The Beat: ‘Should Hawaii Re-Designate Discoverers’ Day As Indigenous Peoples’ Day?’

By Chad Blair
Honolulu Civil Beat, 2/7/14

That’s what Senate Bill 317 calls for. It has a hearing this afternoon.

The bill, introduced by Sen. Maile Shimabukuro, explains that the re-designation the second Monday of October from “Discoverers’ Day” to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day” would be recognition of Polynesian discoverers of the Hawaiian Islands and accomplishments of the indigenous voyagers who founded and settled “the myriad islands” of the Pacific Ocean more than 1,000 years before Columbus was born.

SB 317 would also recognize “countless indigenous peoples who perished as a result of confrontations” between indigenous peoples and Europeans.

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  1. IT IS A PLEASURE AND HONOR TP THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS BILL. IT IS ABOUT TIME. SO HONORED TO HAVE YOU HERE AND TO HELP US. MAHALO KAPUNA JEANNE RIDINGS DELACRUZ-MAKUAAINA

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