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OHA election really matters


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 18, 2014

~~<p>The election of the first Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees took place in 1980, following OHA's creation in the 1978 Constitutional Convention. Its history over the decades since then has been tumultuous, and since the Rice v. Cayetano U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2000, any registered voter in Hawaii has been entitled to cast a ballot in trustee races.</p>
<p>Although the trustees are considered state offices and staffers are on the state payroll, most of its voting constituency is Native Hawaiian, and for an obvious reason. Programs authorized by trustees are financed by the Native Hawaiian Trust Fund, fed by a share of revenues from the former kingdom and crown lands ceded to the U.S. with annexation. The beneficiaries of the trust are those of Native Hawaiian ancestry.</p>
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The election of the first Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees took place in 1980, following OHA's creation in the 1978 Constitutional Convention. Its history over the decades since then has been tumultuous, and since the Rice v. Cayetano U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2000, any registered voter in Hawaii has been entitled to cast a ballot in trustee races.

Although the trustees are considered state offices and staffers are on the state payroll, most of its voting constituency is Native Hawaiian, and for an obvious reason. Programs authorized by trustees are financed by the Native Hawaiian Trust Fund, fed by a share of revenues from the former kingdom and crown lands ceded to the U.S. with annexation. The beneficiaries of the trust are those of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Login for more...



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