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100 Confirm Participation in Native Hawaiian Constitutional Convention

December 21, 2015, 4:24 PM HST
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Image source: naiaupuni.org.

Image source: naiaupuni.org.

Nearly 100 individuals have confirmed their participation thus far in the Naʻi Aupuni’s Native Hawaiian Constitutional Convention or ʻAha in February 2016.

Naʻi Aupuni President Kuhio Asam reminded the invitees who have not yet committed to attending the ‘Aha that the deadline for becoming a participant is Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 11:59 p.m. Hawaiʻi time.

“We are gratified by the large number of persons who have already committed to participating in this conference for self-determination,” said Asam in a press release statement. “ We encourage those who have not yet done so to seriously consider confirming their participation by the Dec. 22 deadline,” he said.

Na‘i Aupuni will announce the names of the ʻAha delegates on Wednesday, Dec. 23.

The ‘Aha will run throughout February, with the first week of the conference dedicated to providing information to the participants regarding constitution building, federal Indian law, international law (regarding de-occupation, decolonization, and the rights of indigenous people), US Constitution issues that relate to self-governance, ceded lands and Kingdom Law.

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Peter Adler and Linda Colburn of The Mediation Center of the Pacific will serve as facilitators to lead the first week’s informational component and assist in organizing the group.

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Thereafter, the course and results of the ʻAha will be with the participants and without interference by Naʻi Aupuni or any government entity.

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