I am not a Native Hawaiian, nor do I play one on TV. But, let’s say for the sake of argument that there was a proposal to create a new tribal government for us Hapa Filipinos. There’s one or two of us in the islands, right? And now, let’s say that there was a substantial trust and land value tied up in the issue. (I know, I know. This part may be hard to imagine, given that many of us have grandfathers who consider the family trust to exist in a coffee can in the sock drawer, but this is a hypothetical exercise. I have a point, after all–I’m just kinda slow getting there.) Anyway, being that I’ve never been in a room of more than two Filipino women who didn’t have an opinion on anything from the quality of the homily at church on Sunday to the proper way to make lumpia, I have trouble imagining that there wouldn’t be a strong push for public comment on the proposed Filipino reorganization.
So I find it hard to understand why we haven’t had opportunity for comment on the Akaka Bill yet. This is the most transformative piece of legislation to hit Hawaii since we became a state. (Heck, some people might say since the revolution.) And yet, there’s no push for public hearings on it? Well–let’s be fair here. There certainly is a push for public hearings on the part of the public. Strangely, the politicians involved seem to be more interested in keeping all the wheeling, dealing, and negotiations at a more exclusive level. And if that’s not enough of an argument for hearings, I don’t know what is.
Therefore, even though I’m not the world’s biggest fan of online petitions (No, I am not going to stop watching TV today in order to send a message to Big Oil. Burn Notice is on tonight, for goodness sakes!), I think that this one is a worthy one. It’s a call to stop the Akaka Bill until the people of Hawaii (as well as Native Hawaiians in other parts of the country) get their opportunity to weigh in on the matter. So click on this link and make your voice heard in the fight to . . . um . . . make your voice heard.