Building And Perpetuating Economic And Cultural Sovereignty

IMUA SERVICES

NHC GLOBAL NETWORK CONTRACTING

NHC JOB FAIR SCHEDULES

NATIVE HAWAIIAN HOUSING START UPS

END NATIVE HAWAIIAN HOMELESS TARGETS REACHED

NHC PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP GRANTS 

NATIVE HAWAII SHAREHOLDERS MEETING SCHEDULE STATE WIDE

NATIVE HAWAIIAN HOMELANDS CULTURAL EVENTS

AKAMAI GUEST ACCESS

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act is a good starting point for analyzing the mission of Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands.

The ANC (Alaska Native Corporations) has proven how indigenous people and their culture can thrive through a modern corporate organizational structure tasked with overseeing their commonly held land and financial interest.

As a private corporations they can restrict their base of shareholders and keep voting rights within that base.

They can work with other native corporations to develop economic and strategic partnerships.

They can pursue goals and  interest according to shareholders instructions and develop their assets as needed to achieve those goals.

Their assets rightful belong to them and are preserved for theirs and their decedents economic self- interest.

 

 Map Showing Doyon Corporation Lands

Map Showing Hawaiian Homelands

 

Those of Native Hawaiian ancestry can and should control the assets that belong to them.

Those of Native Hawaiians ancestry are stymied when it comes to the full benefit of the assets they can use to enrich themselves and the Hawaiian culture in-spite of the fact that they are beneficiaries of a sizable inheritance:

  • Department of Hawaiian Homeland control some 312 square miles out of 6,422 square miles in the entire state.
  • The Office of Hawaiian Affairs has some 600,000,000 dollars in assets.

While combined they would become a major economic force in Hawaii, as separate entities they can never achieve the promise of both enriching and preserving the Hawaiian culture and in turn bringing greater prosperity to the state at large. Both these assets are controlled by the State of Hawaii and their operation as government functions fails to meet either the financial obligations or the cultural preservation role they could play as a combined Native Hawaiian Corporation

Consider:

  • 80,000 square feet of prime Hawaiian Homelands real estate at 820 Isenberg Street in Honolulu has sat idle for decades neither producing housing or income for native Hawaiians
  • Most Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees are elected based on name recognition, not their economic resume and have little or no experience in operating and growing major assets in either a public or private setting.

Compare this sorry state of affairs to the prosperity the Native Alaskan Corporations have achieved which can be credited to:

  1. They are controlled by the beneficiaries as shareholders and can choose corporate governance based on proven ability.
  2. They produce jobs and wealth by a varied portfolio using their combined assets.
  3. They directly support cultural preservation and are engaging tribal membranes to interact in their own best interest.
  4. Their success is supportive to the general prosperity of all Alaskans.

The goal of establishing a Native Hawaiian Corporation to achieve similar results for native Hawaiians can be done by using the same federal process which has clear precedent with the ANC (Alaska Native Corporations) and is doable given a popular base of support.

 

 

What Can Be Done Right Now

 

Changing the mindset of limited possibilities among native Hawaiian people is the first step that must be taken.

Economic Sovereignty must start with individuals and strong families both working for economic self sufficiency.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL)  both have assets that any privately held entity could turn into highly profitable engines of opportunity for those their tasked to empower.

OHA could be governed in a professional business like manner and have leadership that would leverage its substantial portfolio and expand its asset base to do far more than it presently does.

A energized OHA could exert a powerful influence into DHHL to use the assets it holds in trust for native Hawaiians in a better and more effective way.

The DHHL land must be seen as a whole portfolio and native Hawaiians begin thinking, as co-owners of these assets, being reserved for themselves and their posterity.

100 years of misinformation and mismanagement caused the loss all native land assets in Hawaii.   Regardless of how this happened, it will take great effort to reverse this direction and will require wisdom, focus and a united determination by native Hawaiians.

Practicing this sort of self-determination and the power need to achieve what can be done now will go a long way towards laying the groundwork for further achievements in securing and perpetuating the native Hawaiian culture into the future.

Below are links to Native Alaskan Corporations.   

Visit and see how Native Alaskans are empowered to run their own affairs and build Economic Sovereignty to preserve their culture and serve their people.

Click on any picture to link to NAC websites.