Put students’ needs before tourism marketing
All those parents working two to three jobs probably don’t have time to read this letter. However, to the powers that be, it’s extremely revolting that Kapaa Elementary students cannot use the library, which has been shared with Kapaa High School, for decades. Reason being: the Kapaa Elementary School librarian position hasn’t the funding from either and/or Kauai district or Honolulu funding.
“Let’s stick to facts, stop the misinformation,” published in TGI, Nov. 28, “ … The right has sought for decades to destroy public education, so we have a dumb, powerless, working-class, while rich oligarchs call the shots …”
Furthermore, the Kapaa Elementary students — due to the unfinished construction to their unfinished new library, due to budget shortfall — have to walk a quarter-mile from their classrooms to get to the cafeteria and back to their classrooms, every day. This will probably continue indefinitely due to construction cost deficit of $2 million to finish the new Kapaa Elementary library.
Our keiki deserve library privileges. They, our future, our children, are worthy of literacy.
Please, the Hawaii Tourism Authority budget of $83 million needs to be cut. Advertising “Hawaii” as a tourist destination has fulfilled its goal. Please put at least a fraction of those monies into our schools. Everyone on Earth knows where Hawaii is. Our children merit their parents’ tax dollars.
Bonnie P. Bator and ohana, Anahola
Move forward with racial equality
Robert E. Lee led a secessionist Confederacy. He lost the Civil War, but proud Southerners built statues of him celebratingtheir heritage while defiantly saying “The South shall rise again.” Today we deplore those sentiments, calling them race-nationalist.
A revolution overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy. But proud Hawaiians today keep building new statues of their kings andqueens, decorating old statues with lei; creating hulas, plays and films celebrating them. The cult of Lili‘uokalani veneratesher as though she is still queen, asserting that an independent nation shall rise again.
In February 2016, a month-long meeting paid for by our state-government agency OHA (Office of Hawaiian Affairs) adopted arace-nationalist proposed constitution which says only ethnic Hawaiians can be citizens, and they collectively own all thelands and waters of Hawaii. Asians and Caucasians would be ruled under Jim Crow laws, just like in the Southern states afterreconstruction.
Activists say they love the queen because she was the last head of state. Wrong! Sanford Dole presided over a continuinginternationally recognized independent nation of Hawaii for three times as long as she did. But he was Caucasian, thereforecannot be venerated.
Let’s respect the past, but move forward with racial equality, an undivided state government unified with the U.S.A., and alohafor all.
Kenneth R. Conklin, Ph.D., Kaneohe, Oahu