By Derrick DePledge
Students are getting the chance to help resolve a question state lawmakers could not: what should be the state instrument?
In an attempt at a politically correct compromise, lawmakers considered designating an "ancient" instrument and a "modern" instrument. But that, too, left lawmakers out of tune.
So now the students taking part in We Vote Hawaii, an affiliate of Kids Voting USA, will get the question on their ballots. Students had helped pick the humuhumunukunukuapuaa as the state fish.
What should be the official ʿauana (modern) instrument of the state?
_____ Slack Key Guitar _____ Steel Guitar _____ ʿUkulele
What should be the official kahiko (traditional) instrument of the state?
___ Ipu Heke (gourd drum)
____ ʿOhe Hano Ihu (nose flute)
____ Pahu (drum)
____ Pūʿili (split bamboo rattle)
____ ʿUlīʿulī (feather gourd rattle)
Online voting opened on Oct. 20 and closes on Nov. 4 -- Election Day.
"Our children’s choices will surface in a bill and likely affect the outcome of lawmakers’ decisions in 2015," state Sen. Glenn Wakai said in an email.