Pacific American-News Journal
Iulai-July 1996 Volume 2 Issue 7
Sovereignty Election Information To Vote
Or Not To Vote In The HSEC Or Hawaiian Sovereignty
Submitted by QHA Trustee
Ekela Crozier presented four phrases on her Hawaiian Language
Program that we should all remember and apply in these current
deliberations regarding our sovereignty choices.
- E Hoolohe i na iini ka poe Hawaii
- Listen to the desires of the people (HSEC and OHA should
- E heluhelu i na nupepa
- Read the newspaper for information (If there is real
- E hele i na halawai no ke ea Hawaii
- Go to the meetings on Sovereignty (Only Ka Lahui and
others are currently scheduling the puwalu)
- E imi pono i ka naauao.
- Speak with Knowledge (This plea is most important, share
your information not accusations.)
The questions surrounding the sovereignty issue are justified,
so we all need to educate ourselves, and listen to both sides of
the question, to vote or not to vote.
First, HSEC is not part of OHA. It is a separate legislative
creation that, in fact is controlled by the legislators. As a be
beneficiary we have no direct input.
To understand, we must know why OHA was formed. In 1978 OHA
was created by a constitutional amendment to Article XII, Sec.
ITS PURPOSE: To formulate policy and manage the resources for
Hawaiians until a sovereign entity was decided upon by the
Poe Hawaii (Hawaiian Beneficiaries).
The most significant feature of OHA's structural model was,
the authority to govern itself. The beneficiaries
were given the rightful control and influence to protect their
assets and future. Beneficiaries elect trustees, who are
answerable to them. Trustees may not legally delegate their given
authority to any other entity. Elected trustees allow:
- people participation,
- calls for accountability, and beneficiary oversight,
- and reporting to beneficiaries.
Another feature was that power on the board was vested in nine
trustees. No individual, committee, administrator or legislature,
but the full board has the power to make binding decisions for
the beneficiaries. Every decision is passed and reviewed by the
board that must report to the beneficiaries.
The cost to elect a board was to be nominal if held with State
Elections. (HSEC is separating from the State for its vote)
In 1979 the Legislature provided HRS 10 enabling statutes to
implement the constitutional creation. Again, nowhere is power
vested in anyone but the Board of Trustees which means nine, and
the nine are accountable to the beneficiaries, which means all of
The Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of OHA in
1987. Circuit court Judge Huddy ruled OHA independent and
separate from all three branches of Government.
In July 1993, Legislative Act 359 created a government arm to
OHA. The Hawaiian Advisory Sovereignty Commission was replaced as
the OHA sovereign advocate authority. It became an appointed
state body, not accountable to Hawaiians. $210,000 was matched
from 5F trust funds for native Hawaiians without approval.
Wasn't this the job of OHA?
Why take away OHA's constitutional mandate to be directed by
Another change! Act 200 in 1994 renamed the body The Hawaiian
Sovereignty Elections Council. Of a $1,800,000 allocation,
$900,000 was to be matched by OHA from 5F trust funds. The 20
member council had been appointed by Gov. Waihee.
Hui Imi was also another government task force put in place to
plan for us. There was no beneficiary input.
How many beneficiaries do these organizations
||Kona Civic Club
||Makee a Pono o Lahui
||Mainland Association Civic Clubs
||SCHHA Hawaiian Homes Association.
||Honolulu Civic Club
||Hawaiian Civic Clubs
||Native Hawaiian Advisory
|A'O Pohaku Rodenhurst
||Nation of Ku
||Kauiki Council Ohana
||Hawaiian Bar Assoc.
||Ins. Adv. of Hawaiian Affairs
||La'ea o Hawaii
Would you elect these people?
This Council was given the sole responsibility to conduct a
plebiscite or a native vote. Although a detached governmental
entity, OHA funded half or $900,000 of its funding. In 1996 the
act was revised in HB 3773 and is awaiting action by Governor
Concerns with the pending native Hawaiian voting law,
- There are no provisions for beneficiary input.
- Representatives are selected without beneficiary
- Power to establish the eligibility of delegates bypasses
the beneficiary who should approve the qualifications.
- If the question we will answer is, Shall the
Hawaiian people elect the delegates to propose a native
Hawaiian government? How do we know what we are
- Where is the voting list that guarantees that only
Hawaiians are participating?
- Where is the apportionment plan based on this list?
These are provisions in HB 3773 not answered.
Critical! Critical! Critical!
The vote is in two months
|July 15, 1996
|August 15, 1996
|September 2, 1996
To cast an informed vote, when do we receive the information
required in the bill?
To vote or not to vote?
The legislature says the results will depend on the majority
of those voting, not those registered.
To abstain or boycott then, would give away a vote? Is this
Questions to ask:
- Is this rush and omission fair to the beneficiaries?
- Will we ever receive more information?
- Have any HSEC members asked for out input?
- Do we want this group to decide for us?
- Why aren't we given the information we need for such an
- Are the one-way TV ads enough to answer our questions?
What can we do?
- We can `register' or `boycott', but know the results.
- Don't vote `yes' unless we have backup to make an
- We can call for a legal injunction to stop balloting ...
until HSEC complies with all of HB3773's requirements.
- Call for a decision on the legality of the legislative
- Ask the Governor to veto the bill
Neighbor islands 1-800-468-4644
- Call on OHA to fund educational puwalu of other
organizations as its supported HSEC.
- This is a very important, awareness. All Hawaiians must
know what the legislature has taken from us and what the
issues of concern are.
Share this information with your friends and family,
distribute it wherever you go. Make your own copies.
Call the following for more information:
|Ka Lahui Hawaii
|Kekuni Blaisdell Coalition Against
Only we can speak for ourselves. Protect our right to design
our own sovereign state if we desire one.
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