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Campaign launched to create roll of Native Hawaiians to develop governing entity

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Attendees celebrated the launch of Kana‘iolowalu, a yearlong campaign of the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to create a registry of Native Hawaiians who will be eligible to participate in the development of a governing entity.

More than 100 people attended the ceremony at Washington Place on Friday. Attendees included lawmakers, Office of Hawaiian Affairs trustees and members of Royal Order of Kamehameha I and ‘Ahahui Kaahumanu. Enrollment began Friday and will remain open until July 19, 2013. A petition is also available for non-Hawaiians who want to support self-governance for Hawaiians.

Print and television advertisements are expected to begin soon to inform the public of locations where registration forms will be available. The commission’s goal is to register 200,000 native Hawaiians in the state and abroad. There is no blood quantum requirement. Registration can be done online at  www.kanaiolowalu.org. A petition is also available on the website for both Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians to express support for self-governance for Hawaiians.

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