History of Halawai Aloha ‘Aina

In August of 2015, a small group of Hawaiian activists started a group called Protest Na’i Aupuni to counter the “State of Hawai’i” sponsored and controlled Na’i Aupuni, an organization designed to create a puppet Hawaiian Nation that undermines the Kanaka Maoli peoples human right to self-determination (as defined by the United Nations) by setting up a process set up for federal recognition where no lands (except for Kaho’olawe) will be provided for Kanaka Maoli. Furthermore, thousands of names were put on the State created Kana’iolowalu Roll and transferred to Na’i Aupuni without the free, prior, and informed consent of thousands of the Kanaka Maoli people in order to manufacture consent for the exclusive Na’i Aupuni process that had a predetermined outcome. Protest Na’i Aupuni members knew this was not a peoples process because 80% of Kanaka Maoli were excluded from participation, furthermore, millions of dollars of Hawaiian trust monies were being spent on a process that failed to educate the public on Hawaiian sovereignty and had a rushed timeline. Therefore, in August, 2015, Protest Na’i Aupuni branched out in the community and began organizing Hālāwai Aloha ‘Āina or community meetings on O’ahu, Maui, Kaua’i, and Hawai’i island. Over a thousand community leaders and members physically attended the six Hālāwai Aloha ‘Āina held and thousands more watched them online or via livestream. It was clear from those meetings that the community, especially the Kanaka Maoli people, were eager for information and education on Hawaiian sovereignty and wanted an open process to achieve justice and independence for a Hawaiian Nation that was more transparent, grounded in our culture, and inclusive.