The AHCC is the oldest community based grass roots Hawaiian organization, formed in 1918 by the non-voting Delegate to the US Congress Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana‘ole. It is the only Hawaiian organization with branch clubs outside the State of Hawai‘i.
AHCC conducts an annual convention in October/November to deliberate issues important to the Hawaiian people and adopt resolutions to be acted upon at the city, county, state or federal level.
MISSION: “Effectively advocate for the educational, civic, health, cultural, economic and social wellbeing of our lahui (Hawaiian nation or people)”.
OBJECTIVES (condensed and paraphrased):
GROW LEADERS. Native Hawaiians must be leaders in government and boardrooms making decisions that impact our kulaiwi (homeland) and our lahui and AOHCC is a training ground for this purpose.
Promote connections, networking and mentoring among established & rising leaders.
Create opportunities for learning key issues and process and motivate member engagement
AMPLIFY THE VOICE OF THE LAHUI. Our advocacy must be consistent, credible and effective to include our perspectives and visions to shape decision making and outcomes that serve the best interests of the lahui.
Revitalize and promote ‘olelo Hawaii (Hawaiian language).
Serve as a primary resource for Native Hawaiian insights for key issues at all levels (community and government).
RAISE A RESILIENT LAHUI. We must diligently care for our land and resources to sustain our people today and build a resilient lahui in the future.
Identify and strengthen partnerships with organizations that focus on equitable access and culturally appropriate services and protection of land and ocean resources.
Coordinate collective advocacy efforts.
FORGE AHEAD WITH FORESIGHT. Prince Kuhio had a vision of what the lahui needed then and in the future. AOHCC must be forward thinking by fortifying our internal structure to sustain this movement for the next 100 years.
Develop reliable channels for internal and external communication
Implement events and activities that attract and retain new members
Adopt a succession strategy that provides seamless leadership transitions.