Over-powered executive should pull back

To the Forum:

After two Federal

courts affirmed Hawai’i’s OHA voting system, the Supreme Court ruled otherwise.

The 1979 Con-Con was well intended: It set up a popular and reasonable system

to address important Hawaiian issues that have suffered long-standing neglect

by our State and Federal governments.

While the voting method of creating

the OHA board is now considered flawed, the whole intention, spirit and purpose

of OHA remains. Hawai’i’s leadership needs to respect and honor that.

It is

unfortunate that the already too powerful Executive has the power to appoint

our Attorney General. He has overtly advocated further concentration of power

through a personally appointed school board and now, the OHA board.


immediate and hasty call by the Executive to dispel the current OHA Board in

favor of his personally appointed board casts dubious light on his intentions

regarding his personal power and his intentions for Hawai’i’s people. Casting

out the OHA board takes with it the purpose, spirit and intentions of the last


The Executive has signaled with his haste that he has, for some

time, preferred a personally appointed OHA board. This has unnecessarily put in

question the quality of the defense of Rice vs. Cayetano, casting yet another

poor light on the structure of our government systems.

The heart of our

community embraces Democracy. Leave the elected OHA board intact, Hopefully,

the Hawaiian community itself will come up with the best solution to the

Supreme Court decision. Let’s give them a chance.

Representative Chris


11th District.


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