Kamehameha Schools’ Unity Rally & March

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A sea of red filled the streets of Honolulu and the neighbor islands yesterday as thousands of Hawaiian people from all walks of life came out in support of Kamehameha Schools and their 117 year old Hawaiians only admissions policy. Media reports indicate that this was one of the strongest showing of Hawaiian unity in recent years. The Honolulu rally and march attracted an estimated crowd of around 10,000 to 15,000 protestors.

I attended the Iolani Palace rally to get pictures for my photo stock collection, publication to my website and for HawaiiReporter.com. It was my first time to attend such a rally. I was impressed by the crowd’s turnout. I told one of my friends, if anyone can put together a successful rally at the last minute, it is the Hawaiian community. They have passionate issues which bring out a lot of emotion. You cannot attend one of these events without getting caught up in some of the emotional fervor.

I have mixed feelings on the issue of the Kamehameha Schools’ admission policy. On one side, I can see the logic in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court’s decision which will overturn the school’s longstanding policy. On the other side, this policy has been in place for 117 years and is considered a tradition if not a birthright for the Hawaiian community. The policy is based on the will and intent of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop. The school was set up as a gift by the princess to the Hawaiian children. It is a private institution that as far as I know, takes no government subsidies (they don’t need it).

This ruling will probably have an impact on other privately held religious and gender preferred institutions.

One thing for sure, the Hawaiian community and the Kamehameha Schools in particular will not let this issue go away without fighting it. They plan to contest the court’s ruling and take the issue all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

For a very good and detailed account of yesterday’s rally & march go to Blaine’s weblog.

Below are a few more images:

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The march from Iolani Palace begins. Thousands of people partipated in the march.

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More photos at this link: macprohawaii.buzznet.com

9 Comments so far

  1. Lauren (unregistered) on August 7th, 2005 @ 1:01 pm

    I’d hate to be the 1st non-Hawaiian kid who gets into Kamehameha, though. lol


  2. Burt (unregistered) on August 7th, 2005 @ 11:13 pm

    Great post Mel. Thanks for the coverage.


  3. Mr. Wendell (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 1:43 am

    I wouldn’t even apply to Kamehameha, much less go if I were accepted. It’s not that Kamehameha isn’t a great school – it is. I think I just have more respect than that.


  4. Charlie (unregistered) on August 8th, 2005 @ 12:32 pm

    “I’d hate to be the 1st non-Hawaiian kid who gets into Kamehameha, though. lol”

    Non Hawaiian teachers are allowed to have their children go there. Non-Hawaiians have been attending that school for as long as non-hawaiian teachers have been teaching there, which is since it started. This will not be the 1st non-hawaiian to go there.


  5. Lauren (unregistered) on August 11th, 2005 @ 8:56 pm

    Ooh, my bad. How about, I’d hate to be the 1st non-Hawaiian, non-teacher’s kid who gets in due to this assinine ruling? And that would only apply if the other kids at school knew about it, of course.


  6. ikaika (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 11:27 am

    ALOHA I AS A HAWAIIAN IS VERY PROUD OF MY FELLOW PEOPLES BECUASE I HAVE GONE TO THE LAST KU I KA PONO MARCHES IT WAS VERY EMOTIONAL AND ALSO KNOWING THAT US HAWAIIANS ARE STANDING FOR THE SAME THING I AS A HAWAIIAN BELIVE THAT WE AS HAWAIIANS NEED TO BE INDEPENDENT AS OUR OWN NATION AND I CAN SEE WE ARE GETTING CLOSER TO IT IF WE CAN JUST DO MORE MARCHES AND ALSO BE TOGETHER AS A OHANA
    MAHALO NUI LOA KAKOU


  7. kolohe_chik (unregistered) on October 15th, 2005 @ 5:26 pm

    yea…so whats the deal…why do all these ppo all of a sudden just want to go to kamehameha school now…they do dat fo make trouble i swear…if i was fo go to a school made so that they can protect ‘n educate one certain race that wasnt mind….brah dey would do the same dam thing….no come here krap…Brah they take everything wat else they like ah….oh geese…


  8. my first time (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 6:55 am

    Hello


  9. korynn (unregistered) on November 15th, 2005 @ 7:05 pm

    Ku Kanaka Hawai



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