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Nalo ka hewa o luna

Na Laiana Wong

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Synopsis: Blame for the problems in the Veterans Administration hospital system is being attributed to one man, Gen. Eric Shinseki. What else is new? That’s the American way.

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Aloha mai nō kākou e o'u mau hoa 'ōlelo Hawai'i, ku'u pū'ali koa ho'i e paio nei no ka pono o ka lāhui.

He mea maopopo ka mana'o kū'ē o kekahi o kākou i ia mea he kaua. He hana māinoino ka pepehi 'ana i nā hoa kanaka pehea ka wā maluhia a wā kaua paha. He kau ho'i ka weli ke 'ike aku i ka 'ino o ia mea he kaua, a he 'eha nō ho'i ka na'au o ka 'ohana ke pepehi 'ia ko lākou mea aloha. He kaumaha lua ka mea i 'ike 'ia e nā koa i pakele ke ola ma nā 'āina 'ē a i ho'i ola mai. 'Eha ho'i ka ho'omāna'ona'o 'ana i nā hanana weliweli a lākou i hana ai a i hana 'ia mai iā lākou a i ko lākou mau hoapili nō ho'i. Aloha 'ino!

Eia hou, he kū'ē 'i'o nō ka po'e e koikoi nei i ke kū'oko'a o Hawai'i. 'A'ohe wahi ho'omanawanui i ka noho hewa 'ia mai e ke aupuni ho'oma'au, 'o 'Amelika. A i ka 'ike 'ia o kona 'ano 'imi hana i nā lāhui 'ē a'e, he mea ia e māhuahua ai ka inaina. He aha lā ka waiwai o ka paio 'ana no kona pono? Eia mai na'e ka mea minamina. Ke ho'ohalahala 'ia nei nā pū'ali koa, ke nalo nei ka lima koko maoli nāna i ho'ouna aku a i kauoha aku ho'i iā lākou e pepehi i nā kānaka o kekahi lāhui.

'O ka mea 'āpiki, he nui nā kānaka Hawai'i i komo i loko o ka pū'ali koa a i ho'ouna 'ia aku i nā 'āina 'ē e pepehi ai i nā kānaka o laila. Ua komo nō paha kekahi o lākou ma muli o ka mana'o loialiki e kūpale ai iā 'Amelika. Ke kuhi nei na'e au he nuī nā Hawai'i i komo no ka 'imi 'ana i ola, 'oiai 'a'ohe ola e loa'a mai ana ma ko kākou 'āina hānau nei. A he aha lā ke kumu e loa'a 'ole ai? Aia paha ka ha'ina ma ke 'ano hemahema a na'aupō o ka ho'ona'auao 'ia 'ana ma nā kula. Kainō e ho'omākaukau 'ia no ka 'imi 'ana i ola, eia kā, 'a'ole e lawa ka mākaukau e komo ai i kahi 'oihana maika'i o ka uku.

'A'ole na'e e hihi. E 'imi aku kākou i ka mole o kēia pilikia, aia i nā luna nui o 'Amelika. Na lākou e ho'oponopono i nā hihia o ka honua nei i 'ole ai e māhanahana mai ke kaua. A inā e ho'ouna lākou i nā pū'ali koa i nā 'āina 'ē e kaua ai, a 'eha mai auane'i ke kino a i 'ole ka na'au, na lākou nō ia e mālama i kēia po'e 'eha ke ho'i mai. 'O ka po'e na'e i ho'ouna 'ia aku nei a i ho'i 'eha mai, ua hulikua 'ia lākou. Aloha 'ino! No laila, 'a'ole e kau 'ia ka hewa ma luna o lākou lā. I hewa ho'i i nā luna aupuni nāna lākou i ho'ouna aku. He kuleana ko ke aupuni e nānā ai i ko lākou lā pono.

I kēia mau lā, ke kuhi 'ia nei ke Kenelala Eric Shinseki, ke Kuhina Nui ho'i o nā koa kahiko, i ka hemahema o kona mālama 'ana i nā haukapila, kahi e lapa'au 'ia ai a mālama 'ia ai ho'i nā pū'ali koa i 'eha a i pilikia paha ka no'ono'o. Aloha 'ino! E kau ana nō paha ka hewa ma luna o ia mea ho'okahi, a e nalo ana ka hewa o nā luna aupuni. He hana kohu 'ole kēia i kūluma i nā luna o 'Amelika. Eia mai ka'u nīnau. He laki anei kou noho 'ana ma 'Amelika?

