In less than three weeks, the 2018 Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea, will kick off its ceremony. In a sudden change of events, North Korea will be sending not only their athletes, 230-member cheering squad, the 140-member Samjiyon Orchestra and, possibly, the famous North Korean version of a K-pop group, the 20-member, all-female-military Morangbong Band, created by President Kim Jong Un in 2012.
One of the U.S.’s first ventures into imperialism and colonialism was a mere 125 years ago: Overthrowing the Kingdom of Hawaii. The sons and daughters of missionaries stayed on and created vast wealth, controlling the lands, and with U.S. political and military might, taking it away from an indigenous culture that values community and in which land ownership was indeed a foreign concept.
They don’t make the headlines, their names are not in the box scores and they don’t make the all-star teams, but perhaps the most important individuals in high school sports are the contest officials.
I have been thinking about this fact of our many Kauai suicides,* especially among our youth. Obviously we are in a state of imbalance if they feel they need to take their own lives. * (Rate of 76.6 people per 100,000 on Kauai. July 26, 2015 — based on state Department of Health statistics)