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October 19, 2015
Halani Berard wrote: “I am perplexed, to say the least, about all of the above. I feel a sense of urgency about organizing a Hawaiian government that is “comfortable”. For me comfortable is to feel protected, safe and secure from every threat to the security of our homeland and our lahui. The more we fiddle faddle around about utopian possibilities, the more the assets we presently have will disappear. We’ve run out of time. Ceded lands will be further eroded, Ali`i Trusts will be under fire with lawsuits that charge they are “racist”; OHA`s assets may be mismanaged and squandered. The nation may end up with “Hoka!” We’ve debated this issue of sovereignty for almost fifty years. I’m feeling like you’re about to spend another fifty years figuring out how to govern an Independant Nation. I sense you have an idea of what you want in your head but offer nothing in the way of a blueprint that will help us to understand how you intend to make your ideologies plausible with a clear path to making it all happen. I feel very good about the Nation within a Nation model of government. This is the model I will support. I know this model; I’m living this model; I feel safe with this model: I trust that my mo`opuna and future generations will have a better chance to live out their dreams. My understanding is that the DOI will help to facilitate the process for us. To me, that means we are free to design and build our nation, insuring the safety and well being of our lahui through the generations. The DOI, as I understand it, will guide us to stay within the limits of the law. Mahalo nui Poka for providing a forum for free discussion.” – Reply to this email to comment on this status.
Mahalo for providing three clear arguments for “nation within a nation” model of Hawaiian “sovereignty.” By your straightforward and heartfelt expression, you give me and all whose eyes fall upon this discussion, an important opportunity to discuss this question in a pono manner.
Let me try to understand your position. One is a sense of urgency about organizing a “comfortable” Hawaiian government. “Comfortable” for you is safety and security of homeland and lahui. You are concerned about eroding of assets through ‘racism” accusations, OHA mismanagement and squandering which needs to be protected.
Second is the 50 year frustration figuring out how to govern an Independent nation, not seeing from me a plausible clear path to make it all happen.
Third, you feel good with the Nation within Nation” model. Under this model, you trust your future generations will live out their dreams, that the DOI will help us design and build our nation, insuring the security you seek, as we stay within the limits of their (U.S.A.) law.
Here are my thoughts: I see your first argument as more a sense of frustration rather than urgency, because what you claim to seek (comfort) in a “nation within” model will continue the potential of eroding of assets. Under that model, the Feds, State and County will continue to have the power of eminent domain, of Executive orders, of legislative prerogative, of the “greater public interest”, of the supremacy of the U.S. Constitution and the Federal courts. If you feel a cloak of protection under Federal recognition, look at how the first people of N. America have been treated under that model. Where is their lahui or their assets today? They’re worse than the Hawaiians. In many of the Native American reservations, their living conditions have been compared with the worst of the worst 3rd world countries living conditions. There are several positive experiences among them through the advent of gambling and cigarette (tobacco) sales, but I do not think you would want to found the economic base of the Hawaiian nation upon such negative economic attributes which eat away at the health and character of the lahui.
Yes, for today, we may get promises of an autonomous, self-governing body which will get the support of the Federal administration, to respect the Congressional Act creating the Hawaiian Homestead program, and other benefit specially accorded the native Hawaiian people. But remember that whatever is obtained through the DOI or from this Obama Administration is as temporary as a seasonal wind. An executive order from one administration can be flipped in another administration. Even a Congressional act in one can be overturned in another. Anytime, there is a unilateral conveyance or program by one government, there is no permanence and is subject to the whim of another administration. There is no further appeal but to the domestic laws of that government. What comfort do you find there, when every 2 years, there is a possible change in Congressional leadership and every four years, in Presidential leadership? Where would we go to appeal a change in U.S. Domestic law but to the U.S. Supreme Court which embodies the take-take-take mentality of the broader society it represents? There will be no appeal of a Domestic law to an International tribunal.
You will find no safe harbor from the eroding, the squandering or the mismanagement of our assets under a nation within model. All we will get is temporary comfort through a false sense of self-determination, so long as we do not go beyond the length of the leash permitted by U.S. policy.
