"The elders are saying that these monk seals are not Hawaiian. Our young people are calling these seals an invasive species brought in by government. The seals are now the easy targets of blame for the many ills of our depleting fisheries. We need to stand up for the truth: These seals are not only Hawaiian, but have been here longer than the Hawaiians."
In addition, Republican Representative Cynthia Thielan has taken a stand against protecting the species: http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/12/05/14137-thielen-takes-stand-against-added-protections-for-hawaii-monk-seal/
Auwe, Thielan. I thought you were cool. No more. Once these creatures are gone, they are gone.