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August 10, 2005

Akaka bill gaining higher profile

Topics: National News

Today from the we have some positive spin of the potential benefit to Native Hawaiians afforded them by the Akaka Bill (perhaps better referred to as 'a-CaCa Bill').

The legal threat to Kamehameha Schools' admissions policy has raised awareness about the sovereignty movement, bringing more attention to a Native Hawaiian federal recognition bill before the U.S. Senate. The marches and rallies over the weekend in support of Kamehameha's Hawaiian preference in admissions were the most visible displays of Hawaiian unity, while activists who oppose what they see as illegal racial discrimination say that more people are learning about the potential dangers of recognition. "If anything has brought the Hawaiian people together, it's the Kamehameha decision," said Rod Ferreira, who lives on the Big Island and is president of I Mua, a Kamehameha alumni group. "It's really had an effect on people."
However, our Hyscience contributor on the ground in Hawaii, HarryTho, has a quite different view of the effects of the Akaka Bill (via email):

Despite the positive outlook that this article portrays, the plight of the intended beneficiaries of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Estate Trust remains unanswered. If the Akaka Bill prevails, I suspect that the US Supreme Court will decide favorably on behalf of Kamehameha Schools' Hawaiian-only admissions policy. However, despite all this high-level judicial attention, the "poor and orphaned" Native Hawaiians whom the school is intended to assist will continue to be ignored and denied admission. Nothing will be gained from this jurisprudence battle of legal eggheads. On the other hand, if the Akaka Bill fails, the "poor and orphaned" Native Hawaiians will be forgotten forever.

As it stands, Kamehameha Schools caters to the pseudo-aristocracy of the wealthy Native Hawaiian families. The $6 Billion Bishop Estate Trust Fund supports the education of the wealthy Native Hawaiians. The other Native Hawaiians, some 300,000 or more, essentially live is substandard housing on Hawaiian Homestead lands (Indian Reservations) where the only thing taught seems to be hatred for white people. Prison and endless generations of subsistence programs represent the future for most Native Hawaiians, if the authorities do not kill them. They have no future.

What kinds of people administer the Bishop Estate Trust Fund? Well, a few years back, the five trustees were removed by court order for incompetence and gross self-ingratiation. Apparently, the five Native Hawaiian trustees awarded themselves salaries in excess of $1 Million per year and collaborated in investment schemes, more closely described as adventures in lunacy, in which some $100 Million went unaccounted. The five trustees had so depleted the operating capital of the Fund, that Kamehameha Schools had to ration pencils to students. One trustee, the ring leader, spent six months in prison. Another was embroiled in awarding Fund moneys to underwrite his real estate ventures with his family and friends. Another trustee, a sociology major and former street protester, spent money supporting his trophy wife and her brother. Yet another trustee had to explain a rather lewd scandal with a female attorney representing the Trust. The female attorney committed suicide, after surveillance tapes of her affair with the trustee were published. The last trustee just seemed to go along with the others. He resigned as soon as the criticisms were made public. New trustees were appointed by the court, and the Trust seems to have recovered from the shenanigans. Despite the recovery, "poor and orphaned" Native Hawaiians remain ignored.

The Akaka Bill means nothing to most Native Hawaiians, as does the Kamehameha Schools admission policy. Native Hawaiian Rights' activist Sexton summed it up best when he expressed that the Akaka Bill just serves to justify the $70 Million allocated to the "selected" agencies in order to administer the Native Hawaiian programs Needless to say, those "selected" agencies are staffed, predominantly, with the candidates from the wealthy Native Hawaiian families. Hence, all the "selected" agencies do is provide employment for the pseudo-aristocracy of the Native Hawaiians.

For most Native Hawaiians, the Akaka Bill and the Kamehameha Schools admission policy are meaningless legacy-builders for Hawaii's two 80-year-old US Senators.

More on this as HarryTho is moved to offer!

Full text of the Akaka bill

Posted by Hyscience at August 10, 2005 9:46 PM

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