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Hawaiian News: Hawaiian Caucus

Rep. Mele Carroll Rep. Mele Carroll

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - With a number of important issues to be decided this legislative session, debate among political and community groups can be fierce. Fortunately, the annual Hawaiian Caucus Day offered a chance to come together in the spirit of aloha. Amy Kalili has more.

The whole idea is to make sure that native Hawaiian issues are never forgotten.

President, Hawaiian Legislative Caucus

ʻO ka hoʻonaʻauao aku no nâ nînûnç Hawaiʻi ka pahuhopu.

By bringing everyone to the Capitol

Really, what it's saying is "we are a community, we are all in this together"

I think the most important thing is that we hear from the people.

So there is much to be learned from each other and I hope that this event will grow even further. 

ʻOiai ʻo ia e noho pelekikena ʻana no ka haiamui, ua hoʻokumu ʻo ia i kçia hanana i ka 4 makahiki aku nei.

  

Rep. Carroll, who presides over the caucus, initiated the annual event four years ago.

  

If we can move increase the awareness, update everyone on what every group is doing and also share some of the challenges, Iʻd think what better place to do that then here at the peopleʻs place.

  

Inâ mea nui ka hoʻonui makakau, ma hea hou aku kahi maikaʻi no kçlâ?

  

Ua piha ke kapikala i nâ Hawaiʻi no kçia hanana i hoʻomaka ʻia ma ka hoʻohanohano ʻia ʻana o nâ loea heʻenalu Hawaiʻi.

 

Hawaiians filled the Capitol hall and chambers for the event that started with a tribute to Hawaiʻi's surfing legends.

 

ʻO Buffalo Keaulana, Ben Aipa, me Clyde Aikau kekahi o nâ mea heʻenalu i hoʻohanohano ʻia no kâ lâkou e hana nei no ka hoʻôla mau ʻia o ka heʻenalu ma Hawaiʻi nei nô.

 

Buffalo Keaulana, Ben Aipa, Clyde Aikau, to name a few, were honored for perpetuating surfing Hawaiʻi.

 

This is an opportunity to share the contributions our surfers have made to their community and just by their profession what that does for our young people.

 

He mea kçia e laha ai kâ lâkou i hana ai no ke kaiâulu a me nâ ʻôpio nô hoʻi.

 

Ma hope o ia papahana, ua ʻâkoakoa lâkou me nâ lâlâ ʻaha ʻôlelo me ko ke kaiâulu no ka pû paʻakai a nanea i ke mele Hawaiʻi.

 

After the ceremony, the honorees joined legislators and community members for some good Hawaiian food and music.

 

By bringing everyone to the Capitol

 

Really, what it's saying is "we are a community, we are all in this together"

 

He hôʻoia kçia ʻâkoakoa ʻana i ke alu like ʻana o ke kaiâulu.

 

I kekah hapa e ʻai ana i ka ʻaina awakea, mâkaʻikaʻi ana kekahi hapa i nâ mea hôʻikeʻike i kûkulu ʻia ma ke kapikala.

 

While some got to eating, others explored the exhibits lining the halls of the Capitol.

 

I represent the Koʻolaupoko Hawaiʻi Civic Club, and our members and I are here today to share the moʻolelo of our Koʻolaupoko community, to help people understand the rich heritage that we have.

 

No ka Hui Sîwila Hawaiʻi o Koʻolaupoko mâkou a hôʻea mai no ka hoʻonaʻauao aku no ko mâkou kaiâulu.

 

I think the most important thing is that we hear from the people.

 

So there is much to be learned from each other and I hope that this event will grow even further.

 

Mea nui kçia lohe ʻana i ke kaiâulu. Nui ka hana koe a he kôkua nô paha kçia.

 

ʻO wau no kçia ʻo Amy Kalili no Sunrise ma Hawaii News Now. Aloha.

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