In reference to the Native American imagery logo of Kahuku High School, the Oahu Intertribal Council’s (OIC) position is reflective of our mission statement:
"Our mission is to share, educate and bring awareness to the Hawaiian community about the American Indian/Alaska Native cultural traditions and heritage through promotion of cultural exchanges, participation in community events, educational presentations and community outreach."
As a non-profit organization our board members are diverse in tribal affiliation, national identity, cultural practices, indigenous upbringing, and community ties. Our voices, thoughts, and opinions on this matter are as diverse as we are. We have members who support and stand with Kahuku’s logo and imagery; we have members who are also strongly opposed and others who are neutral. However, we do not disparage or disrespect each other and as the only Native American nonprofit group on Oahu, we do agree to adhere to our mission statement of “sharing, educating and bringing awareness to the Hawaiian community about Native American cultural traditions and heritage.”
This is an opportunity to support and learn from one another through compassionate dialogue. Our stance is one of collaboration and reflection where we can ask ourselves challenging questions about what it means to be indigenous allies to one another (Polynesian and Native American Indian). We want to lay the groundwork with our young people and show them that they are supported by multiple indigenous communities, identities, and paths to resilience.
We are open to discussing various educational opportunities that raise awareness, uplift voices, and engage in a movement towards indigenous self-determination and cultural reclamation. We are happy to promote cultural education, community outreach, and engagement in alignment with our mission.