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E ho'ouna 'ia mai na ā leka iā māua, 'o ia ho'i 'o Laiana Wong a me Kekeha Solis ma ka pahu leka uila ma lalo nei:

>> kwong@hawaii.edu

>> rsolis@hawaii.edu

a i ‘ole ia, ma ke kelepona:

>> 956-2627 (Laiana)

>> 956-2627 (Kekeha)

This column is coordinated by Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai'i.






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Ken_Conklin wrote:
"He laki anei kou noho 'ana ma 'Amelika?" Yes, we are fortunate to be part of the U.S. Any organization will have difficulties and inefficiencies from time to time. A large, powerful nation will sometimes have poor management and even corruption in its governmental agencies. What's important for any particular nation is whether its people are able to hold its government accountable, and whether the people can succeed in forcing the government to overcome corruption and inefficiency. Comes now Laiana Wong citing inefficiencies and corruption in the U.S. Veterans Administration, and asking his rhetorical question whether Hawaii is lucky to be part of the U.S. I suppose Wong thinks Hawaii would be better off as an independent nation. Perhaps Wong should look back at the outrageous corruption of the Kalakaua/Lili'uokalani regime. It was so bad there was no way to deal with it except to overthrow the monarchy! Kalakaua, the "Merry Monarch", merrily put the government deep into debt to build the Palace and take a trip around the world. During the week before the revolution of 1893, Lili'uokalani established a government distillery to make money from selling booze to the people; and a government lottery to encourage poor Hawaiians to gamble their money away so the Queen could have a cut of it; and an opium licensing system where a single person could have a monopoly on selling opium to the people in return for paying an enormous fee to the Queen for the license. Then she deliberately waited for the legislature to adjourn before announcing her plan to unilaterally proclaim a new constitution the next day. It's no wonder there was a revolution! Such huge corruption in such a small nation was far worse than what happened in Shinseki's governance of the Veterans Administration. And we don't need a revolution to overthrow the government in order to resolve our VA problems.
on May 31,2014 | 07:07AM
DiverDave wrote:
Correct Dr. Conklin, Gen. Eric Shinseki was in charge, and like other inept administrators of any government must be held responsible, and answerable, in this case to the thousands of vets past and present with real medical issues that were put on multiple waiting lists in a kind of hide the peanut and guess which shell it is under game. During Kalakaua's reign it was his Prime Minister, Walter Murray Gibson, ( a white man that made his career hating white men) that was the focus of the legislature's sharpest and most determined resistance to the crown. Gibson's constant demands on a bankrupt treasury to support the expansionistic, militaristic, and frivolous expenditures of Kalakaua brought him into the sights of those that most disliked the financial malfeasance of the Crown. The King, dependent on Gibson to provide the money to underwrite his extravagances, never seemed to understand that the money well may run dry. The licensing of opium and liquor sales, and brothel taxes were just an attempt to support the King's activities. Gibson acting as a go between indebted the government for huge sums to Claus Spreckels. The end was near for Gibson when the King's imperialistic attempt at subjugating Samoa through "gunboat diplomacy" failed dismally with the King's "professional" Captain he hired to take his gunboat, a converted guano boat loaded with cannon and Gatling guns on the bow, got drunk, the crew of reform school boys turned sailors committed mutiny, and Kalakaua had to ask the German Navy to bring his ship Kaimiloa back from Samoa. When Kalakaua was caught taking a $75,000 bribe from Tong Aki in exchange for a license to sell opium and then granted a license to someone else the end was near for Gibson.
on May 31,2014 | 10:04AM
DiverDave wrote:
Please, let us not go back to that. Dave
on June 3,2014 | 01:52AM
slowroll323 wrote:
Of course we are lucky to live in America and most of us are very proud to be Americans. Your question is hollow as well as juvenile.
on May 31,2014 | 08:22AM
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