Hard Questions about Hawai’i’s Future
To many Hawaiians and non-Hawaiians, the notion of re-establishing a Hawaiian nation might seem preposterous and even unpatriotic. However preposterous, it has captured a lot of media attention and has now become an attention-grabbing public policy issue. The question of Hawaiian nationhood has been bantered about for over a hundred twenty years and the issue seems to be approaching the fish or cut bait stage. And so, reserving my personal judgment, I thought it useful to ramp down from the lofty academic rhetoric and get to the real how-does-this-work questions. My intention here is as a facilitator of the hard questions that need to be asked such as: Would it be an ethnic-Hawaiian based nation? If yes, what happens to non-Hawaiians for whom Hawai‘i is the only home they’ve ever known? Does one have to give up U.S. citizenship, or is dual citizenship a choice? What happens to…
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