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Hawaiian children at Kamehameha

Hawaiian students can excel at Kamehameha

Regarding the court battle over whether Kamehameha Schools is entitled to decline admission to a student with no Hawaiian ancestry: As I sit here in my office outside of Chicago, I am appalled and disgusted. Is there nothing sacred left for the Hawaiians?

There are a multitude of injustices in our modern world, but Kamehameha Schools is not one of those. I am not a graduate of the school -- in fact, I was denied admission because there were too many individuals admitted from the area in which I lived. Was I disappointed? Yes. My mother, her brothers and my grandfather were all graduates of Kamehameha. Did my parents call an attorney to represent us against the injustice of being denied admission? No. As I saw it, it was and still is a privilege to attend Kamehameha Schools, one that should be reserved for those of Hawaiian ancestry.

Being an American is a privilege, too. Unfortunately, in our privilege as Americans, we encounter many perversions of the Constitution. The case against Kamehameha Schools is one of the more painful of those perversions.

I have always viewed Kamehameha Schools as sacred. It has been the one place that not only preserved the culture, but provided an academic atmosphere for a child of Hawaiian ancestry to excel.

Don't diminish the intent of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. She foresaw the need for the education of her people. We must fulfill her dying wish.


Charle A. Fern
Waukegan, Ill. Former Hawaii resident

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