FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We hope the following answers to some of the questions that we are commonly asked will help you to know and understand the Aloha ʻĀina Party a little better.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONASHIP BETWEEN HUI ALOHA ʻĀINA OF 1897 & ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY OF 2015.
The Aloha ʻĀina Party considers Hui Aloha ʻĀina its kupuna. Established in 1897, Hui Aloha ʻĀina was established to fight against the Annexation of Hawai‘i to the U.S. after the illegal Overthrow of the Nation of Hawaiʻi in 1893. The Aloha ʻAina Party was established in 2015 to advocate for the needs of all of Hawaiʻi’s People. Both organizations share important fundamental principles including the recognition of the illegal Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1893, the subsequent illegal annexation of Hawai‘i to the United States in 1898, and the need for Hoʻoponopono, to make right what is wrong, as it relates to the Overthrow.
In addition, both organizations share leadership and inspiration from the same koko (bloodline). Don Kaulia, President of the Aloha ʻĀina Party, is proud to call James Kaulia his Tutuman. James Kaulia was a true Hawaiian Patriot. He was the President of Hui Aloha ʻĀina in 1897. He was also one of the authors of the petition protesting annexation in 1897, more commonly known as the Kūʻē Petition today.
IS THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY A HAWAIIAN POLITICAL PARTY?
The Aloha ʻĀina Party (AAP), was founded by three Native Hawaiians, Don Kaulia, Pua Ishibshi, and Desmon Haumea (members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha I). The AAP adheres to and promotes traditional Hawaiian values such as living Aloha and being Pono. The AAP advocates for Hoʻoponopono as it relates to the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1893 (that is to restore what was taken and lost). The AAP is also advised by a Kupuna Council that ensures that the AAP remains culture-based and culturally competent. In this context, the AAP may be considered a Hawaiian political party. The first Hawaiian Political Party in 108 years. However, the AAP is not only for Hawaiians and is not limited to Hawaiian issues, The AAP is inclusive and welcomes all, and address the needs and concerns of all the People of Hawaiʻi.
WHAT DOES THE TERM "ALOHA ʻĀINA" MEAN?
Note: The "Aloha ʻĀina" term and definition embraced by the Aloha ʻĀina Party today is the same that was embraced by individuals and organizations such as Hui Aloha ʻĀina and Hui Kālaiʻāina of the late 1800s and early 1900s. At that time, the term Aloha ʻĀina, was understood as to love ones homeland (Hawai‘i) and country (Kingdom of Hawai‘i), and to do all one could to preserve it. Those that did so were recognized as Aloha ʻĀina and Aloha ʻĀina Patriots.
Aloha ʻĀina does not simply refer to loving and caring for the land, it is a much deeper and richer term. A term that reflects the relationship between Akua (Divine), Kānaka (Man), Lāhui (Nation) and ʻĀina (Land), and the need to seek and maintain a state of Pono (proper perspective and balance) in all things.
WHY DOES THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY HAVE TWO LOGOS AND SLOGANS?
The Hawaiian concept of duality permeates throughout all aspects of the culture. This concept serves multiple functions, providing a foundation for a holistic understanding of the natural environment. It also demonstrates the keen observation skills passed down to us from our kūpuna and the relationships we observe among the biotic and abiotic components of the natural world. This duality represents extremes such as light and dark, female and male, land and sea, etc. The kuleana of kānaka are to seek and maintain a state of pono, (balance) in our interactions with self, others and the world around us.
Aloha ʻĀina Party logos and slogans represent this duality. One is ancient while the other is modern. One logo is more Kū (masculine) while the other more Hina (feminine). Together they reflect a more balanced representation of what the AAP is.
The triangle design is an ancient Hawaiian symbol, associated with strength and unity as well as Deity, People, Country, and ʻĀina. The symbol reminds us that all things are interrelated and interdependent, one upon another, and that we must seek a state of Pono where all things are balanced and in harmony.
The lei logo represents both an ancient and modern practice that has become iconic with Hawaii and the Aloha Spirit. The lei has and and continues to reflect feelings of recognition, affection, and being inclusive. Accordingly, the lei is the perfect symbol for the Aloha ʻĀina Party, a political party based on traditional Hawaiian values and principles of living Aloha and being Pono.
Mai Kūpuna Mai
Generation to Generation
A MOVMENT POWERED BY ALOHA
WHAT IS THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY AND WHAT ARE ITS GOALS?
The Aloha ʻĀina Party is not simply a political party, it is a Movement, a movement for change. The AAP represents a new and better way, a new dawn for politics in Hawaiʻi and possibly the Nation and World!
Founded on traditional Hawaiian values as as living Aloha and being Pono, the AAP will advocate for and promote politics and governments that reflects its principles, values, and methodologies. Principles include acknowledging the Divine; caring for the People and ʻĀina; demanding government transparency and accountability; and advocating for Ho‘oponopono, to make right the wrong regarding the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i in 1893. Values include being being inclusive, unifying, and celebrating diversity of gender, age, culture, and sexual orientation. Methodologies that will unify, inspire, and empower the People of Hawaiʻi.
Ultimately, AAP's goal is to not only maintain Hawaii as one of the most beautiful places on earth, but to also make it one of the best places to live in the World.
WHO CREATED THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY?
The genesis of the Aloha ʻĀina Party began within the Royal Order of Kamehameha I (Order), Heiau O Māmalahoa, moku o Hilo, Puna, Hamakua, and Ka‘u (Māmalahoa).
