Opportunity available for Hawaiians to move ahead

The Department of Interior (DOI) is here to determine our interest in creating administrative procedures to establish a government-to-government relationship with the USA. From the media recordings of hearings already completed on Oahu, Kauai and Maui, it is evident that we are not in favor of the DOI’s involvement in our rise to nationhood. The testimonies of many Hawaiians reveal this.

I am for whatever it takes to obtain federal recognition as a nation. Let’s consider a couple of factors. No. 1, our table as Hawaiians seeking status as a nation is empty. However, President Obama gave us an opportunity by directing DOI’s involvement. We are ill-advised not to take advantage of this venue. It is a key element to consider favorably in this present day environment. Common sense tells you that it is the door to nationhood, don’t you agree?

And secondly, administrative procedures leading to a nation are already in place through Kanaioluwalu. It is our plebiscite and fully funded. Where is the sense in scrapping it?

Recognizing and accepting both DOI’s involvement and Kanaioluwalu’s administrative capacities are keys to our quest in becoming a nation. As much as it hurts, these are hard and convincing facts. In this regard, we must set aside our differences, prejudices and contempts, agree with this concept and move forward.

Palmer U. Purdy