Election Activities, DPH Platform & 2019 Legislative Agenda

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DPH Platform: “Honoring Hawaiians”
Several members of the Caucus have expressed concern with the platform section titled, “Honoring Hawaiians” adopted at the DPH convention. At issue is the deletion of a key provision that existed in the 2016 platform language, i.e., “We support recognition of Native Hawaiians as indigenous people as provided by the U.S. Constitution; such recognition will add to the process of Native Hawaiian self-determination” and other watered down language. The HAC Executive Committee will request that the SCC defer the new languageand afford the HAC to meet with members to discuss the platform changes and to make recommendations to the SCC. We shall have further discussions on this at our July 25th General Membership meeting.

2019 Legislative Agenda Preparations
Under the leadership of HAC 1VC, the Government Relations Committee will be meeting later this month for the purpose of formulating our legislative agenda for 2019. Watch for announcement of the meeting date and time on the DPH calendar. In the meantime, recommendations may be emailed to Raytan Vares at, raytanv@gmail.com. Especially, ideas are welcomed on legislative initiatives to address Native Hawaiian homeless and incarceration.

Support of DPH Candidates
At its recent meeting, the Executive Committee adopted a formal policy and appropriate procedures for the support of DPH candidates for political office. To be eligible, the candidate must be a member of the DPH and complete the HAC Political Candidate questionnaire that will be posted to our website.This questionnaire outlines the ways in which the candidate plans to support the HAC’s mission. A copy of the adopted P&P can be found at our website under governing documents.

Essentially, the HAC will provide support in the following ways:
1) Publicize their requests for sign waving, telephone banking, fundraising, etc. to the HAC membership;
2) For the races of Governor, Lt Governor, Mayor, Congressional, and OHA positions, we will offer an opportunity to DPH members to address the HAC membership for five minutes at our general membership (or special) meetings;
3) Hold an OHA candidate forum.

OHA Trustee Candidates Official List
The Office of Elections announced the following candidates for OHA trustee positions:

O’ahu: Kalei Akaka, Jackie Burke, Leona Kalima, Esther Kiaʻāina, Samuel Wilder King II, Paul Mossman, and Francine Kanani Murray.

Maui: Keʻeaumoku Kapu, Carmen Hulu Lindsey.

At-Large (3): Lei Ahu Isa, William Aila, Rowena Akana, Avin Akina, C. Kaui Jochanan Amsterdam, Faye Hanohano, Brendon Kaleiʻāina Lee, Kealiʻi Makekau, Marc Paʻaluhi, Landen Paikai, Makana Paris, Kali Puʻuohau, Pohai Ryan, Lei Sharish-Davis, and John Waiheʻe IV.

Leimomi Khan
Chair, Hawaiian Affairs Caucus