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O‘ahu County Convention
May 6, 2006- McKinley High School


[adopted May 6, 2006 by the O‘ahu County Convention]

Environment & Energy
Government & Political Reform
Human Rights & Civil Rights
Native Hawaiians & Indigenous People
Labor & Economic Justice
Roll of the Democratic Party


The O‘ahu County Committee of the Democratic Party of Hawai‘i holds that democratic principles are the foundation of a safe, stable, and prosperous future and that these principles must be woven into the fabric of our social, cultural, and economic lives. In this platform, we declare our commitment to human rights, justice, and opportunity for all.

We value:
A premiere public education system available to every student, wherever they live in our islands and whatever their learning capacities, that will provide the foundation for a productive, resourceful, innovative and globally oriented civil society.

Economic progress as a means of attaining sustainable growth and broad-based prosperity, while providing equal and fair pay that provides security to Hawai'i's workers and contributes to the stability of our community.

Preservation of the fragile and complex ecology of our beloved islands by ensuring protection of our environment and habitat for the well being and enjoyment of future generations and to serve as an example to the rest of the world.

Quality affordable healthcare and a safety net of social services for all who are in need.

Respect for our host culture, encouraging its revitalization and self-determination efforts, as well as the new culture emerging from acceptance by and interaction with our hosts.

A government that will adequately, efficiently, courteously, openly and fairly administer to the needs of the people.

We recognize:
While rights are stated as individual rights in the state and national constitutions, each person also draws purpose and identity from group affiliations, and we believe the histories and needs of groups must be recognized and the legal obligations to them upheld.

We O'ahu Democrats abide by these guiding principles:


From the time Native Hawaiians set foot on these islands. Agriculture has sustained countless generations and profoundly shaped local culture and traditions. The future of agriculture in our state must be preserved and strengthened. The land designated for agricultural use must be maintained for the health and economic well-being of Hawaii's people and the self-sufficiency of our state.

Accordingly, we believe:

We support:

  • Programs that provide an economic stimulus for survival, protection, and improvement of rural communities, including development of affordable high-speed internet access and rural transportation services;
  • Funding for agricultural commodity programs to assure long-term, economic viability of agriculture, availability of high quality food, and economic security of Hawai'i's people;
  • Conservation and environmental programs and economic incentives that help conserve agricultural land and natural resources such as soil, water, forests, and wildlife habitat;
  • Management of ocean resources and fisheries to prevent dangerous depletion;
  • Substantial funding for the University of Hawai'i School of Tropical Agriculture for research in sustainable, non-toxic farming techniques;

We recognize:

  • The need for new and sustainable development in rural areas and encourage various community-based approaches aimed at obtaining resources for such development.;
  • The role of farmers as 'stewards of the land'.


If those empowered to make decisions regarding our natural resources disregard sound environmental practices, Hawai'i stands to lose the abundance of natural gifts we enjoy. We support practices that will create and maintain a sustainable high quality of life.

We support:

  • Conservation and development of clean, efficient, renewable, and natural sources of power;
  • Elimination of tax breaks to nonrenewable-energy companies, except for pollution control equipment;
  • Strong measures that reduce greenhouse gases;
  • Federal government restoration and cleanup of all contaminated lands and water, public or private, especially those degraded by military use;
  • Long-term policies that give priority to the preservation of biodiversity, protection of ecosystems and watersheds, and restoration of Hawaii's native birds other endangered species;
  • Efforts to reduce the use of pesticides, herbicides, and other persistent toxic chemicals;
  • Increasing governmental support for organic farming and preservation of agricultural land;
  • Programs to reduce sewage disposal and polluted urban and agricultural run-off into waterways and aquifers;
  • Efforts to reduce waste and to promote the reuse and recycling of materials;
  • Strengthening Hawai'i's land use laws and supporting neighborhood and community planners in their efforts to protect our quality of life;
  • Utilizing biomass conversion to process agricultural products and byproducts into renewable energy, including biodiesel and ethanol.

We oppose:

  • Exemption of military bases from environmental regulation.


    We believe:

    We support:

    • Immediate restoration of voting rights of felons who have completed their sentences;
    • Public financing of all election campaigns.
    • Laws requiring all broadcast license holders to provide adequate free airtime to political candidates as a condition of their FCC license;
    • Fair, voter-verifiable, fully transparent and auditable voting systems;
    • Enforcement of sunshine laws and transparency in sessions that discuss and make policy;
    • Aggressive congressional investigation of improper connections between government and industry;

    We oppose:

  • Privatizing, outsourcing or off-shoring of governmental public services.


