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.
IS THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY THE SAME ORGANIZATION THAT EXISTED IN 1897 AS HUI ALOHA ʻĀINA ?
Hui Aloha ʻĀina was established in 1897 to fight against the Annexation of Hawai‘i to the U.S. after the illegal Overthrow of the Nation of Hawaiʻi in 1893. On the other hand, 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.
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.
WHY CHOOSE THE LEI AS THE SYMBOL OF THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY?
The tradition of lei giving and receiving has always been associated with peace, friendship, and aloha. We feel the lei is the perfect symbol for the Aloha ʻĀina Party, a party based on traditional Hawaiian values and principles of Collaboration, Unity, Peace, and Aloha.
WHAT IS THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY?
The Aloha ʻĀina Party will be a duly authorized and recognized political party within the State of Hawai‘i in the same manner as the Democratic and Republican parties.
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 2009, Māmalahoa discussed the need for a political party that would address the concerns of Kānaka ‘Oiwi, especially in the area of sovereignty. By 2015 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 of 2014 - 2015, 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 was taken up by individual members of the Order. Donald Kaulia, Pua Ishibashi, and Desmon Haumea 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 (Skylark).
Note: Additional information on Māmalahoa and the Order may be found at mamalahoa.org.
GENEALOGY OF THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY?
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 in 2015, Moku o Keawe.
Aloha ʻĀina Party was officially established (2016) in Hilo, Moku o Keawe by Donald Kaulia, Pua Ishibashi, and Desmon Haumea, members of the Royal Order of Kamehameha, with genealogical ties to Moku o Keawe. 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.
2019, it is highly anticipated that Aloha ʻĀina Party founders and supports will successful secure 757 signatures to establish the Aloha ʻĀina Party as an Official Political Party in the State of Hawaii. The first Hawaiian (Hawaiian values and principles) Political Party in one hundred and seven years.
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.
IS THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY A HAWAIIAN POLITICAL PARTY?
The Aloha ʻĀina Party adheres to traditional Hawaiian values and principles, and in this context, is a "Hawaiian Political Party". The first Hawaiian Political Party in over 100-years. However, participation in the party is not limited to Native Hawaiians.
The Aloha ʻĀina Party is inclusive and open to everyone. The Aloha ʻAina Party welcomes and celebrates the diversity of gender, age, race, ethnicity, culture, and national origin, range of abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, financial means, education, and political perspective. The Aloha ʻĀina Party welcomes all to stand with us.
WHAT DOES THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY HOPE TO ACCOMPLISH?
To provide the People of Hawaiʻi with a viable third party option to the Democratic and Republican parties, a new and better option.
WHAT DISTINGUISHES THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY FORM EVERY OTHER PARTY IN HAWAIʻI?
The five foundational principles of the Aloha ʻĀina Party sets it apart from every other political party. These 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.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN THE ALOHA ʻĀINA PARTY?
Are you happy with the current Democratic monopoly resulting in a one party system in Hawai‘i?
More importantly, are you happy with the results of this Democratic party monopoly?
Are you happy with nearly six decades of governance mediocracy in Hawai‘i?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i being rated as the highest cost of living in the U.S.?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i being rated at the worst place to earn a living in the U.S.?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i having the highest homeless rate in the U.S.?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i having the highest rate of endangered species in the World?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i’s extremely high drug use and abuse rate?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i being rated as the worst place to do business in the U.S.?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i being rated among the lowest public school systems in the U.S.?
Are you happy with Hawai‘i’s poor economy, high cost of living, and low income rate, that require both parents to work and sometimes hold down more than one job?
Are you happy with the current government that reflects corruption in high places and puts Special Interest and Money before the People, ʻĀina, and Culture?
If you answered negative to any of the above questions, you owe it to yourself and family to consider the Aloha ʻĀina Party. The Aloha ʻĀina Party is about inclusion, uplifting people, protecting the environment, holding government accountable, changing the status quo, and making a real difference for current and future generations.