Nov 04 2015
GUEST: Anne Keala Kelly, is an award winning, Native Hawaiian filmmaker and journalist whose work has appeared in The Nation and Indian Country Today, and her broadcast journalism has aired on the Pacifica Network, Al Jazeera, The News Hour With Jim Lehrer. She is currently working on a film about the struggle to protect Mauna Kea called Why The Mountain.
Voting has begun in a unique election in the state of Hawaii to choose 40 representatives of native Hawaiians who may have the authority to decide the relationship between the Hawaiian kingdom and the US federal government. A month-long process that began on November 1st will allow those who have been registered as indigenous to Hawaii to cast ballots electronically and by mail*. Voting ends on November 30 and the 40 winning candidates are expected to have their first meeting in February.
But already some prominent candidates are demanding to be removed from the ballot, saying the process is tainted by undue influence from the US government.
The Hawaiian sovereignty movement has been active for years, with the most recent battle being conducted over the installation of a large new telescope on Hawaii’s Big Island.
* ERRATUM: Anne Keala Kelly informed us that the voting would actually be both electronic and by mail.
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