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"And all the governors with exception of one or two point. During the territorial period. Where whites I believe there was one or two people with Hawaiian blood the first governor of Hawaii was white. And I believe the second governor of why was white as well. There are some cases where we have had some diversity. But the governor right now is of Japanese ancestry. Lieutenant governor is Chinese ancestry. He was appointed. Prior to him. The mayor of Honolulu is white the top leaders of the Hawaii state Senate and state house of representatives are Japanese-American we've had one Filipino American governor. That was impressive. I believe the only one in the United States, we've had one native Hawaiian governor. Again, the only one in the United States now just because you elect people of Japanese three or white Caucasian to positions of power and business doesn't necessarily mean they're favoring there are people. I don't think anybody would say something like that. But the perception is out there. And I think growing up if you look at who in charge you can't help but say I wonder if it's a coincidence. If some of these other groups that are not represented well at the top levels of power in the state aren't doing as well because they don't have leaders of their same shared identity. Reputable studies government sponsored educational sponsors. Studies have shown that native Hawaiians are disproportionately overrepresented in the criminal Justice system and also fare less. Well, when it comes to health and the numbers are not ambiguous. At all. The data is clear there has been response from lawmakers to try and address that to direct more money to programs to help them out. Remember, this was a colonized people. This was a nation that was overthrown. It was annexed by the United States with the help of frankly, white business interests. They lost their language. They lost their religion. They lost their culture. You could even do it was banned starting."