Polls says 70% back federal recognition for Hawaiians

Honolulu, Hawaii (AP) 9-07

A poll commissioned by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs says most Hawaii residents support the Akaka Bill granting federal recognition to Native Hawaiians.

The Akaka Bill would set up a broad framework for creating a Native Hawaiian government responsible for managing about 2 million acres of former Hawaiian lands and $15 million per year in ceded land revenue.

The survey showed 70 percent of Hawaii residents believed Hawaiians should be recognized by the United States as a “distinct indigenous group similar to the recognition given to American Indians and Alaska Natives. Eighteen percent said no.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs, which supports the Akaka Bill, paid Ward Research to carry out the poll.

Information from: The Honolulu Advertiser,