Gov. Appoints 5 To Hawaiian Roll Commission: Commission To Create Qualified List Of Participants
HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie on Thursday announced his choices for the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission.The commission is made up of five members of the Native Hawaiian community.They are former Gov. John D. Waihee; ‘Oiwi TV executive director and documentary film director Naalehu Anthony; attorney Lei Kihoi, who has helped shape Hawaiian rights legislation; former Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation Executive Director Mahealani Perez-Wendt; and Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement President and Chief Executive Officer Robin Puanani Danner.The commission has been directed to create a roll of qualified Native Hawaiians defined by state law to participate in the formation of a Native Hawaiian government.
“These individuals represent various sectors of the Hawaiian community. Each brings experience, talent, knowledge, and skills that collectively create a broad-based team,” Abercrombie said. “This team will put together the roll of qualified and interested Native Hawaiians who want to help determine the course of Hawaii’s indigenous people.”
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The Kanaka Maoli Flag
The Kanaka Maoli (“true people” in the Hawaiian language) flag is sometimes said to be the original flag of the Kingdom of Hawaii. To some, this flag symbolizes the Native Hawaiians since the present Hawaiian flag, a hybrid of British and American symbolism, evokes images of colonialism. The colors are red-green-yellow, said to have been Kamehameha’s personal flag, and reintroduced by Kamehameha III. The central design is also present in the official coat of arms of the Kingdom of Hawai’i.
At the center of the flag is a green shield bearing a coat of arms of the kanaka maoli, made up of the royal kahili, the original Hawaiian royal standard. Crossing this kahili are two paddles, representing both voyaging traditions of Hawaiians, and Kamehameha’s Law of the Splintered Paddle. There are nine stripes unlike the eight striped flag of the present State of Hawaii. Each stripe represents one of the inhabited Hawaiian islands. They are Hawaii Island, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, Niihau, and Nihoa.
According to this flag’s promoters, the green in the flag represents the maka ‘ainana (commoners), the land and goodness; the red represents the landed konohiki (middle class), genealogy and strength; and the yellow represents the aliʻi, spirituality and alertness to danger.
Other flags have been proposed, and interpretations of colors, but even leaders of the Hawaiian sovereignty movement often use the current state flag, since it was in effect after 1843.
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