Building And Perpetuating Economic And Cultural Sovereignty










Tahiti Polynesian Population:               66+%

Tonga Polynesian Population:              98%

Samoa Polynesian Population:             92%

New Zealand Polynesian Population:  11% Maori/15% Pacific Islander

Hawaii Polynesian Population:             9.4% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders

New Zealand Land Area Under Direct Maori Control

980 Square Miles


Hawaiian Land Area Under Direct Native Hawaiian Control


Native Hawaiian’s have no land base of their own while all other Polynesians have a land base where their culture can flourish. 

Even native Americans in spite of the shortcoming of the reservation system have a land base that unites them.   

Maori’s of New Zealand are gaining more land while the Hawaiian sovereignty movement has spent 50 years arguing for a solution that is no closer to becoming reality then when it first began. 

Combing DHHL and OHA into a native Hawaiian Corporation would give Hawaiians their own land base not controlled by either state, monarchy or aristocracy for the first time ever.   

How can a culture survive without a land base of its own?

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


  • 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.



Native Hawaiian people have excelled in various personal and professional ways but as a group they continue to be treated as incompetent to take care of their own assets.   Both OHA and DHHL are controlled by “Trustee’s” giving the impression that native Hawaiians are in a perpetual state of infancy.

Sadly this has been an accepted norm for generations.

While DHHL has assets, such as the 80,000 square feet of prime real estate at 820 Isenberg Street sitting idle and abandoned for decades, native Hawaiians wait endlessly to be tenants on a 99 year lease.  Why only tenants when DHHL has at least 300 square miles of land and OHA has over six hundred million dollars in assets?

Clearly OHA and DHHL have land and financial assets that by smart development would become a perpetual source of revenue to enrich native Hawaiians for generations.

Both the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) if they were privately held entity, could be highly profitable engines of opportunity for those their tasked to empower ( native Hawaiian shareholders).

Native Hawaiians either ignore OHA and DHHL as they pursue their own course or in turn give far to much leeway to these agencies which are both poorly managed and unable to fiscally achieve the highest good their asset base could attain.

Hawaiian culture can ONLY be perpetuated by a shared in common land and financial assets that no state program, grants or endowments can hope to equal.

100+ years of mismanagement has caused the loss all native land assets in Hawaii and it’s time to reawaken the innovation exhibited by Hawaii’s mighty leaders of the past.

Hawaiians have land and economic assets and with determination and leadership native Hawaiians can innovate to EXPAND THEIR OWNERSHIP for greater Hawaiian economic and cultural prosperity.

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.