This was in 1971 and in 1977:
"More than 1,000 Hawaiians closed down Kalakaua Avenue, marching past the symbols of mass tourism along Waikiki Beach. As the signs in front say, "Huli! Arise, Hawaiians" Photo by Ian Lind at http://www.ilind.net
Protect Kahoolawe Ohana protesters at federal court in 1977.
This is in 2005:
Protestors protesting the recent racist Ninth Circuit Court ruling that the Kamehameha Schools' admissions policy is unconstitutional while Caucasians account for about 74% of the total population in the U.S.... while Hawaiians account for a measly .1% of the total population in the U.S.
It's been almost 30 years and we are still protesting. Obviously we are dissatisfied with the status quo.
It has a lot to do with the politics of money. These days it's about the Akaka Bill. After all the power hungry and money hungry politicians want to make more money so the court "conveniently" changes course from 2003. Why not off the backs of Hawaiians? After all we are worth millions... to some people especially to politicians like Senator Akaka.
They aren't satisfied with imprisoning the queen, Queen Liliuokalani; illegally overthrowing her; then taking Pearl Harbor. All for sugar and thus for money. They are not satisfied. Now they want our school and more money. They just cannot let us educate our own Hawaiian children. They don't want us to educate our Hawaiian children because if we do we won't be homogenous. That is... white which is sad because diversity and variety makes this world wonderful.
Well my husband is right. He keeps reminding me that it's all about the money and unfortunately... it's true. We are pawns to their Senate chess game. What I find odd is that we are not even asked for our opinion in this matter. Instead the politicians are deciding for us. That's the American way I guess. Where we are to follow like sheep. However it should be noted that Hawaiians are not like that and I predict that more will occur til we are wholly satisfied. Right now we are dissatisfied which makes some people feel uncomfortable but if your child was in danger would you try to protect them? Thus the actions of many Hawaiians. Actions that are often misunderstood.
Of course there are some people who mistakenly think that Hawaiians want money and more money. Personally the only time I was on welfare was when I was six til nine years old. In any case... it is NOT about the money to Hawaiians like me. I already have my own money. However what it is about which seems to be lost in there somewhere since some people like to try to distract us from the focus is the children. It is about the children. It's all about the children. That is... the future so when anyone or any entity threatens this then of course people will protest. That is why many Hawaiians protest because they know that when people and/or courts try to make us homogenous (i.e. white) that implies that our children will be homogenous and they do not want that to happen so when I read and/or hear people judge Hawaiians as though they are racist... it's illogical to me considering that most Hawaiians are mixed. Most also married outside of their race but what you see in the media is not representative of the opinions of Hawaiians.
In fact... how many Hawaiians do we hear from? How many Hawaiians write? I mean... seriously. They are too busy surviving... working... making a living... that's why. I mean... this is how I would describe the recent ruling of the Ninth Circuit Court,
"Protestors protesting the recent racist Ninth Circuit Court ruling that the Kamehameha Schools' admissions policy is unconstitutional while Caucasians account for about 74% of the total population in the U.S. while Hawaiians account for a measly .1% of the total population in the U.S.
However they describe it along these lines:
Protestors protesting the recent Ninth Circuit Court ruling that the Kamehameha Schools' Hawaiians-only admissions policy is unconstitutional.
Nowhere in her will does it say "Hawaiians only!" This seems common. That is... ignorance of the Hawaiian people and of their culture.
I just hope that more people read about Hawai'i, about Hawaiian history, and read what Hawaiians have to say before developing a conclusion just as we read about U.S. History and read what Americans have to say before developing a conclusion. It works both ways.
Well that's another topic for another day. Another tangent to this circle of life. The circle of life where we are all connected in some way. Just saying....