He Hawaii au – Indigenous

February 20th, 2009 by admin Leave a reply »

Many hundreds of years ago, the first Polynesian colonists arrived in the Hawaiian Islands. Over time, they developed a unique society and culture distinct from their original homelands.

After contact with the Western world in 1778, the Kingdom of Hawai’i developed as a multi-racial society, declaring that all people were “of one blood” in their first constitution in 1840. Hundreds of years later, Hawai’i has once again developed a unique society and culture distinct from its origins.

The Akaka Bill will only recognize one racial group out of the many that comprise our unique Hawaiian society and culture today as “indigenous.” The Akaka Bill will tell people who have no other homeland in the world that they cannot have equal rights in Hawai’i, simply because of their race.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

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