Native Hawaiian Convention brings native issues to the forefront

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The ninth annual Native Hawaiian Convention opened Oct. 12 with a Convention Marketplace, Sovereignty in Action Forum including an oli workshop by Kumu Hula Leinaala Kalama Heine and a speech by OHA CEO Clyde Nämu‘o, above. The keynote address was given by Kiran Ahuja, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, which President Obama re-established in 2009. The convention, organized by the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and supported by lead sponsor, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, wrapped up Oct. 14 and featured, among other things, an all-day Grants Forum, a Governor’s Candidate Luncheon and a Pacific Islander Policy Forum in partnership with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. For more on the conference, see the November issue of Ka Wai Ola. – Photo: Zach Villanueva