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July 2006

From the Editor...


Rochelle delaCruz

Summer got off to a rousing start with a flurry of political events that could effect change in Hawai`i. Since we’ve covered them extensively over the past couple of years and they culminated within a few weeks of each other, I took a collective look to see what they could tell us. If nothing else, the failure of the Akaka Bill has galvanized even supporters like OHA to stop waiting for the federal government to do something about the injustices dealt Native Hawaiians since the overthrow. Then the Supreme Court confirmed the legality of OHA by ruling against a group of taxpayers opposed to Hawaiian-only institutions. And we’ll all be anxiously awaiting the en banc ruling from the 9th Circuit on the Kamehameha Schools appeal. Seems like those judges are as confused as the original three whose ruling incited protests last summer. If the courts rule against Kamehameha again, I think that will bring it all to a boil.

Lt. Watada took a hard position against the war in Iraq and as of press time, was still cooling his heels at Ft. Lewis, awaiting the Army’s decision. I think they’re in a dilemma: to court martial Watada will make him an even greater cause célèbre with anti-war protest groups, and a dishonorable discharge will probably not satisfy those who want to see him punished for insubordination.

On a lighter note, we’re happy to report that so many of you are sending in “Where in the World” pictures that we’re starting to fall behind. So for the next few months, we’ll print more than one, based on the order they came in. We’ve been amazed at the places readers have been taking our little pepa, and mahalo to everyone who’s gone through the trouble.

As for me, I’m spending the month of July in Hilo again. I know, I know, but if it’s any consolation, I’ll probably be enjoying more rain over there than you’ll have here in the Pacific Northwest . ~RdC

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