People rallied yesterday in Pasadena, Calif., against a recent decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that ruled that Kamehameha Schools' admission policy is racially discriminatory.
Kamehameha Schools decision protested in Calif.
Marcher walk to 9th Circuit office in Pasadena
PASADENA, Calif. - Supporters of Kamehameha Schools protested today outside an office of a federal appeals court that struck down the exclusive school's Hawaiians-only admissions policy.
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About 50 to 100 demonstrators waived Hawaiian flags and chanted "I Ku Mau Mau," or "Stand Together," as they walked by the Pasadena office of the 9th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals, event coordinator Miki Kim said.
In August, a three-judge panel in San Francisco ruled the private school's 117-year-old admissions policy "was unlawful race discrimination." The policy requires applicants to prove Hawaiian bloodlines.
"We are being raked over the coals in the courts under the idea that we're an equal nation, and we aren't an equal nation," said Kim, a 1976 Kamehameha Schools graduate who now lives in Los Angeles.
Among those who attended the rally were members of the Downtown Los Angeles Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League.
The school, which was not involved with the march, is petitioning the 9th Circuit for a rehearing by the full court. The case was brought by a non-Hawaiian student who was turned down for admission in 2003.
Kamehameha Schools was created under the 1883 will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, whose $6.2 billion trust funds the school's main Kapalama campus in Honolulu and other campuses on Maui and the Big Island.
Pua'nanimelia Kama'i, from San Diego, took part in the protest yesterday in Pasadena, Calif. The event featured speakers from Hawaii.