November/December 1996 Volume 2 Issue 11
ONE VOTE...GIANT STEP
by Kawika Cooper
Now that the Native Hawaiian vote has been counted and
a mandate given to take the next step, it is time to plan
the process to sovereignty.
The first major issue is the definition of
sovereignty; it will drive the entire shape and content
of the Constitutional Convention. A return to the Kingdom
of Hawaii and seceding from the United States was voted
dead in its tracks - overwhelmingly. A nation within a
nation appears to have merit; and a state within a state
is not inconceivable.
Blood quantum is the second major issue; it has been
an extremely divisive policy since it was included by the
Congress in passing the Hawaiian Homelands Act of 1921.
It is being improperly used by many factions to exclude
all Native Hawaiians from proper representation and
entitlements regardless where they reside.
Inclusivity versus exclusivity is the third major
issue; Native Hawaiians are everywhere is today's modern
world, and our networks include the majority and
And fourth, Native Hawaiian leadership must be
reinvented if the rest of the world is to believe that
the movement towards sovereignty is pono.
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