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State House leaders are trying to figure out what to do about Rep. Faye Hanohano, the outspoken Native Hawaiian lawmaker from Puna who has been criticized in the past for her strong — some say racist — views on people and things that are not Native Hawaiian. The new political hot water boiled over after she allegedly lambasted a haole college student from Portland, Oregon who testified before her committee about shark fishing. Then the respected head of the state’s natural resources agency, himself an influential Native Hawaiian, complained to leadership about Hanohano’s abuse of some of his employees. Political cartoonist John Pritchett took a moment to ponder — artistically, of course — this new political hullabaloo.

About the author: John Pritchett is a longtime award-winning political cartoonist. He has been penning artwork in Hawaii for decades, including 20 years at the Honolulu Weekly. Find more of his work on the web at

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