HONOLULU (AP) - U.S. Department of Interior officials have confirmed that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will attend the 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention.
The 3-day event, 1 of the largest to focus on Native Hawaiian issues, starts Tuesday at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
Jewell in April replaced Ken Salazar as Interior secretary. The former banker and CEO of recreation gear supplier REI will give a keynote address Wednesday.
Convention planners tell the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that the gathering will focus on enhancing Native Hawaiians relationship with the federal government. That could include discussions to formally recognize Hawaiians administratively rather than by legislation.
The nonprofit Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement is organizing the convention with the assistance of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.