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HAC ADOPTS RESOLUTION ON MAUNA KEA
The resolution adopted by our Caucus concerning Mauna Kea can be found at our website, hawaiianaffairs.og. The resolution was hand delivered to Governor Ige’s Office, and specifically received by his Chief of Staff, Linda Chu Takayama. Ms. Takayama shared with us that the Governor has received input from many members in the community. She emphasized that the Governor’s role is to enforce the law and ensure safety; that the Governor does support the TMT, recognizes the need for improved management, and looks forward to further dialogue on how best to manage Mauna Kea. She commented about the value of the TMT as a great opportunity for Native Hawaiians as new discoveries are made; and the economic benefit to Hawaii Island. We spent a good hour with her. All said and done, she will pass our resolution to the Governor.
All HAC members are invited to comment on the question, “What does good management of Mauna Kea mean?” At some point, it is important that we produce recommendations to the Governor as he, the UH, Native Hawaiians, and the community struggle with this question.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF HAWAII (DPH) PLATFORM
The Hawaiian Affairs Caucus will be meeting on Oct 5, Saturday, 8:30 a.m., at the DPH headquarters. We will review and update the Democratic Party of Hawaii Platform, in particular that section on Native Hawaiians that reads:
“Native Hawaiians are the indigenous people of Hawai‘i and deserve an equitable and just relationship with the state and federal governments.
We support Native Hawaiian rights of self-determination in the formation of their chosen governmental entity.
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.
We also support the international rights of the Native Hawaiian people.
We support the continued engagement and empowerment of the Native Hawaiian community in decisions related to county and state affairs.
We support the growth of Native Hawaiian farming, agricultural and healing practices.
We value and wish to foster the preservation of our host culture.
We support Hawaiian language immersion schools that contribute to the revitalization and continuation of the Hawaiian language and appropriate assessments that accurately reflect Hawaiian language immersion students’ progress and support the Hawaiian language immersion program.
We support Hawaiian-focused schools and courses that provide culturally-based education in order to maximize choices in life and work.
We support educational programming and efforts that embody Hawaiian values, language, culture and history as a foundation to prepare students for success in college, career and communities.
We support full funding of the Hawaiian Homes Commission budget and other housing programs to ensure that no Hawaiian is homeless, here in their homeland.”
Additionally, we will review the Democratic Party Platform language that reads: “Democrats also support efforts for self-governance and self-determination of Native Hawaiians. Native Hawaiians are the indigenous, aboriginal people of Hawai’i 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, and education. We recognize and honor the contributions and sacrifices made in service to our country by Native Hawaiians.”
The complete Platform language for the Democratic Party of Hawaii that has been drafted by the SCC Platform Committee is posted to the Hawaiian Affairs Caucus website, hawaiianaffairs.org. All members are invited to participate in this meeting. Written comments and recommendations are also welcomed. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPCOMING HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS CAUCUS MEETINGS
HAC Executive Committee Meeting
Oct 2, 6:00 p.m., DPH headquarters, 627 South Street. Dial in number: (712) 451-0200, access code 938390.
HAC Special Meeting on Democratic Party Platforms
Oct 5, 8:30 a.m., DPH Headquarters
HAC Platform Meeting (see above)
HAC General Membership Meeting
Oct 23, 6:00 p.m. Guest speaker: Mr. William Aila, Acting Chair, Dept of Hawaiian Home Lands
HAC General Member/Executive Committee Combined Meeting
Nov 6, 6:00 p.m. Guest speaker: Robin Danner, Chair, Sovereign Councils on Hawaiian Homelands Assembly