Hawaiian Affairs Caucus News Flash, Jun. 20, 2016


The Executive Committee of the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus has called upon the National Democratic Party Platform Committee to expand the language in its platform relating to Native Hawaiians. If adopted, our unique history and quest for self-determination and sovereignty will be further clarified at the national level.

The current Platform mentions Native Hawaiians but once. Under a paragraph titled, “Tribal Sovereignty” that contains provisions addressing Native American Indians and Alaska Natives, it states, “Democrats support maximizing tribal self- governance, including efforts for self-determination and sovereignty of Native Hawaiians.”

The Hawaiian Affairs Caucus Executive Committee has requested that this Platform be expanded to separate out Native Hawaiians and new Platform language would state: “Native Hawaiians:   Democrats support maximizing indigenous self-governance, self-determination and sovereignty of Native Hawaiians.   Native Hawaiians are the indigenous, aboriginal people of Hawaiʻi whose values and culture are the foundation of the Hawaiian Islands.   We support proactive actions by the federal government to enhance Native Hawaiian culture, health, language, education, and housing.  We recognize and honor the contributions and the sacrifices made in service to our country by Native Hawaiians.

The Platform will be a critical component at the Democratic Party convention in Philadelphia being held on July 25-28. Hawai‘i will be represented by 34 delegates.

Hawaiian Affairs Caucus website June 2016


We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website! Visit us at: http://www.hawaiianaffairs.org.

Our goals with this new website is to provide members and visitors with information about Caucus activities, to share diverse views about Native Hawaiian issues, to educate, and to serve as a candidate forum during elections. We have also included links to key Hawaiian organizations.

Amongst the new features, the site contains a button to sign up for caucus emails. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, articles, blogs, news, etc.

We hope you find the new website with a fresh look easy to access information.

We would also like to thank Blaine Fergerstrom for designing and setting up the website.

For any questions, suggestions, feedback or comments, please email: hawaiian.affairs.caucus@gmail.com.


The Hawaiian Affairs Caucus has launched a place on its website for posting Candidate Profiles with the intended purpose to provide information to our membership and the electorate on candidates running in this year’s election. http://www.hawaiianaffairs.org/candidate-forum/ All candidates are being invited to participate. We have asked candidates to respond to three questions:

  1. Why are you running for office?
  1. What are your views about Hawaiian self-governance? In your capacity as a legislator, what action, if any, would you advocate in support of Hawaiian self-governance?
  1. When it comes to Native Hawaiian issues, what do you perceive your role as a legislator to be? What ways can you, if elected, support Native Hawaiian concerns through your legislative abilities? If elected, describe specific Native Hawaiian bill ideas that you would be willing to propose or support for the advancement of Native Hawaiians.