OHA extends timetable for nation-building process


Trustees for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs announced today that they have extended the timetable for the nation-building process they previously committed to facilitate.

The six-month extension is expected to allow OHA more time to educate the public about a process meant to empower Native Hawaiians to participate in building a governing entity.

Under the new timetable approved by the trustees, voters who are registered on the Official Roll of Native Hawaiians will elect delegates in January to represent them at a governance convention in April. The new timeline also calls for Hawaiians on the official roll to vote by July 2015 in a referendum to approve or disapprove the draft governing document, which would determine the next steps in the process.