Thursday, July 18, 2002
Price of Paradise letters
Officers who lost files should lose jobs, tooWhat should be done with the military officers who left secret files in their car while they went for a dip in the ocean? I would take away the security clearance of the most senior officer. If they were of equal rank; I would take all their security clearances, which would end their careers.
I had a "top secret" clearance when I was in the Air Force and when I worked for the Coast Guard. If I had done what these four officers did, as an enlisted man in the Air Force I would have gotten at least an Article 15; at the most, a dishonorable discharge. Working for the Coast Guard, I would've lost my job.
There was a saying when I was in the Air Force: Rank has its privileges. To put it more bluntly; the officers could get away with just about anything, and the enlisted men with nothing. That is the main reason why I, and many more like me, got out after eight years.
Trustees are helping to destroy HawaiiansThe decision to admit a non-Hawaiian to Kamehameha Schools on Maui is blasphemous and an insult to us Hawaiians. Bernice Pauahi Bishop's will needs to be amended by the trustees to preserve her wishes. She didn't have children of her own; we are her children.
By admitting a non-Hawaiian, Kamehameha Schools will have an increase in applications from non-Hawaiians. Do the trustees realize that there are more non-Hawaiians moving to Hawaii as we Hawaiians are moving away? Are the administrators of Pauahi's will enabling people, the state and the federal government to destroy us Hawaiians? Auwe! How dare the administrators insult us Hawaiians!
One of these days I hope a Hawaiian attorney becomes so disgusted that he or she will sue the government, the state and OHA for committing crimes against Hawaiians. Until then, injustice for Hawaiians continues in a nation that claims to be the land of the free, home of the brave, with justice for all -- except the Hawaiians.
Lana Ululani Robbins
Kamehameha Schools '85
New Port Richey, Fla.
Ancestors would have embraced new studentWhat is the difference between ancient Hawaiians and the new Hawaiian generation?
Hawaiian culture taught our kupuna (ancestors) that the aina (land) was for the use and enjoyment of everyone. Our kupuna never had fences or "keep out" signs until after Captain Cook's arrival.
Our question is, do we practice the prejudiced philosophies perpetuated by those who challenge the legality of Hawaiian institutions?
The Hawaiian community should hanai (adopt) this young man, who clearly has a desire to learn. In this time of Hawaiian renaissance, I choose to return to the ways of our ancestors.
Kamehameha Schools alumnus
Why weren't Maui students prepared?Let's see if I get this right: There are not enough qualified Hawaiian children in Maui County to fill vacant slots, and Kamehameha Schools' trustees are being publicly blasted for their decision to admit a non-Hawaiian student. Why is no one blasting the Department of Education? Apparently the education the unqualified students received prior to their application to Kamehameha was sorely lacking.
Unlike Kamehameha, the state public school system, which I attended, is not charged with forming "good and industrious men and women." The state of Hawaii is not vested in bettering the social, economic or educational status of Hawaiians. What better way for the state to continue our suppression than provide such poor education that Hawaiian students cannot even pass an entrance exam to a school expressly created by our beloved Princess Pauahi to educate Hawaiians?
This should be a wake-up call for all Hawaiians: Are your children getting your tax dollars' worth from their public school education, an education that, at least on Maui, doesn't seem to adequately prepare them for Kamehameha Schools?
As for Kamehameha Schools: strengthen your DOE partnerships and increase your participation in educating all Hawaiian children, or soon your campuses will be filled with non-Hawaiian students reaping the benefits of the trust, while once again Hawaiian beneficiaries are shoved to the side.
Hawaiian community can show true alohaI have been reading the community input on the young man in Maui being granted admission to the great Kamehameha Schools. This family has a great asset in their son, who has exhibited superior skills in his young life.
As an expatriate of Hawaii Nei, I am of the belief that what should be of most importance to Hawaii is the education of its replacement work force. Hawaii's lack of educated thinkers has created most of its social and economical turmoil.
I urge people to take a step back and try to remember what the word "aloha" means. If it still means what I remember it to mean, then leave the young man alone. Let him get the great education he deserves. I think that the Kamehameha admissions system is administering the princess' will correctly by helping themselves to all children of Hawaii.
Maybe someday this student will hold a high political seat from which he will bring favor upon our nation.
Give aloha a chance again.
Former Hawaii resident
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