Petition Hawaii is Designed by Locals for Locals to Empower those who have been Marginalized
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A Petition for a Native Hawaiian Corporation
This Petition will be sent to:
- President Donald Trump
- United States Hose of Representatives
- United States Senate
- Governor David Ige
- Hawaii State House of Representatives
- Hawaii State Senate
1) Whereas at one time those of Native Hawaiian ancestry controlled 100% of 6,422 square miles of land in these Hawaiian islands
2) Whereas Native Hawaiians have a rich cultural history and have contributed mightily to the prosperity and defense of the United States and through all this have patiently endured the usurpation of their natural rights to preserve their history and culture in the most direct and effective way possible.
3) Whereas no ethnic group can long perpetuate itself without Direct Control of all properties and assets that rightfully belonging to them.
4) And, in times past such rightful assets were set aside in the Department of Hawaiian Homelands ( estimated 312 square miles of land ) and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs ( estimated Six Hundred Million Dollars in assets ).
5) But, as such assets are under the control of the State of Hawaii and its political sub-divisions and not the Native Hawaiian citizens and that the State of Hawaii has neither the mandate or ability to direct that these assets be solely controlled by those of Native Hawaiian ancestry.
6) We hereby petition that the assets contained in the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs can and should be under the direct control of those of native Hawaiian Ancestry in the form of a Native Hawaiian Corporation modeled after the Alaska Native Claims and Land Settlement Act of 1971.
7) We the Signatories of this Document direct that the US Congress, the Governor and Legislatures of the State of Hawaii in a timely manner work to produce an Act of Congress to be presented for Presidential approval to create a Native Hawaiian Corporation containing all the assets of the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to be controlled by native Hawaiian shareholders to secure all benefit and privileges as prescribed by law.
The Need For Economic Sovereignty
Native Hawaiians are stymied when it comes to the full benefit of the assets they can use to enrich themselves and the Hawaiian culture. Native Hawaiians, (through a federally recognized Native Hawaiian Corporation) should have direct control of the 203,500 acres controlled by the Department of Hawaiian Homelands and the $600,000,000 controlled by Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
The ANC (Alaska Native Corporations) has proven how indigenous people and their culture can thrive through a modern corporate organizational structure tasked with overseeing their commonly held land and financial interest.
As a private corporations they can restrict their base of shareholders and keep voting rights within that base.
They can work with other corporations to develop economic and strategic partnerships.
They can pursue goals and interest according to shareholders instructions and develop their assets as needed to achieve those goals.
These assets legally belong to them and are preserving for themselves and their descendants cultural cohesion through economic self- interest.
The federal process of creating a Native Hawaiian Corporation has clear precedent with the ANC (Alaska Native Corporations) and is doable given a popular base of support.
Securing Economic Sovereignty through a Native Hawaiian Corporation works to right a previous injustice, creates economic sovereignty to perpetuate the culture and puts now poorly used assets into the hands of an attentive native Hawaiian ownership.
Sign the Petition!
Native Hawaiian people have excelled in various personal and professional ways but as a group they continue to be treated as incompetent to take care of their own assets. Both OHA and DHHL are controlled by “Trustee’s” giving the impression that native Hawaiians are in a perpetual state of infancy.
Sadly this has been an accepted norm for generations. While DHHL has assets (such as the 80,000 square feet of prime real estate at 820 isenberg Street) sitting idle and abandoned for decades, native Hawaiians wait endlessly, not to be owners of their own home, but tenants on a 99 year lease. Why only potential tenants when DHHL has at least 300 square miles of land and OHA has over six hundred million dollars in assets is a question that must be addressed?
Clearly OHA and DHHL have land and financial assets that by smart development would become a permanent source of revenue to enrich native Hawaiians for generations. Both the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) if they were privately held entity would be highly profitable engines of opportunity for those their tasked to empower (shareholders).
Native Hawaiians either ignore OHA and DHHL as they pursue their own course or in turn give far to much leeway to these agencies which are both poorly managed and unable or unwilling to achieve the highest good their asset base could attain. Hawaiian culture can only be perpetuated by having land and financial assets and no state program, grants or endowments can hope to equal the power of a secure land base.
100 years of misinformation and mismanagement caused the loss all native land assets in Hawaii and it’s time to reawaken both the innovation and determination exhibited by Hawaii’s mighty leaders of the past. We should also support leadership in agencies like OHA and activist in the community who have a long term vision of prosperity and empowerment for native Hawaiians not the perpetuation of Democrat (or Republican) governing agendas.
Native Hawaiians Are Not Tenants But Are Already the Rightful Owners of Much These Islands!
They have land assets and with determination and leadership native Hawaiians can innovate to EXPAND THEIR OWNERSHIP for greater Hawaiian economic and cultural prosperity.