Photo: Group photo of students and lawmakers

The Hawaiʻi State Legislature’s Native Hawaiian Caucus Co-Chairs, Senator Jarrett Keohokalole and Representative Daniel Holt, along with 43 of their colleagues, sponsored Hawaiian Caucus Week February 4-8.

They began the week by honoring community leaders that have contributed to the advancement of Native Hawaiians. Honorees included the students in the ʻAʻaliʻi program at Nānākuli High and Intermediate School, the CEO of CNHA Joseph Kūhiō Lewis, Kūpuna Ululani Beirne, the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu.

The weeklong festivities culminated with Hawaiian Caucus day with over 200 students an 50 Native Hawaiian serving organizations gathered to educate lawmakers and the public about Native Hawaiian issues. It was also a day to celebrate the birthday of Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani, Mahina ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi and the Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu’s 100 years of service as the oldest Hawaiian community-based grass roots organization. Hawaiian Caucus day ended with the Governor proclaiming 2019 as the “Year of Indigenous Languages” following the United Nations General Assembly declaration.