Thousands of Hawaiians Fraudulently Added to Separatist Enrollment Form
Sputnik: Tens of thousands of Hawaiians were unknowingly put on a list supporting independence from the United States, according to documents obtained by the watchdog group Judicial Watch....
The transfer resulted in at least 87,000 names being added to the new enrollment list without their knowledge or consent....
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Roll Commission to Strip 23,000 Names from Roll
Star-Adv: The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission will soon make public a certified list of names of nearly 100,000 people of Hawaiian ancestry who could form the voting base to create a Native Hawaiian government.
In the meantime, Judicial Watch and the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Thursday posted online a draft list of 123,160 names compiled as of June 24, which they had obtained by court order from the commission. It can be viewed at OpenHawaii.org. The certified list is shorter because it omits the names of people whose Hawaiian ancestry has not yet been verified.
The two nonprofits sought the names on the registry via an open-records request last year and then filed suit after the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission refused to release them.
The roll commission didn’t want to provide the list before it had verified the Hawaiian ancestry of all registrants and certified the list, Clyde Namuo, the commission’s executive director, said in a phone interview Thursday. But it gave the preliminary registry to the nonprofits to comply with a Circuit Court order issued in June, he said.
The 2,020-page document given to the nonprofit groups leads off with Daniel Kahikina Akaka, the former U.S. senator, as the first registrant. The list provided by the commission was on paper, and the names are not alphabetical. But the online version made available by the Grassroot Institute and Judicial Watch does allow readers to perform simple searches for names on the document.
“The Native Hawaiian Roll Commission has obstructed the process of the public getting this information, which belongs to the public, since we began to ask for it last year,” Keli‘i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute, said Thursday, noting that even after the delays it was released in “a very unusable format.”
“This is clearly not in the spirit of a public agency being accountable to the citizenry, let alone to the Native Hawaiian people,” he said....
People whose names were on earlier registries had to contact the commission if they wanted to be removed from the roll. As of Thursday afternoon about 1,000 people had been removed at their request, according to commission staff.
Judicial Watch, a self-described conservative foundation based in Washington, D.C., and the Grassroot Institute, which focuses on individual liberty, object to the fact that the lists were incorporated without the explicit consent of registrants.
“We have been contacted by numerous Native Hawaiians who were deeply troubled by the fact that their name was on the Native Hawaiian Roll list,” Akina said. “They had only signed up for previous, nonpolitical lists like Kau Inoa, which did not require them to ‘affirm the unrelinquished sovereignty of the Hawaiian people,’ the declaration required for all applicants to the Kanaiolowalu.”
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