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Ikena DuPont and Brittany Yap, editors

Will the Akaka bill benefit Hawai'i? No!
Is something needed? Yes!

Reading Hawai‘i’s Story by Hawai‘i’s Queen, written by Queen Lili‘uokalni during her reign, I was surprised to find her so focused only on the Native Hawaiian segment of Hawai‘i’s population. Already, at that time, however, the population of the Hawaiian Kingdom was diverse, and mutlti-ethnicity was a fundamental element of it. Ethnic diversity was made the law of the land during the reign of Kamehameha III, who made it clear in the Declaration of Rights that “God hath made of one blood all nations of men” and who refers to rights “given alike to every man.” [More]

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The Akaka Bill: A plea to restore a kingdom

The Akaka Bill is the common name used to refer to the legislation called Senate Bill 147 (S.147), which was introduced to the U. S. Congress Jan. 25, 2005. The bill is named after U.S. Senator Daniel K. Akaka, a Native Hawaiian and the chief proponent of the legislation. Akaka has been working to enact this legislation since 1999. [More]


Sen. Daniel Akaka

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The controversy surrounding the Akaka Bill

On one hand, the Akaka Bill is supported by almost all of Hawai‘i’s Democratic congressional delegation as well as the current Republican Governor of Hawai‘i, Linda Lingle. The main argument of the supporters of the bill is the protection of programs that benefit Native Hawaiians, such as Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) and the Kamehameha Schools. [More]

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Hawaiian: 100 percent by heart - Why the Akaka Bill should be passed

Let’s get one thing straight, I am Hawaiian and proud of it. I show it by wearing clothing stating, “Hawaiian” and “Kau Inoa,” but I am also a lot of other ethnicities. Actually, from least to most, I am Korean, Caucasian, Hawaiian, Filipino, and American Indian. That’s a lot of different races, but what I choose to acknowledge the most is Hawaiian. [More]


Queen Lili'uokalani

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