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An apology might not be enough for Rep. Faye Hanohano

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Mar 01 2013 05:08:00 PM HST

A scripted apology on the house floor might not be enough to get Representative Faye Hanohano out of hot water.

HONOLULU -

A scripted apology on the House floor might not be enough to get Rep. Faye Hanohano out of hot water.

Workers complained that she went off on a racist rant about artwork in her office, managing to offend multiple ethnic groups in one tirade.

"I really think that she lost it and her true self came out, and she came off as very racist, as very angry," said Chu Lan Shubert-Kwock, president of Chinatown Business and Community Association.

Shubert-Kwock said there's no room for racism in the state Capitol, so it's time for Faye Hanohano to go.

"She had no regard for the other ethnic groups that have contributed to the development of Hawaii," said Shubert-Kwock.

Hanohano offered this apology yesterday on the house floor during the Hawaiian Word of the Day.

The apology is for what art exhibition staff members said was a racist rant over artwork in her state Capitol office. They said she complained when there were no Native Hawaiian works and then used racial slurs against Chinese, Japanese, Caucasians, and Portuguese.

Shubert-Kwock said she doesn't buy the apology.

"I think deep down she's not that sorry because she still thinks she's right in her direction, in how she's going to represent her district and she's only fighting for one type of person," said Shubert-Kwock.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie said the spirit of aloha should never be taken for granted.

"Our diversity defines us rather than divides us and that's something we need to keep in mind," said Abercrombie.

He also said he's confident the House will look into the situation thoroughly, but Shubert-Kwock said her mind's made up.

"When you have an elected official who talks that way, feels that way, how can we trust her to vote on all of our behalf," said Shubert-Kwock.

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