Letters for Sunday — February 12, 2006

• Money well spent?

• On the real indigenous

• Add me to list


Money well spent?

And now we have another $100,000 on its way to a Honolulu law firm. This seems to have become a standard — no matter what the scope of the work covered by the contract.

How many such contracts have we signed since the last council elections?

I would hate to think that some of this money finds its way back to Kaua’i ‘under the table’ but the frequency of these occurrences should make us at least consider the ramifications of our tax dollars being wasted in this way.

And this latest contract is especially egregious. Our police raided the wrong house looking for narcotics. They admit to finding the package in another house. What is there to defend? Instead of spending $100,000 on defense lawyers, why not plead guilty and give the $100,000 to the aggrieved family?

Or are our elected officials so arrogant that they are willing to spend all of our money to prove

that they are above the law?

  • Stan Godes
    Hanalei

On the real indigenous

This letter is in response to a question posed by a reader as to whether there were other group(s) of people living on these islands before the Hawaiians.

Indeed, there were.

The group immediately preceding the arrival of the Hawaiians were the Kauwas. Who were these people? Where did they come from?

The Kauwas arrived over a thousand years before the Polynesians who were later known as the Hawaiians. Physically, the Kauwas were different from the Hawaiians in that they were shorter and stockier. They were subjugated by the Hawaiians and treated as outcasts. They were tattooed on the forehead or beside the eyes to identify them as slaves.

The Kauwas were not allowed to interact with the conquering Hawaiians, much less marry them.

In Hawaiian society they were at the bottom of the social scale. They were treated as unclean and spiritually contaminating. Their movements were limited and they were forced to live in restricted areas away from the ali’is, kahunas, and maka’ainanas. Such treatment was similar to the restriction of Native American Indians to the reservations and the relocation camps established for the Japanese-Americans during World War II. Moreover, they were allowed out only in the evenings to work outside of their designated areas, building ditches, paths or trails or some other activities as directed by the Hawaiians.

Does this sound similar to the legend of the Menehunes?

What happened to them, nobody knows. What is known is that they lived separate lives from the Hawaiians. Did they eventually live with the Hawaiians? Given their history, was that possible? Or, were they eventually annihilated or completely destroyed by the more powerful Hawaiians?

So, the big question that should be asked is: Who are the indigenous people of Hawaii?

  • Rudy Sina
    Lihu’e

Add me to list

Mr. Gibboney’s Feb. 6 letter calls to task Mr. Savino’s earlier letter for citing “Bush Haters” information.

How about this one: “A couple of things that are very important for you to understand about the Patriot Act. First of all, any action that takes place by law enforcement requires a court order,” Bush said, July 14, 2004, in Fond Du Lac, Wis. “In other words, the government can’t move on wiretaps or roving wiretaps without getting a court order.”

Somehow this did not show up in the Web sites that Mr. Gibboney recommended.

Aren’t you worried about what would happen if we had an untrustworthy president?

Someone said those who give up freedom for perceived security are likely to lose both.

I guess Mr. Gibboney will have to add me to his list.

  • Richard Machell
    Kapa’a
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