    We believe access to quality health care is a basic human right for all people, essential to national safety and well-being.

    We support:


    We believe:

    We insist that the Geneva Conventions be applied to all detainees, foreign or domestic, no matter where they are held.

    We support:

    • The Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1990;
    • Affirmative action; we believe those who suffer the burdens of discrimination must be afforded legal means and economic opportunities to overcome such injustice;
    • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the rights of senior citizens and individuals with disabilities to direct their own lives in housing, education and all other life choices;
    • The separation of church and state, including a ban on organized prayer in publicly funded schools;
    • A woman's right to choose as protected by Roe vs. Wade and the Hawai'i State law legalizing abortion;
    • The right to confidentiality of medical records and genetic information.
    We affirm:
    • The right of women to sovereignty over their own bodies and support family planning and women's reproductive rights, regardless of age or ability to pay;
    • That the state should not interfere with couples who choose to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities, and commitment of civil marriage, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
    • The right to employment, housing, public accommodation, military service, insurance, licensing, or education without discrimination based on race, religion, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, size, political affiliation, or national origin.
    We believe:
    • The inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all human beings are the foundations of freedom, justice, and peace in the world, for all protected classes, including but not limited to race, religion, gender, disability, natural origins, sexual orientation, gender identity or experience and any other non-merit issue.


    We concur and affirm, as did the United States Congress and Administration in October 1993 in Public Law 103-150, that January 17, 1893, marked the "illegal overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i" that resulted in the suppression of the inherent sovereignty of he Native Hawaiian people and further; commends the United States Congress for its apology "to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the people of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i on January 17, 1893, with the participation of agents and citizens of the United States, and the deprivation of the rights of Native Hawaiians to self-determination."

    We acknowledge that:

    We support:
    • The commitment by the United States "to acknowledge the ramifications of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i, in order to provide a proper foundation for reconciliation between the United States and the Native Hawaiian people; and, urges the President of the United States to also acknowledge the ramifications of the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawai'i and to support reconciliation efforts between the United States and the Native Hawaiian people."
    • The consistent implementation of State Constitutional mandates by state and local government relating to Native Hawaiians;
    • Efforts to find ways to ensure reconciliation with Native Hawaiian people to correct past historic wrongs.
    • Passage of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (S 147) and the process for Native Hawaiian self-determination, consistent with federal policy for native self-determination extended to other indigenous peoples of the United States, in respectful hope that this will set circumstances right.
    • The process determined by Native Hawaiians for the reorganization of the Native Hawaiian Government and the negotiations that will occur between the Native Hawaiian Government , the United States and the State of Hawai'i as described in the implementation of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act.


    Economic justice for working families is essential for the realization of a democratic society.

    We support:

    We oppose:
    • Efforts to eliminate restrictions on the working hours of teenagers;
    • U.S. corporations going offshore in order to evade U.S. laws and taxes;
    • The privatization or out-sourcing of public services;
    • Profiteering, misuse of private data and predatory lending by financial institutions;
    • Right-to-work laws; Weakening of the Davis-Bacon Act or Little Davis-Bacon Act
    • Use of permanent replacement workers during strikes;
    • Supplanting public employees with low-wage, low benefit contract employees or prison labor;
    • Privatization of Social Security.


    We support:

    We oppose:
    • HOT lanes, which promote the continued consumption of fossil fuels, require all tax payers to fund construction of toll roads for which they will then have to pay again to use, and create a two-tiered system in which everyone pays for roadways that will primarily be used by the most affluent individuals.


    Political parties educate and mobilize voters so that a governing majority may emerge and the governing party's values and a governing philosophy will guide policy making.

    The Democratic Party of Hawai'i, as stated in its platform, has a public mission to perform, and a long and honorable tradition of fairness and justice to uphold.

    Elected officials of the Democratic Party are to the party as living branches are to a tree, extending the core values and the philosophy of the party to provide protection and sustenance to the people of Hawai'i.

    Sincere, spirited and open discussion about politics and policy is the soul of the Democratic Party. The quality of the democracy we create depends on the quality of this discussion and the implementation of action consistent with party values and philosophy.

    The Democratic Party must not be merely a ceremonial organization nor solely a campaign organization but a champion for righteous action, leading with courage in a spirit of fairness and justice, with honor for all, particularly the people of the host culture of Hawai'i, Native Hawaiians.

    Members of the Democratic Party will use our votes, voices, and collective effort to ensure the principles of American democracy are protected and our diverse people and cultures and the unique beauty of our islands are indeed preserved in righteousness.

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