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State Rep. Hanohano apologizes for racial, ethnic slurs

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LAST UPDATED: 03:25 p.m. HST, Feb 28, 2013


State Rep. Faye Hanohano apologized today to those offended by racial and ethnic remarks she made earlier this week after being unhappy with artwork installed in her state Capitol office.

"I humbly apologize to all of you who may have been offended by sentiments expressed that were taken into the news media," she told her colleagues on the House floor.

Rep. Faye Hanohano's apology given on the floor of the State House of Representatives

Hanohano (D, Hawaiian Acres- Pahoa-Kalapana), who is Native Hawaiian, used the moment in the House floor session dedicated to the Hawaiian word of the day to apologize in Hawaiian and English.

Hanohano also reaffirmed her commitment to "serve my people and the people of the state of Hawaii" to the best of her ability and with integrity.

Exhibit specialists with the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts had complained that Hanohano went on a tirade, which included words such as "haoles," "Japs," and "Pakes," after being disappointed that none of the art being installed in her office was from Native Hawaiian artists.

Rep. Faye Hanohano's apology statement






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Tony91 wrote:
She is not apologizing for the remarks, only if you were offended. