Hanohano supporters: Where do you draw the line?
An unusual outburst at the capitol has some drawing parallels to the controversy surrounding Representative Faye Hanohano.
The Big Island is choosing to lay low, not saying much about her meeting with House leadership Monday.
One of her supporters is asking that the public not rush to judgement over allegations that Hanohano was disrespectful to the public that she is supposed to serve.
"I believe Rep. Hanaohano is being true to who she is true to her personal convictions," said Hinaleimoana Wong Kalu.
Wong Kalu was in a Senate hearing just minutes before, witnessing a rare move by Judiciary chairman Clayton Hee ousting a testifier for not sticking to the issue at hand.
"You are invited to testify about this bill before us, you are not invited to testify about Kanaiolowalu. I say this respectfully and very firmly I will ask you one last time to please proceed,” said Hee.
When Lela Hubbard diverted from her testimony, Hee ordered staff to turn off the microphones and call in the sergeant-of-arms to escort Hubbard out of the room.
"It would be contradictory to our culture when an elder is removed out of a room when she wants to express what she was thinking. Where does the line get drawn and through what lens are we analyzing the culture of a legislature and their professional and political culture and who they are?" Wong Kalu said.
"In the Hawaiian way, I don’t think he was appropriate, but in the western and political way he was very appropriate," Wong Kalu said.
As for Hanohano, no one knows for sure how the flap will play out on the floor Thursday.
Leadership says privately they hope they can avoid a messy fight, Wong Kalu isn’t so sure they will.
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