Native Hawaiians meet in West Oahu over self-governanceUPDATED 10:50 PM HST Jun 24, 2014Video Transcript
A second day of public hearings over Native Hawaii self- governance, once again has the federal government raising questions and in response -- West Oahu residents raise their voices. KITV4's Paul Drewes explains in our Top Story at 10:30... nat@22:30 "Ever since Hawaii was illegally occupied it has turned into hell. It has turned into a hell!" Residents of the Waianae Coast lashed out at the representatives from the Department of Interior and Justice, over the injustice they feel. de Mont 33:50 "the department of justice investigates crime right. A crime has been committed against my people" The crowd not only had comments over the wrong they want righted, some had questions about the federal government looking into being a part of the native hawaiian community's governing. sam@21:15 "Why do we need your federal recognition to know who we are and identify who we are?" kilikina@24:00-24:15 "we are soverign and independent. How does dept. of interior come here and dictate federal recognition under indian law?" The very vocal crowd is passionate about the plight of native Hawaiians and protective of Hawaiian self-governance. lillian 31:22-31:37 "We have a government, our government is just established. we just need you to take responsibility and take care of every person in front, left, right and behind you and to stand united." On this night, they stood together with tough talk for the federal government. black@34:36 "everybody make you guys scared yeah. You should be scared... laughs" But this was no laughing matter. To make sure things did not get out of hand, security was stationed not only around the room, but also outside the building and even around the school. So far, there hasn't been a lot of vocal support in favor of Hawaiian self-governing being under federal laws. Tonight, some wanted to make sure the federal government knew exactly how a number of Native Hawaiians feel about the proposed questions. b. @43:37 "my answer to every single question is no,no,no,no,no. This is a beligerent occupation go home, leave us alone give us our assets back." Representatives from the federal government did try to explain some of the benefits of having a native hawaiian government under federal law. Other native governments are allowed to include or exclude people, languages and even religion as they see fit. But some tonight pointed out they were more concerned about the federal government's mis-handling of native american rights over the past 200 years. Public meetings will continue tomorrow in Kaneohe.