I'm in Virginia right now and this letter to the editor pissed me off but it also shows how ignorant many people are about Hawaiians. For what it's worth... if you read my blog here please learn one thing and that Hawaiians do NOT use percentages and/or fractions when describing who they are but sometimes they use it when describing themselves in English but that is NOT how we describe ourselves as Hawaiians in the Hawaiian "Way." That is, we say "He Hawai'i au" which can mean "Hawai'i... I am" or... "I am Hawaiian." We don't use fractions nor percentages in the Hawaiian language so use this information so that you don't look like a Dummy like this person does. Also note that he has a Haole Name. That's why I personally say, "Gotta be Haole" meaning it's easy to notice that the person is Haole because I look at the attitude and this one epitomizes the Haole Way of thinking when Hawaiians have their own paradigm. I'm part Haole! and some Haole people embarrass me LIKE THIS ONE:
Only pure Hawaiians have case for redress
I would like to know why people who are not 100 percent Hawaiian are considered "Hawaiians." Suppose a person is 50 percent Hawaiian and 50 percent Japanese. The current thinking is they are Hawaiian. Why are they not Japanese?
I am 50 percent Irish but am not considered Irish. The history of my lineage makes me an American whether I like it or not.
It seems to me if a person isn't 100 percent Hawaiian, there must have been a Hawaiian in his or her past who was OK with not maintaining a "pure culture." For the progeny to take up the cudgel for rights or wrongs done to his or her past ancestors and look for redress does not seem appropriate to me.
What was done in the past may or may not have hurt the "Hawaiians" of the time (I've heard it argued both ways), but time and history marches on.
People of 100 percent Hawaiian blood might have a case for redress, but all others should not be allowed to take part in any legal action.
James R. Day
Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/current/op/letters