1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention

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The 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention is regarded as historic in the modern State of Hawaii. The convention established

  • resign-to-run provisions for running for political office
  • limited the governor and lieutenant governor to two four-year terms
  • created the judicial panel to select candidates for state courts
  • started the Council on Revenues to provide a rational means for deciding how much money the state could spend
  • provided a requirement for an annual balanced budget
  • laid the groundwork for the return of federal land such as the island of Kahoolawe,
  • created the Office of Hawaiian Affairs
  • adoption of Hawaiian diacritical marks for official usage
  • adopt the Hawaiian language as a official state language of Hawaii.

Many delegates to the constitutional convention have become major figures in Hawaiian politics. Delegates to the convention included:

External Links

  • Veterans of ’78 Con-Con publicly back OHA (Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 1-6-04)
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