A gubernatorial candidate picks up Local 5’s support, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs takes to the airwaves, and the lieutenant governor throws a fundraising birthday party.

  • Former Hawaii Congressman Neil Abercrombie will formally earn the endorsement of UNITE HERE! Local 5, the union that represents about 10,500 hotel and health-care workers across the state. That’s a lot of sign-wavers.
  • July 1 is the launch date for a new radio program courtesy of OHA. Called Na Oiwi Olino, the program will feature interviews with state and community leaders as well as updates on the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act — the Akaka bill — “as it nears passage,” according to OHA CEO Clyde Namuo. Na oiwi olino is Hawaiian for “people seeking wisdom.”
  • The leading Republican candidate for governor, Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, will be the star of a birthday bash and fundraiser at Sam Choy’s on North Nimitz Highway tonight. His boss, Gov. Linda Lingle, will be on hand. Aiona turned 55 on June 8.
  • Conservative rag Newsmax’s take on Daniel K. Inouye becoming third in line in presidential succession: The senior senator “Backs Hawaii Separatism,” according to a recent headline — i.e., Inouye’s support for the Akaka bill.
  • A new poll reveals that one-fourth of Americans don’t believe Hawaii-born President Barack Obama was born in the United States. Six percent of the poll respondents in the Vanity Fair-Time survey think that Hawaii is not part of the country and 4 percent are unsure, according to the poll analysis of a New York Times’ blogger.

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