FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
The legal/official name of the organization is Hui Kānaka Kālaiʻāina (HKK), the Hawaiian term for People’s Political Party. The HKK will simply be known as the Kānaka Party (registered trade name) or the People’s Party. Note: Kānaka is the Hawaiian word for people, all people.
IS THE KĀNAKA PARTY A HAWAIIAN POLITICAL PARTY?
The Kānaka Party (KP) was founded by a small racially-diverse group including several Native Hawaiians. The KP adheres to and promotes traditional Hawaiian values such as living Aloha and being Pono. The KP is also advised by a Kūpuna Council that is tasked with the kuleana to ensure that the KP remains culture-based and culturally competent. In addition, one of the 5-principles of the KP is to ho‘oponopono (make right what is wrong) regarding the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi. In this context, the KP may be considered a Hawaiian political party. However, it is important to understand that the KP is not only for Hawaiians and is not limited to Hawaiian issues. The KP is inclusive, welcomes all, and address the needs and concerns of all the people of Hawaiʻi.
WHAT IS THE KĀNAKA PARTY AND WHAT ARE ITS GOALS?
The Kānaka Party (KP) is not simply a political party, it is a movement for change, a new dawn for politics in Hawaiʻi. Founded on traditional Hawaiian values, the KP will advocate and promote policies and governmental operations that reflect Hawaiian cultural principles such as: Aloha for all People; Mālama the ʻĀina and all Creatures; Demand for government Accountability and Transparency; Advocate for Hoʻoponopono (making right what is wrong) regarding the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi; and recognition of ke Akua (the divine). KP values include being inclusive, unifying, and celebrating diversity. KP’s goal is to bring about needed transformative change, through a grassroots democratic political process, from the inside out, by fielding pono candidate who will in turn advocate for needed change as elected officials.
WHO CREATED THE KĀNAKA PARTY?
The Kānaka Party was established by a racially-diverse group (Maori, Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, and Haole) from Moku o Keawe. Bobbi Cuttance, Gloria (Duvauchelle) Ishibashi, Pua Ishibashi, Nawahine Kahoʻopiʻi, Ipolani Murphy, and Kaleopono Norris, are recognized as the founding members of the Kānaka Party.