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Rafael "Del" del Castillo Rafael "Del" del Castillo
U.S. Rep. Charles Djou U.S. Rep. Charles Djou
Sen. Colleen Hanabusa Sen. Colleen Hanabusa
Capitol Hill Capitol Hill

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiʻiʻs representatives to U.S. Congress will play a critical role in securing Hawaiʻiʻs interests at the national level. Amy Kalili sits down with candidates seeking office in the U.S. House of Representatives to discuss the Akaka Bill.

Aloha kakahiaka kâkou. Ua walaʻau nô me nâ moho no kçia pila koʻikoʻi no Hawaiʻi a me ko lâkou manaʻo no ka hiki iâ lâkou ke hana mo ko Wakinekona DC no ka pono o Hawaiʻi.

We talked with candidates about the bill and their ability to work with the players in DC for the benefit of Hawaiʻi.

I absolutely do support federal recognition for native Hawaiians and I am pleased that the bill has, thanks to the discussion, been modified.

(del)

Kâkoʻo piha wau i ka pila, keu aku me kçia mau loli. He makakoho nui ia.

I am optimistic that if the Senate is able to pass the measure when it comes back for reconciliation in the House, it'll go much more smoothly because we now have a republican congressman advocating on behalf of this legislation.

(djou)

Lana koʻu manaʻo, inâ nô puka ma ka ʻaoʻao kenekoa, ʻoi aku ana ka maʻalahi o ka ʻâpono hou ʻia ma ka hale ʻoiai loaʻa koʻu kâkoʻo ma ke ʻano he lepupalika.

The Akaka Bill has always been a very high priority of mine. Of course you know, we must look at it in context of the issues such as the economy and jobs.

(hanabusa)

He makakoho ia noʻu mai kinohi mai. Akâ, pono e hoʻokaulike ʻia me nâ nînûnç koʻikoʻi ʻç aʻe.

No kçia mau moho, i loko nô o ka ʻokoʻa o nâ kâlaimanaʻo a kuanaʻike paha, ʻo ka mea nui, ʻo ka hiki ke hoʻopuka maoli i kekahi mau mea ma kçia kûlana a he mea nui nâ pilina me ko Wakinekona DC i kçlâ.

Regardless of their politics, the ability to get things done depends on working relations with those in Washington D.C.

I would have to be classified as an outsider. I am looking forward to very, very much not to necessarily becoming an insider but making Washington a place where there isn't an inside, outside polarity.

(del)

He kû kaʻawale paha au a nui koʻu ʻiʻini e komo a hana i mea e loaʻa ʻole ai ke "kûloko" a "kûwaho" ma laila.

I've been very fortunate in that I've had the unwavering support of both Senator Akaka and Senator Inouye.

Being able to be effective is really the relationship with the existing Congressional delegation.

(hanabusa)

Pômaikaʻi wau i ke kâkoʻo o Kenekoa Akaka a me Inouye iaʻu. 

Mea nui kçia ʻano pili ma waena o nâ lâlâ i ka hiki ke hoʻokô i ka hana.

I do not consider myself an insider and I think that's an advantage. I think that it's important that you have a congressman who lives in Hawaiʻi, regularly stays in Hawaiʻi, and only goes and visits Washington when necessary for votes.

(djou)

ʻAʻole au pili loa me ko laila a iaʻu he keupono kçlâ. Maikaʻi ka pili loa i ko Hawaiʻi a hele i laila ke pono wale nô.

No ka ʻike hou aku no kçia mau moho e nânâ mai nô iâ ʻÂhaʻi ʻÔlelo Ola i kçia Lâ Pule ma ka 4:30p. Aloha.

For more on these candidates, tune in to ʻÂhaʻi ʻÔlelo Ola this Sunday at 4:30p.

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