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Kealakehe High opens for class with increased security

By Gregg K. Kakesako

LAST UPDATED: 02:15 p.m. HST, Dec 10, 2012

Classes resumed this morning at Kealakehe High School without any incidents following a series of events last week, which Department of Education officials say stem from a misunderstanding between local, Micronesian and Marshallese groups of students over differing cultures and lifestyles.

Wilfred Murakami, school principal, said that there were members of Hawaii Police Department on campus to augment Department of Education personnel.

Murakami reported there were no incidents through the lunch periods period today.


Souza said classes will be staggered and the lunch period will be shortened to provide fewer opportunities for the 1,500 students to be together for a prolonged period.

“The idea is to schedule more kids to be in class and less time for them to be together collectively.”

School officials cancelled on-campus activities and classes on Friday because of increased disruptions caused by at least three student fights over two days. 

To prevent the disorderly conduct from escalating, the school was temporarily on lockdown Wednesday afternoon and students were sent home 45 minutes early on Thursday in increments. 

The Hawaii Police Department arrested eight student arrests on Thursday. Those students were released from police custody but face disciplinary actions that for some may include suspension. An investigation into their disorderly conduct is ongoing. 

“This misunderstanding of cultural assimilation by Marshallese and Micronesian families is not isolated to Kealakehe High School,” Souza said on Friday. “This is a community issue that we are addressing.” 

Souza noted that he has been in discussions with lawmakers and local agencies about cultural assimilation and the misunderstandings that exist in the Kona community.

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allie wrote:
On Youtube and Big Island Blogs it was noted again that Micronesians dislike Hawaiians and find their dishonest stories of the past irritating given the real record of Hawaiian enslavement of the Marquesans who were here first. It is a sad story indeed.
on December 10,2012 | 08:44AM
palolo2001 wrote:
Shame on you for saying things like that. We had the menehunes to do the work.
on December 10,2012 | 09:54AM
8082062424 wrote:
there you go again allie this was a group of locals. they come in many races. in case you failed to notice no one can get along with Micronesians because they believe there above the rules and out laws. they have no respect for them selves or others. and it a state wide problem in our schools not just this one school. stop hating on Hawaiians your only making your self look bad. just ask any one who works in our school system or and cops. or any one lives near them
on December 10,2012 | 10:04AM
islandsun wrote:
on December 10,2012 | 10:17AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
I work at a school with a lot of Micronesian students/families and I don't see anything resembling your comments. Every new immigrant group has a hard time assimilating, understanding the local culture, and being misunderstood.
on December 10,2012 | 11:43AM
8082062424 wrote:
It more then having a hard time. they just do not believe they have to follow rules and laws like others. and when there caught they fall back on i do not understand. Ask the folks in makiki what they go thru with them as neighbours. and what they turn the area parks into
on December 10,2012 | 12:06PM
Denominator wrote:
Which gang do you belong to? "Don't hate the Hawaiians, its all the Micronesians fault." Well there's a real solution.
on December 10,2012 | 03:46PM
8082062424 wrote:
first it was not Hawaiian it was locals. locals come in many races.it not about gangs. This problem is state wide in all our schools not just this one school. A start would be if the can not follow rules and laws in place then then home school.. There a middle school in kalihi i believe it Kawananakoa Middle School that they are self contained in one class till they know and obey the rules and learn the language and bring up there skills in other areas. and it working, once there skills are up they main streamed back with the rest of the students. this way teachers do not have to stop during class to tend to behavioural problems . it seems to be working.
on December 10,2012 | 05:07PM
PabloWegesend wrote:
Kawananakoa Middle is NOT in Kalihi! Get your geography right!
on December 11,2012 | 11:26AM
PabloWegesend wrote:
8082062424 tells allie to stop hating on hawaiians, yet 8082062424 is hating on micronesians. In other words, 8082062424 is a racist hypocrite!
on December 11,2012 | 11:29AM
Kaimiloa wrote:
Yeah, I'm sure that's what a bunch of teenagers are thinking. Not.
on December 10,2012 | 11:32AM
motoxdad wrote:
Allie is a micronesian from N. Dakota.
on December 10,2012 | 11:40AM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Did we nuke them, too?
on December 10,2012 | 12:55PM
stanmanley wrote:
Part of the problem is when lawmakers and agencies talk about cultural assimilation and misunderstandings, it often singles out a particular group, in this case Micronesians and Marshallese. So does society have a problem with misunderstandings and cultural assimilation towards Micronesians and Marshallese or is it the other way around? Or is the real issue fighting and is it right or wrong regardless of creed?
on December 10,2012 | 01:53PM
Lanikaula wrote:
This pilikia is america's. THEY blew up and contaminated their country. Rather then have an 'open-migration' to ANYWHERE, USA y doesn't america FIX their home instead of giving them carte blanche to resources here that are finite. This has created a huge strain on our resources as we are the closest to them logistically as an 'extension' of america, however debatable THAT is. As it is we see our local, Hawaiians having to go for services to locations other then what was normal, i.e. Queen's Hospital. This has been something that gov abercrombie has complained about w/o any remedy from the govt' of america. they need pride in their OWN country!
on December 10,2012 | 02:19PM
Anonymous wrote:
Like EVERY race you have your bad apples. I'm local born and raised Hawaii and married to a Marshallese so I KNOW they're not all bad. To those who wondering why they're entitled to certain benefits, do a search on the Compact Of Free Assocciation.
on December 10,2012 | 06:04PM
KonaGold wrote:
The 30 million dollars annually that is supposed to be distributed between Hawaii, Am Samoa Guam & N. Mariana Islands, comes out to about 7.2 mil each. How much money do you think it cost the State of Hawaii to fund these COFA beneficiaries? Let me tell you with medical, housing, food stamps, rental subsidies, etc. a hell of a lot more. You are correct every race has their bad apples, however, these COFA recipients have been in the news, negatively, I might add a lot lately. Maybe, not your wife but most of them have a "entitled" attitude, we have witnessed this type of behavior over and over again.
on December 10,2012 | 06:33PM
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