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Akaka tells Hawaiians to live Hawaiian values

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:32 a.m. HST, Oct 05, 2012

HONOLULU » U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka told a crowd at the Native Hawaiian Convention in Honolulu that it's important to remember to live Hawaiian values and draw courage from those that came before.

Akaka told attendees in a speech Thursday that they should focus their work on advancing Hawaiian self-determination and self-sufficiency. He encouraged those listening to strive to extend aloha in all they do, saying they'll find aloha returned to them.

Akaka spoke at the convention for the last time as a sitting senator. The 88-year-old is retiring in January.

He quoted Queen Liliuokalani as saying there was time to save the heritage of Hawaiians and one must never to cease to act because of a fear of failure.

The senator says the queen's words have guided his conduct and service.

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Ronin006 wrote:
Great message from Akaka, but what are Hawaiian values?
on October 5,2012 | 04:46AM
mamacita808 wrote:
Read "Ku Kanaka" by the late Herb Kane.
on October 5,2012 | 06:17AM
allie wrote:
I love Kane. He was fair-minded, Western-educated and not a blind hater. No one here at the UH can match him
on October 5,2012 | 06:48AM
mamacita808 wrote:
Finally something we can agree on!
on October 5,2012 | 09:22AM
Shh wrote:
Funny hearing you say that.
on October 5,2012 | 11:20AM
mamacita808 wrote:
Sorry, it was George Kanahele who wrote it.
on October 5,2012 | 09:22AM
allie wrote:
Well Kane did write a values book I read. Very well written. I think Kanahele had the same approach: rational, sympathetic and fair to other cultures. No need to romanticize any culture. They all come from humans and all have flaws. Even my Mandan people have flaws and we are far more indigenous than you know who.
on October 5,2012 | 10:22AM
Mythman wrote:
sucker - you got taken.
on October 5,2012 | 10:30AM
8082062424 wrote:
Your mandan people are indigenous to the area you come from. The you no who are indigenous people to these islands as much as you may hate that it a fact. As you people number around 6000. The you no who number 400,000 and counting. so the you no who will be around long after your gone
on October 5,2012 | 05:05PM
hawaiikone wrote:
Can you explain why you think you are more indigenous than anyone else?
on October 5,2012 | 07:48PM
soundofreason wrote:
And how does that fit into the realities of TODAY'S world? Will Xboxes run off of the citric acid found in pineapples? Things to consider.
on October 5,2012 | 06:36AM
tim5fl wrote:
Having studied Cultural Anthropology I see "hawaiian values" as universal values shared by cultures througout the world,nothing unique about them.
on October 5,2012 | 10:41AM
PCWarrior wrote:
Nothing unique about you either hater.
on October 5,2012 | 04:28PM
clum56 wrote:
Ua Mau Ke Ia Aina I Ka Pono,.Malama Pono Hawai'i Nei......Aloha
on October 5,2012 | 04:48AM
rayhawaii wrote:
Hard working, crime free, drug free, well educated and show respect for the land. That should be the Hawaiian values but it doesn't look like that on the Westside of the island where plenty Hawaiians are homeless, keep drug dealers happy, fill up the courts and prisons with our tax paying money that could be used for the schools for our kids education and trash everywhere all up and down the streets, open land areas and the beaches. Doesn't look like much Hawaiian values being lived in Hawaii where Hawaiians are at the bottom of all races in their own land.
on October 5,2012 | 05:51AM
soundofreason wrote:
Maybe they just haven't gotten the memo yet.
on October 5,2012 | 06:41AM
Lanikaula wrote:
"He quoted Queen Liliuokalani as saying there was time to save the heritage of Hawaiians and one must never to cease to act because of a fear of failure." Maika'i kupuna! Now if only those that say they represent Kanaka OPEN THEIR MINDS to this 'olelo no'eau/the Queen's words and maopopo, understand THAT is the 'drive' of those who DO UNDERSTAND what has taken place historically/ judiciously and HONESTLY since the alleged overthrow & usurpation of our Nation of Hawai'i by america. She also protested this THREE times to no avail, but had no fear as she knew her people knew the truth and it WILL PREVAIL someday...soon!
on October 5,2012 | 05:54AM
Mythman wrote:
Lanikaula, the Queen said "now it's up to the chiefs to fix this mess", not its time for politicians to do it.
on October 5,2012 | 06:05AM
soundofreason wrote:
Hard to prevail when 47 more Hawaiians are packing up their bags today to go live in 80k homes in Vegas. But I like your spirit.
on October 5,2012 | 06:39AM
allie wrote:
Queen Lil, before she died, had chanegd her mind and felt America was on the whole good for Hawaiians. She noted, for example, that hawaiian women were about the get the votes for the first time ever.
on October 5,2012 | 06:45AM
squidman22 wrote:
Read, "Change We Must", by Nana Veary.
on October 5,2012 | 08:25AM
mamacita808 wrote:
Thanks for the recommendation. I've never heard of this book but it looks like a good read.
on October 5,2012 | 09:26AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
In closing he said, "Eh, pick up the old tires, batteries, and take down those tents."
on October 5,2012 | 08:59AM
squidman22 wrote:
Senator Akaka was "retired" a long time ago.
on October 5,2012 | 09:06AM
iwanaknow wrote:
I cry for my People because the answers are right in front of their faces and they no read nor listen.
on October 5,2012 | 09:11AM
dptla wrote:
...Good thoughts; difficult to implement...Native Hawaiians need strong leadership first, clear vision second and able adminstrators to execute the vision third...practice Aloha with others who practice and live Aloha :)
on October 5,2012 | 10:16AM
Mythman wrote:
Land comes first, then return to normal happiness of being a native Hawaiian. Look around at all the land. Each and every tiny spec of it used to be native Hawaiian land. Even the land where the native has to retreat near the sea on the beach and brush used to be his land. The ali'i trusts are to blame, not the US and the state's majority population is to blame also. Federal law was obstructed after 1959, which would have provided some relief. This is legal, not political and if you believe in legal relief, then it will come, no matter how many lies and how much denial that diverts it.
on October 5,2012 | 01:52PM
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