Hawaiian Affairs Caucus members serenade outgoing Democratic Party Chair Cante Carpenter at the 2014 State Democratic Convention.
Hawaiian Affairs Caucus table at the 2016 Democratic Party Convention.
Hawaiian Affairs Caucus table at the 2016 Democratic Party Convention.

The Hawaiian Affairs Caucus

The Hawaiian Affairs Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i is founded on Hawaiian cultural values of aloha, mālama ‘āina, ho‘okipa and kuleana.  Our work and interaction within the ‘ohana, in the community, and with one another will reflect these values.

Hawaiian Affairs Caucus members serenade outgoing Democratic Party Chair Cante Carpenter at the 2014 State Democratic Convention.
Hawaiian Affairs Caucus members serenade outgoing Democratic Party Chair Cante Carpenter at the 2014 State Democratic Convention.

The Democratic Party of Hawai‘i

Founded April 30, 1900 by supporters of Queen Liliuokalani: John H. Wilson, John S. McGrew, Charles J. McCarthy, David Kawānanakoa and Delbert Evener Metzger. The Party promoted the Jeffersonian philosophy and home rule. The first convention was held on May 16, 1900 and attended by 500 people. The party’s platform is based on the values of liberty and social justice, with compassion and respect towards the individual.

Prince David Kawānanakoa attended the 1900 Democratic National Convention in Kansas City, becoming the first royal attendee. At the convention, Kawānanakoa formed an affiliation between the Democratic Party of Hawaii and the Democratic Party of the United States. Further, Hawaiian nationalism has been one of the Party’s founding principles and the DPH was founded, in part, to bring Hawaiian representation to government.