2020 PLATFORM LANGUAGE

NATIVE HAWAIIANS

Self-Determination and Self-Governance

  1. Native Hawaiians are kanaka maoli, indigenous, aboriginal people of Hawai‘i. We support Native Hawaiian rights to self-determination to freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social, and cultural development. We support their self-governance in the formation of their chosen governmental entity, to include, among others, federal recognition, restoration of the Hawaiian Kingdom, independence or the existing state of affairs. We support their government having a just and equitable relationship with any government.

Consultation and Leadership Empowerment 

  1. We support the continued engagement and empowerment of the Native Hawaiian community in decisions related to county, state, federal, and international affairs, and increasing the representation of Native Hawaiians in government leadership positions.

Justice and Reconciliation with the U.S.A.

  1. We support Native Hawaiians in their efforts to secure justice from the federal and state governments to repair the harms suffered and endured by the Native Hawaiian people and ‘āina. We support proactive actions by the federal and state governments to enhance Native Hawaiian culture, health, language, housing, education, agriculture, and jobs. 

Public Land Trust and Stewardship

  1. We urge the state to fulfill its Public Land Trust responsibilities under AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE ADMISSION OF THE STATE OF HAWAI‘I INTO THE UNION, ACT OF MARCH 18, 1959, PUB L 86-3, 73 STAT 4 and pursuant to Hawaii State Constitution Article XVI, Section 7, and including HRS §10-13.5, which requires that 20% of the revenue be provided annually to Native Hawaiians.
  2. We believe that we have a moral and profound duty to honor, respect, and enforce the state’s fiduciary obligation to malama (protect and preserve) public lands, waters, air, flora, and fauna.
  3. We urge the state to use the ‘Aha Moku (generational-cultural practitioners) and implement Native Hawaiian land management practices in preserving, protecting, and sustaining Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit of present and future generations.
  4. We support economic policies and practices that preserve and perpetuate Native Hawaiian cultural practices and the protection of Hawaii’s natural resources.

Home lands and Safe and Affordable Housing

  1. We urge the Legislature to effectuate the Hawai‘i Constitution Article XII, Section 1, the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act, by appropriating sufficient funds towards Hawaiian home lands for the purpose of (1) development of home, agriculture, farm and ranch lots; (2) home, agriculture, aquaculture, farm and ranch loans; (3) rehabilitation projects to include educational, economic, political, social and cultural processes by which the general welfare and conditions of native Hawaiians are improved; and (4) the administration and operating budget of the department of Hawaiian home lands.
  2. We support full funding of the Hawaiian Homes Commission budget and other housing programs to ensure that no Native Hawaiian is homeless, here in their homeland. We support the increase of affordable and safe housing and fight to significantly reduce homelessness on and off Hawaiian home lands, especially among Native youth, kupuna, and veterans.

Hawaiian Culture and Traditional & Customary Practices

  1. We urge the state to protect all rights, including intellectual property rights, and those customarily and traditionally exercised by Native Hawaiians cultural and religious purposes and for subsistence, including fishing and farming.
  2. We support the rights of Native Hawaiians to practice their culture and religious beliefs on Hawai‘i lands and sacred sites and urge all governmental entities to ensure access to and protection of Native Hawaiian sacred sites and cultural resources.

Health and Environmental Justice

  1. We support policies that address social determinants of health that adversely impact the well-being of Native Hawaiians. We support Native Hawaiian traditional and customary medicinal treatment programs, practitioners, and practices, especially in rural and Homestead communities and when treating those with drug and substance abuse and mental illness.
  2. We support Environmental Justice for Native Hawaiians that are disproportionately affected by exposure to environmental hazards, uneven negative impacts from environmental procedures and policies, targeting and zoning of toxic and waste facilities, food deserts, and little access to and insufficient maintenance of natural spaces. 

Citizen Rehabilitation and Reintegration

  1. We support reforming the criminal justice system to address the disparate treatment of Native Hawaiians, including bail reform and restorative justice which includes Hoʻoponopono. We support community programs to reduce recidivism, promote wellness, vocational training, and substance abuse treatment, and to support culturally relevant and appropriate intervention programs and services and reintegration into society.

Education and Immersion Schools

  1. We urge the state to comply with Hawai‘i State Constitution Article X, Section 4 to provide Hawaiian education programs consisting of language, culture and history in the public schools. We encourage the use of community expertise as a suitable and essential means in furtherance of  Hawaiian education programs.
  2. We support the strengthening of Hawaiian education programs in values, language, culture, and history in the state’s public and private schools.
  3. We support the full funding of Hawaiian Focused Public Charter Schools and Hawaiian Immersion Schools and courses in the public schools that include Hawaiian values, language, culture, and history. We support educational assessments that recognize culturally based education in measuring student progress.
  4. We support educational attainment to include applied trades, trade schools, and post-high education.
  5. We support the reform of the Zero Tolerance policy, that has disparate treatment on Native Hawaiians, to provide culturally responsive approaches to discipline and support services.