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  • Healani Pale held a sign in front of the state capitol on Nov. 13 in protest of the planned Na‘i Aupuni elections. (Star-Advertiser file)

There will be 151 Native Hawaiians participating in a gathering to discuss self-governance.

Na‘i Aupuni, the organization formed to guide a now-canceled Native Hawaiian election, announced today that 45 people declined to participate.

An election was under way to select 40 delegates for a constitutional convention when the U.S. Supreme Court issued an injunction that blocked counting the votes. A lawsuit argues the racially exclusive process is unconstitutional.

Na‘i Aupuni canceled the election and offered delegate positions to all 196 candidates.

Organizers are now calling them “participants” and the convention a “gathering,” as the opponents continue to fight their efforts in court.

State Rep. Kaniela Ing is on the list, but says he won’t participate unless accommodations can be made for his legislative duties.

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