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.
Kiʻi Inoa - Title Slide
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).
Wikiō - Video
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.
Moʻomōʻali - Transcript
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.
--Nā Rula, House of Nobles of the Hawaiian Kingdom (1854, 2nd Printing), Rule 26
Pepa Kākaʻahi - Handout
A chairman should never be stricter than is necessary for the good of the meeting. But, within that pattern, parliamentary procedure should normally be followed as a matter of course if it is to work well. It's not something to look to only when you get into trouble.
--RONR In Brief (2nd ed.), p. 8
Nā Lula Hālāwai
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.
* To maintain consistency with the present-day general parliamentary law, the term bylaws today would refer to the constitution and bylaws of the Hawaiian Patriotic League from previous eras. Additionally, this is done to avoid the possibility of the reader confusing a governing document of the League with a constitution of the Hawaiian Kingdom, which is known to happen.
By-Laws are the fundamental rules or laws of a society, which include among other things its objects, its membership, its officers, how and when it meets for business, how many must be present in order that business may be transacted, and how they, the by-laws, may be modified. Sometimes they are divided into two parts, one being called the Constitution and the other the By-Laws, but both are included in the general term By-Laws.
In the majority of groups, the highest level of rules is contained in a document of the organization called the bylaws.* Less commonly, organizations have a "constitution" instead of bylaws. The bylaws contain the group's own basic rules relating principally to itself as an organization. ... *Some organizations have both a constitution and bylaws (in which case the constitution outranks the bylaws).
In general, the constitution or the bylaws—or both—of a society are the documents that contain its own basic rules relating principally to itself as an organization, rather than to the parliamentary procedure that it follows. In the ordinary case, it is now the recommended practice that all of a society's rules of this kind be combined into a single instrument, usually called the "bylaws," although in some societies called the "constitution"—or the "constitution and bylaws," even when it is only one document. There term bylaws, as used in this book, refers to this single, combination-type instrument—by whatever name the particular organization may describe it ...
Under the preferred practice for ordinary societies today, the constitution and the bylaws—once usually separate—are now combined in a single instrument, referred to in this book as the bylaws (although in some organizations called the constitution—or even though only one document—the constitution and bylaws).
Having a constitution and bylaws as separate documents is not necessary; one document suffices, generally referred to as the bylaws.
A past practice was to have two documents: a constitution and bylaws. The constitution contained the most important provisions and was very difficult to amend, while the bylaws provisions were slightly easier to change. Since this often led to confusion and duplication, the practice today is to have one document named the "bylaws" or the "constitution and bylaws." In older organizations or trade unions, you'll occasionally still see two documents or a single "constitution."
Many organizations prefer to consolidate in one document the provisions usually contained in the constitution and bylaws, and the document is usually called bylaws or constitution and bylaws. One document is desirable since it is simpler and avoids confusion.
It is a group of people, having or assuming freedom to act in concert, meeting to determine, in full and free discussion, courses of action to be taken in the name of the entire group.
In any decision made, the opinion of each member present has equal weight as expressed by vote—through which the voting member joins in assuming direct personal responsibility for the decision, should his or her vote be on the prevailing side.
To the extent that persons in the invited category are clearly identifiable—as, for example, registered voters of a particular political party, or residents of a certain area—only such persons have the right to make motions, to speak, and to vote at the meeting, and none others need be admitted if the sponsors so choose.
It is important to understand that, regardless of the technology used, the opportunity for simultaneous aural communication is essential to the deliberative character of the meeting. Therefore, a group that attempts to conduct the deliberative process in writing (such as by postal mail, e-mail, "chat rooms," or fax)—which is not recommended—does not constitute a deliberative assembly. Any such effort may achieve a consultative character, but it is foreign to the deliberative process as understood under parliamentary law.
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Ua Mau ke Ea o ka ʻĀina i ka Pono
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.