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The student without any Hawaiians ancestry should not be admitted into the

Kamehameha School System. Even Though this is qualified as a type pf discrimination,


this type is good because it according to Kamehameha Schools Board of Trustees
chairperson Constance Lau, the Kamehameha schools programs are designed to correct
all the imbalances of the past and that everyone on behalf of the school looks forward to
the day when Hawaiians will be at a equal footing with all the residents in this state.
This means that the since the native Hawaiians are behind than others in that island, the
schools main priority is to uplift the Hawaiians from decades of degradation and also to
create future leaders for the society, which is a good thing. This means that some
individuals are giving up some of their rights (such as entrance to all types of schools) to
ensure that others (native Hawaiians in this case) can enjoy all of their. Other than that
just because the school system does not admit any non-Hawaiians does not mean that the
people associated with the school are disobeying the government. They are not because
they still have to pay all taxes to support the federal, state and the municipal governments
to support public education regardless of whether their children attend public or a private
school like the Kamehameha school system. These reason can clearly support the fact the
admission policy of the Kamehameha is a good source of discrimination that is not
insane. The admission policy of the school does not necessary hurt anyone because there
should be other opportunities for students to gain the same experience that one would
expect from Kamehameha. Another reason that the school should keep its current policy
of accepting Hawaiians only is that they receive no federal funding and because of this, it
should be kept away from the same laws the regulate publicly funded facilities. It was
awarded more than 350, 000 acres of land by Pauhi to fund the schooling of her people.
No where did she say this money was going to be used for the educational benefits for the
oppressors of Hawaiian culture.
The benefits will be great if non-Hawaiians are not admitted into this school. One
of them will be that Hawaiians will be able to learn without any influence from other
groups of people, thus it will preserve their culture -- which has rapidly dying out since
the arrival of Europeans. Studies from the Hawaiian newspaper named The Honolulu
Advertiser found that Hawaiians at a Hawaiian only school have made greater progress
than Hawaiians in a mixed community. One thing that all must be acquainted with is that
greater progress does not necessarily mean that the Hawaiians are scoring better than
non-Hawaiians, but overall have made a larger progress. Overall in Hawaii, Hawaiians
score approximately 10 percent lower than students of other ancestry. This further
strengthens the schools policy of not accepting students with no Hawaiian ancestry,
because the schools goal of making the Hawaiians equal to non-Hawaiians has not been
accomplished yet and also that Hawaiians tend to make greater progress in a Hawaiian
only school. If the progresses of the Hawaiian students are kept up, then someday there is
hope of them being equal to others on their island.
The opposing side argues that the goals of the schools to uplift the Hawaiians and
to preserve their rapidly decaying culture after school, since they are now a U.S. State
and that the how much Hawaiians one person is does not affect a large group. The
reasons these statements of the opposing group is wrong because as the results of the
Honolulu Advertiser clearly stated that Hawaiians learn in an environment where there
are few outside distractions. The schools main goal is to uplift the Hawaiian students and
their culture, after school might not provide ample time for the students to learn their
culture since they too like most other students of the world have to study for tests or have
leisure time instead to studying about their culture. One persons influence on the other is
extremely evident in ones everyday life. Children are extremely prone to peer pressure
and Hawaiian children who might feel uncomfortable fully expressing their culture to
others might start to imitate the ways of the majority of the islands population who are
people of non-Hawaiian ancestry. On a broader scale, the effects of culture have been
seen when the influx western civilization have caused socioeconomic and educational
disadvantages for the indigenous Hawaiians and since then many Hawaiians were
marginalized in their own homeland and were losing their land, language and cultural
identity. All these effects contradict Kamehamehas main goal of teaching Hawaiian
culture to their students and also keep away outside influences which might obstruct the
teaching of Hawaiian culture to their students. Not just will admitting non-Hawaiians to a
predominantly Hawaiian school will badly affect the Hawaiian student, but also the
students who is not of Hawaiian culture. He/she might feel extremely uncomfortable in
an all Hawaiian environment.
As stated earlier, many problems will arise if non-Hawaiians are accepted into
Kamehameha. First, the non-Hawaiians will influence the Hawaiians to act like the non-
Hawaiians, which detriments one of the schools goals of providing a specific remedy
for a specific people, preparing Native Hawaiians to take in providing the diversified
leadership necessary for a great society. Since Hawaiians learn better in an all Hawaiian
environment, if non-Hawaiians are admitted, then the progress of the Hawaiians might
become retarded.
The cases of the Kamehameha schools have set a precedent to others because it
has proved that if a culture/tradition is good (uplifting a culture from demise), then it is
acceptable. Another term that is related with the Kamehameha schools is moral
relativism, which means that if everyone is going something, then it is also right for
another person to do the same thing. This happened with other Hawaiian only schools
transition schools that concentrate on Hawaiian culture. Another precedent that this case
sets a precedent to is the upholding of traditions. If many past traditions were re-instituted
today, then there would be the tradition of slavery, and women without the power to vote.
From this case, it can be deduced that like the Kamehameha schools, if there is certain
goal, then one has the right to reach it at all means possibles.
By utilizing logical appeals, this statement intends to make the judges vote on
behalf of the school keeping its long tradition of helping the native Hawaiians to be at the
same level as everyone else in Hawaii both intellectually and scientifically. This proposal
is the best solution to the problem of admitting non-Hawaiians to an all-Hawaiian school,
and will not only please the supporters of the Kamehameha schools, but everyone else in
Hawaii.
Works Cited:
"Admissions Policy Lawsuit." Kamehameha Schools. Kamehameha Schools. 17 Dec.
2006 <http://www.ksbe.edu/lawsuit.php>.Kobayashi, Ken, and Gordon Pang.

"Court Gives Hope to Kamehameha Schools."
Honoluluadvertiser. 23 Feb. 2006. 17 Dec. 2006
<http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2006/Feb/23/ln/FP602230347.html>.