By Derrick DePledge
Lela Hubbard, a Hawaiian sovereignty activist, has complained to the state Senate President's office that she was treated rudely by state Sen. Clayton Hee at a Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee hearing on Tuesday.
According to several witnesses and a video recording by KITV, Hee asked Hubbard to stay on the topic of a bill on the potential development of state Office of Hawaiian Affairs land in Kakaako. Hubbard wanted to talk about Kanaiolowalu, the Native Hawaiian Role Commission effort.
After Hubbard continued to speak off topic, Hee gaveled the hearing into recess and asked the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms to escort Hubbard from the hearing room.
Hee said afterward that he was firm but respectful toward Hubbard.
Hubbard, however, has sought an apology through the Senate President's office and wants Senate leaders to consider taking action against Hee.