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Native Hawaiian Roll Commission to Hilo

The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission (NHRC) will be on Hawaii island on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8, in Hilo, Waimea and Kailua-Kona. The five-member commission, consisting of former Gov. John Waihee, as chairman and commissioner at-large; Naalehu Anthony, Oahu; Lei Kihoi, Hawaii Island; Mahealani Wendt, Maui, and Robin Danner, Kauai.

The panel will conduct informational community workshops, in addition to their monthly commission meetings.

NHRC was created in July 2011 as a result of Act 195 for the purpose of reunifying Native Hawaiians in the self-recognition of their unrelinquished sovereignty. The commission will be registering Native Hawaiians and supporters to organize and form a sovereign entity.

The 2011 census records indicate there are more than 500,000 Native Hawaiians who reside statewide and on the U.S. continent. NHRC expects to register as many persons as possible by July 2013 who are (1) Native Hawaiian; (2) 18 years of age; (3) who demonstrate unrelinquished sovereignty as declared by their cultural, civic and social connection. Once the base roll has been completed, NHRC will dissolve.

The meetings will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Queen Liliuokalani Children’s Center in Hilo; 10 a.m. Saturday at Imiola Congreational Church in Waimea; and 4 p.m. Saturday at the West Hawaii Civic Center Community Hale in Kealakehe.

Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP, call for more information at (808) 594-0088, or email


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