Former Governors John Waihee and Ben Cayetano did a great service to all of us by agreeing to talk about their disagreements over the Hawaiian Sovereignty movement. We hope their honest, civil and articulate conversation will encourage similar discussions across our community.
We aired a half-hour version of their discussion last week – called the Sovereignty Divide. That show is now posted on our website, HawaiiNewsNow.com. We are also planning to rebroadcast it again in the near future.
For far too long, many of us have kept arm's length from the sovereignty process. Not only is it complex and emotional, but for non-Hawaiians it is easy to say that we are simply not involved.
But Hawaiian Sovereignty will affect the entire community, and as both Governors agreed, the entire community should be informed and educated, even if we are not invited to vote.
We hope our contribution – regular reporting and this special program – will help. But if we are to succeed moving forward, we must all be engaged, listening and talking together about this important issue.