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1978: Native Hawaiian conditions improve

During the Hawai‘i State Constitutional Convention, the condition of Native Hawaiians improves greatly due to the efforts of an organized group of Hawaiian leaders advocating for change. The State responds by establishing an Office of Hawaiian Affairs and adding several amendments to the Hawaiian Constitution, including adopting the Hawaiian language as one of the official languages of Hawai‘i; reaffirming traditional and customary rights and practices; and including the study of Hawaiian culture, history, and language as part of the public education curriculum. (Hawai‘i Pono‘?, “Key Points in Hawaiian History.”)

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