Political Radar


February 26th, 2014

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.

8 Responses to “Complained”

  1. hossana:

    She was way out of line as verified by the video recording. Nothing more and nothing less.

  2. Guy:

    Hee's actions were entirely appropriate and, really, his responsibility in maintaining order. It was Ms. Hubbard who was being rude.

  3. Guido Sarducci:

    Hee is and always has been out of line. This exposes a double standard.

  4. hossana:

    To G. Sarducci: Have you seen the video re: the controversy surrounding Hubbard. Don't oversimplify facts before you talk.

  5. Guido Sarducci:

    Hee is a simple fact. Hee has to go.

  6. Nala007:

    I appreciate the way Senator Hee conducts his public hearings. Testifiers need to stay on topic and respect time constraints. All too often they don't. When a committee chair doesn't put constraints on testifiers, it isn't fair to everyone who wishes to testify.

  7. Especially Incognito:

    No wonder Native Hawaiians will not be recognized as indigenous to Hawaii and recognized as Native American Indians or Native Alaskans.
    They cannot get along with each other of same Native Hawaiian ancestory.

  8. (Jesse)James:

    hosanna...True. Hee's actions this time were appropriate. But if you know the good Senator and have been following him over the years, you know that many times his actions have been inappropriate. We talk about Rep. Hanohano and her actions but I remember Senator Hee getting into a confrontation on the floor of the Senate with former Senator Hemmings and Senator Hee lambasting Senator Hemmings saying that he didn't need a "Punahou Haole" telling a kanaka like himself about the Hawaiian culture. Senator Hee also has been confrontational with testifiers at hearings in the past. Maybe not this time, and I agree in this case he was correct, but more times than not. He isn't as clean as people make him out to be. JMHO.

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