The Ka Lāhui Hawaiʻi Political Action Committee (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 at the Lambert ʻOhana home and between legislative sessions KPAC meets every month. If you are interested in getting inovolved please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
KPAC 2018 Priorities
- Engage, train and empower Kanaka Maoli (aka Native Hawaiians) in the Hawaii State Legislative process by planning ‘Navigating the Legislature’ community workshops.
- Educate Kanaka Maoli and the general public on legislation that impacts Kanaka Maoli and the voting record of elected officials by drafting, printing and distributing the 2018 Legislative Report Card.
- Empower Kanaka Maoli by encouraging them to register to vote by providing voter registration opportunities in their communities.
- Protect Kuleana owners and heirs from dispossession of their land by supporting, submitting testimony, and raising awareness on House Bill 860 “Relating to Actions for Quiet Title”.
- Address the disparate treatment of Kanaka Maoli in the criminal justice system and overrepresentation of Kanaka Maoli currently incarcerated in Hawaii’s prisons and jails by drafting and introducing a resolution urging the State of Hawai’i to implement comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform policies to reduce the Kanaka Maoli inmate without building more jails and prisons.
- Raise awareness Foreign Investment in commercial development that are aimed at rural areas and areas heavily populated by Kanaka Maoli.
- Promote the normalization of the Hawaiian language by proposing and supporting Senate Bill 643 and House Bill 1264. (Priority from 2017 carried over)
- Raise awareness of Aloha ‘Āina which encompasses sustainability, demilitarization, climate change, and natural resource management (e.g. Red Hill, Pueo Sancturary, and Mauna Kea) at the State Legislative and community levels. KPAC plans to monitor and submit testimonies related to Aloha ‘Āina. (Priority from 2017 carried over)
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