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August 15, 2005

Hawaii: Kamehameha Schools And The Akaka Bill

Topics: National News

An opinion piece in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin expresses alarm over what is described a misreporting of facts by both the media and others regarding the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Doe vs. Kamehameha to scare people into supporting the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005, commonly called the Akaka Bill.

Hyscience contributor, Harrytho, emails that the actual benefactors of the Akaka Bill and their paid proponents are claiming that the Kamehameha Schools decision will lead to further dismantling of the Hawaiian peoples. The article goes on to say how little needs to be done in order to correct the school's admission policy.

Yet the article attacks the Akaka Bill's potential for subverting the sovereignty movement in Hawaii. Though many Akaka Bill proponents cite that the US Congress has provided equal protection for Indian tribes, the article's authors cite intentions of the 14th Amendment that limit efforts at self-determination. Specifically, the article's authors raise the issue of the plenary power of Congress to recognize tribes in that it likewise has the power to limit the self-determination of those same tribes, and for our specific purpose the Kingdom of Hawaii.

In another viewpoint article, the needs of the Hawaiian community is stressed, along with supporting positions that HyScience has raised concerning the ongoing inequities in who gets to attend Kamehameha Schools.

The admissions policy allows students whom are 95% Caucasian and 5% Hawaiian to enroll. Furthermore, many of the school administrators, and certainly the trustees of the estate, are less than 1/64th Hawaiian.

Few bona fide Hawaiians can be enrolled, because they are economically disadvantaged (poor or orphaned) and lack the initial education in order to compete with trace-Hawaiian-blood students. Even at the televised Kamehameha Schools song contests, there are few bona fide Hawaiians. Kamehameha Schools admission policy effectually bars the truly needy bona fide Hawaiian students.

Kamehameha Schools needs an economic-need test in the spirit of the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop in order to service truly the community.

The attorney cites the number of 400,000 Hawaiians reported by the Akaka Bill as phony. He says the number is much smaller. The current US Census claims 183,000 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in the state of Hawaii.

As you can see, there is good reason that Hyscience has previously referred to the Akaka Bill as "a-caca bill."

Posted by Richard at August 15, 2005 11:13 PM

Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, who chairs the Senate Republican Policy Committee, wrote a comprehensive analysis addressing his concerns over the creation of a race-based government for Native Hawaiians and the dangerous precedents that this bill would create. The paper is available at http://rpc.senate.gov/_files/Jun2205NatHawSD.pdf.

Posted by: Lee at August 18, 2005 12:06 PM



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