Honolulu, HI June 7, 2012 – The Association of Hawaiian Civic Club President, Soulee Stroud, today announced the generous support of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for the Association’s Annual Convention, this year to be held in Washington, D.C. from October 14 through October 21, 2012. This year’s Convention will host over 500 participants from the 60 Civic Clubs across the nation who will discuss the strategic direction for Native Hawaiians in 2013. The support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs will provide scholarships for convention delegates to support a portion of lodging and meal costs of the delegates while participating in the business portion of the convention.
“We are so pleased to have this support from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs,” said Soulee Stroud, Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs President. “The Civic Clubs have spent the last 94 years working to shape the policies that affect the lives of Native Hawaiians. We’re very excited to be in our nation’s capital, making those voices heard on a national scale. The convention theme, Kū Kākou i ka Pono, Kū a Puni ke Ao Mālamalama meaning Let us all, stand for justice, stand across this brilliant world, inspired by Haunani Apoliona provides guidance as we continue to be a voice of the Hawaiian people.”
The 2011 Convention saw resolutions on the protection and preservation of our sacred sites such as Mokauea Island, Kaho`olawe, and Maunawila Heiau. We continue to protect and preserve ancient cultural practices as lawai'a and mahi'ai and work to support our practitioners at the State Legislature.
Improving health, social and economic well-being for our ‘ōiwi Hawai`i residing in our ka pae ‘āina and on the continent remains a challenge for the second decade as our delegates continue to urge the adoption of health and wellness initiatives by our clubs in their communities.
The political status and self-determination for Native Hawaiian people, whether living in Hawai`i or away from our shores will be of the first order of work ahead and the Association is working closely with the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to assure a transparent, accountable process of creating a roll of Native Hawaiians.
History has not been even-handed with Native Hawaiians. Unresolved or unfair policies continue to impact us. The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs, its courageous and bold leaders and members,
convenes the 53rd Annual Convention at the doorstep of the United States Capitol to raise our unified voice as advocates for Native Hawaiians across this nation. As we have in the past, so too at this upcoming Convention in Washington D.C., the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs will follow in the
footsteps of our founder, Prince Kūhiō Kalaniana`ole who spent two decades as a non-voting delegate to Congress, orchestrating the most significant federal legislation of our people in the passage of the Hawaiian Homes Act of 1920. Collectively, we give voice once again to their cause, Kū Kākou i ka Pono, Kū a Puni ke Ao Mālamalama.
The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs has also partnered with Hawai‘i Maoli as their fiscal sponsor. “We are very happy to support the Association in this important work,” said Interim Executive Director Maile Alau, “They have been strong advocates for Native Hawaiians for almost 100 years, and their convention is the starting point for the whole year.”
The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is the oldest Hawaiian community-based grass roots organization founded in 1918 by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana`ole, Delegate to the United States House of Representatives. It is a confederation of sixty Hawaiian Civic Clubs located throughout the State of Hawai`i and in the States of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, Washington State, Tennessee and Texas and is governed by a 16-member Board of Directors. They are a strong voice at city, state and federal levels, and advocate for improved welfare of Native Hawaiians in culture, health, economic development, education, social welfare, and nationhood. They are committed to the perpetuation and preservation of language, history, music, dance and other cultural traditions.
ABOUT THE ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS
Founded by Prince Jonah Kūhiō Kalaniana`ole in 1918, the AHCC is the oldest Hawaiian community-based grass roots organization with a confederation of 60 Hawaiian Civic Clubs located in Hawai`i and the continental United States. With a vision to remain a recognized voice of the Native Hawaiian people and make the organization self-sustaining, the AHCC advocates for improved welfare of Native Hawaiians in culture, health, education, social welfare, economic development and nationhood. The AHCC is known for its pioneering efforts in taking a stand and making change at the local, state and federal levels of government for the Native Hawaiian people. More information about the AHCC is available at
ABOUT HAWAI`I MAOLI
Hawai`i Maoli is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1997 by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Hawaiian culture and traditions. Our mission is to provide day-to-day services to the membership clubs, councils and Association, through which, we serve Native Hawaiians and the general public.