Aloha kākou. I am Raul Nohea Goodness, and i ask to be your delegate (Outside Hawaii). My concern is for Hawaiian Unity. The divisive elements before us today are Act 195, Kanaʻiolowalu, and the US Dept. of Interior rules for Federal Recognition as a government within a government entity.
Here are my assessments and goals:
- Kanaʻiolowalu and Naʻi Aupuni exclude and alienate many Hawaiians from participating. To be legitimate, we need the full independent lāhui.
- Practically, it makes no sense to seek US Federal Recognition under the Dept. of Interior. I see no benefit over the current Federal law regarding Native Hawaiians, and we risk surrender of claims since the overthrow. Only an independent Hawaiian government (reflecting our values) will be able to effective protect the ʻāina, culture, language, and the people.
- If those goals cannot be met, i will vote against creating a constitution.
Principles i will stand behind:
- A Hawaiian government must represent the majority of its people (kanaka maoli or descendants of Kingdom of Hawaii citizens)
- If it represents only an unrepresentative fraction of Native Hawaiians, it shall not make any irreversible agreements regarding federal recognition or control of the trust lands.
- If delegates at this ‘Aha try to create a government with powers to give up our claims as an independent nation, or title to misappropriated lands, they will cause a permanent division in our people.
- We need “guarantors” at this ‘Aha – people who will stand for representing the will of the majority of Hawaiians, for creating the best process, instead of skipping directly to an outcome (federal recognition or otherwise). If they cannot, they should only do more efforts to get the participation, or else disband with no agreement.
I am only entering this process because of my concerns for Hawaiian unity, and we, like all others, demand full prior informed consent. But we cannot rely on others to inform us on our own interests, so we need to help each other. I will hui and look for common ground, but remain steadfast on the points above.
I am not part of any Native Hawaiian political organization, nor any US or State of Hawaii group. My career for the past 20 years had been as a Internet/Web Software Developer in NYC. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my wife Christina (kama‘āina), and our 2 keiki. My father is Manu Goodness, who opened the Alu Like office for Maui County in the 1970′s. I was raised on Maui through high school, and received a B.A. in Anthropology at University of Massachusetts-Amherst. I own and maintain my family home in Wailuku, Maui, and am a part-time resident. I just find myself in this place and want to do my part for the lāhui.
-Raul Nohea Goodness