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Nā Lula Hālāwai
2nd Edition

A Parliamentary Guide to Conducting Meetings in Hawaiian

© 2023 Hawaiʻi State Association of Parliamentarians

The first edition of this guide to conducting meetings in Hawaiian was researched and written in 2014 by Dr. William J. Puette (a Professional Registered Parliamentarian, who teaches Parliamentary Procedure at the University of Hawai‘i - West O‘ahu and a past President of HSAP) and Dr. Richard Keaoopuaokalani NeSmith (formerly with the Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa).

This 2nd edition is based on and cross-referenced to the 12th edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR), the current edition of the standard parliamentary authority most commonly used in Hawaiʻi and the U.S., intended chiefly for non-legislative organizations and associations.

In the 1870s General Henry M. Robert adapted his rules manual from those in use by legislative assemblies at the time. Coincidentally, the Hawaiian language parliamentary terminology used in this manual is derived and adapted from Rules of Order (Nā Rula) used in early Hawaiian legislatures between 1854 and 1909.

The oldest known such pamphlets, published in both Hawaiian and English, date back to 1854 and were intended for use in the House of Nobles (Hale o Nā Ali‘i) and House of Representatives (Hale o ka Poʻe i Kohoʻia), both of which are included in the Appendix for reference.

The latest such pamphlet cited was used in the Territorial legislature in 1909, a transcription of which can be downloaded at the link below as well as the rules from the King Kalākaua's Privy Council of 1874 (Nā Rula o ko ke 'Lii ʻAha Kūkāmalū).

Nā Lula Hālāwai, 2nd Edition companion electronic file (PDF)

Rules of His Majesty's Privy Council, 1874 companion electronic file (PDF)

Rules of Procedure, House of Representatives, Territory of Hawaii 1909 companion electronic file (PDF)

Constitution of the Hawaiian Patriotic League (Ka Hui Hawaiʻi Aloha Āina) 1893 companion electronic file (PDF)

Check back later later for Companion Audio files of scripts from Nā Lula Hālāwai.

the Hawaiʻi State Association of Parliamentarians has published this 2nd ed. to update the citations to the current edition of RONR and to add a new section on elecronic meetings among other enhancements.

It can be freely downloaded in pdf by clicking on the link above

Each member of HSAP on its 2023 roster will receive a complimentary copy.

While supplies last, a soft cover copy, may be obtained by contacting HSAP at the address below. We request a $15 per book donation payable to "Hawaiʻi State Association of Parliamentarians". If requesting the book be mailed, please add an additional $7 to cover the cost of postage & handling.



Hawaiʻi State Association of Parliamentarians
Rachel M. Glanstein, PRP, President
info@hsap.org       P.O. Box 29302, Honolulu, HI 96820