Letters to the Editor for Friday — September 05, 2003

• Respect the Will

• What has this child learned?


Respect the Will

In regard to the hakaka olelo about admitting non-Hawaiian children to the Kamehameha Schools, I present a few lines from the Will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop:

“Thirteenth. I direct my trustees to invest the remainder of my estate in such manner as they may think best, and to expend the annual income in the maintenance of said schools; meaning thereby the salaries of teachers, the repairing buildings and other incidental expenses; and to devote a portion of each years income to the support and education of orphans, and others in indigent circumstances, giving the preference to Hawaiians of pure or part aboriginal blood; the proportion in which said annual income is to be divided among the various objects above mentioned to be determined solely by my said trustees they to have full discretion.”

It is quite possible that to this very day there are orphans and others in indigent circumstances amongst Hawaiians of pure or part aboriginal blood who would benefit from the Princess’ bequest. Only after all of them are taken care of should there be any talk about admitting those with no Hawaiian blood.

I do not understand how any present-day person can attack a Will signed on October 31, 1883, a time when Hawaii was a kingdom and had not yet been stolen by the United States. Furthermore, I agree with Constance Lau who says: “This is really about protecting an institution that was founded to improve the capability and well-being of an indigenous people who had suffered greatly in their once sovereign homeland.

I say, Respect the Princess’ Will.

Me ka mana olana

Frances N. Frazier

Lihue


What has this child learned?

RE: Kamehameha Schools Admission Policies

Integrity! Deception! What does it mean to the mother of this Mohica-Cummings boy? Proof of Hawaiian ancestry must be provided by all accepted. There are many Hawaiian parents whose children were not accepted. Yet, year after year we keep trying and hoping. Another slot filled by a child whose parents knew at the time of applying that proof was required. This child has just learned from his parent that lying and deception might possibly get you what you want. God help you, as you have just taught your child two values of life that may possibly get him into trouble.

Del Keliipuleole

Kaunakakai, HI

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