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Thursday, December 24, 2015
Leaked Email Reveals Aha Agenda
By Andrew Walden @ 4:11 PM :: 7317 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA

The following has been provided to by an Aha Delegate.  Related material may be seen here: 

---------- Forwarded message ---------- 
From: Louis F. Perez III <> 
Date: Thu, Dec 24, 2015 at 5:02 PM 
Subject: Additional Info & Listserve 

Aloha All,

This email contains a message from Peter Adler and Linda Colburn with more detailed information about the `aha schedule.  More will be coming from them in the weeks ahead.

We created the following listserve (a single email address that can be used to address the entire group of `aha participants) to provide you with an interim means of easily communicating amongst yourselves.  This listserve is restricted so that only participants can send messages to, and receive messages from, the listserve and each of your email addresses remain private.  We will leave this listserve active until you decide amongst yourselves, on whether or not you would like to create your own listserve or use some other means of intra-group communication.  If you would like to remove yourself from this listserve, please let me know, at which time I will remove you and inform the remaining participants on the listserve of your removal.    As this listserve may have a high number of messages, you can also request to remain on the listserve but change your email account, which can be done pretty quickly/easily.  As with all listserves, courtesy and professionalism is requested.

Also included on this listserve will be myself as administrator, and Peter Adler and Linda Colburn, as `aha facilitators.  Linda and Peter will not participate in your group communications but will try to stay alert to and conversant with the issues that emerge so they can better facilitate your earliest discussions.  No one else will have access to this listserve, including the Na’i Aupuni directors or their legal counsel.

Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka!


Louis F. Perez III

The AKAMAI Foundation

1136 Union Mall, Suite 206  Honolulu, HI 96813

Phone: 808.664.3240    |    Cellular: 808.258.4685



Bringing People Together to Talk, Negotiate and Resolve Conflict Creatively

245 N. Kukui Street # 206, Honolulu, HI 96817  Tel: 521-6767  Fax: 538-1454  Email:

December 23, 2015

Aloha Participants in the Upcoming aha and Happy Holidays!

Peter and I are very honored to have been asked to provide facilitation support for the first two weeks of your upcoming aha. In this letter, we want to introduce ourselves and share some preliminary thinking on how you might best use the time you will have with each other. To be absolutely clear on this, we come to this with no substantive agenda of any sort and are entirely focused on making your process as productive as possible and worthy of the time you will be investing.

1.        Who We Are

We have been retained by the Directors of Na’i Aupini who after the first hour on February 1st will not be present at your meetings. Their job was to get you to the starting line and then step away.

Our work is funded and conducted through Mediation Center of the Pacific, Inc. (MCP) a venerable local 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that provides neutral facilitation and other dispute resolution services in the State of Hawaii. Logistical and meeting management support is provided by Communications Pacific. Their contract is with Na’i Aupuni. Ours is with MCP. Peter and I will be with you for the first two weeks.

You can find our bios and resumes at or We are also in the process of bringing others onto to our team: additional facilitators and recorders for some working sessions and the provider of some enabling electronic tools that we can use during the meetings.

2.        Initial Goals

Our initial facilitation goals, subject to your wishes once you assemble, are to:

(1) Assist you in learning as much as you can from governance experts listed at Attachment-1;

(2) Help you create a procedural charter that describes your agreed-to rules of the road, including how decisions will be made;

(3) Help you elect or select a small hui or committee that can chair matters when we exit after the second week of your work; and

(4) Assist you in reaching agreement on the sequence of topics for the remainder of your substantive deliberations during the second, third, and fourth weeks.

This is a unique, possibly historic opportunity and we will do everything in our power to help you engage in civil, principled, and productive discussions.

3.        Our Preparation for the aha

We will electronically survey all confirmed participants prior to the February aha to learn more about everyone’s process suggestion and content interests. Your responses will help us design a preliminary agenda that is responsive to the collective needs of the group.

4.        General Plan for the First Week

While we are still mapping a more specific proposed agenda for the aha, the first and second weeks will definitely require many delicate discussions and decisions that in turn will require you to respectfully introduce yourselves and begin exchanging your ideas and views.

As you know, one of the main objectives for the first week is to ground everyone in a common knowledge base that may help everyone acquire deeper insights into what constitutions and governance models can and can’t do. Na’i Aupuni has arranged to bring in a number of local, national and international experts who are listed in Attachment-1. Their presentations, including questions and answers with you, will run approximately 2.5 hours.

Please plan on 9:00am to 5:00pm days February 1-5. See Attachment-1, which will give you a general sense of how are thinking of using our time during the first week.

The plan is to have these presentations, the power point slides the professors may use, and other background materials they might offer as part of their lectures and discussions available to you and the public at Na’i Aupuni’s web site. We also plan to provide you with the ability to communicate with each other through a secure list serve.


Some of our brainstorming and input/output discussions will be enhanced electronically. We will be using a meeting technology called “MeetingSift” which is both fun and powerfully useful for large gatherings such as you are about to enter into. It works best if you have a phone, iPad, or portable computer that you bring but this need not be a deterrent if you don’t use those devices. We will help you.


As with all communications, comments, ideas, or suggestions please send these to the contact portal at Nai Aupuni ( rather than to us personally. To ensure the fullest transparency, we prefer to talk with all of you simultaneously rather than some of you off line.

We greatly look forward to working closely with you and wish all of you the greatest success in this important endeavor.

Linda Colburn & Peter Adler


Activities planned for week 1


Scholars and Experts



Zachary Elkins

Department of Government

University of Texas at Austin


Rebecca Tsosie

Regent’s Professor of Law and Vice Provost for Inclusion and Community Engagement

Arizona State University


Catherine J Iorns Magallanes

BA, LLB (Hons) Well, LLM Yale

Senior Lecturer in Law

Victoria University of Wellington

SSRN author page:


Melody Kapilialoha MacKenzie

Professor of Law & Director

Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law

William S. Richardson School of Law, UH-Mānoa

Native Hawaiian Law: A Treatise

2/5/16 - KINGDOM LAW

Davianna Pomaikai McGregor

Professor – Ethnic Studies

University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Mediation Center of the Pacific, a 501(c)(3) not for profit Aloha United Way Agency, helps Hawaii’s people resolve conflicts peacefully within families, schools, businesses and communities.


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