U.S. House Passes Hawaiian Recognition Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KHNL) - The U.S. House passed the Hawaiian Recognition bill.  The vote was 261-153.  The measure would give federal recognition to Native Hawaiians, similar to the rights given to American Indians.

The bill is the House version of the Senate's Akaka bill, named after Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka.

Hawaii Representative Neil Abercrombie introduced the bill in the House.

The Bush Administration says the President will veto the measure.