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See the schedule of public forums and sovereignty TV shows. Public forums stream live on ‘Ōlelo 53.



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To enrich and extend the sovereignty conversation, we have developed some "home experiences" and puzzles.


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We offer an online forum for ongoing, public dialogue between (and during) the public meetings.


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Community forum #10: Economic possibilities for the new nation

Broadcast dates:

  • Friday   October 17        8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.    Channel 53
  • Saturday   October 18      11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53
  • Saturday   October 25      11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53
  • Saturday   November 1    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53
  • Saturday   November 8    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53

Program content:

Our October program of “The Sovereignty Conversation: Community Forums” is a discussion of the economic possibilities for the new nation. It is an inspirational program about possibilities for a whole new approach to money and profits and the health, happiness, and well-being of the people living in the new nation. Dr. Kioni Dudley, Poka Laenui, and Leon Siu welcome special guest Professor Larson Ng of the College of Education, who is teaching the new view of economics to his students. Please tune in to this fascinating program about our future.

Published: 16. 10. 2014 | Comments: 0

Community Forum #9: Coming challenges for Hawaii and further ideas on nationhood

Broadcast dates:

  • Friday       September 19    8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.   Channel 53
  • Saturday   September 20   11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53
  • Saturday   September 27   11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53
  • Saturday   October 4          11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53
  • Saturday   October 11        11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.    Channel 53

Program content:

In this important September program, co-host Kioni Dudley discusses things that will greatly affect Hawai’I in the future: rising seas, groundwater inundation, the high cost of oil from carbon caps, accompanying high costs for everything, limited imports, changing wind patterns, decreased rainfall, strained aquifers, declines in tourism, out-migration because of the high cost of living.

Unless action is taken soon, the future Hawaiian nation might be stuck with empty high-rises sticking up in muddy swamps, and no financial ability to clear the land.

Co-host Poka Laenui, and other guests, Puanani Burgess and Ho’oipo DeCambra, offer other fascinating ideas of what the future nation might be like and things it might accomplish.

Published: 17. 09. 2014 | Comments: 0

Community Forum #8: examples of decolonization, Native Hawaiian Convention, military downsizing

Broadcast dates:

  • Friday August 15 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Channel 53
  • Saturday August 16 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Channel 53
  • Saturday August 23 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Channel 53
  • Saturday August 30 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Channel 53
  • Saturday Sept. 6 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Channel 53

Program content:

In this important August program, Pōkā Laenui and Leon Siu speak of other nations that have achieved decolonization and how they accomplished it.  Most of the member states in the United Nations were at one time colonies.

Then Pōkā discusses the Native Hawaiian Convention of 1999 which is in recess, and he and host Kioni Dudley argue some pros and cons for it being revived vs. holding the Kana’iolowalu convention. [link: - includes a working draft of the Independence Model Constitution]

Special guest Col. AL Frenzel, US Army (Ret) then speaks on the significant military downsizing that is possible to accomplish in the next several months and the advantages for the people of the state and for Hawaiian sovereignty movement that could come from it. [link:, Oahu Council for Army Downsizing)

Published: 12. 08. 2014 | Comments: 0

Community Forum #7 to cover United Nations & Reinstated Hawaiian Government

Broadcast dates:

  • Friday July 18 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Channel 53
  • Saturday July 19 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Channel 53
  • Saturday July 26 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Channel 53
  • Saturday Aug 2 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Channel 53
  • Saturday Aug 9 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Channel 53

Program content:

Poka Laenui and Leon Siu discussing their work at the United Nations over the decades and at present. They talk about colonization and how the majority of the member nations of the UN were still colonies just 50 years ago, how they were decolonized, and how we can move to independence with UN help.

This is followed by Henry Noa, who tells us about how he organized his group, the Reinstated Hawaiian Government, modelling the government on the Kingdom government, even using the old districts, and electing legislators from each. This is a fascinating look at a process that has been developing for some years — Hawaiian nationals moving ahead, recreating structures, living as citizens of the Kingdom.

The last few minutes of the program feature Poka, who notes that there are other models of nationhood than the Kingdom, and who talks about the Native Hawaiian Convention recessed in 1999, and how we should move to continue it, since it includes all of the Hawaiian nationals that are excluded in the Kana’iolowalu convention.

