To the Forum:
controlled both houses of the legislature and the governor’s office for the
past 40 years. During that time, the plight of Hawaiians has deteriorated.
As a people, Hawaiians suffer the worst health, lowest educational levels and
highest rate of people on welfare and in prison. The reason for this is clear –
while lots of state and federal money has been poured into various programs
meant to benefit Hawaiians, little attention has been paid to
self-determination for the Hawaiian people.
Through the years, certain
so-called Hawaiian leaders have valued their ties to the Democrat Party over
their responsibility to their own people. This flow of dollars has kept these
so-called leaders employed, but it has not noticeably improved the condition of
the Hawaiian people nor moved them any closer to the self-determination that
The recent Supreme Court decision known as Rice v Cayetano
forces Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians to reassess the best way to achieve
self-determination for the Hawaiian people. Perhaps we should thank Big Island
rancher Freddy Rice for bringing this long testering issue to a head.
the decades-long failure of the Democrat Party is exposed for all to see, and
shines a spotlight on the all-Democrat Congressional delegation’s failure to
deal with this issue on a timely basis. Since the Rice decision, the entire
delegation has been deafeningly silent regarding a plan of action at the
A look at the most recent platforms of both the Hawaii
Republican Party and the Democratic Party of Hawaii holds part of the answer as
to why the democrats have failed so dreadfully to assist Native Hawaiians to
reach their goal of self-determination and points out why the Hawaii Republican
Party should be given the opportunity to lead our state.
platform has a specific section entitled, “Native Hawaiians”, while
the Democrat platform contains no such separate section. The only mention of
Native Hawaiians in the Democrat platform occurs under sections called,
“Government,” and “Historic Preservation.”
section of the Republican platform, entitled, “Native Hawaiians,” is
simple, complete and significant. It says, “The people of Hawaii’s
Republican Party value the traditional host Hawaiian culture and recognize that
it is the essence and spirit of these islands. We support self-determination
for Native Hawaiians in managing their own affairs and resources.
believe the determination of “Native Hawaiians”, in terms of blood
quantum or otherwise, is a matter for Hawaiians to resolve and we pledge to
honor their wishes as expressed by popular vote.
Gov. Cayetano’s rash,
uninformed and arrogant decision to remove eight of the Office of Hawaiian
Affairs trustees and appoint his personal choices was clearly a move to take
over something that belongs to the Hawaiian people—not to him and the
Democratic Party of Hawaii. Enough is enough!
We want to invite both
Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians to join us in the new Hawaii Republican Party as we
work to create the kind of balanced political system that would make this kind
of arrogance much less likely. E Komo Mai is our party’s slogan, and we welcome
everyone as supporters, volunteers and candidates at every level of
We are the party of reform and change, two things desperately
needed as we enter this new century.
In past years, the Democrat Party has
tried hard and often successfully to paint a false picture of how the Democrats
have controlled our state for 40 years, and yet have been ineffective in
resolving the various issues of concern to the Hawaiian people, particularly
the issues of self-determination. In addition, our entire federal delegation is
democrat and yet it has never offered a concrete, long-term solution to the
problems facing the Hawaiian people. In addition, they did nothing to prepare
for the eventual outcome of the Rice decision.
In fact, the only concrete
federal action of any lasting significance to the Hawaiian people during the
years of the Democrat Party in our state occurred when a Republican
Congresswoman, Patricia Saiki, working with a Republican President, George
Bush, stopped the bombing on Kaho’olawe, which set up the eventual return of
the island to the state.
Micah A. Kane, Executive Director, Hawaii
Linda Lingle, State Chairman, Hawaii Republican