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Hawaii National Transitional Authority meeting

From Poka Laenui via Facebook: 

The third general meeting of the Hawaii National Transitional Authority will be held tomorrow 85-888 Farrington Hwy., Wai`anae, HI at the S&L Building. Meeting starts at 6:00 P.M. and will run for 3 hours.
The transitional authority meetings are meant to bridge Hawaii from its current state under U.S. control to liberation as an independent nation-state. There are many challenges to be met before we reach our goal. The largest challenges seem to be ourselves, our attitudes, and our lack of vision to all the possibilities of our future.

In the past two meetings, we began a process of facing these challenges, “peeling the onion, one leaf at a time.” From the adage, “a house divided against itself cannot stand,” we explored the areas of unity among various expressions of Hawaiian sovereignty, from immediate and absolute independence to a process of obtaining Federal recognition, and moving within the U.S. administration, to eventual independence from the U.S. We explored options of working within the U.S. administration and taking over place and positions in preparation for assuming independence.

We talked about a “nation” as far more than its governmental form, its head of state, its constitution and statutes, and its historical basis for existence. Such surface descriptions for a nation fails to touch the deeper experience, the foundational culture, the sacred principles of its nationhood. We have been trying to look at a nation’s deeper experiences and sacred principles. What makes a Hawaiian nation unique and how does it differ from any other nation, race, country, etc.?
We are examining three specific areas of our Hawaiian Nation – Economics, Nationalism, and the meaning of “kakou” to Hawaii.

We are examining three specific areas of our Hawaiian Nation – Economics, Nationalism, and the meaning of “kakou” to Hawaii.
Economic: We examined the general outline of “modern” economic practices in Hawaii and considered its appropriateness to the Hawaiian nation. We considered alternative economic models, and briefly compared some fundamental principles upon which those models were based. “Modern day” or “western” economic models are based on some fundamental principles which come to us from Western leaders such as Adam Smiith and concepts of the “invisible hand,” the possibility of “ownership” or commodification of all about us, including nature and mankind, to be considered as factors of production, consumption or both. Against this underlying principle, we have what today is sometimes called an alternative set of principles (but really much older than the Smith model of economics) which come from many indigenous societies.

Our discussion went into other areas of economics, touching on the need to understand fundamentals of economics and finance in the new world, alternative monetary and finance methods, their applicability in small communities and applying it to larger communities such as in international trade and finance, conversion rates and methods (transferability from levels of community), and how such practice is actually forbidden by U.S. laws restricting the creation of money yet, it is widely practiced, even by the U.S. government, in the form of credit cards and what Banks do in its use of creation of credit. Yet, all of those forms of “money” is traceable and able to be reported and accounted for (“taxable”) but the creation of community alternative forms of “money” is made a crime.

As we look at Hawaii’s economic systems, we are looking at the following:
i. State Banking system in juxtaposition to the Federal Central Banking System
ii. Elimination of the practice of private banking and the need for banking to be treated as a public utility, in service and control of the public,
iii. The management of international trade as it comes into Hawaii, and the appropriate control such that foreign interests which buys into and buys up Hawaii should be able to do so only under scrutiny of “Hawaiian Eyes”, limiting such trade, investments, and foreign developments, assuring proper growth and integration of local people within all development, and assuring that there remains proper circulation of funds created in Hawaii stays in Hawaii.
iv. Assuring the survival of the “mom and pop” stores, neighborhood control of market development and opportunities, and considering new obligations of multi-national investment firms to the survival of local economies.
v. The role of parallel economies, one tract along a local/indigenous track and a second along a Western, international track.

Nationalism in the Hawaiian context. How are we to understand differentiations between race, culture, allegiance, religion, language, indigenous, citizen, native, historical rights, inheritance, and the role which each of those concepts play in defining Hawaiian nationalism? What are the rights, responsibilities, roles, and expectations of each of the above, or do they have any significance under the Hawaiian nation?

Kakou expands the concept of “Hawaiian” from beyond the family of people under categories of race, culture, allegiance, etc. What is the place, protection, and role of the plants and animals of Hawai`i, of the ground, the mountains, the salt and fresh waters, of the winds which circulate throughout Hawai`i. As we transcend from our current status to our exercise of Hawaiian independence, what are the changes we make within ourselves and in our societies, so that we bring along all of Hawaii.

The transition we undertake to our independent Hawaii raises these and many more questions as we prepare ourselves. We find it helpful to join among ourselves in these discussions for Hawaii’s future. We invite your joining us at our Wai`anae meeting. 85-888 Farrington Hyw., Wai`anae, HI 96792. 6 to 9 p.m.

A hui hou. Poka Laenui
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