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I recently received this email from Kamehameha Schools' CEO Dee Jay Mailer about today's ruling. Note that she is a Kamehameha Schools graduate which mostly probably means that she is Hawaiian as it's a school for Hawaiian children. Anyway the only thing that I didn't like is her reference to God because I'm no longer a Christian. No offense but not all Hawaiians are Christians. Anyway here is a copy of her email that was sent to people connected to Kamehameha Schools which theoretically is everyone since if the ruling affects Hawaiian children it affects all children which affects each of us but I digress... here is the letter. I have put what I think is the most important part of the letter in bold which reads, "In the meantime, keep doing what you do to make our world a better place for our children" not just Hawaiian children... but OUR children... collectively:



Aloha Kakou!

I am very sad to inform you that the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned U.S. District Judge Alan Kay’s ruling that Kamehameha Schools’ policy of giving preference in our admissions to applicants of Hawaiian ancestry is legal and justified. Our policy of serving Hawaiians first in our programs has been found to violate Section 1981 of the U.S. Code.

There is no doubt that this decision is very serious for Kamehameha Schools. But the fight is not over! The Board of Trustees, myself and the CEO Team vow to keep fighting with all our strength and that of our ohana to defend the schools’ policy. On behalf of the Board, Trustee Chair Diane Plotts pledged, "We will not give up on our fight to protect the preference policy. Our policy is not about race, it’s about restoring the Hawaiian people by providing them with educational opportunities. It is the most direct way to provide Pauahi’s legacy to her intended beneficiaries, and we will do whatever we can to protect it." There are no truer words to express our collective commitment to persevere in this fight.

The Board agrees that our first course of action will be to ask for a reconsideration of our case before a panel of 11 judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If that fails, we will ask for review by the U.S. Supreme Court. In any event, we have an automatic stay – or suspension - of the decision while we seek reconsideration or rehearing at the 9th Circuit.

If our petition for reconsideration or rehearing is unsuccessful, and we have to go to the highest court, we will ask for an extended stay of the ruling to allow us to continue to apply our Hawaiian preference during the course of the appeal. As always, we will continue our efforts to extend more and more of our resources into communities with large Hawaiian populations. Our mission allows us to do nothing less.

This is, indeed, a dark day for Kamehameha Schools and our Hawaiian community. However, we continue to be blessed in many, many ways. We have our Faith, we have our Princess, and we have the legacy she left to benefit her people. We have Hope. By the will of God, and with Pauahi’s lasting example, we will persevere; we will achieve our mission; our people will be restored.

We will keep you informed of the progress of our motions for reconsideration and rehearing. In the meantime, keep doing what you do to make our world a better place for our children, and please keep Kamehameha Schools in your prayers.

Dee Jay Mailer

Chief Executive Officer

For more information, go to http://www.ksbe.edu




Edit: I have since called my mother at work and she didn't know about the ruling. I am extremely close to her. She is also my voice of reason. The one who always tells me that I should believe and have faith. The one who CONTINUES to scold me *LOL* Well she told me that she will pray though she still does not like my blondish hair. I don't know why either since I am part Haole. She keeps telling me, "You look so Haole." But Mom... I am part Haole too :O

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abraxas6
Aug. 3rd, 2005 01:38 am (UTC)
"In the meantime, keep doing what you do to make our world a better place for our children" not just Hawaiian children... but OUR children... collectively

I will keep doing what I'm doing, and being a Christian I will be praying for the school and Dee Jay Mailer. I will pray for tolerance and acceptance of ALL who love and support Hawaiian traditions, in our schools and everywhere. Discrimination works two ways.
haolegirl
Aug. 3rd, 2005 01:43 am (UTC)
Good point and I try hard to remember that. My mother is very religious and always reminds me not to be so biased and crass. My best friends are Christians too so it's not like I don't like Christians. I've learned that people are people too so I dont base what I think of someone on their religion.
haolegirl
Aug. 3rd, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Also my mom always reminds me to pray. Like she did a little while ago when I called her at work.
abraxas6
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:06 am (UTC)
It's hard not being Hawaiian and caring so much. I really have no right to talk - about Kamehameha HS, the Akaka Bill or any of that - so I just try hard to see both sides. I grew up in a school system where I was very much a minority (ethnicity and religion) and am actually grateful for the experience. And being a student of the Hawaiian culture, I just can't see what would be so wrong with at least meeting applicants and finding out WHY they want to go to Kamehameha HS. If they are dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture is that really wrong - no matter what their ethnic background? If it is wrong, then I took a really wrong turn somewhere in my life - lol!

If anything, I personnally feel an even greater responsibility and duty to the Hawaiian people and I will always continue to try to see both sides of every issue. But the bottom line is, the decision will never be mine to make - I'll research, I'll hula, I'll teach, I'll spread aloha - but the decisions for the future of the Hawaiian people should ALWAYS be up to native Hawaiians.
haolegirl
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:15 am (UTC)
Well you have a good heart that may be why but not everyone does. Well I know at Kamehameha when I was attending students were Protestant (me included), Mormon, Buddhist, etc. It was nice to hang around different people but I worry... you know like how Brown University and Dartmouth started off being for indigenous people then they slowly became schools for the wealthy. That part scares me. I mean... what if Kamehameha Schools ends up like that because chances are it will. That scares me.

Also my husband is like my biggest fan and hes white. I think its common. I also know that Puakea Nogelmeier is not Hawaiian yets he helps perpetuate the culture which I think is cool:

http://www.geocities.com/~olelo/s-leooiwi.html

I wish more people were like you and him.

abraxas6
Aug. 3rd, 2005 02:37 am (UTC)
Wow - I never realized Puakea doesn't have any Hawaiian blood? Is that really true? I often think that my heart is so Hawaiian it's going to just start pumping Hawaiian blood one day. But I guess I'm too attached to my own heritage too - the blood cells are constantly battling - lol
haolegirl
Aug. 3rd, 2005 06:07 pm (UTC)
LOL Yeah... he was hanai and lots of people know he's not Hawaiian. Keola Donaghy too. He's at UH Hilo teaching Hawaiian and he's not Hawaiian. I think it's cool because of the preservation part but a part of me wonders why Hawaiians aren't the ones. I mean... I know more Hawaiians who dont dance hula and speak Hawaiian than I do others who do. Kinda sad actually but I'm slowly beginning to realize that people are preserving the culture which is a good thing.
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