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Na‘i Aupuni Releases Final Delegate List

NAʻI AUPUNI

NA‘I AUPUNI RELEASES LIST OF 152 PARTICIPANTS TO FEBRUARY ‘AHA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 23, 2015

HONOLULU – Na‘i Aupuni today announced the names of 152 Native Hawaiians who will take part in an ‘aha, a gathering to broadly discuss self-governance, in February 2016.

The ‘aha participants come from the 196 former candidates who stepped forward to run in an election that would have sent 40 of them to a constitutional convention. Na‘i Aupuni terminated the election on Dec. 15 because pending litigation would potentially have stalled the counting of the vote for years. Na‘i Aupuni, instead, offered all of the then-registered candidates terms to participate in a gathering to discuss self-governance. A total of 152 participants had signed on for the ‘aha by the deadline of midnight yesterday.

“Every former candidate had an opportunity to participate and we are excited that a large group of committed persons who represents a broad cross section of the Native Hawaiian community, both in Hawaii and on the continent, will have an opportunity to discuss self-governance,” said Kuhio Asam, Na‘i Aupuni president. “Our goal has always been to establish a path to an ‘aha where Hawaiians can have a long-overdue discussion on the future of the Hawaiian people.

“These are Hawaiians who have shown a deep commitment to engage in serious, civil discussions on self-governance. We are very happy and encouraged that so many individuals have made a decision to be participants. They deserve everyone’s support.”

A component of the month-long ‘aha includes the discussions the participants will engage in with experts during the first week regarding constitution building; federal Indian law; international law regarding de-occupation, decolonization and the rights of indigenous people; U.S. Constitution issues that relate to Native Hawaiian self-governance; ceded lands; and Kingdom Law.

Peter Adler and Linda Colburn of The Mediation Center of the Pacific will serve as facilitators to lead the discussions with the experts and to assist the participants in organizing themselves. Thereafter, whatever happens at the ‘aha will be completely up to the participants without interference by Na‘i Aupuni or any government entity.

A list of the participants to the ‘aha is attached.

“Through no fault of the individual or Na’i Aupuni, Janice Ringler was not included in the original list of participants. She has been added to the list. Her acceptance has been verified as being sent in well before the deadline, but delivered by the electronic carrier past the due date.”

Media Contact: Lloyd Yonenaka
(808) 543-3554
info@naiaupuni.org

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About Na‘i Aupuni

Na‘i Aupuni is an independent organization made up of a volunteer board of directors from the Hawaiian community. It exists solely to help establish a path to an ‘aha, where Hawaiians can discuss and explore various options of self-determination. Na‘i Aupuni was formed in December 2014 and is separate and independent from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the State of Hawaii. Further information about Na‘i Aupuni and the ‘aha can be found at http://www.naiaupuni.org/.

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ELECTION CANCELLED, ALL CANDIDATES INVITED TO ʻAHA

NAʻI AUPUNI

NA‘I AUPUNI TERMINATES ELECTION PROCESS

‘Aha Will Go Forward
All Registered Candidates Will Be Offered Seat As Delegates

NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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HONOLULU – Na‘i Aupuni announced today that it has terminated the Native Hawaiian election process but will go forward with a four-week-long ‘Aha in February. All 196 Hawaiians who ran as candidates will be offered a seat as a delegate to the ‘Aha to learn about, discuss and hopefully reach a consensus on a process to achieve self-governance.

Na‘i Aupuni President Kuhio Asam said Na‘i Aupuni’s goal has always been to create a path so Native Hawaiians can have a formal, long-overdue discussion on self-determination.

“Our goal has always been to create a path so that Hawaiians can gather and have a serious and much-needed discussion about self-governance,” Asam said. “We anticipated that the path would have twists and turns and even some significant obstacles, but we are committed to getting to the ‘Aha where this long-overdue discussion can take place.”

He said due to the delays caused by the ongoing litigation – that could continue for years – it was decided that the most effective route at this point would be to offer to convene all of the remaining delegate candidates and allow them to an opportunity to organize Hawaiians and achieve self-governance.

Na‘i Aupuni said Election-America has been informed to stop the receipt of ballots, to seal ballots that have already been received, and to prevent anyone from counting the votes.

Na‘i Aupuni attorney William Meheula said consistent with offering to seat all candidates, Na‘i Aupuni has decided that the election votes will never be counted. “Thus, the Akina litigation, which seeks to stop the counting of the votes, is moot, and Na‘i Aupuni will take steps to dismiss the lawsuit,” he said. “To be clear, Na‘i Aupuni does not know and will never learn the election results.”

Asam said Na‘i Aupuni will manage the process of the ‘Aha but not the substance of the discussions. “We have retained Peter Adler and Linda Colburn of The Mediation Center of the Pacific to serve as facilitators to lead the instruction week and to thereafter assist in organizing the delegates,” he said. “They will contact the candidates who decide to participate in the ‘Aha.”

The confirmation deadline to participate in the ‘Aha is Dec. 22, 2015. An email will request that the candidates confirm whether they intend to accept the terms and attend the ‘Aha that runs the month of February 2016 and will be held at a meeting facility in Kailua, Oahu. On
Dec. 23, 2015, Na’i Aupuni will post the list of delegates on its website.