Resource: Models of Nationhood Comparison Table

Published: 17. 07. 2014 | Comments: 0

Models of Nationhood Comparison Table Now Available

The Sovereignty Conversation community forum in June 2014 made reference to a table comparing and contrasting the nation-within-a-nation model of nationhood with the independence model.

This document is now available here as a PDF and will also be referenced in the July forum.

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Click image for full-size PDF file.

Published: 06. 07. 2014 | Comments: 0

MUST SEE: June forum broadcast 6/28 & 6/30 – Models of Nationhood

Models of Nationhood
Guests are Governor John Waiheʻe and Robin Danner of the Kanʻiolowalu Commission, Leon Siu, and Poka Laenui.

  • Saturday, June 28, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    ‘Ōlelo Channel 53

  • Monday, June 30, 8:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
    ‘Ōlelo Channel 54

UPDATE 07/06/2014:
The Olelo schedule lists another recorded broadcast of the June program on Saturday, July 12, 11:30 am on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53.

Published: 27. 06. 2014 | Comments: 3

Next forum is Friday, May 16

8:30-10:00 p.m. on Olelo Channel 53.

Also shows Saturday, May 17, 11:30 am.

Published: 14. 05. 2014 | Comments: 0

Models of Nationhood – April 26, 7:00 p.m. on ‘Ōlelo

Sovereignty Conversation - April topic is Models of NationhoodThe fourth program in the television series, “The Sovereignty Conversation-Community Forums,” will be shown on Saturday, April 26, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53 (also streaming online). This segment begins three programs on the Models of Nationhood. Soulee Stroud, President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (worldwide), and Mehealani Wendt, member of the Kana’iolowalu Registration commission, speak for the “nation-within-a-nation” model, and Leon Siu, Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Hawaiian Kingdom, speaks for the “independence” model. Attorney Poka Laenui moderates this fascinating discussion.

Should you miss, or not tape, the program on Saturday evening, it will be re-broadcast on 5/2 at 3:00 PM, 5/3 at 8:00 AM, and 5/8 at 9:00 AM, all on Channel 53.

Beginning in May, we will return to live broadcasts before a community audience and we will be switching to the third Friday of the month.

Published: 25. 04. 2014 | Comments: 0

Upcoming Sovereignty Conversation air dates on ‘Ōlelo

Olelo Community Media

March 25 Public Forum (Colonization of Hawaii 1897-2014)

  • 4/4/2014, 4:00 PM, ‘Ōlelo Channel 53
  • 4/5/2014, 12:30 PM, ‘Ōlelo Channel 53

Sovereignty Conversation – Dialogues #3

  • 4/11/2014, 8:30 PM, ‘Ōlelo Channel 53

Sovereignty Conversation – Na Maka #3

  • 4/12/2014, 11:30 AM, ‘Ōlelo Channel 53

You can always go to and search for “sovereignty conversation” to get the most up-to-date schedule.

Published: 31. 03. 2014 | Comments: 0

Next community forum is March 25 at ‘Ōlelo’s Māpunapuna location

Hawaiian Sovereignty Forum March 25, 2014 - flyer thumbnail image

Event flyer – click image for PDF

Here are the details for the next Sovereignty Conversation Community Forum:

The Colonization of Hawaii 1897-2014 and Decolonization Efforts Worldwide Today

Tuesday, March 25, 7:00pm-8:30pm
Olelo Community Media studio

1122 Mapunapuna St. (see map »)

  • Attorney Dexter Kaiama will point out illegalities at every step of Hawai’i’s path to becoming part of America.
  • Williamson Chang, professor at UH Law School, will discuss the strong Hawaiian resistance at each of these stages.
  • Attorney Poka Laenui, Fred Cachola (longtime extension education chief at Kamehameha Schools), and Dante Carpenter (Democrat Party chair and former Big Island Mayor), will discuss the Colonization of Hawai’i.
  • Professor Manu Kaiama will show the large number of countries that have been decolonized worldwide in the last twenty-five years.
  • OHA Trustee Peter Apo will then talk about OHA’s commitment of support. He will also sing “Hawai‘i Loa Kū Like Kākou.”
  • Dr. Kioni Dudley will facilitate the forum.

Also on ‘Ōlelo Channel 53 (live).

Published: 23. 03. 2014 | Comments: 3