Every so often, The Garden Island receives anonymous letters and notes. As a guideline, we don’t publish them. Can’t really see giving someone space on the Forum page if they’re not willing to attach their name with their views. However, we received this letter from a local resident requesting anonymity and decided to share it here. It raises some interesting points on a subject that could affect everyone here. In the end, the writer calls for the end of hatred and respect for all. Can’t argue with that.
Let us know what you think about whether the U.S. Department of the Interior should re-establish a government-to-government relationship with Native Hawaiians — by sending in a letter with your name, please.
(Due to the high emotional content of this subject, I’d prefer to remain anonymous if possible, should this be printed).
About federal recognition of native Hawaiians, it’s understandable that there is a wide range of opinions on this subject. But crying and screaming does nothing to solve the issue. At least one of the most adamant people against this recognition is not even Hawaiian, yelling out “hell no” and “you guys protecting yourself because you want Hawaii.”
The screamers and the haters might consider the fact that no one alive now, or their parents, had anything to do with the wrongful overthrow of Hawaii. Yet, we are all forced to drive past signs on the highway calling all haoles liars. I am ashamed that any Hawaiian finds this acceptable. It is known that, for the most part, Hawaiians do not wish to have to prove how much Hawaiian blood they have. Many Hawaiians are a bend of multiple nationalities including U.S. Mainlanders who were here 120 years ago at the time of the overthrow. The very Hawaiians crying and screaming as if the overthrow took place last week carry more blood from the conquerors than any malihini. It’s time to move forward with some sort of chosen sovereignty, but the misplaced hatred needs to stop. Respect the land, respect the ocean, respect the people. We are one and the same.
What do you think?