Hawaii County considers asking for Restoration Day holiday

Hawaii County considers asking for Restoration Day holiday

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - Hawaii County's council is considering a resolution that would ask state lawmakers to make Restoration Day a holiday.

West Hawaii Today reports council members support the measure and are set to discuss it at a meeting Tuesday.

Restoration Day represents when the Kingdom of Hawaii regained its independence on July 31, 1843.

Counties can't declare holidays, but during a committee hearing earlier this month Councilwoman Maile David called the resolution an important step.

Puna Councilman Danny Paleka proposed the resolution. He says everyone has a connection to the issue.

Hawaii Community College associate professor and Hawaiian Civic Club of Hilo leader Noenoe Wong-Wilson says the measure doesn't go far enough in the eyes of many Native Hawaiians, who appreciate it's at least being considered.

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