ʻO nā hana o nā hālāwai a pau o ka Hui a me ka ʻAha Hoʻokō e alakaʻi ʻia nō ia e nā rula o nā anaina maikaʻi, a me nā rula maʻa mau o nā ʻAhaʻōlelo.
All proceedings of meetings of the League and of the Executive Council shall be governed by the usual decorum and rules of Parliamentary Usage.
The following presentation was given by Keokani Kipona Marciel, credentialed parliamentarian, at the Annual Convention of Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian Patriotic League), Saturday, August 5th, 2017, at the Kanaʻina Building, ʻIolani Palace, Honolulu, Oʻahu, Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina, Aupuni Hawaiʻi. The presentation was filmed by C. Piʻikea Keawekane-Stafford.
Keokani Kipona Marciel, MS, became a Registered Parliamentarian (RP) on November 11, 2016, then a Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) on September 27, 2017, accredited by the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP). Keokani is also a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP).
ʻO nā hālāwai a pau a ka Hui a me ka ke Kōmite Hoʻoponopono, e alakaʻi ʻia nō ia e nā rula o nā anaina maikaʻi a me nā rula maʻa mau o nā ʻAhaʻōlelo.
All proceedings of meetings of the Association and of the Managing Committee shall be governed by the usual quorum and rules of similar associations.
Keokani is a great-great grandson of Loke Kaʻilikea (4/17/1857 - 1/10/1914) of Kaupō, Maui, who signed on the historic Petition Against Annexation, in Hāna, Maui, in 1897, which defeated the proposed treaty of annexation to unlawfully seize the Hawaiian Islands, in the United States Senate, in 1898.
Inā makemake kekahi e ʻōlelo, e ku nō ia i luna a e hoʻokūpono i kāna ʻōlelo i ka Pelekikena a e kamaʻilio kūpono ʻo ia ma ka mea e hoʻopāpā ʻia ana, ʻaʻole hoʻi ʻōlelo kūamuamu no ko kekahi kanaka ponoʻī, a pau kāna ʻōlelo, e noho ia i lalo.”
When any member is about to speak, he shall rise from his seat and respectfully address himself to “Mr. President,” and shall confine himself to the question under debate, and avoid personality. As soon as he has done speaking, he shall sit down.
Parliamentary procedure should not be used to awe, entangle, or confuse the uninitiated. The rules should be used only to the extent necessary to observe the law, to expedite business, to avoid confusion, and to protect the rights of members.
--American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, p. 7
Assemblies with 13 or fewer members in attendance almost invariably conduct business informally. Those with more than 13 members present are supposed to conduct business formally. But they may conduct all their proceedings and transact business either way, regardless of the number of members present, if no objection is made.
--Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, 1969, p. 284
Correction for Slide 20/36: A two-thirds vote is required to designate a business item as a special order. Therefore, a bylaw requirement cannot automatically become a special order without a two-thirds vote, unless a special rule of order prescribes otherwise.
by Emilia Kandagawa
The Hawaiian League, under the leadership of Sanford Ballard Dole and Lorrin Andrews Thurston, justified the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government in part through a concerted campaign to characterize Queen Liliʻuokalani as unfit to rule. Her specific "crime" had been taking unilateral action to put forward a new constitution for her own benefit.
In the University of Hawaiʻi's 1931 yearbook, titled Ka Palapala, they refer to the period between 1890 to 1899 as the "Transition" and claim the Queen had "ruled despotically, bringing about changes without consulting the will of her people."
This narrative has largely persisted intact for 125 years. While this claim regarding the new constitution has been challenged by many, there has been little primary-source documentation presented in the public sphere to refute it.
Queen Liliʻuokalani was in fact demanded a new constitution by her constituents. Soon after ascending to the throne, Her Majesty received palapala hoʻopiʻi (petitions) from Hui Kālaiʻāina (the Hawaiian Political Association) demanding a new constitution. The organization, originally formed on November 22, 1888, to advocate for repeal of the 1887 Bayonet Constitution, became the first registered Hawaiian political party and elected loyalist Hawaiians to the 1890 and 1892 legislatures. Prominent poʻe aloha ʻāina (patriots) Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahīokalaniopuʻu and William Pūnohuʻāweoweoʻulaokalani White helped lead Hui Kalaiʻāina in its push for a constitutional convention and gathering of signatures across the Islands to petition the Queen and her cabinet.
