Kana'iolowalu Newsletter February 2014





MAHALO!

We thank you for joining our efforts to bring the Native Hawaiian community together to work towards a better future for our people.

You have a meaningful role in our campaign to register Native Hawaiians. We could not have succeeded in having more than 107,000 Native Hawaiians signed up without you.

The formal registration campaign has now ended. We have no doubt that you’ll continue to play an important role.

The first step was to find people who want to bring important change to the Native Hawaiian community. This is an important step in a long journey and the Native Hawaiian people will continue to need your participation and support in the months and years to come.

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Most Significant Registry Ever

Due to the challenges and conditions facing Native Hawaiians today, the Native Hawaiian Roll may be the most significant registry in modern times.

It follows in the footsteps of the struggles and successes of many who came before, all the way back to the Kuʻe Petition.

A strong message is made when more than 107,000 Native Hawaiians sign-up with the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission. That message is clear, Native Hawaiians will work together for meaningful change and are preparing to deal directly with the state and federal governments to resolve issues of historical injustices and to actively address current issues facing Native Hawaiians.

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Ancestry Confirmation Process is Underway

While the formal registration “campaign” may have ended, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission Staff still has a lot of work to do.

Confirming Native Hawaiian ancestry for literally thousands of people is a huge task.

It involves reviewing documents, determining whether those documents confirm ancestry and if not, then following-up with people to find other ways for confirming Native Hawaiian ancestry. Others may not have even submitted documents to confirm their ancestry; this will require additional work. Some registrations were submitted without complete information such as current addresses and birth dates.

More than a list

This registry is more than a list. It serves as the basis for eligibility to participate in the process of reestablishing the modern government. It is important for the information to be as up to date as possible.

We ask for your patience and support as the confirmation process is underway. Our staff and volunteers are working hard to confirm everyone who signed up.

Please kōkua when you receive a phone call, an email or regular mail inquiry.

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Check Your Status Online

You can check your status by visiting your dashboard.

Complete the form by entering your First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth as you had listed on your registration (see image below).

If you have new contact information, please leave us a note and we will make the change to your registration.

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What if my status is Pending?

If your status is listed as Pending, it could mean that we are working towards reviewing your registration, or we need additional information.

In addition to checking your status, you can also upload copies of documents to confirm your ancestry like your or your parents' birth certificates.

We put together some answers to frequently asked questions regarding specific situations and what's needed to process ancestry confirmation. Click here to view.

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What You Can Expect

In March, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission will publish a pre-certification list. This list will be of the people whom the Commission intends to certify as being the official list. It will be available for viewing on the website, as well as in paper form in public locations such as libraries and the offices of certain Hawaiian organizations. A list of locations will be available on-line. An announcement of this publication will be made on the radio, in the newspaper, on the website, and through email.

What will be on this list?

The alphabetized list will have each person’s full, current name, the year of birth, and the city of current residence. For example, Norma Nyuk Wong, 1956, Honolulu.

There will be a two week comment period. Any changes or challenges may be made at that time.

The Commission will then finalize and officially certify the registry. This will bring the Commission’s work to an end, and others will take up the work.

ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia! I mua kākou!
(No task is too great when done together.)