H.R. NO.













urging the UNIVERSITY of hawaii to convene a congress on the future of the hawaiian people.




     WHEREAS, the Islands of Hawaii were united by King Kamehameha in 1810; and


     WHEREAS, during the reign of Queen Liliuokalani the islands of Hawaii were overthrown and annexed to be part of the United States in 1893; and


     WHEREAS, the population of Native Hawaiians was thereafter decimated by diseases and the loss of much of their land ownership; and


     WHEREAS, Native Hawaiians slowly and eventually lost their political, economic, and leadership roles to the numerous immigrant populations from the United States, Japan, China, the Philippines, and Korea; and


     WHEREAS, in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th State admitted to the Union; and


     WHEREAS, Native Hawaiians today are listed among the lowest on the socio-economic mobility ladder, the highest incarcerated group in the islands, and possess the highest mortality rates in the state of Hawaii; and


     WHEREAS, five Native Hawaiian trusts and estates are the largest landowners in the state of Hawaii; and


     WHEREAS, Native Hawaiian leaders have emerged in all walks of professional, political, and community life; and


     WHEREAS, the Native Hawaiian community has experienced a cultural economic and political renaissance in recent years with one of the goals being the creation of an independent entity within the state or the nation; and


     WHEREAS, past efforts by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and other Hawaiian organizations to discuss and resolve the future of the Hawaiian people in the state of Hawaii have largely been incomplete or failed to reach their desired results; and


     WHEREAS, an effort for the leaders of the Hawaiian community to unite for a common cause of focusing the future of the Hawaiian people must be done in order to set a course in the direction of mutual vision and prosperity; now, therefore,


     BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the Thirty-second Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session of 2023, that the University of Hawaii is urged to convene a "Congress on the Future of the Hawaiian People" in conjunction with the East-West Center to explore the options and opportunities for creating a roadmap for the future of Hawaii's host culture; and


     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this Resolution be transmitted to the Governor and Lieutenant Governor of the State of Hawaii, the President of the University of Hawaii, the President of the East-West Center, members of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Speaker of the Hawaii State House of Representatives, the President of the Hawaii State Senate, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, and all Hawaiian Civic Clubs.









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Urging the University of Hawaii to convene a congress on the future of the Hawaiian people