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State Rep. Hanohano apologizes for racial, ethnic slurs


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State Rep. Faye Hanohano apologized today to those offended by racial and ethnic remarks she made earlier this week after being unhappy with artwork installed in her state Capitol office.

"I humbly apologize to all of you who may have been offended by sentiments expressed that were taken into the news media," she told her colleagues on the House floor.

Rep. Faye Hanohano’s apology given on the floor of the State House of Representatives

Hanohano (D, Hawaiian Acres- Pahoa-Kalapana), who is Native Hawaiian, used the moment in the House floor session dedicated to the Hawaiian word of the day to apologize in Hawaiian and English.

Hanohano also reaffirmed her commitment to "serve my people and the people of the state of Hawaii" to the best of her ability and with integrity.

Exhibit specialists with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts had complained that Hanohano went on a tirade, which included words such as "haoles," "Japs," and "Pakes," after being disappointed that none of the art being installed in her office was from Native Hawaiian artists.

Rep. Faye Hanohano’s apology statement

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