Defenseless - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

May 30, 2011


I have been a bit puzzled over the past few weeks as I've noticed more and more of those "Defend Hawaii" tee-shirts with an assault rifle on the front. I am well aware of the emotional issues regarding sovereignty, preserving culture, and indigenous people's rights, but does a shirt with a weapon of mass destruction on the front really make a necessary statement or is it trying to signify that we are under attack from who-knows-whom?

One blog I saw suggested that the "defend Hawaii" concept is about preserving the aloha spirit so unique and special to these islands. And that's a reasonable and noble idea. But when do an AK-47 and the word "aloha" ever fit into the same sentence, let alone argument? Do you want to know how Hawaii is being properly "defended"? When a record number of students (15) graduate from the UH law school with a Native Hawaiian Law Certificate. When cultural programs celebrating local customs and lifestyle flourish and attract more interest from people here and abroad. When Native Hawaiian businesses grow and thrive and Native Hawaiians win positions of power through elected offices. When more students graduate from our schools and are better educated to ensure that they have more chances for success in life on a cluster of island with no neighbors for 2,500 miles. When people from over 90 countries watch the "Merrie Monarch Festival" internet streaming and learn more about the ancient and beautiful art of hula.

That's how we defend Hawaii, support Hawaii, and showcase Hawaii. That's how we move forward, protect ourselves, and keep vibrant that which is sacred as we humbly show our pride. That's how we keep this melting pot from boiling over, even in tough times. Think about it…

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