October 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM HST - Updated June 28 at 4:26 AM
What do you feel is the biggest issue facing the Hawaiian community today? And what would you do to solve it?
An issue at the forefront in our mission to serve Native Hawaiians is timely and successful implementation of OHAÊ»s Strategic Plan 2010-2018 targeting six strategic priorities of economic self-sufficiency, land and water, culture, health, governance, and education. Producing community results for these priorities will empower Hawaiians and strengthen Hawai`Ê»i. For Native Hawaiians the biggest issue facing our community is formulating a unified position by beneficiaries to establish a Native Hawaiian Governing Entity as the tool to protect and grow assets; and, as a tool that will affirm the "political status" of Native Hawaiians in relation to the United States and the world. Absent that native government status the assets, programs and benefits serving Native Hawaiians will continue to be legally vulnerable and subject to adjudication in the U.S. Supreme Court.
A unified political will of the Native Hawaiian community will resolve this condition, and Native Hawaiians must do it.