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.
|HB2679||Transfers title of Public School property (Public lands) from County to DOE.||OPPOSE||DIED|
|HB1999||Require government officials to attend “Native Hawaiian” rights course.||SUPPORT||DIED|
|HR14||Establish visitation centers in state prisons/jails||SUPPORT||DIED|