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August 21, 2005

Support for Kamehameha school in Hawaii echoes in S.F.

Topics: National News

This rally in San Francisco supporting the Kamehameha School only drew 400 people. Maybe the word is getting out that Kamehameha Schools only caters to the affluent Native Hawaiians. Note how the article refrains from identifying the true beneficiaries of the $6.2 Billion Trust supporting the School. Also, the article reduces the number who rallied in Honolulu to 10,000. It was published by this same newspaper as 15-20,000. What about the other 380,000 to 390,000 Native Hawaiians attested to in the Akaka Bill?
About 400 alumni and supporters of the Kamehameha Schools rallied in San Francisco yesterday to protest a recent court ruling that struck down the school's policy of giving admissions preference to students of Native Hawaiian ancestry.

Donning red and black T-shirts reading, "Ku I Ka Pono," or "Stand for justice," the protesters marched past the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, home to the three-judge panel that handed down the ruling.

In its 2-1 ruling, the appeals court said on Aug. 2 that the schools' Hawaiians-first admissions policy violates federal anti-discrimination laws.

"We will not -- we will absolutely not -- give up our mission no matter what stands in our way," Dee Jay Mailer, the schools' chief executive officer, told the crowd at the rally. "Kamehameha Schools is a symbol to the Hawaiian people of hope. It is a symbol of native people's heritage and culture and continues to be a tool for native people."

The school has until Tuesday to request a rehearing of the case by the full court. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of a boy identified only as John Doe.

The decision struck down a century-old policy established under the 1883 will of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, who created a trust now worth $6.2 billion that funds the school's main campus in Honolulu and other campuses on Maui and the Big Island. The school, which receives no federal funding, educates 5,000 students each year in grades K-12.

The silent majority of Native Hawaiians know full-well that they are being deprived and abandoned by the affluent Native Hawaiians. The numbers showing up for these rallies tell the story. Over 90% of the Native Hawaiians oppose the propositions of Senator Daniel Akaka, and whatever initiatives Senator Daniel Inouye adds to this fiasco.

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Posted by Richard at August 21, 2005 7:50 PM

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