7 Candidates strive to set themselves apart in Congressional debateUPDATED 9:17 PM HST Jul 24, 2014Video Transcript
All 7 democrats hoping to fill the CD1 seat were right here in our studio for a live debate last night. Since they're members of the same party - the goal, was to stand out. KITV's Yunji de Nies joins us now with one issue where the candidates differed. Paula, as democrats, they share a lot of the same positions - their differences are fairly nuanced. But when it comes to establishing a native Hawaiian Government, they did not all agree. If elected, Honolulu City Councilman Ikaika Anderson, would be the only native Hawaiian in Congress. Last night, he supports a government to government relationship with Native Hawaiians, in part he said, to protect programs like the Department of Hawaiian Homelands, Kamehameha Schools and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. 1013 I'M EXTREMELY CONCERNED THAT THE NEXT LAWSUIT THAT COMES TO ONE OF THESE HAWAIIAN ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS AND REACHES THE SUPREME COURT THAT WE ARE GOING TO BE IN DIRE TROUBLE," 22 1027 AND THE ONLY WAY TO ENSURE THAT WE CAN PROTECT WHAT IS CURRENTLY IN PLACE IS FOR SOME TYPE OF GOVERNMENT- TO-GOVERNME NT RELATIONSHIP RIGHT NOW. 34 The Department of the Interior held public forums to get feedback this idea. The response was overwhelmingly negative. 1107 IT'S CLEAR THAT THE MAJORITY OF HAWAIIANS AT THE COI HEARINGS, MAJORALLY DID NOT WANT A GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT RELATIONSHIP, THEY DESERVE NATIONAL, HAWAIIAN NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE. 1121 1147 THIS GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE DECIDED BY THE HAWAIIANS, IT IS SELF- DETERMINATION, IT SHOULD NOT BE UP TO THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR. 1156 MANAHAN 1232 I THINK IT NEEDS TO BE A GOVERNMENT TO GOVERNMENT RELATIONSHIP, RATHER THAN CONSIDERING HAWAIIANS AS A TRIBE, AND THE PROCESS FOR SELF DETERMINATIONS NEEDS TO BE DETERMINED BY THE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE. 1245 1315 BASED ON THE DISCUSSIONS RECENTLY, AMONG THE COMMUNITY, THERE IS NO CLEAR PATH TO WHAT THEY WANT. SO I'M GONNA WAIT, AND ALLOW THE COMMUNITY TO HAVE THAT DISCUSSION, LED BY FORMER GOVERNOR WAIHEE. 32 THIS SHOWS THAT WE NEED TO GO BACK TO THE TABLE TO SEE WHAT IT IS BEST FOR THE STATE OF HAWAII, THE NATIVE HAWAIIANS AND ALSO THE NON-NATIVE HAWAIIANS. WE MUST CONTINUE THIS DISCUSSION, AND IT'S NOT A CONVERSATION THAT'D GOING TO BE ENDING ANY TIME SOON. 1515 "IT'S OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ELECTED OFFICIALS TO FACILITATE AN OPEN, TRANSPARENT, CONSENSUS BUILDING PROCESS THAT ULTIMATELY RELIES MOST FUNDAMENTALLY ON THE SELF- DETERMINATION OF THE NATIVE HAWAIIAN PEOPLE IN DETERMINING THE RELATIONSHIP OF THEIR PEOPLE TO THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND THE EXACT NATURE AND PRINCIPLES OF A SELF-GOVERNANCE SYSTEM," If you missed it, you can watch the entire debate on our website kitv.com Coming up tonight at 6, Who do you think won last night? Thousands of you have voted in our kitv.com poll - we'll share the results - log on now, it's not too late to get your vote in. Paula?