Hawaiian Aha Convention Does Not Represent the Public

Despite a Supreme Court injunction that halted the race-based election sponsored by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, government contractor Na’i Aupuni unilaterally transformed the election into an “everybody wins” scenario, seating everyone who had been on the ballot.  The resulting convention–the stated intent of which is to formulate a government for Native Hawaiians–begins today amid continued controversy over the actions of Na’i Apuni and OHA and whether any tribal entity developed from the meeting will be able to pass legal muster.

Hawaiian Activist Walter Ritte escorted out of a meeting.

Hawaiian Activist Walter Ritte escorted out of a meeting.  Click to view video

The lawsuit against the election is still ongoing and currently before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, Native Hawaiian activists continue to protest the political aims of Na’i Apuni and OHA, questioning OHA’s management of funds intended for the betterment of Native Hawaiians.

“The Aha convention clearly does not represent the voices of Hawaii’s citizens in general nor of Native Hawaiians in particular,” stated Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and a plaintiff in the case against the election. “Whatever document or governing organization the delegates come up with will have no more force of law or moral authority than a wish list put together by any group of 150 or so individuals.  The participants in this convention have been misled by organizers if they believe that they are able to start a viable race based government. Their efforts are also at risk as the status of the Na!I Aupuni  process is still an open case before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals”

Dr. Akina continued, “The more than 6.5 million dollars of public funds that have been wasted on the Native Hawaiian roll and Aha convention have robbed Hawaiians of money that should have been spent on housing, education, jobs, and health services.”

A list of documents and filing associated with the case of Akina v. Hawaii can be viewed at:  http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/2015/10/akina-v-hawaii-the-documents/

Click here to watch a video of Walter Ritte protesting the process.

Contempt Charges Filed Against Government-Sponsored, Race-Based Nation Building Effort

The plaintiffs in the case Akina v. the State of Hawaii on Tuesday filed a Motion for Civil Contempt at the U.S. Supreme Court against the Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, Nai Aupuni, and other defendants in the case.  The motion argues that the respondents are in violation of the letter and spirit of the Court’s temporary injunction issued on December 2nd, after which Nai Aupuni cancelled their election and offered to seat all candidates as delegates in a convention to form a government.

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The plaintiffs have asked the Court to hold respondents in contempt and take all steps necessary to enforce the temporary injunction.

“It’s outrageous that Na’i Aupuni and state agencies such as OHA and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission have ignored and defied the Supreme Court of the United States,” stated Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., president of the Grassroot Institute and a plaintiff in the case.  Dr. Akina continued, “All citizens of Hawaii, including Native Hawaiians, should be appalled at the contempt our own state government is showing to the U.S. Constitution.  The majority of Native Hawaiians, in particular, have made it clear that they do not support and are not represented by those trying to push through a state-sponsored, racially discriminatory government-creation process.”

The case is being argued by Judicial Watch, assisted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, an independent, free-market think tank that has enlisted the plaintiffs.  Plaintiffs include four native Hawaiians and two non-native Hawaiians.

Robert Popper of Judicial Watch, lead attorney in the case said, “This whole election was based on a trick, using a non-profit that was really a state agent to accomplish what the State could not.  It was all an attempt to get around prior Supreme Court precedent.  This latest move of certifying all the candidates as winners is simply another trick.  This time it’s an attempt to get around the Supreme Court’s Dec. 2 injunction.”

Michael Lilly, former Hawaii Attorney General and an attorney for the plaintiffs added, “Nai Aupuni cancelled its election and certifies delegates without first asking the US Supreme Court whether that was in violation of its Temporary Injunction.  By certifying delegates, Nai Aupuni violated the Supreme Court’s order for which we have asked them to be held in contempt of court.”

To see all the filing and documents associated with the case of Akina v. Hawaii, go to http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/2015/10/akina-v-hawaii-the-documents/