Rise & Be Heard: Ho‘oulu Lāhui #RiseBeHeard
E ala, e alu, e kuilima kakou!

Never cease to act because you fear you may fail. -- Queen Liliuokalani
THE STEPS and decisions that are made towards nation building  begin and end with the people. THE STEPS and decisions that are made towards nation building begin and end with the people.


KĀMAU A EA is a series of governance summits aimed at bringing together leaders of Hawaiian self-governance initiatives. The first summit, Summit I, which was held on November 28th and 29th, 2012, was a large-group orientation, planning, and visioning session for the purpose of educating and informing OHA, Hawaiʻi communities, and the lāhui about ongoing Hawaiian governance and self-determination initiatives. Summit II was held on May 13, 2013, and Summit III was held on March 14th and 15th, 2014. Summit IV is scheduled for April 11th and 12th, 2014. The group presentations and Q/A panel session will be livestreamed here at oha.org/nationbuilding. Presentations will be posted shortly after the livestream broadcast.

April 11th, 2014    Recordings:

The name of the series, Kāmau a Ea, holds significant meaning. First, Ea is translated here as “life” but also means sovereignty, rule, and independence as embodied in the words that Kauikeaouli uttered on Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea, Restoration Day and that has become our state motto: Ua mau ke ea o ka ʻāina i ka pono. Second, Kāmau means “to keep on, continue, persevere, last, add a little more” and speaks to the efforts of those who have endeavored and persevered since 1893 to restore Ea to Hawaiians.


O‘ahu @ 6:30P.M.

  • APR 09: Waimānalo Homestead Association Hālau
  • APR 15: Ka Waihona o ka Na‘auao Public Charter School, Wai‘anae
  • APR 23: Stevenson Middle School, Papakolea
  • APR 30: Hale Pono‘ī, Kapolei

Lāna‘i @ 5:00P.M.

  • APR 17: Hale Kupuna

Kaua‘i @ 5:00P.M.

  • APR 15: Anahola Clubhouse
  • APR 17: Waimea Neighborhood Center


  • APR 11: Waikapu Community Center (2 sessions) 1 and 5p.m.
  • APR 12: Helene Hall, Hānā, 1 p.m.
  • APR 15: Kīhei Community Center, 5 p.m.
  • APR 16: Lāhaina Civic Center, 5p.m.

Moloka‘i @ 10:00A.M.

  • APR 18: Lanikeha Community Center

East Hawai‘i @ 6:00P.M.

  • APR 05: Pāhala Community Center
  • APR 08: Keaukaha School Cafeteria
  • APR 15: Queen Lili‘uokalani Children's Center

West Hawai‘i @ 6:00P.M.

  • APR 11: Kahilu Townhall, Waimea
  • APR 16: Maka‘eo Pavillion, Kailua-Kona
  • APR 21: Yano Hall, Kealakekua
  • APR 24: Kohala Intergenerational Center

TALK STORY about the opportunity for Hawaiians to manage our own future. Get involved. Attend a town hall meeting and learn more about nation building.


IT BEGINS WITH YOU. Hawaiian nation building will succeed if we all take part.

The goal of nation building is to determine our destiny, to care for our ʻāina, to improve the lives of Native Hawaiians and everyone in Hawai'i—in the areas of culture, education, health, and economic opportunities.

Our community is uniting to move forward and engage in a process to build a nation.



Proposed Framework
2014 MAR - MAY 1

NATIVE HAWAIIANS are encouraged to register with the Official Roll during this special open enrollment period if they have not already done so


NATIVE HAWAIIANS who have signed up on the Official Roll will elect delegates


DELEGATES convene at an ‘Aha with the purpose of drafting a governing document

2015 DEC - JAN

THE GOVERNING DOCUMENT goes back to those on the Official Roll to approve or disapprove of the governing document

OHA will facilitate a process to rebuild a Hawaiian nation. While OHA facilitates the process, the outcomes will reflect the collective will of the Native Hawaiian people. OHA will work with an array of Hawaiian leaders from Hawaiian organizations and the community who will help shape the process of nation building and develop educational materials to inform people about the process and options involved in nation building. OHA will remain neutral throughout the process.