Senators Respond to Landmark Signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll

(Legislators joined together to sign the petition at Washington Place.) (L-R Senator Pohai Ryan, Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, Senator Michelle Kidani, Representative Faye Hanohano, Senator Gilbert Kahele and Senator Clayton Hee.)

Honolulu- Officials and members of the public joined together at Washington Place today for the historic signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll. The signing was accompanied by a petition of signatures in support of the roll.

State Senators offered the following remarks in response to the landmark signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll:

Today’s signing is a great testimony to the courageous individuals who decades ago saw injustice and stepped forward,” said Senator Brickwood Galuteria, chairman of the Senate Committee on Hawaiian Affairs. “The inauguration of this roll marks the next step in the framework towards self-governance for the Hawaiian people.”

The signing of this legislation signifies an important stage in the long journey towards justice and self-determination for the people of the first nation of these islands,” said Senator Clayton Hee, author of the measure which established the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission. “The people of Hawai‘i and, in particular, the native Hawaiian people have the opportunity and privilege to move forward together toward self determination with a renewed sense of optimism for our future together as one.”

This is a historic and positive day for the State of Hawai‘i and the Native Hawaiian community, many have waited decades for this recognition,” said Senator Malama Solomon, who was the chief negotiator of the measure. “The signing of the Native Hawaiian Roll moves forward the reconciliation process for mending relations between the State of Hawai‘i and the Native Hawaiian people.“

(Senator Galuteria and Trustee Apo joined Senators Akaka and Inouye and signed the petition in Akaka’s Washington D.C. office.) (Courtesy of the Office of U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka)

In 2011 Governor Neil Abercrombie enacted Senate Bill 1520, the Native Hawaiian Recognition Bill, into law as Act 195. In addition to formally recognizing Native Hawaiian people as “the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawai‘i,” the measure also established the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (NHRC).

Comprised of five members, one from each county and one at-large seat, NHRC was tasked with the responsibility of preparing and maintaining a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians as defined by the act. The roll is to be used as the basis for participation in the organization of a Native Hawaiian governing entity.

Senators Among Distinguished Panelist for Discussion of Act 195


On October 28, 2011 Senator Clayton Hee (District 23, Kahuku, La‘ie, Ka‘a‘awa, Kane‘ohe) and Senator Malama Solomon (District 1, Waimea, Hamakua, Keaukaha and Hilo) participated in a panel discussion on Act 195, regarding Native Hawaiian recognition by the State of Hawaii.

The event was part of the 52nd Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (AHCC), which took place from October 24-30.

Other members of the panel included Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Colette Machado and former Governor John D. Waihee, III, who is a member of the Native Hawaiian Roll Call Commission. The panel was moderated by former AHCC president H.K. Bruss Keppeler, Esq.

Act 195 formally recognizes Native Hawaiian people as “the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawai‘i.” In addition to formal recognition by the State of Hawai‘i, the measure also established the Native Hawaiian Roll Call Commission. Members of the commission were appointed by the Governor in September. It is composed of five members, one from each county and one at-large seat. The Commission is tasked with preparing and maintaining a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians as defined by the Act.

Senators Among Distinguished Panelist for Discussion of Act 195

KAHUKU, OAHU — Senator Clayton Hee and Senator Malama Solomon will be participating in a panel discussion on Act 195, regarding Native Hawaiian recognition by the State of Hawaii, on Friday, October 28, 2011.  The discussion begins at 10 a.m. at the Turtle Bay Resort.

The event is part of the 52nd Annual Convention of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs (AHCC), which takes place from October 24-30.

Senator Clayton Hee (District 23, Kahuku, La‘ie, Ka‘a‘awa, Kane‘ohe) and Senator Malama Solomon (District 1, Waimea, Hamakua, Keaukaha and Hilo) led the charge for the passage of Senate Bill 1520, which subsequently became Act 195 when it was signed into law by Gov. Abercrombie in July.

“This landmark legislation is for the Native Hawaiian people, but it is also of vital importance for all the people of the State of Hawaii,” said Sen. Solomon, chief negotiator of the bill.

“This law is one more step, in a journey long overdue, that affirms Native Hawaiians as the first nation of these islands,” said Senator Clayton Hee, author of the bill.

Act 195 formally recognizes Native Hawaiian people as “the only indigenous, aboriginal, maoli people of Hawai‘i.” In addition to formal recognition by the State of Hawai‘i, the measure also established the Native Hawaiian Roll Call Commission.  Members of the commission were appointed by the Governor in September.  It is composed of five members, one from each county and one at-large seat.  The Commission is tasked with preparing and maintaining a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians as defined by the Act.

Other members of the panel include Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Colette Machado and former Governor John D. Waihee, III, who is a member of the Native Hawaiian Roll Call Commission.   The panel will be moderated former AHCC president H.K. Bruss Keppeler, Esq.

Governor Announces Native Hawaiian Roll Call Commissioners

Mai Ka Lā Hiki A Ka Lā Kau
(Literal: From sunrise to sunset Kaona: Whole life span)

HONOLULU — Governor Neil Abercrombie this afternoon announced his appointments to the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission. Senator Malama Solomon (District 1 – Waimea, Hamakua, North Hilo, Rural South Hilo and Hilo) offers this statement:

“Today we celebrate the members of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission established by Act 195 of the 2011 Legislative session. This is significant legislation for the Native Hawaiian people, but it is also of vital importance for all of the people of the State of Hawai’i.

I congratulate and thank Governor Abercrombie for acting swiftly in naming the commissioners. For Kanaka Maoli, this measure is one more important step in a very long and arduous journey toward justice. Indeed, this journey has taken more than the span of a single life. It has taken generations.

For all of the people of Hawai’i, it marks a historic and positive step in the reconciliation process mending relations between the State of Hawai„i and the Native Hawaiian people.

The commission will know that Act 195 acknowledges our present reality and urges the process forward. The process enabled by the act is intended to move in concert with the efforts by Senator Daniel Akaka and the Congressional Delegation of Hawai’i to achieve Federal recognition of Native Hawaiians. It is a strong testimony and evidence for our cause pending before Congress.

I stand ready to support and kokua the commissioners as they embark on their duties of this very important commission, as we continue on this journey toward self-governance.”

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