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August 2007

Hawai`i News

Hawai‘i: a year older…

By Roy Alameida

The third Friday in August is Statehood Day in Hawai‘i (formerly called Admissions Day). It was 48 years ago, on August 21, 1959, that Hawai‘i became the 50th state after lengthy debates in the U.S. Congress. According to newspaper accounts, “statehood was approved by 93 percent of the 140,000 local residents who voted in 1959,” (Shapiro, D. Honolulu Advertiser. 3/14/2007). However, the question of who was allowed to vote is a point for discussion. What is known is that any U.S. citizen residing in the islands for a year was allowed to vote, which included large numbers of American military servicemen and their families.

In an interview, Haunani Trask, professor and former director of the Center for Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawai‘i, pointed out that “first, only U.S. citizens were allowed to vote, so residents who were nationals of other countries did not vote. And 93 percent of those who voted chose Yes for statehood, but my understanding is that only about 15% of the population voted. So actually only about 14% of U.S. citizens residing in Hawaii voted for Hawaii to become a state.” (Shapiro, T. Honolulu Advertiser, 3/22/07).

Although the State of Hawai‘i is now a year older, discussions continue, based on these discrepancies, as to whether or not Hawai‘i is legally a state.


Fans Tab Richard Hadama
Kauai Prep-Athlete-of- the-Century

By Ray Smith

The legendary Edmund Vasconcellos called  him "the best quarterback I've coached." The Garden Island' columnist Matsuo ("Sidelines") Kuraoka consistently wrote that, as a bona fide triple-threat, he was the the finest football back in the Territory.  He is the greatest all-around athlete ever to play for Kauai High, and some claim in the Kauai Interscholastic Federation (KIF).

The '49 yearbook cited Hadama for
"friendliness and service." 
Photo from Kauai Hi "Ke Kuhiau"

Today, regretfully, Mr. Hadama of Kaneohe is under care with Alzheimer's. And it took a statewide news item two years ago telling how he was found wandering overnight in Ho'omaluhia Botanical Gardens to remind fans of his athletic fame of yesteryear.

 Born in 1931, fourth among two boys and three girls, Richard Hadama’s father Tokuichi was a public works employee for Kauai County and mother, Kinu, a picture bride. 

From Koloa School days Hadama was a natural, always chosen early in pickup games.  (I was always picked last. Auwe.)

At 118 and 5-8, freshman Richard was told to gain weight for the champion Red Raiders. He did. The sophomore was a varsity football sub. As a junior he played regularly and the senior starred in three KIF competitions-- football, baseball and track and was a reserve in basketball. Hadama earned eight varsity and two JV letters. The 1948 pigskin season (7-1) established Hadama's prep legacy.  Opening in Honolulu Stadium, he completed 12 of 14 passes to scalp Roosevelt, 32-14.  A Star-Bulletin sportswriter wrote: "Hadama runs his team like a professional quarterback."  Against Kapaa, Hadama's 70-yard scoring aerial among 10 completions in the first meeting (28-0) was followed by a 95-yard punt return that beat the Clippers (23-13) again.  Dick added a 85-yard TD punt return to his 11 completions for 258 yards in routing McKinley, 39-0. Against arch-rival Waimea, Hadama's flat pass score to Billy Texeria won a 6-0 cliffhanger and Richard "masterminded" a 14-0 title clincher over the Menehunes in the Turkey Day game.

Billed as a duel between the state's two best QBs, Farrington's Ken Kahoonei got the win (19-6) in the Shrine Game. Passing was about equal and Hadama excelled in punting and running despite the setback.

Hadama was unanimous all-KIF and league's MVP as prelude for arguably the most memorable game in Kauai Hi prep history, rivaling the 2006 playoff for a state neighbor isle championship.

On December 19,1948 tiny Kauai Hi met the Western States All-Stars in old Honolulu Stadium. The Raiders were outweighed by 37 pounds a man in the line.  A 72-yard drive "brilliantly field generaled by Hadama " saw Kauai score first. The visitors tied. Then Richard ran the kickoff back 51 yards and passed to Larry Carvalho for a TD, nullified by offsides. Halftime 6-6.  Finally, the visitors tallied with three minutes left to lead 13-6. A long TD pass from Hadama to Mamo Kaneshiro of Omao with just five seconds remaining almost tied. The PAT missed. Ticky's tribute: "My boys more than upheld the name of Kauai High".  Wrote Kuraoka:  "Hadama is to Vasco what Johnny Lujack is to Notre Dame's Frank Leahy."

