Hawaiians debate opinions in meeting with federal officialsUPDATED 10:54 PM HST Jun 23, 2014Video Transcript
Native Hawaiians? Good evening, I'm Kenny Choi. The debate is underway at a number of public hearings, as the federal government explores IF Native Hawaiian governance should fall under federal Law. KITV4's Paul Drewes has more in tonight's top story. 4612-18 "Let's not start getting into a pissing match right now OK! Let's have some Aloha over here!" As demonstrated at this morning's meeting, Many are passionate about Native Hawaiian governance. 3529-34 You get the new breed. It's kind of wild and its all good. Whoo! So why are the Departments of Interior and justice diving into this emotionally explosive issue? sam@12:58-13:22 "Congress has already passed 150 laws related to Native Hawaiian issues. Has created a political and trust relationship between US and Native Hawaiian community, but what's been lacking is a formal government to government relationship" The federal government wants to know if now is the time for one. But many at the day's public hearings feel it is time for something else. dr. dandrea@19:05- 19:17 "from the apologies that have been made, the treaties that have been broken, the time is now to re- instate the nation of Hawaii from a moral not only a political perspective." The panelists said that is something outside of the power of their Depts -- instead... MS@31:14-31:30 "we are committed to provide a form of redress to the Hawaiian people which may not be whole but it is a pathway to help us" Representatives from the federal government have five questions about a possible new partnership, but residents have been giving them a lot of nos. paul@40:30-40:42 for the fourth question, we adamantly say no. we do not feel the state or any nat. Hawaiian organization should determine a gov. To gov. relationship" bumpy@33:00 "we need to decide how to govern ourselves without you folks involved at all" Some I talked with tonight said the federal government needs to address the illegal overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom first -- before they discuss any possible government-to-governme nt relationship. More public hearings with federal will be held on Oahu and the neighbor islands over the next two weeks.