THE SENATE

S.C.R. NO.

72

TWENTY-NINTH LEGISLATURE, 2018

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

SENATE CONCURRENT

RESOLUTION

 

 

urging the office of elections to amend the choice for self-declaration to allow the affiant to identify as a person born within the geographic boundaries of what is currently the state of hawaii or a descendant of any citizen of the hawaiian kingdom that the united states recognized as a nation prior to 1893.

 

 


WHEREAS, in 1993, the United States formally apologized to Native Hawaiians for the United States' role in the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom through Public Law 103-150 (107 Stat. 1510), commonly known as the "Apology Resolution"; and

 

WHEREAS, the Apology Resolution acknowledges that the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom occurred with the active participation of agents and citizens of the United States and further acknowledges that the Native Hawaiian people never directly relinquished to the United States their claims to their inherent sovereignty as a people over their national lands, either through a Treaty of Annexation or through a plebiscite or referendum; and

 

WHEREAS, Act 195, Regular Session of 2011, explicitly acknowledged and recognized Native Hawaiians as "the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawaii", and also noted that "Native Hawaiians have continued to maintain their separate identity as a single, distinctly native political community through cultural, social, and political institutions and have continued to maintain their rights to self-determination, self-governance, and economic self-sufficiency"; and

 

WHEREAS, the same Act expressed the "State's desire to support the continuing development of a reorganized Native Hawaiian governing entity and, ultimately, the federal recognition of Native Hawaiians"; now, therefore,

 

BE IT RESOLVED by the Senate of the Twenty-ninth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2018, the House of Representatives concurring, that the Office of Elections is urged to amend the choice for self-declaration to allow the affiant to self-identify as "a person born within the geographic boundaries of what is currently the State of Hawaii; and/or a descendant of any citizen of the Hawaiian Kingdom that the United States once recognized as a nation prior to 1893"; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a certified copy of this Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the Chief Election Officer.

 

 

 

 

OFFERED BY:

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Report Title:

Native Hawaiians; Hawaiian Kingdom Citizens; Voter Registration Forms