HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS CAUCUS
Ward Warehouse, Native Books/Na Mea Hawai‘i
Special Executive Committee Meeting
June 8, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

MINUTES OF MEETING

Pule:  Raytan Vares provided the opening pule.

Call to Order:  Chair called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Quorum:  Quorum established.  Attending were Chair Leimomi Khan, 1VC, Raytan Vares; 2VC, Pohai Ryan; Secretary, Rhonda Roldan; Treasurer, Donald Aweau; SCC rep, Mahealani Cypher; O’ahu Rep, Keali‘i Lopez.  Excused:  Joe Kūhiō Lewis, SCC rep.

HAC Treasury ($1186.66):  Treasurer will develop procedural guidance and necessary forms for discussion by the next meeting, June 29.  Past Treasurer will contact former SCC Treasurer, Flo Kong Kee to obtain information on any DNC, DPH, or state filing requirements.  Chair will write letter to the SCC Chair affirming the HAC Treasury and its availability for use by the HAC.  Reimbursements are due to Leimomi for the banner; and to Raytan for the rental of Paki Hale meeting room.  Chair and members thanked Pohai for her donation of silk leis to all officers.  She and Leimomi also donated the membership brochures developed and printed for the convention.

Democratic Party National Platform Native Hawaiian Provision:  

Action Taken: Mahealani Cypher moved, Donald Aweau seconded a motion to adopt the proposed revision language to separate out Native Hawaiians, and include a provision of its own in the Democratic Party platform.  

Motion adopted by the majority; one kanalua vote.  

Regarding the rationale for change, Mahealani will research the Clinton and Sanders support for self-determination and sovereignty, and suggest some language to include in the rationale in place of the current language that references the Obama Administration’s support for Native Hawaiian self-determination and sovereignty, and a proposed federal rule.

HAC Role in Primary (August 13) and General Election (November 8):  

Executive Committee members decided on the following:

  • Questionnaire will be developed by the HAC Chair, in coordination with the Executive Committee; it will then be mailed or e-mailed to all Democratic Party candidates.  Responses will be posted on the HAC website.
  • Rhonda and Raytan to get email addresses for Democratic candidates.
  • Chair will check with AHCC to see if they will be doing an OHA ‘Ōlelo candidate forum; if not, Keali‘i will arrange with ‘Ōlelo.  Chair will help to formulate questions for the candidate forum.
  • Regarding voter registration, we will include a link to the State Election website where people can download the form to register.  

Membership:  

  • Membership brochure will be revised to delete list of Executive Committee names, and the picture of Pohai and one other unknown person.  In their places, a couple of new pictures from the convention will be used.
  • The word “determination” from the 5th bullet under the Platform will be deleted.
  • Chair will also check with Blaine on new website address.
  • Action Taken – On recommendation of the Chair, Keali‘i moved and Raytan seconded a motion to provide Blaine Fergerstrom with a stipend of $100.  Motion adopted unanimously.
  • Chair will do an email blast inviting all DPH members who have indicated an interest in the HAC to the next HAC General Membership Meeting on July 13 and ask for RSVP to insure sufficient meeting space.
  • Raytan advised that he has emails for 294 members and 50 with no emails.

Items Deferred to next meeting, June 29, 2016

  • Secretary Minutes
  • Election of Island Representatives (Pohai/Raytan)  
  • Appointment of committees, budget, goals and objectives
  • Fundraiser Event
  • DPH State Convention Critique
  • SCC Ōlelo Training

Meeting Place for Executive and General Membership Meetings:

  • *Next Executive Committee Meeting:  June 29, 6:00 p.m., Native Books.
  • *Next General Membership Meeting:  July 13, 2016, 6:00 p.m., Paki Hale.
  • Members agreed that all future meetings will be held at these places for the Executive Committee Meeting and the General Membership meeting, respectively.

Announcements:

  • King Kamehameha III statue and Hawaiian Kingdom flag to be part of the renovation for Thomas Square.
  • International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will be holding its convention in Hawaii, Sep 1 to 10.  Over 8000 have already registered.  Pohai advised that there will be opportunity for volunteers who give 15 hours or more of their time to receive free passes to the convention.  She expressed concern about the high costs of booths ($4000) and has advocated for a reduced rental fee for local nonprofits.  She has also advocated for speakers to provide the Native Hawaiian lens on environment.  Concern was also expressed about OHA funding the opening ceremony by one million dollars ($1,000,000,000).  Given the needs of Native Hawaiians in other areas, Executive Committee members expressed concern about this expenditure.

Closing Pule by Pohai Ryan.

Adjournment:  The Chair adjourned the meeting at 7:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by:

RHONDA ROLDAN
Secretary
Jun. 9, 2016