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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DATELINE: January 19, 2015, Honolulu, Hawai`i
CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org

Plaintiffs Remain Confident in Case Against Na’i Aupuni Election

Grassroot Institute says case will proceed in Ninth Circuit after Supreme Court denies contempt motion

HONOLULU, HAWAII–January 19, 2015–Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii issued comments on the case against the Na’i Aupuni election. While the Court rejected the argument that the Na’i Aupuni was using the Native Hawaiian Roll in a way that violated their injunction, the suit against the race-based and unconstitutional election is still going forward. The Court denied a motion for civil contempt filed when Na’i Aupuni chose to seat all the delegates in their disputed election, thereby ignoring an injunction order from the court not to proceed with the election or certify winners.

The attempt to bypass the election was seen by many as a high-handed attempt to dodge the Constitutional challenge. However, those involved in the case stressed that they have no intention of giving up. The case is currently before the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

“The Supreme Court has only denied a temporary remedy related to our case,” said Keli’i Akina, Ph.D., President of the Grassroot Institute and one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “We remain confident that when the full case is argued before the Ninth Circuit Court or Supreme Court, it will prevail on its merits. In the end, we expect the US Constitution to be upheld for the benefit of Native Hawaiians and all people of Hawaii.”

“Regardless of what happens in the courts, this case has successfully exposed the agenda of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs,  Na’i Aupuni and the state when it comes to their nation-building scheme,” Dr. Akina continued. “They do not truly represent the people they purport to speak for. The public resources they are expending would be better utilized providing Hawaiians access to housing, job training, education, and health care.”

For background documents, see: http://new.grassrootinstitute.org/2015/10/akina-v-hawaii-the-documents/

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About Grassroot President:
Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.,  is a recognized scholar, educator, public policy spokesperson, and community leader in Hawaii.  Currently, he is President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy think tank dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government.  An expert in East-West Philosophy and ethics, Dr. Akina has taught at universities in China and the United States and continues as an adjunct instructor at Hawaii Pacific University.  Dr. Akina was a candidate for Trustee at Large of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs in the 2014 General Election run-off.