Constitution of Aloha ʻĀina Party
We, the members of the Aloha ʻĀina Party (AAP), grateful for Divine guidance and the teachings of our kūpuna, reaffirm our belief in a government of the People, by the People and for the People. We recognize the Divine, Aloha the People, Mālama the ʻĀina, Demand Government Accountability and Transparency, and Advocate for Hoʻoponopono, to make right what is wrong, as it relates to the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1893. We believe in effectuating needed change through political activism in Unity, Peace, and Aloha, do hereby establish this Constitution for the governance of the AAP.
ARTICLE I. NAME
The official name of this Sate Political Party shall be “ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY”. The official name of each County Political Party shall be “ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY county of Hawai‘i; Maui; Honolulu; and Kauai; respectively.
ARTICLE II. FIVE FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES
(1) We recognize and acknowledge the Divine and seek guidance from this source and that of our kūpuna, in all that we do. We also believe all have the privilege to worship, or not, according to the dictates of their own conscience, let them worship how, where, and what they may.
(2) Aloha Kānaka, to love and care for the People, not just Kānaka ʻŌiwi, but all People regardless of race, color, creed, or national origin. This includes the unborn, the living, and the dead (our kūpuna who have passed). Whether speaking of the homeless, health care, cost of living, housing, jobs, education, or quality of life, it’s all about loving and caring for the People and doing what is in the best interest of the People.
(3) Mālama ʻĀina, to understand the symbiotic relationship between kānaka and ʻāina, and to understand that ʻāina has mana, spirit, and intrinsic value beyond its economic value. That some ʻāina need special attention and protection because of its sacred nature. That kānaka and ʻāina are inseparably connected and interdependent, one upon the other. When we take care of the ʻāina, the ʻāina will take care of us.
(4) We believe in a government of the People, by the People, and for the People. We believe government exists to serve the People. As such, government has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the People, to do all things with transparency, and to be accountable to the People for its acts and non-acts.
(5) Ho‘oponopono, is to make right what is wrong and restore that which was lost or taken. It is the position of the Aloha ʻĀina Party, that we must Ho‘oponopono the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1893. That for the good of all the People of Hawai‘i, this wrong must be made right. Only then will pono (balance and righteousness) return to the People and Land and both can prosper. Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ʻĀina I Ka Pono.
ARTICLE III. MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY shall consist of general members, active members, and members in good standing. General membership shall be open to all residents of the State of Hawai‘i. Active members shall be those who participate at State and or County Party meetings. Members in Good Standing shall be active members who support the Preamble, Core Statements, Principles, Values, Platform, Points of Light, Constitution, and Bylaws of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY.
ARTICLE IV. CANDIDATES
Members of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY who would like to be a candidate for an elected office shall be a member in Good Standing and sign a document committing to represent and advocate for the Preamble, Core Statements, Principles, Values, Platform, Points of Light, Constitution, and Bylaws of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY.
ARTICLE V. CAUCUS ORGANIZATIONS
Active members residing in Hawai‘i, may form a State or County caucus, respectively, for the purpose of electing caucus officers, nominating candidates where applicable, and performing other functions authorized by the State Party.
ARTICLE VI. COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS
Each County with active members in the State of Hawai’i shall have a County Party within the State Party. The County structural organization shall consist of County Executive Officers, a County Executive Committee, special committees as needed, and the County Convention. The County Party may optionally establish a county Constitution and Bylaws, providing that they are in harmony with and subservient to this State Party Constitution and the State Party Bylaws.
ARTICLE VII. STATE ORGANIZATION
The State structural organization shall consist of State Executive Officers, the State Executive Committee (consisting of the State Executive Officers and Congressional District representatives), the State Central Committee (consisting of the State Executive Committee and County representatives), and the State Convention. The auxiliary organization shall consist of State Standing Committees to be specified in the State Party Bylaws, any number of State Special Committees as needed, and auxiliary organizations as provided for in the State Party Bylaws. The State extended organization shall include all County and District organizations within the State Party.
ARTICLE VIII. NATIONAL ORGANIZATION
The ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY shall elect Representatives and Alternates to the National Committee of the National AAP in the numbers authorized by the National AAP; and shall elect Delegates and Alternates to the National Convention of the National AAP at the times and in the numbers authorized by the National AAP.
ARTICLE IX. KŪPUNA COUNCIL
The Kūpuna Council shall consist of Native Hawaiians, and Hawaiian at heart kupuna leaders. The advisory council will provide mana‘o and guidance on all areas of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY, but especially in the area of cultural competence. That is, to ensure that the AAP continues to reflect the traditional Hawaiian values upon which it was founded.
ARTICLE X. FOUNDER’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(1) The Founder’s Board of Directors shall consist of the original Cofounders of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY, i.e., Don Kaulia, Pua Ishibashi, and Desmon Haumea. (2) Members of the Founder’s Board of Directors shall act to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the founding principles, values, intent and vision of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY. (3) In addition, the Founder’s Board of Directors may share mana‘o and guidance as they wish for the good of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY with any unit, committee, or council of the AAP. (4) Cofounders may delegate their seat to any family member. (5) Should a Cofounder pass or become incapacitated, his family may designate a family member to occupy the vacant seat. (6) A Cofounder’s seat may be passed down from one family member to another family member as determined by the descendants of that Cofounder. (7) Accordingly, the Founder’s Board of Directors shall be perpetual in nature and purpose. (8) There shall be no officers of the Founder’s Board of Directors, each member shall be equal in authority, power, and rights. (9) Any voting within the Founder’s Board of Directors shall be done by majority vote.
ARTICLE XI. SUPREMACY
This Constitution shall be the governing document for the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY. It is severable in that if any portion hereof be declared void, all other portions shall remain binding and effective. The State Central Committee shall be the supreme governing body of the State Party. The State Party shall establish State Bylaws which shall provide rules of conduct and organization for the State Party in accordance with, and subordinate to, this Constitution. The State Executive Committee shall assume the role of the State Central Committee if that body is not organized or viable.
ARTICLE XII. AMENDMENTS
Amendments and or revisions to this Constitution may be proposed by majority vote of the State Executive Committee, State Central Committee, or the State Convention. Proposed amendments or revisions to this Constitution shall be ratified by two-thirds vote of the State Central Committee at a Regular meeting held any time after three months from the proposal date.
Should the State Executive Committee become incapacitated, the Founder’s Board of Directors may make necessary revisions (amend and ratify) to this Constitution for the good of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY.
ARTICLE XIII. ADOPTION
This initial Constitution and subsequent Bylaws of the State ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY shall be established by the Founder’s Board of Directors.
ARTICLE XIII. START-UP
The initial State Executive Committee and respective County Executive Committees shall be established as appointed by the Founder’s Board of Directors. The Founder’s Board of Directors may continue to make appointments as necessary and until viable County and State Conventions can take place as delineated in this Constitution and the Bylaws of the ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY.
END OF CONSTITUTION