The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homelands Assembly, Formerly the State Council of the Hawaiian Homelands Associations was founded more than 20 years ago to unite homestead communities and to advocate for the beneficiaries of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921. The SCHHA is the oldest statewide advocacy organization representing the interest of more than 30,000 beneficiaries and families residing in the communities of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust.
The Sovereign Councils of the Hawaiian Homeland Assembly (SCHHA), formerly the State Council of Hawaiian Homes Associations, is a statewide organization of 30 homestead associations that was established in 1987 to provide lessees living on Hawaiian homelands with a unified way in which to (1) advocate for the protection of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921 as amended and the land trust that the act established and (2) to provide input into decision making that impacted their continued residence on the land. Since its beginning, the SCHHA worked to build its membership organization, provide leadership training opportunities for its membership and through collaboration and partnership with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to secure the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act of 1921 as amended and the land trust that the HHCA established.
The SCHHA encourages the Homestead Associations to preserve the life and liberty and property of its residents by providing for the practice, preservation of our culture, our ohana, our rights, and freedom of traditional worship and beliefs as traditional heirs of the land. The SCHHA’s efforts provide for the betterment of our conditions in health, education, housing, kupuna care, business and economic development, technology advancements, sustainability, employment and social services for its membership.
Presently, 29 homestead associations from the islands of Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Kauai, Hawaii and Lanai are members of the SCHHA which represent over 30,000 beneficiaries living on homelands. The SCHHA is governed by a six member executive council that sets policies and oversees the management and administrative functions of the organization. Each member of the council is the chairperson of his/her island council and is elected to that position by the official elected representations of individual member homestead community associations located on that particular island. In addition to directing the affairs of their individual island and association, executive council members are directly responsible for communicating concerns and input on issues that impact homesteaders to the island and statewide governing bodies. All decisions made by the executive council are communicated to the membership through these members.
The SCHHA’s Executive Council currently is made up of the following members:
- Kamaki Kanahele, Chair (Oahu);
- Leah Pereira, Vice-Chair (Kauai);
- Kammy Purdy, Secretary (Molokai);
- Kanani Kapuniai, Treasurer (Hawai’i),
- Jared Aiwohi, Executive Officer (Maui),
- Winnie Basques, Director (Lanai Advocate).
SCHHA Accomplishments – Information will be added shortly
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[si-contact-form form=’1′]Sovereign Councils of Hawaiian Homelands Assembly
1050 Queen Street, Suite 200, Honolulu, HI 96814
Telephone: 808-529-1627 Fax: 808-356-3556