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What makes matters worse is that white people are now suing Kamehameha Schools for not admitting a young boy whose mother lied on his Kamehameha Schools appplication. She lied about him being Hawaiian. Evidently she was adopted yet claimed her Hawaiian step father as her biological father. She lied. Now his offer for admission to this school dedicated to educating Hawaiian children is in jeopardy.

Kamehameha Schools is my alma mater. I am Hawaiian and growing up as a child I was VERY poor! If it wasn't for Kamehameha Schools I would probably not have gone to college and I would probably be on the streets in Waikiki selling drugs or worse... selling my body. Kamehameha Schools has done so much good for Hawaiian kids. People have no idea! My parents had to prove Hawaiian ancestry. They provided the necessary documentation. It seems as though this child's mother lied on his application and is now suing the school so that Kamehameha Schools is opened to non-Hawaiians. Thats so wrong!

I have lots of non-Hawaiian friends. I have only dated WHITE men. I have nothing against white people. However, many people fail to realize that Hawaiians are a dying race. There are only 400,000 of us left!


Story about non-Hawaiian child suing school for Hawaiian children http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2003/Aug/20/ln/ln10a.html

What about the rights of Hawaiian children????

By the way there are only 400,000 Hawaiians left in this world. We should be protected. For all of those people who believe in preserving native American culture... I say, 'WHAT ABOUT PRESERVING THE PEOPLE?"

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namericess
Aug. 20th, 2003 12:00 pm (UTC)
well dear, it's the same arguement the wanna-be injuns use--only this time, it's within the context of the Native Hawaiian society and culture. Since, I am sure, the woman feels Native Hawaiian and was raised within the culture, she more than likely was told she is Native Hawaiian, regardless, of any circumstance.

Now you know why so many Indians scoff at the wanna-bes with their b/s about feeling and being Indian in their heart, especially, when they have very little Indian blood or none at all.
kkschnei
Aug. 20th, 2003 04:49 pm (UTC)
hmmmm...
well, i understand the disappointment the family must feel and likewise, as the person above me stated, she probably feels native hawaiian based on culture despite not being hawaiian by blood/ethnicity. however, i think it's fuckin stupid that they're suing. wtf is wrong with society? everyone and their mom and mom's mom always trying to sue because everyone's "done them wrong". they were denied something they had "right" to.

given that kamehameha has rules about being of hawaiian descent by blood and given this mother and her child is not, she should be understanding and respectful for their reasons and strict guidelines.

lana, do you think that people that do not go to kamehameha and go to lets say.. campbell or something still have a chance to go to college and make a good life for themselves? is this mother worried that her son not going to kamehameha means that he will be less privileged and have less chance at a great future?
haolegirl
Aug. 20th, 2003 05:10 pm (UTC)
Re: hmmmm...
Well I know of many people who didn't attend Kamehameha including my parents. my brother attended Damien Memorial High School and he received a good education. My father attended Kalani High School. He learned skills that helped him in his present work. People can make it attending any school. I think it depends on what you want out of life but with Kamehameha its also learning Hawaiian pride so I think that young boy's mother may want him to learn Hawaiian pride which doesnt make sense considering that he's not Hawaiian.

Even then Kamehameha is not the BEST school on O'ahu. In fact I would choose to send my kids to Punahou which is by far better. Or even 'Iolani School or St Louis School which have better academics than Punahou and Kamehameha combined. The parents of the young boy can apply for financial aid to any of those schools. However, she is choosing to sue a school that has preference for Hawaiian kids. She should have known better. I just think she and people like her are trying to break up the school like how they broke apart Queen's Hospital which was for Hawaiians. Now its for everyone while 200,000 or so Hawaiians in the islands have diabetes or worse... are unable to get good care with money that was used to build that hospital.



ehanui
Aug. 21st, 2003 04:26 am (UTC)
>>I would probably not have gone to college and I would probably be on the streets in Waikiki selling drugs or worse... selling my body.<<

I'd buy it =) You look HOT! Lana!
kingalii
Aug. 21st, 2003 12:22 pm (UTC)
A couple of things...

1. I though that non-Hawai`ian kids could attend Kamehameha only if the student enrollment was below a certain number and to make it full, non-Hawai`ians could attend.

2. If I got a blood transfusion from you, does that mean I have Hawai`ian blood now?

3. Can the gov't declare Hawai`ians an endangered species?
haolegirl
Aug. 22nd, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
1. I though that non-Hawai`ian kids could attend Kamehameha only if the student enrollment was below a certain number and to make it full, non-Hawai`ians could attend.

That would be illegal considering the school is directed by someones will.

2. If I got a blood transfusion from you, does that mean I have Hawai`ian blood now?

Yes but you wouldnt have it in your 'iwi.

3. Can the gov't declare Hawai`ians an endangered species?

The government can do whatever it wants but if this were to happen then people would tell us that we have special status and that its illegal to have racial preference preserving Hawaiians and not Filipinos or Chinese.





kingalii
Aug. 22nd, 2003 10:28 am (UTC)
I've heard about the Bishop Estate Trustee stuff... Oh well, I guess I "sit" corrected.

I guess you're right about the Hawai`ian blood stuff. But you know what, I have no Hawai`ian blood in me, but in my heart I'm just as Hawai`ian as if I had it.

I don't think it would be considered racial cus Hawai`i and it's people are part of the United States NOT the Philippines or Hong Kong, China...
obsidianmcnight
Aug. 21st, 2003 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hello! I found you via the longhair community. I'm just a bit confused, how does having a school exclusively for Hawaiians "preserve" the Hawaiian people? When you say that non-Hawaiians could have applied for other schools on the island, wouldn't that apply to Hawaiians also, therefore ensuring places for everyone?

I don't know anything about Hawaiian politics, so the logics here puzzle me. We have Chinese primary schools in my hometowns, but it's open for everyone, although most people from other races tend to opt for other schools because of the compulsory Chinese classes. I have an Indian friend who goes there, she's fluent in Hokkien now, which is always handy.
haolegirl
Aug. 22nd, 2003 07:24 am (UTC)
how does having a school exclusively for Hawaiians "preserve" the Hawaiian people?

The Hawaiian culture is taught to the Hawaiian students. Years ago Hawaiians in public schools were ridiculed and told not to speak nor write in Hawaiian. At Kamehameha Schools... everything Hawaiian is taught to the students. Thats how the Hawaiian culture is preserved.

We have Chinese primary schools in my hometowns, but it's open for everyone,

I'm part Chinese too (ancestors are from Canton) and if you read about Hawaiian history its very different than other history. Kamehameha is the only school for Hawaiians and it began before Hawai'i became a state making it even more unique and more complicated since Hawai'i became a part of the U.S.... a state in 1959. That may be why its seems so different but American Indians have had to deal with similar things only that they dont have a particular school where non-native people want to attend. I believe that Dartmouth was for Indians then white people overtook the school.
obsidianmcnight
Aug. 22nd, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
I see. On another note, I think it would be nice to have Hawaiian culture as a subject in all schools, if it's not already. When I was in high school, we have two separate lessons for history - Malaysian history and world history.
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