Grassroot Institute Posts Native Hawaiian Roll Online
Court-ordered Document Available Despite Obstruction Efforts by Roll Commission
From Grassroot Institute, July 23, 2015
HONOLULU, HAWAII--July 23, 2015--Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii posted the enrollment list compiled by the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (operating on behalf of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs) on its transparency website, OpenHawaii.org. Though the Roll Commission continually attempted to obstruct and withhold the list--even providing it in an unorganized and unsearchable format when finally forced to do so by a court order--it is now available to the public for download and review.
Watchdog organization Judicial Watch, with the cooperation of the Grassroot Institute, first sought the list via an open records request filed last year. When the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission refused to release the list, they filed suit to compel disclosure under the state's transparency law. Hawaii Circuit Court Judge Jeannette Castagnetti ordered that the list be released and set a deadline for the Commission's compliance. The Commission waited until the deadline, then provided a list that made a farce of the state's transparency law. Despite the fact that the document must exist in electronic format, they delivered the list on stacks of paper, arranged in no particular order--a clear attempt to thwart the public's desire to search through and analyze the names on the Roll.
Judicial Watch objected to the format that the list was delivered in, but the Commission once again proved that it has little interest in open and transparent action, refusing to send the list in electronic form, or even alphabetical order. While the Grassroot Institute attempts to find a way to create a more easily searchable list from the one provided by the Commission, it has made the existing version available to the public.
"It is troubling to see that the Roll Commission, as a government agency, has little regard for transparency and its duty to all citizens, especially Native Hawaiians," stated Keli'i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute. "Tens of thousands of Native Hawaiians had their names placed on the Native Hawaiian Roll without their express consent, and many have voiced their concern and anger. It is time for State of Hawaii agencies to get out of the nation-building business and stop wasting money that rightly should be spent on education, health services, jobs, and housing."
"Trying to divide American citizens by race is bad enough, but signing citizens up for this project without even telling them is an atrocious abuse of government power,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Anyone who learns that their name is on this list should demand that the NHRC remove it."
To download the list from the OpenHawaii website go to: http://openhawaii.org/Native%20Hawaiian%20Roll%20Commission%20List
To view and search the list, click here.
Because it is a large document, it will take time to load completely. Please wait for it to load before searching. To search for a name, hold down the Ctrl key and press the "f" key. Then, simply type all or part of the name into the search box.
To view without downloading use: https://www.scribd.com/doc/272309928/NHRC-List-of-Registered-Names
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Judicial Watch Announces Release of Government-Funded Race-Based Hawaii Enrollment List for Separatist Vote
News Release from Judicial Watch, July 23, 2015
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it obtained the race-based enrollment list of native Hawaiians created in accordance with the “Kana’iolowalu,” the controversial racial registration campaign run by the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (NHRC). Judicial Watch obtained the list under a June 3, 2015 court order issued in an open records lawsuit that Judicial Watch filed against the NHRC seeking the release of documents related to the campaign. Hawaiians are invited to search the list to see if their names were added. (Judicial Watch filed an Application for an Order Allowing Inspection of Public Records in February 2015 against the NHRC to obtain records regarding the campaign. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a Hawaii-based think tank, partnered with Judicial Watch on this investigation.)
On July 20, 2012, using taxpayer funds from the State’s Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission launched the Kana’iolowalu campaign, opening a registration process for native Hawaiians who desired to vote for a new race-based sovereign government.
Upon the registration’s closing in January 2014, only about 40,000 native Hawaiians had registered.
The Roll Commission then reopened registration in March and again in August of 2014. During this period, the State Office of Hawaiian Affairs transferred government lists of “Native Hawaiians” who had previously registered their “ancestry” with the state agency to the Kana’iolowalu campaign. At least 87,000 names were transferred to the NHRC’s enrollment list in this way. This resulted in registrants placed on the enrollment list without their knowledge or consent. Individuals who object to being added to the race-based voter roll without their permission are compelled to file a form to have their names removed.
Now that the list is public, any individual concerned that their name is improperly on the list can check the list here, http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/nhrc-list-of-registered-names-combined/. If your name appears on the list (or your minor child’s name) and you wish to have it removed, you should contact: Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, P.O. Box 75331, Honolulu, Hawaii 96836. The NHRC phone number is (808) 973-0099.
“I am sure too many Hawaiians will learn that they have been registered, without their permission, on a race-based enrollment list to help radicals in Hawaii tear the state apart and break away from the United States of America. Trying to divide American citizens by race is bad enough, but signing citizens up for this project without even telling them is a particularly nasty abuse of government power,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “A group of leftist radicals is trying to bring apartheid to Hawaii. Hawaiians should check this “enrollment” list to help make sure they have no part in this plot.”
The Obama administration has been criticized for taking executive action toward “the reestablishment of a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community.”