Waimanalo, O‘ahu, April 26, 2022 — The Nation of Hawai‘i participated in the 2022 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) Twenty-First Session last week, in a live streaming video conference, addressing the global stage for its 5th year on the general assembly floor since 2017.

The theme of this year’s permanent forum is “Indigenous peoples, business, autonomy and the human rights principles of due diligence including free, prior and informed consent”. Deputy Head of State, Brandon Maka‘awa‘awa addressed UNPFII, updating the permanent forum and member countries on Nation of Hawaii’s progress, growth in economic development, international partnerships, and the future development of solutions for the Native Hawaiian people.

Maka‘awa‘awa addressed the audience in a line-up placement between China and Australia. “Full recognition of Hawaiian National Sovereignty and the return of Hawaiian National lands that were unlawfully taken during the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Nation are key to reconciliation process.” says Maka‘awa‘awa during the 3 minute speech held on April 26th.

The announced launch of the Nation of Hawai‘i Central Bank, in partnership with Kapital Banc on November 28. 2021 was mentioned in the update by Makaawaawa, activating a roadmap to economic sovereignty for the Nation and its Citizens. Since the launch, Nation of Hawai‘i’s International Delegation has grown to span 11 countries with council generals from Malaysia to Spain. “Nation of Hawaii’s partnership with Kapital Banc is key to business growth and the perfect partner for building economic sovereignty for our people.”

The Nation of Hawai‘i became a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) in 2017 and was officially recognized as an Indigenous Peoples’ Organization in 2018.

About the UNPFII

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) is a high-level advisory body to the Economic and Social Council. The Forum was established on 28 July 2000 by resolution 2000/22, with the mandate to deal with indigenous issues related to economic and social development, culture, the environment, education, health and human rights.

View the news article and video on UN Web TV. Watch the full Nation of Hawaii UNPFII speech by Deputy Head of State, Brandon Maka‘awa‘awa, hosted on UN Web TV: