News Release – Hawaii House of Representatives

February 28, 2013 - For immediate release

REPRESENTATIVE HANOHANO APOLOGIZES FOR COMMENTS MADE IN RESPONSE TO INSTALLATION OF ART WORKS IN HER OFFICE

Honolulu, Hawaii – Representative Faye Hanohano (Puna) today issued the following statement and apology:

"First and foremost, I'd like to express my sincere apology to any individuals or groups who may have been offended by my comments. Clearly comments that were intended to be an impassioned plea for increasing the visibility and support for Native Hawaiian artists were expressed in a manner that did not accurately reflect their intent, sentiment or the integrity of this office. I accept full responsibility for this unfortunate incident and, again, I apologize. My office has already reached out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to assist us in obtaining additional training for all of our staff. We are committed to taking immediate steps to ensure that an incident like this never happens again. I will also be reaching out to the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts to attempt to rebuild and improve that relationship. I stand firm in my position that individuals who serve in state leadership positions should be thoroughly educated and informed on the history and native culture of Hawai‘i. I am hopeful that this unfortunate incident can serve as a platform for improving dialogue and cross-cultural relationships between state departments." ###

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