Beginning in 2000, Māmalahoa discussed the need for a political party that would address the concerns of Kānaka ‘Oiwi, especially in the area of sovereignty. By 2009 the political party concept evolved from a Kānaka ‘Oiwi issue driven party to a viable third party option for all of Hawai‘i. Due in part to the Mauna Kea Crises beginning October 2014 with Joshua Lanakila Mangauil's video going viral, and the subsequent heightened consciousness, mobilization, activism, and empowerment of Kānaka ‘Oiwi. It was decided that this was the time to launch the political party.
It was also decided that the new political party would be called the Aloha ʻĀina Party to honor Hui Kālaiʻāina and Hui Aloha ʻĀina (both men and women) who fought against the annexation of Hawaiʻi to the U.S. The name was also chosen to honor our kūpuna (nearly 40,000 strong) who signed the Anti-Annexation Petition of 1897 commonly called the Kūʻē Petition today.
Although endorsed by Māmalahoa, it was decided that the Aloha ʻĀina Party (AAP) would not be a Māmalahoa initiative, but move forward separate and distinct from Māmalahoa and the Order. As such, the establishment of the AAP in 2015 was taken up by individual members of the Order. Pua Ishibashi, Desmon Haumea, and Donald Kaulia, are recognized as the founding members of the Aloha ʻĀina Party. Other members of the Order and community were also instrumental in the early building of the AAP including radio legend Jacqueline Leilani "Skylark" Rossetti (1954 -3/20/2019).
Note: Additional information on Māmalahoa and the Order may be found at mamalahoa.org.
WHAT IS THE HISTORY OF THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY
AND ITS TIES TO MOKU O KEAWE?
Authorized by the 35th Article of the 1864 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i (08/12/1864), King Kamehameha V established the Royal Order of Kamehameha I by Royal Decree on April 11, 1865 at the ‘Iolani Palace (original coral structure). The Royal Decree was made with the endorsement of the King’s Privy Council of State and establishes the Order’s mission and authorizes the Order to carry out its kuleana, in perpetuity, as an institution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. The Order was named in honor of King Kamehameha, who was born in Kohala (1758), raised in Ka‘u, and died in Kona (1819), Moku o Keawe.
Hui Kālaiʻāina was established (1887) by D. H. Nāhinu of Hoʻokena, Kaʻū, Moku o Keawe. John Edward Bush (aka ʻAiuene Buki), a hapa haole, was the first elected president. Historical note: John Edward Bush was the Associate Editor of Ke Aloha Aina that was published in Hilo under Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu.
Hui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina was established (1897) by Joseph Kahoʻoluhi Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu of Kaimū, Puna, Moku o Keawe. Joseph Nāwahī, as he was commonly called, was the first elected president. Joseph Nāwahī, was also an Attorney and Editor of the newspaper Ke Aloha Aina that was published in Hilo. Historical note: James Kauiluna Kaulia, was the second elected president of Hui Hawaiʻi Aloha ʻĀina and was instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Kūʻē Petition. The Kaulia ʻohana hailed from Kaʻū, Moku o Keawe.
Māmalahoa of the Royal Order of Kamehameha was established (1907) in Hilo, by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole with kuleana over Moku o Keawe. Historical note: Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole was named after his paternal grandfather Kūhiō Kalaniana‘ole, a High Chief of Hilo, Moku o Keawe.
The Aloha ʻĀina Party initially grew out of and was endorsed and funded by Māmalahoa, Moku o Keawe.
The Aloha ʻĀina Party was established as a Limited Libility Company (LLC) on November 13, 2015 in Hilo, Moku o Keawe by Desmon Haumea, Pua Ishibashi, and Donald Kaulia, members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha. Note: Donald Kaulia's tūtū kāne, James K. Kaulia, was the second president of Hui Aloha ʻĀina, and was in part responsible for the creation and facilitation of the Ku‘e Petition of 1897.
Māmalahoa and the highest chiefs of the Order supported the Aloha ʻĀina Party from its inception in 2016. On July 22, 2019, the Royal Order of Kamehameha, Officially Endorsed the creation of the Aloha ʻĀina Party, at Puʻuhonua o Puʻuhuluhulu, Moku o Keawe, during the the Mauna Kea Crises.
The State of Hawaiʻi certifies the Aloha Āina Party as an official political party on March 12, 2020 and qualified to field candidates for the 2020 Elections. 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.
WHAT IS THE MISSION OF THE ROYAL ORDER OF KAMEHAMEHA?
Authorized by the 35th Article of the 1864 Constitution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, King Kamehameha V established the Order of Kamehameha (Order) by Royal Decree on April 11, 1865 at the ‘Iolani Palace. The Royal Decree was made with the endorsement of the King’s Privy Council of State and establishes the Order’s mission and authorizes the Order to carry out its kuleana, in perpetuity, as an institution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i. Today, the Order is the only viable institution of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i that remains in existence today with an unbroken lineage back to its inception in 1865.
The kuleana (mission) of the Order is twofold, to advocate for, and perpetuate honor and loyalty towards the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and to recognize the good works of those who act to uplift the Kingdom of Hawai‘i and its People.
As the last remaining institution athorized and empowered by the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, the Order declares the continued existence of the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, and advocates for the restoration of viable independent and soverign Nation of Hawai‘i.
Note: Additional information on the Order may be found here.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY FROM EVERY OTHER PARTY IN HAWAIʻI?
The Aloha ʻĀina Party is unique among political parties, there is no comparison. The five foundational principles of the Aloha ʻĀina Party sets it apart. The five principles may be summarized accordingly: (1) We recognize and acknowledge the Divine; (2) We Aloha All People; (3) We Mālama the ʻĀina; (4) We will hold government accountable and demand transparency, and (5) We advocate for Ho‘oponopono, to make right what is wrong and restore what was lost, as it relates to the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi in 1893.