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Hawaiians Reject Obama’s DOI Rule


Hawaiians Protests DOI Rule That Will Give Them Tribal Status  FEATURING HEALANI SONODA-PALE – The on-going battle for Hawaiian sovereignty took a turn recently when the federal government released a rule that could recognize native Hawaiians as a federally recognized tribe. This could give Hawaiians the same status as indigenous communities on the mainland have had.


Media Contact: Keala Kelly
Email: keala.kelly@gmail.com
Website: www.protestnaiaupuni.com

Press Conference 12 noon @ ‘Iolani Palace

Hawaiians Openly Reject President Obama’s new rule—a DOI invented process to create a Native Hawaiian Tribe

As President Obama announces his plans to federalize Hawaiians as a tribe, Hawaiian community leaders and groups who have for many years protested attempts to turn Hawaiians into Native Americans (the Akaka Bill), will hold a press conference Friday, September 23rd at 12 noon in front of‘Iolani Palace. They will restate their opposition to the Obama Administration’s Department of Interior (DOI) rule change.

“This change is intended to circumvent legal, congressional processes, and Hawaiian community input,” said Healani-Sonoda Pale, founding member of the group, Protest Na‘i Aupuni and one of the organizers of the press conference. “President Obama tasked his DOI to come up with a process that will allow him to use his Executive Order privilege and designate federally chosen groups of Hawaiians as recognized. Without any congressional oversight or congressional vetting, President Obama and his successor will confer immense power on a pseudo native government,” Sonoda-Pale said. “And this will allow the DOI to move forward with a process of creating land and resource settlements that typically follow legitimate, congressionally conferred federal recognition.”

Two years in the making, the Obama/DOI rule change was created in response to Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamana’opono Crabbe’s May 5, 2014 letter to Secretary of State John Kerry. In it, he essentially questioned the legitimacy of US jurisdiction in Hawaii by requesting proof of how the Hawaiian Kingdom was legally annexed to the United States.
However, rather than answer the question, President Obama instructed the DOI to hold public hearings in Hawaii to discuss federal recognition. During the summer of 2014, hearings were held for 2 weeks on 5 of the Hawaiian Islands. Thousands of Hawaiians lined up, but only hundreds were able to testify. The overwhelming majority (over 95%) rejected the idea of a DOI Rule change and spoke powerfully in opposition to any Federal or State controlled process for sovereignty.

“It feels like the overthrow all over again,” says Kahalu’u Kupuna and Protest Na’i Aupuni member Kapu Lambert. “The finalization of the DOI Rule forebodes more hardship Hawaiians. Many of our people are homeless and are at the bottom of every socioeconomic statistic in Hawaii. We cannot trust the State and Federal governments and their collaborators to do the right thing on our behalf especially when it comes to Hawaiian sovereignty and lands. I refuse to accept this Rule.”

“After tens of millions of dollars were spent by the state agency Office of Hawaiian Affairs to lobby for federal recognition, after 15 years of resistance to being federalized, we are now going to be saddled with being a fake tribe and federally designated so-called leaders,” said Sonoda-Pale.

Asked why the US would want to federalize Hawaiians when, in fact, hundreds of tribes on the continent have been trying to get federally recognized for many decades, Sonoda-Pale said, “Why? Because they want our land. They want to create a so-called universal land claims settlement of our Crown and Government lands, aka ‘Ceded Lands.’ And further,” she said, the United States of America, who has never been respectful of indigenous peoples—as we are seeing in North Dakota, is trying to dissolve our rights as a people to self-determination as defined by international law, and our human rights as indigenous people that have also been codified by the United Nations.


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On February 26, 2016, the unelected participants of the Naʻi Aupuni ʻAha 2016 passed a constitution behind a locked gate and heavy security to federally recognized “Native Hawaiian” nation.  The vote was 88 in favor and 30 against.  This constitution also known as the Naʻi Aupuni Gated 88 Constitution or NAG 88 Con was created out of a process that was NOT PONO and requires the rubber stamp of the Hawaiian community to fulfill the requirements outlined in the Department of Interior Proposed Rule to set up a federally recognized “Native Hawaiian” Nation.  The DOI Rule does not provide for the return of lands except for the island of Kahoʻolawe and takes all federally controlled Hawaiian lands off the table.  If ratified by the Hawaiian people, the NAG 88 Constitution will potentially create a US recognized Hawaiian “sovereign” entity to settle once and for all Hawaiians rights to nearly 2 million acres of National Hawaiian lands aka “ceded lands”. (MORE)

Why you should PROTEST Naʻi Aupuni


  • 1893 the Hawaiian Kingdom was an independent nation that was illegally overthrown by a small group of American Businessmen with the assistance of the US military.
  • 1898 Hawaiʻi was illegally annexed to the US by a joint resolution of US House and Senate (Newlands Resolution) rather than by a Treaty which was required by US law to “legally” annex Hawaiʻi.
  • Approximately, 1,800,000 acres of valuable crown, government and public lands. . . (MORE)

Where did $4 million of Hawaiian trust money go?

See Article:  Hawaiian Roll Commission Releases Financial Records
Hawaiʻi Free Press  |  March 22, 2015

See: check register of Kanaʻiolowalu (pdf)

The Alternative to Naʻi Aupuni

What is the alternative to the ʻAha Naʻi Aupuni?  Join the ʻAha Aloha ʻĀina movement.  Its a Kanaka Maoli movement for independence.  See where you fit in the Lāhui Kino and sign the petitions affirming independence and rejecting the Na’i Aupuni ‘Aha 2016.

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