Kanaka Maoli people have made clear their desire for increased self-determination, that is increased Kanaka Maoli control over their lands, resources and affairs. Govenor Ige and his administration continually demonstrate that they do not have the best interests on the cultural integrity of Mauna Kea and our ‘aina. HCR37 attempts to ‘clear the way’ for construction of the TMT on our sacred Mauna. The measure creates a bogus, state sponsored and initiated “reconciliation” process. HCR37 initiates a state created process for reconciliation between the Kanaka Maoli people and State of Hawaii by establishing of so-called “Blue Ribbon Reconciliation Commission.” All members to this commission will be appointed by Governor Ige. This measure is disingenuous. Any true process of reconciliation should start with an apology by the Governor and his administration to the Mauna Kea Kia`i and the larger Hawaiian community.
The Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Cmmittee (KPAC) is a Hawaiian political watchdog organization that was formed to monitor legislation that impacts the Kanaka Maoli (aka Native Hawaiian) people and our National Lands which consists of the Hawaiian Kingdom crown and government lands. The KPAC is a national committee of Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi (KLH), an ʻōiwi initiative for Hawaiian self-governance formed by and for Kanaka Maoli without the interference of the State or Federal governments or its agencies. KPAC works with many Hawaiian Organizations and ‘ohana who advocate for Hawaiian Self-Determination and Human Rights set forth in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights o f Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and International Human Rights Conventions
The purpose of KPAC is to participate to the greatest extent in all State/US processes promoting the national platform of Ka Lāhui Hawaii which includes the return of lands to Kanaka Maoli, termination of wardship advocating for the end of abuses of Kanaka Maoli and our lands, and raising public consciousness about the status of the Kanaka Maoli peoples in our own homeland.
Meetings: During the legislative session KPAC meets every other Saturday and between legislative sessions KPAC meets every month. If you are interested in getting involved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Committee Members: Click HERE for information on committee members.
2019 Legislative Accomplishments
1. KPAC engaged, trained and empowered Kanaka Maoli in the Hawaii State Legislative process at our ‘Navigating the Legislature’ community workshops. We held 4 Navigating the Legislature workshops. In addition to our regular workshops, KPAC coordinated an educational rally called “Aloha ‘Aina: Ma Uka to Ma Kai” (Love the Land from the Mountains to the Sea) at the Hawai’i State Capitol on the opening day of the Legislature on January 16, 2019. This educational rally was attended by 1,000 people and focused on raising awareness on protecting Mauna Kea and Kanaka Maoli national and kuleana lands.
2. KPAC educated Kanaka Maoli and the general public on legislation that impacted Kanaka Maoli and the voting record of elected officials by drafting, printing and distributing the 2019 Legislative Report Card in August 2019. The 2019 Legislative Report Card was printed in the Ka Wai Ola (https://www.oha.org/kwo) newsletter on September 1, 2019 and mailed to 66,000 households.
3. KPAC empowered Kanaka Maoli by encouraging them to register to vote by providing voter registration opportunities in their communities at all our Navigating the Legislature workshops through educational booths held at various events.
4. KPAC monitored measures at the Hawai’i State Legislature that dealt with Kanaka Maoli issues mainly Kanaka Maoli national and kuleana lands, militarization, Mauna Kea, intellectual property rights, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and Department of Hawaiian Home Lands. KPAC also wrote and introduced measures that gave additional protections to Kanaka Maoli kuleana land owners and to the sacred summits of Mauna Kea which will be carried over to the 2020 legislative session. KPAC submitted testimonies on 23 measures for the 2019 legislative session and did three major campaigns in support of kuleana land owners, keeping the Kanaka Maoli national lands trust in tact, and providing additional protections for the summits of Mauna Kea. KPAC raised awareness on many issues, educated the public, and facilitated the submission thousands of testimonies this legislative session.
5. KPAC sponsored a well attended and educational “Protecting Kuleana Lands” Forum at the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s Native Hawaiian Conference on September 24, 2019.
2018 Legislative Accomplishments
- Engaged, trained and empowered Kanaka Maoli (aka Native Hawaiians) in the Hawaii State Legislative process by implementing 4 ‘Navigating the Legislature’ community workshops in 2018 including one on Hawaiʻi island.
- KPAC submitted 28 written testimonies on 21 measures this legislative session.
- Educated Kanaka Maoli and the general public on legislation that impacts Kanaka Maoli and the voting record of elected officials by drafting, printing and distributing over 66,000 2018 Legislative Report Cards.
- Empowered Kanaka Maoli by encouraging them register to vote by providing voter registration opportunities in their communities by setting up voter registration booths at various events in the community.
- Implemented four educational campaigns to promote Hawaiian Language, to protect Mauna Kea, safeguard Kuleana Land owners, and keep the Public Trust (Kanaka Maoli) lands intact. These campaigns helped to successfully stop legislation that would have been bad news for indigenous rights while raising the consciousness of the people on these important issues.
- Successfully drafted SCR 114, SR71, HCR115, HR103 Criminal Justice Reform Resolutions for the reduction of the overall inmate population which includes the Kanaka Maoli.
For more see 2018 Legislative Review
To download a pdf version of the 2018 Koho Pono Legislative Report Card click HERE.
2017 Legislative Accomplishments:
- Encouraged Kanaka Maoli to attend the DHHL sponsored “2017 Legislative Talk Story Sessions” to learn more about the State Legislative process throughout O’ahu.
- KPAC submitted 34 written testimonies on 24 measures at the Hawai’i State Legislature in 2017 that included legislation on water, military, environment, Hawaiian Homes, Kanaka Maoli rights and sovereignty, and education.
- Successfully drafted and helped pass House Resolution 16 ‘urging Hawai’i’s private schools to offer Hawaiian Language curriculum’ which was sent out to all Private Schools in Hawai’i.
- Launched three educational campaigns on legislation that impacted Kanaka Maoli on Hawaiian Language, Hawaiian Sovereignty, and Criminal Trespass.
- Distributed 5,000 2017 Koho Pono Legislative Report Cards.
For more see 2017 Legislative Review
2016 Legislative Accomplishments:
- Reconvened KPAC in order to advance the national platform of KLH and advocate on behalf of Kanaka Maoli. KPAC held 5 meetings from December, 2015 – March 2016 and asserted the rights of Kanaka Maoli to the crown and government lands of the Hawaiian Kingdom in submitted testimonies.
- Voiced concerns on behalf of Kanaka Maoli KLH citizenry. KPAC submitted 18 written testimonies on 13 Bills 70% of the Bills were regarding the disposition of Hawaiian Kingdom crown and government lands and their revenue.
- Educate Kanaka Maoli and the general public on legislation that impacts Kanaka Maoli and the voting record of elected officials. Printed and distributed 7,000 2016 Koho Pono Legislative Report Card Legislative Report Card Brochures to Hawaiian Home Land communities and the general public across the Hawaiian archipelago.
For more see 2016 Legislative Review