Cancelled hearings deny Hawaiian access

Dear Sen. Akaka:We are shocked that the federal hearings on the neighbor

islands have been canceled. Why can’t you watch the hearings on ‘Olelo or cable

TV? We say this with aloha, senator, as we know how painful the operation you

had is and also that you will need weeks of recuperation. (My sister-in-law

went through the same.)

Many Hawaiians are saying this is a plot to keep

them from speaking. How many can afford the round-trip airfare of $110 plus

hotel rooms overnight, etc?

Was this decision made because 90 percent of

the testimony received is against the bill? Moving the hearings to O’ahu will

only antagonize the Hawaiians further.

Frankly, we are so disappointed that

we hope ka po’e boycott the hearings. Once again, Hawaiians are being denied

access and the ability to speak freely on one of the most critical bills to

face the Hawaiian community, S 2809 / HR 4904, the recognition bill.

We

wish you a speedy recovery.

LELA M. HUBBARD

Aiea

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