In baseball, teammates likened Hadama to the Joe DiMaggio touring with Army all-stars in Hawaii in WW2-- great skills and handsome modesty. Richard batted around .350.            

The Hadama x-factor? Blinding foot speed.  In the Rotary track meet his senior year he took four firsts and set a new record of :09.9 in the 100 dash, the best time throughout the Territory in Spring '49.  He won the Punahou Relays 100 in :10.1.

Hadama takes off on 51-yard run in Honolulu Stadium vs. the Western All-Stars.
Photo courtesy Honolulu Star-Bulletin

No Kauai student had ever been awarded a full athletic scholarship to a mainland college. Hadama was so granted to San Jose State and with the freshman team he performed well.

Drafted during the Korean War, Richard  played Army ball in Europe where an achilles tear was misdiagnosed as a sprain. The ankle worsened and forever hampered his athletic mobility. 

But there was still an education to complete upon discharge and  University of Hawai`i prized Hadama's maturity and still-evident gifts.  Over three season '54-'56 he started many games at quarterback or halfback, capped by the famous upset of Nebraska, 6-0, in 1955 before 23,000 in Lincoln.  

Richard and the former Janet Morikawa of Lahaina raised a son and a daughter while enjoying three grandkids. Hadama's career in Hawaii's DOE began as a teacher at Waimea (Kauai) Hi, then Kaimuki before several principalships on Oahu. He retired out of Castle Hi in 1986. Dick coached Little League baseball and, in retirement, golfed. 

The 20th century saw Kauai produce hundreds of gifted student athletes but only one Richard Hadama.

Ray Smith is a '46 graduate of Koloa School and 1950 alumnus of Kauai High.  The retired journalist and publisher now lives in Wheaton, IL and returns to Kauai regularly.  His late mother, Gertrude, taught kindergarten at Lihue School for 20 years and late father, Howard, was pastor of Koloa Union Church.


An Invitation to Native Hawaiian Students


Aloha mai kākou,

My name is Derek Kauanoe and I am a law student at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I would like to encourage interested Native Hawaiians to consider a legal education and eventually apply to our law school. In an attempt to increase the number of Native Hawaiians accepted into our law school (and potentially other law schools) we have created a Native Hawaiian recruitment program that provides, otherwise costly, Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) preparation classes to Native Hawaiians. We received funding for this program in 2006 from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (“OHA”). We have recently re-applied for funding from OHA in addition to pursuing alternative sources of funding. Both our law school Deans and our law school admissions committee have recognized the significant impact of our program in regards to Native Hawaiian admission.

Below is a table showing the number of Native Hawaiian applicants to the Richardson School of Law in relation to the number of Native Hawaiians accepted over a span of five years.

Year of admission

No# of applicants

No# admitted
















As you can see, there was a significant increase in the number of Native Hawaiians admitted between 2003 and 2004.  That can be attributed to the fact that in 2004, there was almost twice the number of applicants than in 2003.  This year we do not see that same substantial improvement in the number of Native Hawaiian applicants, but we still see a significant increase in the number of Native Hawaiians admitted.  What we know is different is that in 2006 we began offering LSAT Preparation classes to Native Hawaiians with several participants anticipating admission for the fall 2007 semester.

We accept applications to our program on a continuing basis and our courses are scheduled to coincide with existing LSAT dates. Our program is designed so that participants enroll in our classes and 5-7 days after the last day of instruction, our participants take the actual LSAT. Current LSAT dates are:

  • Saturday, September 29, 2007
  • Saturday, December 1, 2007
  • Saturday, February 2, 2008.

For more information, please visit us at http://www2.hawaii.edu/~ahahui.

Derek Kauanoe is a former resident of Washington State and a 1994 graduate of Timberline High School in Lacey, Washington. He is the son of George and Ku‘ulei Kauanoe who continue to live in Lacey. At the Richardson School of Law, Derek is a recipient of the Edmunds Award for Civility and Vigorous Advocacy, the inaugural recipient of the Samuel Soifer Award for Social Justice and the founder of the Native Hawaiian recruitment program.


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