These petitions are mentioned in her book Hawaii's Story by Hawaii's Queen and serve as evidence that Queen Liliʻuokalani was, in fact, listening to the voice of her people.
In Chapter 38, titled "Hawaiians Plead for a New Constitution," she writes:
The election of 1892 arrived, and with it the usual excitement of such occasions. Petitions poured in from every part of the Islands for a new constitution; these were addressed to myself as the reigning sovereign. They were supported by petitions addressed to the Hui Kalaiaina, who in turn endorsed and forwarded them to me. It was estimated by those in position to know, that out of a possible 9500 registered voters, 6500, or two-thirds, had signed these petitions. To have ignored or disregarded so general a request, I must have been deaf to the voice of the people, which tradition tells us is the voice of God. No true Hawaiian chief would have done other than to promise a consideration of their wishes. (p. 230-231)
The Hawaiʻi State Archives has preserved and protected thirty-four pages of these original petitions – a total of 1,782 signatures – collected from Maui, Oʻahu, and Hawaiʻi Island:
The location of the remaining petitions in unknown. However the thirty-four pages of petitions offered here are of great value in demonstrating the will of the people as heeded by the Queen.
The original text of the petitions reads:
As translated from ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi by Hawaiʻi State Archives’ translator, Jason Achiu, the petition reads:
*Petitions to Queen Liliʻuokalani [ca. 1892]
M-93, folder 145, doc. S-10 [Seized documents]
Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi Launches Website for Richard Kekuni Blaisdell Hawaiian National Archive
On April 26, 2018, Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi (KLMA) announced the launch of its website for the Richard Kekuni Blaisdell Hawaiian National Archive.
The Richard Kekuni Blaisdell Hawaiian National Archive contains multiple collections of materials from contemporary history relating to Hawaiian national identity, including documents, photos, banners, signs, t-shirts, and other paraphernalia.
To learn more, visit www.hawaiiannationalarchive.com
On August 5, 2017, Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian Patriotic League), at its Annual Convention held at ʻIolani Palace, adopted a Resolution 17-25, introduced by KLMA, that "Supports the Creation and Maintenance of a Contemporary Hawaiian National Archive as a Shared Resource of/for the Lāhui."
On March 11, 2018, an historic mass meeting held by videoconference was attended by all 9 officers of the Central Body and an additional 14 members of the restored League. All 6 of the contemporary District Branches were represented, joining the meeting from their respective locations. Many of the members got together with their branches in person to join the meeting. For example, all 10 members attending from Hui Aloha ʻĀina o Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi joined the meeting from a conference room.
The purpose of the meeting was to gather manaʻo to begin developing a Strategic Plan for the League. The total attendance of 23 members of the League was one more than the number of delegates registered in attendance at the 2017 Convention of the League at ʻIolani Palace. So, the meeting was historically significant in terms of both its turnout and the conferencing technology used. As the largest electronic meeting held to date by the restored League, the mana of poe aloha ʻāina (Hawaiian patriots) connecting this way was a wonderful new experience for most of us. At the same time, unanticipated technical troubles made it a frustrating experience.
Without a practice run, the assembly encountered feedback echoing that plagued the meeting. Troubleshooting subsequently diagnosed the problem to the use of multiple devices joining the call from the conference room. Hence, the audio coming from the speakers of one device, combined with the microphone of another device, apparently resulted in reverberating echos that interrupted the proceedings. After 95 minutes, the meeting was adjourned to meet again on March 18. Six people returned for the continued meeting, and the order of business was completed without any technical problems.
Central Body Adopts Resolution in Support of Project Proposal to Produce a Manuscript History of the League from 1893 to Present
On January, 28, 2018, the Central Body of the Hawaiian Patriotic League adopted a resolution in support of a project proposal submitted by Historian Dr. Ron Williams, Jr., and member Justin Hill on December 31, 2017, to produce a manuscript history of the League from 1893 to present. The estimated timeline to completion is four years, 2018 to 2022.
