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Voting is under way right now for about 100-thousand Native Hawaiians. The election is both historic and contentious.
For the first time since the U.S. government took control of the islands more than a century ago, Native Hawaiians have a chance to regain sovereignty similar to Native tribes on the mainland. But some Native Hawaiians believe the state-sanctioned process doesn’t go nearly far enough. There are concerns about the Hawaiian Roll Commission’s list of eligible voters and the process that led up to this vote. What’s at stake in the Hawaiian election this month?
Also mentioned on the show today: Veterans History Project
Bill Meheula (Native Hawaiian) – legal counsel for Na’i Aupuni
Walter Ritte (Native Hawaiian) – activist and former candidate as a delegate for the constitutional convention
Moses Haia (Native Hawaiian) – Executive director of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation and candidate for the Oahu delegate spot
Break Music: Ke Aloha I Ka Pu’uwai / He ‘Ili ‘Ula Au a He Hawai’I (song) Mark Keali’i Ho’omalu (artist) Call It What You Like (album)