Farden elected first vice president of association

Maui resident Hailama Farden was elected first vice president at the 55th annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa from Oct. 26 through Nov. 2. Farden is a member of Kuini Piolani Hawaiian Civic Club.

This year’s convention drew Native Hawaiians from Hawaiian Civic Clubs across the state and the United States to focus on Native Hawaiian issues ranging from native rights to health, to education, to economic development and the well-being of the Native Hawaiian community.

Delegates representing each club deliberated on and adopted 50 resolutions on numerous topics of importance or concern to the Native Hawaiian community, including holding water agencies accountable for all public trust uses of water, supporting the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ master plan for Kawainui in Kailua, supporting dispensaries for medical marijuana, justice reinvestment, and urging a name and mascot change for the Washington, D.C., professional football team.

The Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs is a recognized advocate of the Native Hawaiian community since the movement’s founding by Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole in 1918. For more information, and for copies of the adopted resolutions, visit www.aohcc.org.