Hawaiian self-governance meetings set to start Monday

Hawaiian self-governance meetings set to start Monday

HONOLULU (AP) - A group is urging people to protest a gathering of Native Hawaiians who are set to discuss the possibility of establishing a governing body.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/23CbURt) court disputes led organizing group Nai Aupuni to shorten the gathering and open it to 151 participants, with closed-door sessions starting Monday.

Attendees will first decide whether to pursue a governing entity for Native Hawaiians.

Participant Lilikala Kame'eleihiwa says she's in favor of federal recognition that will allow Native Hawaiians to stake first claims on decommissioned military bases as other American tribes and native nations can.

Protest Na'i Aupuni supporter Sweets Matthews says people should be able to choose their leaders and type of government. The group says the gathering is an attempt to weaken a movement for independence.

Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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