April 24th, 2005


Merle Kobashigawa

I like seeing older local people who contributed to the islands. Nowadays many newcomers have invaded Hawai'i but at some times in the past some people who weren't Hawaiian really cared about Hawai'i. Unfortunately these people are slowly dying and being replaced by many money-grubbing leeches. ANYWAY I guess this guy was quiet... and humble about his accomplishments. He didn't even tell his family about it. I miss that Local Mentality where they give, give, give and not just take, take, take. Sadly he has died:

President Bill Clinton presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to Yeiki Kobashigawa of Waianae, Hawaii, during a ceremony in the Pavilion, South Lawn, at the White House. Kobashigawa, Tech. Sgt. of the 100th Infantry Battalion, led his platoon in destroying four German machine gun positions near Lanuvio, Italy, on June 2, 1944.

Hero kept WWII deeds quiet

See the rest of the story here: http://starbulletin.com/2005/04/24/news/story12.html

High makamaka Attitude: The Kingdom of Hawai'i and the United States

This lady's attitude really annoys me. First of all, Hawaiians can have dualities. Many of us live quadralities. Sometimes more. For example I live in FOUR parallel worlds as I am English, Hawaiian, Chinese, and Portuguese. Unfortunately it seems as though she thinks that her paradigm (i.e. one way, one nation, under God blah blah blah) is the ONLY way. However Hawaiians are citizens of the Kingdom of Hawai'i and of the United States. The Kingdom of Hawai'i is an entity... and it never died. The U.S. government doesn't recognize it but that does NOT mean that it doesn't exist.

Anyway this lady's attitude annoys me because as a Hawaiian I LOVE America. I love being Hawaiian (by ethnicity and by nationality) AND I love being American (by nationality.) She cannot dictate to people how to resolve their problems. Then again if she and others try then there will be another Ka'u Incident. Unfortunately many people think that Hawaiians are peaceful, meek, and/or weak. However many WILL fight back. If you were raped wouldn't you fight back? Seriously. EveryONE is sovereign. That's what makes America so great but as usual people like her are uneducated/ignorant that there are MANY Hawaiians who love being American as well as Hawaiian by nationality and it's fucking annoying that they don't know. They could easily open a book and read about it. Or... use their Google-fu to find material written by Hawaiians. Seriously.

I'll write to the editor to bitch about it (heehee) but here is her letter engorged with ignorance. Which reminds me... I like the word, "engorged." It's one of my favorite words:

There can only be one sovereign government

"In Haunani Apoliona's recent commentary "Reject the fear of the Akaka bill critics," she seems to think all would be hunky-dory if it is passed. I think she is wrong. I think it would be opening a can of worms.

Apoliona seems to want a sovereign nation, and she quotes Sen. Inouye as saying "the new Native Hawaiian government would be co-equal with other governments, local, state and federal." But you can't have two sovereign nations joined together. The definition of sovereign means to be supreme. Only one can be supreme.

Why can't she be proud and happy to be a citizen of the best kind of government in the world? One in which the government is by the people and for the people, and where the people are legally equal in the pursuit of life, liberty and happiness?"

Elizabeth Porteus

Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/current/op/letters

Something Positive: Leo Ohai

I like this article about Leo Ohai because 1) They point out that he is "part Hawaiian" and 2) There will be younger Hawaiians reading this (hopefully) and will see another Hawaiian who is a productive member of society. Very rarely do media in Hawai'i focus on positive Hawaiian role models. It's as though they want us to fail or something LOL Hawaiian children need more good Hawaiian role models. More good role models period but there is something about seeing another Hawaiian being a good role model. He (Ohai) seems to be one of them. Anyway... this article is refreshing:

Leo Ohai, 82, once landed a malfunctioning aircraft on the 12th green of the Ala Wai golf course.

An excerpt from the article:

"In the 1950s, Ohai pioneered the use of airplanes to spot schools of fish in the ocean, logging tens of thousands of hours of flight time when his fishing business was based on Kaua'i.

"When the tuna boats came out here from California back then, he took the captains up and showed them how it was done," said Ohai's son, Nephi, who now does all the flying for the fishing family. "They couldn't believe it, and they tried to get him to go back and work with them in San Pedro."

But the part-Hawaiian Ohai had a life to live — and headlines to make — in the Islands.

While skindiving off Kona on the Big Island in 1963, Ohai suffered a case of the bends and had to fly himself back to O'ahu for life-saving treatment at the Navy's Pearl Harbor recompression chamber.

A 24-year-old woman, Virginia King, accompanied Ohai on the two-hour flight because she didn't think he should be alone. Ohai kept losing consciousness and King, who didn't know how to fly, kept reviving him.

"He'd check the instruments and get us straightened out, then we'd be all right for a bit before he began blacking out again," King told reporters at the time. "It was like that for the whole two hours."

The landing "wasn't the smoothest" but it "was good enough for us," King said."

Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2005/Apr/24/ln/ln07p.html