CNHA News Release
The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA) supports state law enacted as Act 195 that creates the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to establish a “base roll” of Native Hawaiians interested in organizing a Native Hawaiian Government recognized by the state of Hawaii. We encourage Native Hawaiians across the United States to learn about Act 195, its Native Hawaiian Roll, and to participate by enrolling yourself and your eligible family members.
As a result of Act 195, Governor Abercrombie appointed five community leaders to compose the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission whose duty is to develop and oversee the process of registration. The appointed commissioners include, Governor John Waihee, Chairperson and Commissioner At-Large joined by Na‘alehu Anthony, Vice Chair and Oahu Commissioner; Robin Puanani Danner, Kauai Commissioner; Lei Kihoi, Hawaii Island Commissioner; and Mahealani Wendt, Maui Commissioner.
Kana‘iolowalu was established in July 20, 2012 by the Commission, to launch an open enrollment of any Native Hawaiian that would like to participate in the formal organizing of a sovereign Native Hawaiian Government, fully recognized by the State of Hawaii, and creating a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians.
While many remember Kau Inoa, an initiative of the state Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which was a similar registry, the main difference with Kana‘iolowalu is the passage of Act 195, providing recognition of Native Hawaiians under state law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor. Enrollment and participation is voluntary.
“We highly encourage any Native Hawaiian, where ever you live, to visit www.kanaiolowalu.org,” said Robin Puanani Danner, Kauai Commissioner. “It takes five minutes to enroll and join the thousands that have already done so — to build a government that is focused on our identity, our culture, our language, and our survival as a people, requires leaning forward with some action. Spend perhaps the most important five minutes of the year — enroll with Kana‘iolowalu. It’s worth doing, not just for yourself, but every generation in your family.”
Enrollment to Kana‘iolowalu is an affirmation that you are an indigenous person of Hawaii, willing to participate in the formation of a Native Hawaiian government, separate from county, state or federal governments. The Commission is charged with conducting the enrollment and publishing the roll when it has closed. “Don’t miss the chance to be on the base roll, and to decide how we will govern ourselves, our assets and resources,” Danner said. “Do it for your family, for the next generation in your ohana.”
Visit the official website at www.kanaiolowalu.org for more information on how you can register or get in touch with the Kana‘iolowalu staff to address any questions or concerns by calling (808) 594-0088.
CNHA is a national network of Native Hawaiian Organizations, providing assistance in accessing capital and technical resources, and is a policy voice on issues important to Native Hawaiian communities. Its mission is to enhance the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians. For more information about CNHA contact us at 808-596-8155, toll-free at 1-800-709-2642, by e-mail at email@example.com, or at www.hawaiiancouncil.org.