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An 'Appeal' To Common Sense
March 05, 2007 - 07:26 PM

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Any pure-hearted & well-informed human being (Hawaiian and non-Hawaiian alike) would embrace constitutional measures taken to remedy a once dispossessed race--and, in this uniquely undisputed case--the Hawaiian people.

Even Congress had the heart (with the political push of an official apology bill 103-150 on behalf of President Clinton) to say--in effect--"OK. Our beloved people of Hawai'i: we're REALLY sorry for what our silly forefathers did. Now, hopefully this letter will pacify you restless natives for a few centuries. Regards, America."

But, words--when compared to actions--mean very little in the name of 'reconciliation' or in the quest for "ho'oponopono"--literally meaning, "to MAKE right." In other words, an apology bill equates neither to reconciliation nor to ho'oponopono. But it does look nice on paper, yeah? And, I'm sure the grammar was much, much better than my pagan prose.

You know what also looked good on paper? Those tens of thousands of anti-annexation petitions signed by our kupuna that "somehow" got lost in the archives--thereby killing the voices of our kupuna in determining the future of Hawai'i. 'Auwe! The words of our ancestors are literally coming forth as "voices from the dust." Perhaps this a prophetic kahea (call) from our kupuna for today's struggles--or, maybe this is yet another example of keeping America's 'dirty laundry' hidden from the public eye. You choose.

All political pleasantries (and dirty laundry) side, while Congress talks (and talks and talks), Kamehameha Schools "walks the talk" serving thousands upon thousands of native Hawaiians AND NON-HAWAIIANS alike. I know. I went to school there, and I even worked at a few of their summer programs. Excuse the pidgin English, but for the lack of a better phrase, "Kamehameha is not all mouth."

No other PRIVATE institution or organization does more to remedy the generational aftershocks and political heavy-handedness Hawai'i--and, particularly,--our beloved Lili'uokalani endured as she was literally held a prisoner in her own palace--like Kamehameha does. And, may I also submit that Kamehameha expects nothing in return from the government OR from non-Hawaiians for cleaning up America's dirty laundry, just mutual respect and reverence for the Will of ke Ali'i Pauahi. Hmm. Sounds like an 'ono serving of "humble pie" to those who cry "discrimination" to the preference policy. But, of course, as expected, some people must not only "have their cake" but also "eat it, too."

Therefore (if my private-school education serves me right), a disgruntled non-Hawaiian whose "space" at Kamehameha was filled by a qualified Hawaiian student is huhu (offended) and, therefore, feels he or she has the "right" to "discriminate" his or her views on a completely legitimate (and remedial) preference policy? Is it me, or is someone using the law to (excuse the bluntness) "discriminate" against Pauahi's last Will and Testament?" Give me a break. Common-sense prevails in this case. And, almost ringing incessantly in typical Kamehameha four-part harmony, my na'au cries with the rest of Hawai'i Nei, "'NUFF ALREADY."

If we want to talk "law" and "discrimination" here, Mr. John Doe and friends, may I anxiously direct each and everyone of you to a perfect situation around which you can politically prance. I would love to see your eloquent arguments concerning the injustices (and, coincidentally, the discrimination) imposed upon our Hawaiian people in 1893. Sound familiar? 'Ae. It's the overthrow. Please, feel free--heck, be our guests--to state your case in support of AMERICA'S discrimination of Hawai'i in 1893, and, please, appeal that to the powers that be. Like you, we also believe in "liberty and justice for all."

Yet for us everyday locals out there, perhaps the lyrics to a popular island song drive things right home: "You can talk the talk, but do you walk the walk, and do you bring much comfort?"

I know Kamehameha does. And that's why they will prevail. 'O ia wale no.

E ku i ka pono kakou!

Kale Kau'i,

Class of 2003
Kamehameha Schools - Kapalama
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