Prayer is the answer

To the Forum:Could the deaths of two junior class members have been


Many of us are pondering the same question. Perhaps the security

guard is thinking, “Maybe I should have stopped them from leaving campus.” A

friend may be saying, “Maybe if I had only gone to look for them and have them

join us.” Perhaps Ryan is saying, “If only I had gone through Kapa’a Town

instead of the By-pass. A parent may be saying, “If only I had not allowed him

the use of the car.” There could be a number of “If only I had…” and “Maybe

Well, people, there really is no way of knowing when tragedy will

occur. So no matter how we try to rectify the outcome and make sense of the WHY

did it happen, there is nothing we can do to turn time around so the event will

not have happened. But there is someone who can make it better. It is Ke Akua,

who deserves all our praises and it should be Him to whom we all look for

guidance and comfort.

In today’s society many families have lost intimacy

with each other. Family meals are eaten in front of TVs or perhaps in fast food

restaurants. There is no more prayer time to start the day at school for our

children No wonder many of our children are making the wrong choices in their

every day activities.

Traditions, as I know them, are treasured moments

that are handed down through the years. As each generation grows, so do the

treasured memories. Having been born and raised in O’ahu I’ve never gone on

convoys, but I do recall my three sons talking about tooting horns through town

and Kaua’i High on their last day of school. It gave them some sense of pride,

as this was their last class function outside of graduation. Kainani, our

youngest daughter, had been looking forward to being part of the convoy. But

as fate would have it, no convoy was enjoyed and only a sense of loss for a

fellow school friend.

Yes. There may have been some unsafe driving and

school distractions, but does it warrant taking one’s school pride away?

Perhaps an off duty police officer could escort the convoy. Perhaps during the

last week of school there could be public announcements at each of the three

high schools, encouraging the seniors to be conscientious in all they do. If we

continue to take away from our young people they will have nothing to took

forward to. If safety is the issue then let;s look into how to make it better

so future class seniors will have this last chance to express their school

pride on their last day of school.

Proverb 22:6 says, “Train a child in the

way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Every parent

should take time out to pray over his or her children and to morally prepare

them to make good and safe choices. It all begins at home first, parents,

grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers and sisters, we all need to be pono with

Akua so our ‘opio will also be in synch. Let’s all begin to look into our own

hearts and be sure we’re living a righteous life so that His light will shine

the way.

Mahalo nui malama pono,

Marie M. Torio



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