The Hawaiian Sovereignty Movement:
Roles of and Impacts on Non-Hawaiians

By Anthony Castanha, August 1996

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(Abstract Revised - 9/97)

Since 1993 the Hawaiian movement for sovereignty and self- determination has gained much strength and attention. As non- Hawaiians in Hawai'i comprise approximately 80 percent of the total population, many have become concerned as to where they might fit into the sovereignty picture and how Hawaiian sovereignty will affect them. This thesis examines roles and impacts of sovereignty on non-Hawaiians in four models of Hawaiian self-government. The models have been proposed by the Hawaiian community in an effort to relieve the plight of the Kanaka Maoli people. The work presents the views of fifteen sovereignty leaders interviewed on roles of non-Hawaiians in seven major areas. The effects of the movement on non-Hawaiians, particularly in the area of property, are analyzed. The results indicate there are definitely roles for non-Hawaiians to play, and the progress of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement may likely affect all residents of Hawai'i.