ASSOCIATION OF HAWAIIAN CIVIC CLUBS
No. 2017 – 39
RECOGNIZING AND CONGRATULATING THE OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS FOR ITS PUBLICATION OF “KĀNEHŌʻĀLANI: TRANSFORMING THE HEALTH OF NATIVE HAWAIIAN MEN”
WHEREAS, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs urges its clubs to “promote health education, early detection screening and healthy lifestyle changes to reduce the native Hawaiian health disparities (AHCC Resolution 09-39); and
WHEREAS, the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs has played an active role in bringing cancer and diabetes awareness to Hawaiians through partnerships with Papa Ola Lōkahi; and
WHEREAS, Native Hawaiian men were a vital component in Hawaiian culture, yet today, kāne experience various health disparities across different generations of keiki, mākua, and kūpuna; and
WHEREAS, in 2014, the State of Hawaiʻiʻs Native Hawaiian male population was 148,295 or 20.7% of the entire male population in the State; and
WHEREAS, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) unveiled “Kānehōʻālani: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Men” in June 2017 on its website; and
WHEREAS, “Kānehōʻālani: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Men” is the first publication focuses exclusively on Hawaiian menʻs health, that looks at medical data, physical health, chronic diseases, behavioral health and some of the socio-economic challenges from a cultural lens”; and
WHEREAS, the report uses the Kūkulu Hou Methodology, which was developed by Dr. Kamanaʻopono Crabbe in 2008 and is rooted in the Native Hawaiian cultural practice of umu hau pōhaku (rock-wall masonry); and
WHEREAS, some of the intergenerational health outcomes of kāne found in the study were: 45% obesity, 33% hypertension, 10% diabetes, second highest rate of contracting cancer but die from it with the highest mortality rate, and kāne are less likely to participate in cancer prevention and treatment trials and
WHEREAS, the report came with twelve specific recommendations to promote advocacy, expand research assessment and evaluation, support various health programs and funding, and employ policies and strategic planning to incorporate indigenous ways of knowing into state policy planning; and
WHERAS, OHA is currently working on a health study of Hawaiian wāhine.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs at its 58th Annual Convention in Seattle, Washington, in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani, this 4th day of November 2017, recognizing and congratulating the Office of Hawaiian Affairs for its Publication of “Kānehōʻālani: Transforming the Health of Native Hawaiian Men”; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be transmitted to Dr. Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, ʻAha Kāne, Papa Ola Lōkahi, the Department of Native Hawaiian Health, as well as the Governor of the State of Hawai‘i, President of the State Senate, Speaker of the State House of Representatives, Chair of the State Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the State House Committee on Ocean, Marine Resources, & Hawaiian Affairs, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and all County Mayors.
The undersigned hereby certifies that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted in the malama of ʻIkuwā and the rising of Māhealani on the 4th day of November 2017, at the 58th Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs in Seattle, Washington.
Annelle C. Amaral, President