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Congressman Kahele Applauds President Biden's Proclamation Naming May 2021 Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 3, 2021

HONOLULU, HI – Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele (HI-02) applauds President Biden for issuing a proclamation on April 30, 2021 recognizing the achievements of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders throughout the month of May and explicitly naming Native Hawaiians in the proclamation, the first sitting President in the history of our country to do so.

“President Biden’s explicit naming of Native Hawaiians in his proclamation sends a powerful message that words matter. For decades, Native Hawaiians have been included in the “Pacific Islander” category. Although Native Hawaiians are one of the many peoples of the Pacific Islands, Native Hawaiians are unique and have a special legal, political and trust relationship with the United States and should be recognized as such,” said Congressman Kaialiʻi Kahele.

“As a Native Hawaiian member of Congress, this is especially meaningful to me. Proclaiming May 2021 Asian American, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month gives significant meaning to the Native Hawaiian community, its history and culture,” continued Kahele.

“With the continued support of the Biden-Harris Administration, I plan to continue doing what I can to enrich, empower and advance the lives of Native Hawaiians and all the people of Hawaiʻi while in Congress.”

In his proclamation, President Biden stated, “In the midst of a difficult year of pain and fear, we reflect on the tradition of leadership, resilience, and courage shown by AANHPI communities, and recommit to the struggle for AANHPI equity.”

The President also highlighted the achievements of Vice President Harris as a trailblazer for young people to follow, and condemned acts of anti-Asian bias.

By declaring May 2021 Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander month, President Biden stated, “Vice President Harris and I affirm that Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders make our Nation stronger. I urge my fellow Americans to join us this month in celebrating AANHPI history, people, and cultures.”

 

Read the President's Proclamation:

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/presidential-actions/2021/04/30/a-proclamation-on-asian-american-and-native-hawaiian-pacific-islander-heritage-month-2021/

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