September 1st, 2003


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

Admissions Policy at Kamehameha Schools

Non-Hawaiians know they aren't eligible

I'm not Hawaiian, but I am saddened and outraged at the nerve of Kalena Santos, the mother of Brayden Mohica-Cummings, the non-Hawaiian student whose admission to Kamehameha Schools resulted from a lawsuit and judge's court order.
Being adopted by a Hawaiian, as Santos was, does not make a person Hawaiian. Princess Pauahi's trust was set up for a specific reason, and after all these years it has become common knowledge that if you don't have Hawaiian blood, you won't be going to Kamehameha. It is basically an unwritten law among the local people.

If Santos wanted her son to go to a private school, she could have chosen another one. Instead she knowingly put down false information on the application regarding her race, and this tells me that she doesn't care about Bishop Estate or Kamehameha Schools.

Debbie Sunaida

An outsider's viewpoint about Kamehameha Schools

Okay this one is obvious. This letter is written by someone who lives near Kapalama Heights which has alot of lease hold homes. These homes sit on property which Kamehameha owns and leases to homeowners. That is why it's called "leasehold." Anyway... a resident writes the following:

Here's how to handle it

Kamehameha solution: Open the school, charge $40,000 per year and create a Native Hawaiian scholarship for qualifying individuals.

Richard Dixellheimer

The only problem is that it's not good to dictate to others what to do, think, feel. etc. That's what he is doing. Therefore it shows some disrespect of the Hawaiian people. Suggesting that we don't know what the fuck we're doing. It implies that a haole knows the answer. That is why many people shun outsiders. Its due to their attitude.

Also his solution is unrealistic. Punahou School charges $12,050 per year. The $40,000 price seems unreachable and it would also have non-Hawaiians attending... not Hawaiians... which is illegal. The will explicitly states that preference be given to orphans and to indigent children with preference to children of aboriginal blood. Bernice Pauahi Bishop sure was smart. SHE KNEW that Hawaiian children would be attacked. That is why I love her so much. SHE KNEW and she did something about it.