Kamaki Kanahele

Kamaki Kanahele, a native Hawaiian, devotes his life to improving the well-being of his people.  His life purpose is to advance social, economic, health, and education opportunities for native Hawaiians.  Kamaki holds a Bachelor of Science, in Education and a Masters in World Religions. He served 30 years as the President of the Sovereign Council of the Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA), which organized 100,000 Native Hawaiian beneficiaries of homesteads across Hawai’i.

Currently, Kamaki serves as the Director of Dr. Agnes Kalaniho’okaha Cope Traditional Hawaiian Healing Center named after his mother, and the Kupuna (Elders) Council of traditional native Hawaiian healers.  He is respected as Kahu (master-level traditional healer) in La’au Lapa’au (herbal healing); La’au Kahea (spiritual healing); Ho’oponopono (conflict resolution); Lomi Lomi (healing massage), Pale Keiki (mid-wifery) and others. Kamaki says as his life is not yet over, Ke Akua (spiritual god) has many other plans and projects for him.

 

Abstract

The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly – Indigenous Leadership in Action

The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) has served as the model of indigenous leadership for the past thirty years to more than 70,000 Native Hawaiians living in homesteads across the State of Hawaii. The SCHHA focus is to lead Native Hawaiians toward a positive future with positive outcomes. It was established in 1987 and is governed by an elected six-member executive council that determines policy and oversees the organization’s administrative functions. Currently, Hawaii’s nation-building movement requires the uniting of Native Hawaiian political factions. The SCHHA is the organization that has successfully created partnerships with other Native Hawaiian groups.

This presentation will discuss how the SCHHA provides “Mauri Ora”, the life force, a positive state of being, a continuous energy flow, life, good health and vitality for Native Hawaiians by effectively uniting the many different political factions seeking Native Hawaiian nationhood.Participants will gain ideas on how to build the capacity of indigenous leadership and how to increase the indigenous potential for healthy flourishing communities. The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly (SCHHA) has served as the model of indigenous leadership for the past thirty years to more than 70,000 Native Hawaiians living in homesteads across the State of Hawaii. This presentation will share ideas for capacity building among indigenous groups.

 

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