Kana'iolowalu



Kanaʻiolowalu is a project of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission. It is a campaign to reunify Native Hawaiians in the self-recognition of our unrelinquished sovereignty, by enrolling Native Hawaiians and supporters in this declaration. Those Native Hawaiians who are on the list and are 18 years of age as of the date of an election will be eligible to participate in the organization of a governing entity.

A campaign to reunify Native Hawaiians in the self-recognition of our unrelinquished sovereignty.

What is the Meaning of "Kanaʻiolowalu?"

Kanaʻiolowalu is the Hawaiian name given to the commission that embodies the work being done and the way it is being approached. Naʻi refers to striving, achieving, overcoming and even conquering. Many of us know that Kamehameha I was also known as “Kanaʻiaupuni” or the one who conquered (naʻi) and created the kingdom (aupuni). Olowalu refers to a sound similar to that of waves lapping up on the shore that is lined with pebbles; that rustling sound of the movement of the water through the many pebbles. In our use of the word, it refers to the din that is being created by the mass of people who are coming together and moving forward to strive and achieve and recognize the unrelinquished sovereignty of the Native Hawaiian people…Kanaʻiolowalu.

Who May be Registered?

Any Native Hawaiian who declares their cultural, civic or social connection as demonstrated in their unrelinquished sovereignty. (A guardian or parent's signature is required for those less than 16 years of age.)

Native Hawaiians who are 18 years of age as of the date of an election will be eligible to participate in the organization of a governing entity.

How Non-Hawaiians Can Support Kanaʻiolowalu?

  • By signing the Petition of Support
  • By volunteering
  • By urging others to support
  • Become a volunteer