( JUNE 2013 ) E Hana Kākou : The Advancement of Native Hawaiians and All Residents of the Aloha State by Keli'i Akina PH.D.
Entire presentation video record here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bek8j0dEbTo&feature=youtu.be Dr AKina began with the moving aloha oli welcoming chant taught to him by his mentor Winona Beamer, emphasizing aloha for all. He then defined the biggest threat to all Hawaii, and all Hawaiians, as being the present threat of ending the aloha spirit of inclusiveness. Specifically he addressed the Akaka Bill as wanting to impose a government entity on Native Hawaiians similar to that of Native American Indians, which would establish government to government relations, but go around any chance of government to people relations. This was contrary to the spirit of the founding documents of America, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Further, when the Akaka bill failed, the Hawaii State government recently passed a law determined to proceed on their own, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, which would define Hawaiians by blood lines since Captain Cook, a racially divisive mechanism that was contrary to the spirit of aloha. He contrasted this with the Kingdom of Hawaii’s Constitution of 1840, which was a declaration of rights stating equality for all : "God hath made of one blood all nations of men to dwell on the earth, in unity and blessedness”. This enlightened Hawaiian document, instituted by King Kamehaeha III, preceded the US own ending of racial inequality, the ending of slavery, by 2 decades.