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Hawaiian News: 2010 Census and its importance

(HawaiiNewsNow) - 2010 marks another round of the U.S. Census. The census may seem trivial and a waste of time to most.  But there is much at stake for Hawaiʻi, from federal funding to national identity.

"In the last census, Census 2000, Hawaiʻi had about a 61 percent response rate. That was the third lowest," said Momi Imaikalani Fernandez, Census Information Center Director, Papa Ola Lôkahi.

Ma ka helu kanaka hope o ka makahiki 2000 he 61% wale nô i komo, ke kolu o ka haʻahaʻa mai lalo mai.

Hawaiians are among the lowest in the state in terms of participation, which is surprising given Hawaiʻi's history.

ʻO ka Hawaiʻi kekahi o ka poʻe komo nui ʻole. A he hoihoi kçlâ ke nânâ i kçia mea kikoʻî ma ko Hawaiʻi môʻaukala.

"The census is no stranger to Hawaiʻi. Residents were counted in order to provide enough food. From as early as 500 or 800 A.D. for the ʻaha councils all the way to the 1500s with ʻUmi asking each person on Hawaiʻi Island to bring a stone," said Fernandez.

ʻAʻole kçia he mea malihini i ka Hawaiʻi. Helu ʻia nâ kânaka i lako pono ka meaʻai. Mai ka wâ o nâ ʻaha kanihela o ka makahiki 500 a 800 a i ko ʻUmi noi ʻana i ko Hawaiʻi mokupuni no nâ pôhaku ma nâ 1500.

Despite the low turnout, the Census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790.

I loko o ka liʻiliʻi o ka poʻe komo, helu ʻia ana nâ kânaka i kçlâ me kçia makahiki he ʻumi mai ka makahiki 1790.

"By participating in the 2010 U.S. Census we are able to not only get an accurate headcount, we'll be using that data for the next ten years. That's important because it sets the tone for funding.," said Fernandez. 

Ma o ka helu kanaka 2010 e paʻa ai ka helu kanaka pololei a he ʻikepili koʻikoʻi nô ia no ka hoʻolako kâlâ no nâ makahiki he ʻumi e hiki mai ana.

 

We're talking up to $430 billion in federal funding.

He pili i ka 430 biliona kâlâ pekelala nô hoʻi.

Census data will also determine the number of seats Hawaiʻi has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He mea pû ka helu kanaka e hôʻoia ʻia ai ka nui o nâ noho Hawaiʻi ma ka hale o nâ luna makaʻâinana ma ka ʻaha ʻôlelo pekelala.

"We're trying to increase our count and make sure that all Hawaiians are counted so that it gives us more leverage," said Fernandez.

Ke hoʻâʻo nei e piʻi ka nui o ka poʻe a helu ʻia nâ Hawaiʻi a pau ʻoiai he mana ko laila.

While leverage and federal dollars are important, the documentation of familial relationships is very important for many of Hawaiʻi's ʻohana.

ʻOiai he mea nui kçia mana o ka helu kanaka i pili i ke kâlâ, ʻo ka hoʻopaʻa pono ʻia o ka ʻikepili moʻokûʻauhau kekahi kumu e waiwai ai kçia ʻônaehana helu kanaka no ka Hawaiʻi.

It's an important mechanism for confirming your heritage.

Pono ʻoe e haʻi i ka lâhui aia nô wau ma ʻaneʻi. Eia nô.

You've got a month before Census surveys are sent to your household. For more information visit www.2010Census.Gov.

He hoʻokahi mahina koe a hôʻea nâ palapala helu kanaka i ka hale. No ka ʻike hou aku, e kele aku iâ 2010Census.Gov.

 

Original airdate 2/2/2010

 

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