HAWAII
05/06/2014 02:02 pm ET Updated May 07, 2014

Native Hawaiians Seek To Establish A Separate Nation

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Members of the Native Hawaiian community are on track to establish a constitution for an independent Hawaiian nation as soon as next January.

Representatives from the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission, a group charged with enrolling Native Hawaiians in a nation-building effort, told state lawmakers Monday that more than 130,000 people have signed up. For the past month, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs has conducted an aggressive public relations campaign that included newspaper advertisements, public hearings and social media outreach.

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