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A good portion of the airport is on ceded lands, and lease money was paid for that. So the state's collecting lease money because all of a sudden ''worthless'' land now has an airport on it.
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All Hawaii beaches are open to the public - there's no such thing as a private beach.
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Are the Native Hawaiians going to be able to control their own land and their own money? When the land was seen as worthless, nobody gave a damn.
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At the same time there's a history in Hawaii of the emergence from pre-feudal separate islands into a kingdom, into a shotgun republic, into an annexed territory, and then into a state.
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Everybody got interested in ''How do I get mine?'' Which motivates, I think, 99 percent of the opposition to the bill.
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Fundamentally, the land was held in common and administered by a group of nobles called the alii on behalf of the common good.
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I came to Hawaii in 1959 with statehood, and of course the whole foundation of this multiracial, multicultural, multiethnic society in Hawaii is the aloha spirit, the legacy of the Polynesian pioneers.
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I remember saying to the chairman after serving the first year, ''Why are we doing this? Why don't the Hawaiians have control?'' ''Well, we have no mechanism to do it,'' I was told.
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In 1920, a couple hundred thousand acres had been set aside called ''Hawaiian homelands.'' The idea was to rehabilitate Hawaiians by letting them homestead on acreage set aside for them.
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In highly affluent areas, between multi-million dollar estates, you'll see a right of way so that anybody can get their surfboard and walk between these estates and get down to the beach, which is public.
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In this rainbow society that we have, it became very apparent to me after I entered into an electoral political life that the question of settling the issues on the assets of the Hawaiians is what the Akaka bill is about.
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Land began to be seen as something to be owned privately and exploited for private interests, and never was entirely reconciled with the old ideas that land should be utilized in common for the good of all.
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Land in Hawaii is money. What I'm talking about here is ceded land - land that belonged to the kingdom and was ceded to the republic and then to the state when we achieved statehood.
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So as soon as the land was worth something and there was money in the bank, all of a sudden everybody got interested in non-discrimination, in who's really going to administer this stuff.
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So there's always been this clash between what is the public good - that which belongs to all of us in common - and what can be exploited for a private interest.
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The Iolani Palace is right downtown in Honolulu, the only palace in the country.
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The thing that distinguishes them as Native Hawaiians is that Native Hawaiians were part of their racial and ethnic heritage.
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There was a queen that was overthrown here. So I was affected by all of that and felt profoundly grateful for the opportunity to live in Hawaii, and I set out at once to try to fit in.
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There's a series of benefits - educational, health, etc. - that benefit Native Hawaiians. The revenues are starting to mount into the millions.
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We made stabs in the legislature to try to relieve the state of both the burden and obligation of administering lands that otherwise were construed as belonging to Native Hawaiians historically.
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Western concepts of ownership and privatization came in and clashed with that. So land began to be exchanged.
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When I was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 1974, one of the committees I was assigned to was Land, Water and Hawaiian Homes.
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When there wasn't any money involved, for all intents and purposes, nobody gave a damn. But now the land, supposedly worthless, is seen for what it really is: an incredibly valuable asset.
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You're talking serious money already in the bank, and millions of dollars coming in every year.
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