Asam said a key component of the ‘Aha is the education and information the delegates will receive during the first week regarding constitution building, federal Indian law, international law regarding de-occupation, decolonization, the rights of indigenous people, U.S. Constitution issues that relate to Native Hawaiian self-governance, the ceded lands claim, background on Hawaiian Home Lands, Kingdom Law and constitutions drafted by sovereignty groups.

Media Contact: Lloyd Yonenaka (808) 543-3554 info@naiaupuni.org


About Na‘i Aupuni

Na‘i Aupuni is an independent organization made up of a volunteer board of directors from the Hawaiian community. It exists solely to help establish a path to an ‘Aha, or constitutional convention, where Hawaiians can discuss and explore various options of self-determination. Na‘i Aupuni was formed in December 2014 and is separate and independent from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the State of Hawaii. For further information about Na‘i Aupuni and a list of the 196 candidates who will be seated as delegates can be found at http://www.naiaupuni.org/.

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Hawai’i Island Candidate Craig ‘Bo’ Kahui

Craig "Bo" Kahui

Craig “Bo” Kahui

Candidate:  Craig “Bo” Kahui
‘Aha District:  Hawaiʻi
Address: 74-5146 Haleolono Place, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
Email: bokahui@yahoo.com
Web: www.laiopua.org


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NAʻI AUPUNI EXTENDS VOTING DEADLINE TO DEC. 21

HONOLULU – Na‘i Aupuni, the Native Hawaiian organization with a mission to establish a path to Native Hawaiian self-determination, announced today it is extending the deadline to vote to December 21.

“Because voters may not have cast their ballots over concerns and questions on the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s (SCOTUS) decision to temporarily stop the vote count, we are extending the voting deadline to December 21, midnight Hawaii time,” said Bill Meheula, legal counsel for Na‘i Aupuni.

The SCOTUS decision temporarily stayed the vote count and certification of the elected delegates, but did not stop voting.

“While we can immediately notify those who provided their email addresses to Election-America that the voting period is extended, it will take longer to effectively provide notice to mail-only voters, so we are extending the deadline by three weeks to provide time for voters to receive our notice and to vote,” he said. “As we await a decision by SCOTUS, we strongly encourage those who have not yet voted to cast their ballots.”

Na‘i Aupuni is confident the court will find in their favor. “We feel strongly that the Supreme Court will agree with Judge Seabright that the plaintiffs are not entitled to enjoin our election. We urge voters to use this extension to participate in this opportunity to unify Hawaiians,” Meheula added.

Na‘i Aupuni also wanted to remind voters the protest by some against the ‘Aha process are based on unfounded fears of loss of the ceded land and any chance of independence. “Nothing is predetermined about the ‘Aha. This is an opportunity to talk about all forms of government, including independence and any recommendation will be taken back to the voters,” said Meheula.

Vote information at:
http://www.naiaupuni.org

VOTING ONLINE AT:
https://vote.election-america.com/naiaupuni/

Hawai‘i Island Candidate Katie Kamelamela

Katie Kamelamela

Katie Kamelamela

Candidate:  Katie Leimomi Kamelamela
‘Aha District:  Hawaiʻi Island
Address: PO Box 7542 Hilo, HI 96720
Phone: (808) 753-1852
E-mail: leimomikamelamela@gmail.com
Web: www.indigenousecosystems.com
Facebook: KatieKamelamela
Twitter: @kteabam
Instagram: @kteabam
LinkedIn: Katie Kamelamela


Click here to view Hawai‘i Island Candidate Katie Kamelamela’s profile page and to review her survey responses.

Mainland Candidate Bruce Lambert

Bruce Lambert

Bruce Lambert

Candidate:  Bruce Lambert
‘Aha District:  Mainland
Address: Upplandsg. 53, 11328 Stockholm, Sweden
E-mail: BruceLambert@hometownhawaii.com
Web: hometownhawaii.com


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Oʻahu Candidate Henry ‘Akina’ Tripp

Henry "Akina" Tripp

Henry “Akina” Tripp

Candidate:  Henry “Akina” Tripp
‘Aha District:  Oʻahu
Address: 91-1035 Kealiiahonui St., Kapolei HI 96707
Phone: (808) 265-2154
Email: hktripp@aol.com
Facebook: henry.tripp.16


Click here to view Oʻahu Candidate Henry ‘Akina’ Tripp’s profile page and to review his survey responses.

Mainland Candidate Tanya Harrison

Tanya Harrison

Tanya Harrison

Candidate:  Tanya Harrison
‘Aha District:  Mainland
Address: 516 NW 7th St., Pendleton, OR 97801
E-mail: harristb@eou.edu
Phone: (541) 969-0523
Facebook: Tanya-Harrison-Mainland-Aha-Delegate-427740287425951/
Twitter: pamayink


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Oʻahu Candidate Benjamin “Ben” Shafer

Benjamin "Ben" Shafer

Benjamin “Ben” Shafer

Candidate:  Benjamin “Ben” Shafer
‘Aha District:  Ko‘olauloa, Oʻahu
Address: 52-210 Kamehameha Hwy., Hau‘ula, HI 96717
Phone: (808) 222-3138
Email: bdshafer@gmail.com


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Mainland Candidate Maija Calcagno

Maija Calcagno

Maija Calcagno

Candidate:  Maija Calcagno
‘Aha District:  Mainland
Address: Vallejo, CA
E-mail: Maija@berkeley.edu
Facebook: Vote4MaijaCalcagno
LinkedIn: maijacalcagno


Click here to view Mainland Candidate Maija Calcagno’s profile page and to review her survey responses.