness how brilliantly the citizens crafted the document and how hard they worked. It was awesome to experience collaboration and hear the vision of Native Hawaiians so passionately articulated.

It marked a turning point for Ka Lahui Hawaii, because, as it states on page 1, Ka Lahui Hawaii gifted this plan “for future work in many political and community spheres and to propose a process of consensus building which can meet the needs of the many sovereign groups in Hawaii.” “Hookupu” means “offering.”

Now, 15 years later, here it is again, offered and accessible on the internet. I hope you will take time to read it.

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Akaka bill and Ka Lahui Hawaii position explained

The initial release of a position statement by the Ka Lahui Hawaii Working Group on the H.R. 2314 and S. 1011 Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, is now posted on the Position Statements page of this website. It begins:

“The Ka Lahui Hawai`i Working Group declares its opposition to H.R. 2314 and S. 1011 – Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2009, otherwise known as the Akaka Bill.  Since its inception in 1987, Ka Lahui Hawai`i has continuously advocated for federal recognition, however there are serious concerns with the process and current version of this bill.”

Citizens may familiarize themselves with the position statement. Citizens also may be interested in the following program sponsored by the Native Hawaiian Bar Association to become more informed:

An update on H.R. 2314, the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, known as the Akaka bill, and other Native Hawaiian issues will be the topic of The Native Hawaiian Bar Association Luncheon from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m., October 20, 2009, at Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel, Ali`i Place 20th Floor, 1099 Alakea Street, Honolulu.

Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie will be the speaker. Abercrombie is the sponsor of H.R. 2314 pending in the U.S. House of Representatives. Cost of an optional Hawaiian plate lunch is $10, payable at the door, starting at 11:45 a.m.  Please make reservations by emailing by October 15, 2009.

Please make checks for lunch payable to Native Hawaiian Bar Association. Send registration info and payment to: Law Office of Yuklin Aluli, 415-C Uluniu Street, Kailua, HI 96734, Attention: Karen Jones, Secretary. For more information, phone (808) 262-5900 or fax (808) 262-5610.

If you order lunch, you must pay whether or not you attend. As an option, you may bring your own lunch.