Relevant dates in the establishment of the Aloha ʻĀina Party
Founding members Don Kaulia, Pua Ishibashi, and Desmon Haumea begin the process to establish the Aloha ʻĀina Party as a new political party for Hawaiʻi. They understand this will be a monumental task, but are inspired by the words of Queen Liliu'okalani when she said "Never cease to act (to do something good) because you fear you may fail"
AUGUST 19, 2015
The Aloha ʻĀina Party name is registered with State of Hawiʻi.
AlohaAinaParty.com domain secured.
NOVEMBER 13, 2015
Aloha ʻĀina Party LLC, Political Action Group, is registered with the State of Hawaiʻi as a political action group.
Aloha ʻĀina Party website is launched as AlohaAinaParty.com.
Efforts to secure 707 signatures on a Petition to establish the Aloha ʻĀina Party (AAP) as an official political party fall short. 1,122 signatures submitted to the Office of Elections, but only 626 certified by the State of Hawaiʻi (44% rejected). The AAP falls short by 81 signatures. After putting so much time and effort into the Petition process, and to come so close and fall short, was extremely difficult for the Founders.
Efforts to secure 750 signatures on a Petition to establish the Aloha ʻĀina Party as an official political party fall short. 593 signatures submitted to the Office of Elections, 392 certified by the State of Hawaiʻi.
After efforts in 2016, much of the wind in the Founder's sails were lost. Efforts here were halfhearted at best with subsequent results. Still, Founders vowed to preserver.
Founders recommit to make the Aloha Aina Party a reality, understanding that they cannot control the winds, but that they can adjust their sails. They begin to organize efforts for every island early in the year. They begin collecting signatures in March for the Petition. Petition signing efforts were conducted on all islands and included: farmers markets, festivals, fairs, parking lots, surf meets, and pop-tents on the side of the road. They also worked with friends, families, and small groups such as hula hālau and royal societies . It was a grass roots movement with virtually no money or marketing besides social media and word of mouth.
Once again, Founders adhere to and are inspired by the words of Queen Liliu'okalani and James Kaulia when they said "Never cease to act (to do something good) because you fear you may fail" and "Do not be afraid, be steadfast in Aloha for your land (and People)."
JULY 22, 2019
The Royal Order of Kamehameha officially endorses the creation of the AAP.
FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Notice from Office of Elections, 1,447 signatures received, 871 certified (40% rejected), 757 required. AAP meets and exceeds number of signatures required to be a new political party in Hawaii. This news was met with tears from the Founders, tears of joy and recognition and appreciation to ke Akua.
FEBRUARY 12, 2020
Subsequent to above notice, Founders immediately file the AAP Petition to become a new political party in Hawaii. Filing triggers a 20-day objection period. Allowing any current political party in Hawaii to make an objection to the AAP Petition by 4:00pm, March 12, 2020. Furthermore, they are informed by the Office of Elections that absent any objections by this time, the AAP will automatically become an official political party in Hawaii.
MARCH 12, 2020, 4:01pm.
While at the Office of Elections, Don Kaulia (AAP President) is informed at 4:01pm that there have been no objections to the AAP Petition and that the AAP is now offical and may field candidates for the 2020 Elections.
MARCH 13, 2020
The AAP conducts multiple public announcements and press conferences to announce that the AAP is now official. The first public announcement is held on Oahu at the Kamehameha statue in Honolulu at 12 noon attended by co-founders Don Kaulia and Desmon Haumea. The second public announcment is held on Moku o Keawe at the Kamehameha statue in Hilo at 1:00 pm presented by co-founder Pua Ishibashi.
MARCH 13, 2020
The first official meeting of the newly certified Aloha Aina Party (AAP) is held on March 13, 2020 at 1:15pm at the base of the Kamehameha Statue in Hilo.
In attendance are AAP leaders:
Devin Scott MacMackin Jr
and Kimi Davis-Tafaoimalo
The birth of the Aloha Aina Party represents a new political dawn for Hawaii's political environment.
The AAP is writting history and invites you to write it with us.
Together we will overcome.
Together we will rise.
Together we will usher in a new dawn.
We must and will do this for our keiki, ourselves, our kupuna,
and future generations.