HONOLULU – The Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced today that it is committed to facilitating the next steps in a process that empowers Native Hawaiians to participate in building a governing entity.
The effort is drawing enthusiastic broad-based support from Hawaiian leaders who are prepared to help shape both the form of the process and the outcome of a process, with OHA in the role of a facilitator and supporter.
“We stand ready to begin a process meant to inspire hope and enable all Native Hawaiians to take up their kuleana to help build a strong nation,” said OHA Ka Pouhana (Chief Executive Officer) Kamana‘opono Crabbe. “We will come together to create a nation where all Native Hawaiians have an opportunity to thrive. I have every confidence that we will succeed.”
The announcement has prompted OHA to ask the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to reopen its roll to allow Hawaiians who have not yet signed up an opportunity to be part of the process.
“This is different from past OHA efforts,” said OHA Trustee Haunani Apoliona, the chairperson of the Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Planning created by the OHA Board of Trustees. “We will remain neutral and ensure that the people can provide meaningful input on the process and that the outcomes reflect the will of the Native Hawaiian people. As a facilitator, OHA is committed to encouraging Native Hawaiians to participate in the process of building a Hawaiian nation.”