Na‘i Aupuni Candidates, Electorate Encouraged to Vote Informed!

Na‘i Aupuni Candidates and Electorate

In November 2015, Native Hawaiians registered on the Native Hawaiian Roll (aka Kana‘iolowalu), will vote for delegates to an ‘aha. The purpose of the ‘aha is to decide whether or not to create a document or constitution for a nation (aka self-governing entity) and its governance. Any document, constitution or structure developed at the ‘Aha may be voted upon in a referendum by Native Hawaiians registered on the Native Hawaiian Roll (aka Kana‘iolowalu).

Information about delegate candidates can be found at: or at You can still register to vote by October 15, 2015 at

Additionally, the Kalihi Palama Hawaiian Civic Club has created a website for the purpose of providing a venue for delegate candidates to make known their candidacy and position on certain issues; and to inform the electorate on delegate candidates. The service is free.

Delegate candidates are invited to apply to be on the website and persons registered to vote in the election of delegates are invited to the website to learn about the candidates.

Check out the website to learn of delegate candidate positions on the following questions:

  1. What are your qualifications to be a delegate to the ‘aha?
  2. How would you characterize the values of your campaign to be elected as a delegate to the ‘aha, for example, with aloha, lokahi, kūpono, etc.?
  3. What three components of the constitution are you particularly interested in advocating and why?
  4. What governance model will you advocate for?
  5. Are you willing to discuss other governance models?.
  6. How would the governance model that you choose impact the ali‘i trusts, the Hawaiian Homestead Act, federal contracts made with Native Hawaiian businesses; grants provided by the United States for programs and services to the Native Hawaiian people?
  7. In your governance model, would you be inclusive of people other than Native Hawaiians as citizens?
  8. How do you see participation by others in helping the ‘aha on the various aspects of the draft constitution?
  9. Looking ahead, as a delegate to the ‘aha, how would you assure that the governance model ratified by the Native Hawaiian people is implemented and recognized at the state, federal, or international level, as appropriate.
  10. Why should Native Hawaiians vote for you?

For further information, contact webmaster, Blaine Fergerstrom at, or club president Leimomi Khan at