Local Connection: Hawaiian Convention

Local Connection: Hawaiian Convention

This week, Native Hawaiians from across the state and the Mainland are gathering to discuss how to proceed with a potential sovereign Hawaiian entity.

It's a process that few people really understand and is causing concern and controversy both inside and outside of the Hawaiian community.

There are extreme views on both sides.  Conservative groups say special treatment for Native Hawaiians is illegal race discrimination that should stop. Some Hawaiian activists say the only just outcome is restoring the Hawaiian Republic.

Either extreme seems very unlikely.  So there is certainly no harm in the convention moving forward and potentially bringing elusive unity to our host community.

That said, we hope the delegates also remain very conscious of the impacts of what they do on the larger community. Because when this process is over or even if it never ends, Hawaii will still be home to all of us, no matter where we came from.

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