PRESS RELEASE: Aloha ʻĀina Participation in Events on January 17 Commemorating 125th Anniversary of Overthrow of Hawaiian Kingdom Government
***For Immediate Release 1/8/2018***
Isaac Paka Harp
Board Member, Ka Ahahui Hawaii Aloha Aina/Hawaiian Patriotic League
P.O. Box 4475, Hilo, Hawaiʻi 96720, www.kahaa.org
Phone (808) 756-7379
RE: Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina / Hawaiian Patriotic League participation in the events being held on January 17th, 2018, the 125th anniversary of the overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom government with military intervention by the United States
During a special meeting held January 7, 2018 the members of the Central Body of Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina / Hawaiian Patriotic League met regarding the 125th anniversary commemorative events being held in Honolulu on January 17, 2018. Those members in attendance voted unanimously to participate in activities to be held at Mauna ʻAla, the so-called State Capitol rotunda, and ʻIolani Palace grounds as a show of support for and rememberance of our late Queen Liliʻuokalani and to acknowledge the continuity of the Hawaiian Kingdom.
We therefore issue the following statement to our Membership:
The ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina / Hawaiian Patriotic League highly encourages all members, Hawaiian Kingdom subjects, Aloha ʻĀina Patriots and supporters to participate in the events centered on the 125th anniversary of the illegal overthrow and subsequent occupation of our lands by United States-backed insurgents. We call for all like-minded individuals to gather peacefully, regardless of political affiliation, and unify in remembrance of our beloved Queen. We ask that all members make necessary arrangements to attend as they are able.
We also ask for those who are unable to attend in person, to keep our Queen, Country, and Kupuna Aloha ʻĀina / Hawaiian patriots in your thoughts. Display your Hae Hawaiʻi and National symbols in prominent places, observing moments of quiet contemplation throughout the day. We ask that our Lāhui follow their hearts, and not give in to divisive rhetoric taking place on social media or calls from organizational leaders proposing a boycott of such events.
Let this be a time of unity and reflection amongst our people. Let us gather, shoulder to shoulder and heart to heart to raise our banners for our Queen, our Country and our Lāhui.
Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina / Hawaiian Patriotic League
Opening Day of the first Annual Convention of the League in more than a century, 8/4/2017
ʻAha ʻElele Lāhui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina - Annual Convention 2017
Kanaʻina Building, ʻIolani Palace, Honolulu, Oʻahu, Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina
On June 18, 2016, and August 13, 2016, mass meetings were held by a voluntary assembly of 7 charter members--descendants of Hawaiian subjects alive prior to January 17, 1893--that adopted bylaws and elected officers forming an Interim Council to restore Ka ʻAhahui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina o Ko Hawaiʻi Pae ʻĀina, The Hawaiian Patriotic League of the Hawaiian Islands (KAHAA), a voluntary civic association with an ordinary deliberative assembly.
On January 14, 2017, the Interim Council adopted a Code of Ethics for Hawaiian Patriots.
On March 4, 2017, KAHAA was restored by the Interim Council as a revision of its own bylaws previously adopted on August 13, 2016.
From August 4 through 6, 2017, the first Annual Convention of the League in more than a century was held at the Kanaʻina Building on the grounds of ʻIolani Palace. Meetings were held with 22 Delegates assembled from the 6 chartered Branches, under the supervision of a credentialed parliamentarian.
The Branches introduced 32 resolutions, of which 31 were adopted.
The object of the League bylaws was amended to read as follows:
The object of this League shall be to affirm the continuity of Hawaiian independence; to restore Hawaiian national identity; to exert all peaceful and legal efforts to secure for the Hawaiian People and Citizens their Civil Rights; and to ensure that the United States of America complies with international humanitarian law.
Elected were the 9 officers of the Central Body as prescribed by the bylaws.
In the meantime, Aloha ʻĀina (Hawaiian Patriots) in our Lāhui (Nation), are encouraged by the League to become members and organize Branches. Today, there have so far been identified 59 Branches of the original League that existed between 1893 and 1901. Help the League return to that grassroots infrastructure which was instrumental in defeating both treaty attempts to annex the Hawaiian Islands in 1893 and 1898. Click on the buttons below to learn more:
2017 KAHAA Convention Resolutions All-In-One Document
The successful Palapala Kūʻē (Petition Against Annexation), organized by ʻAhahui Aloha ʻAina (Hawaiian Patriotic League) from 1897 to 1898, was the theme of the 2017, 4th annual ʻAha Aloha ʻŌlelo, Hawaiian language competition in Kona, Hawaiʻi.
These petitions show us the potential of our Lāhui. Our kūpuna were actively engaged in the political issues surrounding them and their country. We are in a point of history where we face very similar issues. I am hopeful that this competition and event will remind us of the inherited kuleana we have to this ʻāina. These petitions show us who we were, who we are, and most importantly, who we still must be.
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