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Hawaiian News: Akaka Bill

(HawaiiNewsNow) - Representative Neil  Abercrombie brings his 20-year career in the U.S. Congress to an end with the passage of a bill he has been working on with the Hawaiian delegation for over 10 years.  

Amy Kalili takes a look at the how he was able to bring his colleagues together to support passage of the Akaka bill from the House one more time.

"My view is when the native Hawaiians benefit -- that is to say that when their place in the sun is not by the sufferance of others -- but as a result of decisions made for and by Hawaiians, then everybody will be the beneficiary. All Hawaiʻi will be the beneficiaries of that," said Rep. Abercrombie.

Ke pômaikaʻi ka Hawaiʻi a paʻa ka mana hoʻokele, he pômaikaʻi ia no kâkou a pau.

Despite these convictions, his bill raised concerns.

I loko o kçia ʻano manaʻo, ua kû mai nô nâ manaʻo kûʻç i ka pila.

"There's no blinking at the fact that this bill strikes at the very foundation of a nation that is dedicated to the concept of equality under the law," said Rep. Tom McClintock, R-California.

Wâwahi ana kçia pila i ke kahua kuanaʻike kaulike o kçia aupuni.

Abercrombie persisted, explaining the purpose of the bill.

Ua noke aku nô naʻe ʻo Luna Makaʻâinanana Abercrombie ma ka wehewehe i ka kumu a pahuhopu o ka pila.

"This bill is an enabling bill. It establishes a process. The core of this bill assures that a native Hawaiian government has the same powers and sovereign immunity as other native governments," said Rep. Abercrombie.

He pila kçia e paʻa ai ka ʻônaehana e hôʻoia ʻia ai ka mana kaulike o ka Hawaiʻi me nâ aupuni ʻôiwi ʻç aʻe.

The Congressman gained support from Democrats and Republicans.

A ua loaʻa nô kona mau hoa kâkoʻo i  kçia pila, he mau Kemokalaka a Lepupalika pû.

"People of all ethnicities in Hawaiʻi respect an honor the native Hawaiian culture. The idea of self-determination by native Hawaiians is regarded by most of our residents as just," said Congresswoman Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii.

Mahalo ana nâ lâhui like ʻole o Hawaiʻi i nâ Hawaiʻi. ʻIke ʻia ka hoʻihoʻi ea i ka Hawaiʻi, he mea pono nô ia.

"As we talk about this politically, we have to think about the people we are affecting by our words. They've been patient, patient, patient," said Rep. Don Young, D-Alaska.

Pono e noʻonoʻo ponoʻî i ka poʻe e pâ ana i kçia. Ua nui ko lâkou hoʻomanawanui!

Despite support from some Republicans in the House, that was not the case with the administration here at home.

I loko o ke kâkoʻo o kekahi o nâ Lepupalika o ka Hale, ʻaʻole nô hoʻi pçlâ nâ Lepupalika o Hawaiʻi mokuʻâina nei.

"Our concern in part is the exercise of authority immediately," said Hawaii attorney general Mark Bennett.

Hopohopo ana i ke kaʻa koke o ka mana.

There was enough support from Hawaiʻi to DC to for the bill to pass out of the House of Representatives once again.

Eia naʻe, ua lawa nô hoʻi ke kâkoʻo mai Hawaiʻi a i Wakinekona DC no ka puka hou o ka pila mai ka Hale aku.

"It is the most moral and legal responsibility of Congress to reaffirm its political relationship with the native people of Hawaiʻi," said Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California.

He kuleana pono a nui o ke koʻikoʻi kçia no ka ʻaha ʻôlelo, ka hôʻoia ʻana i ka pilina kâlai ʻâina me ka Hawaiʻi.

"On this vote, the yeas are 245, the nays are 164. The bill is passed!" said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Kentucky.

Ma kçia koho ʻana, he 245 kâkoʻo a 164 kûʻç. Ua puka ka pila!

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