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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Our Hawaii State Legislature opens for session today with an eye on the economy.  Here to give us a preview of pivotal issues on the mind of native Hawaiians this session is Amy Kalili.

Here are Hawaiian caucus members with a preview of this session's most critical issues.

Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. Eia mai kekahi o nâ lâlâ o ka haiamui Hawaiʻi e walaʻau ana no kekahi o nâ nînûnç koʻikoʻi e makaʻala ʻia.

"We're really going to have to prioritize. We're going to make some hard decisions. There's going to be some creative options that are going to be coming out this session," said Senator Brickwood Galuteria, D-Waikîkî, Ala Moana, Kakaʻako & Downtown. 

Pono ana e hoʻomakakoho a hoʻoholo i kekahi mau mea paʻakikî. E ʻike ʻia ana nâ koho hakuhia i kçia kau.

One such creative option being proposed by Rep. Mele Carroll strives to provide economic development for native Hawaiians.

ʻO kekahi mea na ka Luna Makaʻâinana ʻo Mele Caroll e hâpai, he pili i ka hoʻoulu ʻekonomia no nâ Hawaiʻi.

"Really it's to allow for the beneficiaries of Hawaiian Homes to determine whether or not gambling, whether it's casino, bingo, lottery could bring in revenues to reinvest in their community, whether it's building more homes, infrastructure, social programs," said Rep. Mele Carroll, D-East Maui, Molokaʻi, & Lânaʻi. 

He pili i ko nâ ʻâina hoʻopulapula no ka ʻae a hôʻole ʻia o ka pili waiwai ʻana, inâ he hale a mau pâʻani wale nô paha, he ala ia e loaʻa ai ke kâlâ no ke kaiâulu, no nâ hale me nâ papahana e pono ai.

"I'm throwing it up for discussion. You're going to have to tweak it, because every island is different. Who knows, it may come out to be something else," said Carroll.

Ke hâpai ʻia nei no ke kûkâkûkâ. Pono ana e lomilomi ʻia. Pehea lâ, e ʻokoʻa ana nô paha mai kaʻu e hâpai nei.

Rep. Carroll also plans to tackle the issue of protecting Hawaiian cultural and burial sites via legislation this session.

ʻImi pû ana ʻo Carroll i nâ pila e mâlama palekana ana i nâ wahi laʻa a me nâ wahi kanu iwi i kçia kau ʻahaʻôlelo.

"I actually have a bill to look at GIS mapping and looking at different technology in identifying where these graves are before we actually dig. There's a lot of consultation that is going to be needed," said Carroll.

Loaʻa he pila e hâpai ana i ka ʻenehana GIS a pçlâ aku no ke ana a ʻike i kahi o nâ pâilina ma mua o ka ʻeli ʻia. Pono ana ke aʻoaʻo nui.

While there are many new pieces of legislation this session, there is unsettled business from last session.

ʻOiai loaʻa nô nâ pila hou i kçia kau, loaʻa pû nâ kumuhana e koe ana mai kçlâ kau aku nei.

"The OHA Settlement Bill, which has been a 30-year trying endeavor. It was either you could get a $200 million in value of land. Or you could look at a global settlement. That bill has stalled in conference," said Carroll.

 

 

ʻO ko OHA pila hoʻonâ, he 30 makahiki kona kahiko. Ua hiki ke loaʻa he $200 miliona no ka ʻâina a i ʻole he mea e ʻoi aku ka laulâ. Ua kû ma ke kômike kûkâkûkâ.

 

Another bill stalled in conference is the GMO Taro bill introduced by Rep. Carroll.

 

ʻO kekahi pila i kû i ke kômike kûkâ, ʻo ia ka pila no ke kâlailai ôewe ʻia o ke kalo, na Luna Makaʻâinana Carroll nô.

 

"Weʻre still consulting to look at ways to protect our kalo, especially our Hawaiian kalo, so that it's not genetically modified," said Carroll.

 

Mau ka ʻimi i ke ʻano e kûpale ʻia ai ke kâlailai ôewe ʻia o ke kalo Hawaiʻi.

 

For more information visit www.Capitol.Hawaii.Gov.

No ka ʻike hou aku no kçia kau ʻahaʻôlelo e kele aku nô iâ www.Capitol.Hawaii.Gov. Aloha.

Original Airdate 1/20/2010

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