State of Hawaii

Lingle to attend
Hawaiian roundtable

Department of Business faces overhaul

By Pat Omandam

Gov. Linda Lingle and Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona will appear at a roundtable on native Hawaiian issues Thursday sponsored by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

The roundtable is part of the two-day event "Ke Kumu Ho'okele -- Charting Our Own Course," which begins with a forum at 1 p.m. Monday at the Hilton Hawaiian Village's South Pacific Ballroom.

Hawaiian groups will discuss top issues facing Hawaiians and will create briefing papers to present to the Lingle administration at the roundtable.

Participants include members from native Hawaiian charter schools, Alu Like, Papa Ola Lokahi, the Queen Liliuokalani Trust, Waimanalo Health Center, Kamehameha Schools, Native Hawaiian Economic Alliance, Native Hawaiian Legal Corp., several Hawaiian Civic Clubs and others.

Both Lingle and Aiona, along with Hawaiian Homes Chairman Micah Kane and other Lingle administration officials, will discuss with participants native initiatives in education, affordable housing, health care and cultural preservation, said Robin Danner, Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement president and chief executive officer.

"As the governor moves forward over the next four years, we want to get her the best information directly from community-based organizations working on the ground in their respective fields," Danner said.

As a member-based organization, the council seeks to help native community groups share their issues, concerns and ideas with key policy-makers.

The forum and roundtable events are open to the public. Seating is limited.

Registration is $15 per person. Call 521-5011 or visit the council's Web site,

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement

Department of Land and Natural Resources

E-mail to City Desk


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