Petition initiative on a roll

First photo: Former Gov. John Waihe’e III places his maile lei on the cross marking the grave of Kalaupapa leader Bernard Punikai’a, who was responsible for Waihe’e’s first visit to Kalaupapa. Punikai’a later founded Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa. Clarence “Boogie” Kahilihiwa, a resident of Kalaupapa for more than 50 years and President of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa, signs the Kana’iolowalu petition at McVeigh Hall at Kalaupapa on April 27.

Second photo: The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, chaired by Waihe’e, attended the 10th anniversary celebration of Ka ‘Ohana O Kalaupapa last week at the former leprosy settlement where residents were given the opportunity to sign the petition. The commission was appointed in 2011 with the mission to register Native Hawaiians to reunify in self-recognition of the sovereignty of Native Hawaiians. “We felt it was important for chair Waihe’e and the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to visit Kalaupapa for support of the Kana’iolowalu petition just like Ahahui Aloha ‘Aina came to Kalaupapa in 1897 to give our people the chance to sign the Ku’e petition against annexation,” said Kahilihiwa.