Over 200 people packed the Hawaii State Capitol in the first of a series of meetings that could lead to federal recognition for Native Hawaiians. Officials from the federal government heard three and a half hours of testimony. And as HPR’s Molly Solomon reports, most of it was largely in opposition to the department’s plan.
Meetings will be held on Oahu all week:
• Monday, June 23 — Honolulu— 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium
• Monday, June 23 — Waimanalo — 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Waimanalo Elementary and Intermediate School
• Tuesday, June 24 — Waianae Coast — 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Nanaikapono Elementary School
• Wednesday, June 25 — Kaneohe — 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Heeia Elementary School
• Thursday, June 26 — Kapolei – 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Makakilo Elementary School
Public meetings will also be held across the islands on Lanai, Molokai, Kauai, Maui and the Big Island. Click here for the full list of public meetings.