OHA pushes for reopening of Native Hawaiian Roll

Published On: Mar 07 2014 07:45:00 AM HST

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is asking the Native Hawaiian Role to reopen, which would allow Native Hawaiians who have not registered to participate in the creation of a governing entity.

HONOLULU -

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is asking the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to reopen, which would allow Native Hawaiians who have not registered to participate in the creation of a governing entity.

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About 107,000 people have signed up for Kana'iolowalu or the Native Hawaiian Roll. A thousand more are still waiting to confirm ancestry.

OHA is facilitating the formation of a Hawaiian nation to give Hawaiians a bigger political voice. With a clear path to an election, OHA believes more people will register in the roll.

"Today we all come together as Native Hawaiians to arise, to unite, to join hands together, to create a nation where all Native Hawaiians have the opportunity to thrive," said Office of Hawaiian Affairs CEO Kamana'opono Crabbe.

The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission will meet tomorrow to decide whether to reopen the roll and if so for how long.

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