Your Views for March 3


Hanohano listens

This is in response to “Resign, Hanohano” (Your Views, Tribune-Herald, March 1). I think Ms. Charlene Aldinger is taking Rep. Hanohano’s passionate remarks much too seriously. Yes, it was wrong to say racial slurs, but she did apologize, and her apology was accepted by Eva Smith.

Our Rep. Faye Hanohano is a proud Hawaiian wahine, and she is someone who actually listens to her constituents’ concerns here in the Puna community. I know there are many native artists who would love to have their art recognized in our state offices, perhaps the Hawaii Foundation on Culture and the Arts (Eva Smith) should look into including them as well.

Ms. Aldinger, I truly feel that although I am of mixed ethnic ancestry I do have Hawaiian blood that runs through my veins, and therefore I can rightfully call myself a Native Hawaiian. It is simple: You either have it or you don’t.

Yes, you can live here in Hawaii nei for many years, adopt a Hawaiian name and you might even be born here, but that does not automatically make you Hawaiian. So, yes, anyone is free to embrace our culture and “live aloha,” but we Native Hawaiians will be forever proud that we do have Hawaiian blood handed down through our Hawaiian ancestors.

Here is a ‘Olelo No‘eau from Mary Kawena Pukui: “E wehe I ka umauma I äkea,” which translates to, “Open your heart and be generous.” This is something Native Hawaiians have been practicing for generations and what you call the “aloha spirit.”

Kaleo Francisco

Pahoa

Backing Hanohano

Since when is “haole” a racist slur?

I commend Rep. Faye Hanohano in her efforts to support the Native Hawaiian community involved in the arts. I recently visited many of the public art in Hawaii and found that not only is an overwhelming number of artists non-Hawaiian, many take liberties with the sacred concepts of the Hawaiian culture.

I also commend her for reaching out to Hawaii State Foundation of Culture and the Arts and seeking additional training from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. However, I am appalled that Ms. Eva Smith of HSFCA has not chosen to reciprocate in-kind to better understand the cultures and history of Hawaii.

She was quoted as saying: “We’re moving forward. We feel that she has made sufficient effort. And it’s good. That’s aloha. That’s aloha.”

Ms. Smith grew up on the mainland and was educated in England. What gives her the right to define what aloha is? If she knew more about Hawaii’s culture and history, she would know that haole is not a racial slur.

Lottie Tagupa

Waimea

Keaukaha humbug

Keaukaha is an area widely appreciated in Hilo. Whether you call it home, or spend your weekends with your ohana at its beaches, Keaukaha is a hotspot for relaxation and recreation alike. Because of this, the traffic in Keaukaha can at times be the busiest in the Hilo area, especially on a sunny day.

Needless to say, the construction that has been occupying Kalanianaole Avenue has been a nightmare for residents. We have been forced to sacrifice daily for the last couple of months. The detours and delays have resulted in unwanted traffic funneled in front of our doorsteps. It is starting to get old. I realize that the sewage situation is urgent, but the inconvenience is stink!

Keola Waiau

Hilo

One vote each

Regarding the reapportionment story (Tribune-Herald, March 1): While I can understand the frustration on Oahu over this, one must remember the district lines are for voting, nothing more. If we include the counting of military families and students from out of state, you could have people voting in two local races, here and at their real home.

The bill would have to include a statement that anyone counted by the Census who votes absentee for their real home state, while being counted in the Hawaii Census, would have to be a crime. You can only vote in one place, not both. People here temporarily should not have the right to vote in this state and thus should not be counted. To do so would violate our rights to a real vote by those who really live here and are not just here for work.

R. Davis

Keaau

Bicycle safety

Thank you for publishing the notice, “Reminders issued about bike safety” (Tribune-Herald, March 1). There has been a great increase in the last couple of years in the number of bicyclists riding around downtown, and, unfortunately, many of them seem to have no concept of the rules that apply to them or even common sense in regard to motorists and pedestrians.

I was especially pleased to see it stated by the police that bicyclists are not allowed to ride on sidewalks. Bicyclists riding on sidewalks, in Liliuokalani Park especially, have become a daily hazard for seniors, the disabled and small children. If I tell them that they belong in the street, I get responses like, “There is no sign against it,” or, “I will ride where I want,” and some unprintable ones.

So, I am hoping that enough of these folks will take the advice and the rules contained in this small item in the paper to heart. It remains for the community police to continue to be vigilant to ensure everyone’s safety.

Adrienne S. Dey

Hilo

 

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