OHA: Office of Hawaiian Affairs

ALOHA RISING. VOTE 2020.

Vote By Mail Flier

Aloha Rising. Vote 2020. is a new campaign designed to engage young, first time Native Hawaiian voters. In the months leading up to the 2020 Primary and General Elections, we will be sharing information on how to register to vote and how to vote with the new mail-in ballot system. We also want to make sure new voters are making informed decisions when they cast their ballot, so we will be sharing candidate responses to issues that affect the lāhui and encourage voters to tune in to candidate debates so you can vote for the candidates that align with your stances on the issues that affect our way of life in Hawaiʻi nei.

Mahalo to everyone who completed our survey and sharing your manaʻo on the issues that are important to you.

I Mana Ka Leo—let your voice be heard!

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Aloha Rising Webinar Series

The eight week online civic engagement workshop series is one component of OHA’s Aloha Rising Vote 2020 campaign to increase civic engagement amongst Native Hawaiians. The weekly one-hour program is presented in partnership with Kanaeokana, and will feature Kumu Hina sharing mele and community experts discussing the history of civic engagement amongst the Native Hawaiian community. The series will cover a broad range of topics centered on ʻōiwi civic engagement and history through a cultural lens. Each program will end with a mele that all participants can join together and sing.

Tune in to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs FacebookKanaeokana Facebook and our other partner pages every Thursday at 2pm through May and June.

Episode #1 – May 7, 2020

A Historical Overview of ʻŌiwi Civic Engagement with Davis Price and mele with Kumu Hina.

Episode #2 – May 14, 2020

Land Tenure and Leadership in Ancient Hawaiʻi vs Today with Kamana Beamer and new mele with Kumu Hina.

Episode #3 – May 21, 2020

ʻOnipaʻa Mau: Political Organizing and Engagement of Native Hawaiians in the Territorial Era with Kawika Burgess and a review of past mele with Kumu Hina.

Tune in to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs FacebookKanaeokana Facebook and our other partner pages every Thursday at 2pm through May and June to watch more.


Aloha Rising Survey Results

OHA’s Aloha Rising series launched with an online survey on January 15, 2020, Opening Day at the Hawai‘i State Legislature. Our goal was to hear directly from the community. The survey was open from January 15 to February 15 and the question was posed: what’s important to you? Over 2,700 people participated in the survey with 88% self-identifying as Native Hawaiian or Part Hawaiian. Responses came from across Hawai‘i, from 41 states on the continent, and from three U.S. territories. According to our survey results:

• 88% of respondents plan on voting this year
• Most respondents (78%) participated in a Hawaiian cultural activity within the past year
• The average rating of elected officials’ decisions was 2.17 (out of 5), or “Extremely Dissatisfied”
• Most important Hawai‘i issues: 1) Affordable homeownership; 2) Proper management of land and water resources; 3) Native Hawaiian representation in government; 4) Poverty in Hawai’i; and 5) Access to Hawaiian Homelands
• Half of the respondents did not know about Hawai‘i’s new all-mail-in voting process

Guided by the results of this survey, the Aloha Rising Vote 2020 campaign aims to encourage more Native Hawaiians to vote and to participate in the political process. Our efforts will take place throughout the year leading up to the primary and general elections, being held on August 8 and November 3, respectively. In light of COVID-19 concerns, Aloha Rising educational activities are being reconfigured to take advantage of online sharing platforms. Whether the events are hosted digitally or in-person, the information shared will focus on the cultural importance of community building and political participation with sharing of mo‘olelo and mele by Kumu Hina; and a practical training on mail-in voting.

Remember: 2020 is the first year that Hawai‘i is doing all-mail-in ballots for both the primary and general elections. Be sure to register to vote and that your current address is registered to ensure that you receive your ballot in the mail. Also, keep in mind that precinct polling locations will not exist this year, and walk-in voting will only be available at specific locations during specific times.

Your vote is your voice in what you think Hawaiʻi’s future should be, how our traditions and resources should be sustained, and who are the best people to lead us. Simply put: Hawaiian voters means that Hawaiian issues will be addressed by our legislators. Your voice is part of a chorus, calling for a strong and vibrant lāhui.

Archive: 2018 Get out the vote campaign

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