Let us move to your second point, your 50 year frustration figuring out how to govern an Independent nation, not seeing from me a plausible clear path to make it all happen. First, I do not have monopoly over dictating the path. I think it has to be a kakou effort, an “us” rather than a “me.” I do have some suggestions of course, but in the end, it is a process which involves all of us. You may not know it, but that process has already begun, we have been in it since 50 years ago, and are still going through it. It’s a process of decolonization (see my various papers on the subject at www.hawaiianperspectives.org under documents) in which I describe 5 phases. 1. Recovery and Rediscovery – for many of us, the 60’s and 70’s, and for others, continuing up to the 21st century; 2. Mourning – in which we bemoan the grand crime to which we have been subjected to; 3. Dreaming – when we overcome the emotional and psychological anchors which has captured our capacity to envision our own dreams for nationhood, exploring many possibilities, and sharing with one another an exchange of possibilities of an independent Hawaiian nation; 4. Consensus – a point in time in which we come to general agreement as to where we should be going, and we begin to build a pathway toward our liberation; and 5. Action – When we begin the implementation of our liberation.
These five phases of decolonization are social, educational and political processes. If you examine each of the phases, you might be able to plot them along your and Hawaii’s experience line. At some other time, perhaps in a face-to-face conversation, I could go into greater detail of these phases. Speaking generally of the Hawaiian society, we are now in the 3rd stage, the dreaming. This is the most exciting stage for me, a stage when we say, the future Hawaii cannot be based upon merely historical justice for what evil has been foisted upon us, but more important, it must capture our dreams, our hopes, our visions, our strive for a healthy, upright, pono society. It must be especially respectful of the native people of our land, yet, inclusive enough to encompass “Hawai`i loa”, people of all races and religions, sexes and sexual orientation, of every aspect of our environment, of the ancestors of our peoples and of the mo`omo`o and pulapula.
You and I and this conversation is part of the dreaming. We are engaged in the process of liberation of our people by this exchange of ideas. It needs to be carried forth to many more people.
I will not go into your third point, believing that this discussion has already covered most of those concerns.
I urge you to go into some of the documents I have already written and have placed them in www.hawaiianperspectives.org. Please feel free to raise any additional questions, express any more concerns, and continue this discussion.
Aloha a hui hou
October 15, 2015
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In my post yesterday, 10-14-15, I closed my comments saying, “I support the third alternative: Adopt a nation-within model and work with the DOI to develop how their rules are to be adjusted to the model. Second, adopt an independent nation model which pulls in people of all races of Hawaii who are eligible Hawaiian nationals (see draft of the Native Hawaiian Convention (Aha Hawai`i `Oiwi) at www.nhconvention.org). Third, form and activate the Hawaiian Transitional Authority which moves us from our current condition to one of Federal Recognition and/or directly to our independent nation, Hawaii.”
Many of you have not heard of this Hawaiian Transitional Authority (HTA) and may resist it because it sounds unfamiliar. I suggest it would be key to bringing us eventually to Independence. You may go to www.hawaiianperspectives.org and find under the category of Na`i Aupuni a post explaining the HTA model.
I say in the opening paragraph: “To a large extent we are impacted by the reality of U.S.A. presence in Hawaii, its military influence, its current control over education, banking, media, foreign relations, etc. Yet, there seems to be an ancestral, historical, cultural, and visionary call to a sense of sovereign devotion to our Hawaiian nation, our claim for self-determination, the integrity of the native Hawaiian people in our own homeland. This is the Soul call. We could describe our general condition as one of a split person – Our soul yearns for independence while our body must function within the realities of U.S.A. occupation and colonization.”
This HTA will play a major role in unifying our native Hawaiian people together. No longer need we be a split people, in a dual personality of “American and Hawaiian.” The HTA can bring that transition across from whatever “American” attributes we cling to, into the fresh air of “He Hawai`i Au.” This transition will have to be a pervasive-global shift from current economics to a Hawaiian economy, from an American dominated “English” education to a Hawaiian conscious multi-cultural education, from a Western pharmaceutical based health system to an integrated Western-Pacific-Eastern, traditional and new age community based health system, from a deep culture of DIE to a culture of OLA. (See papers at www.hawaiianperspectives.org and go to documents page)
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October 14, 2015
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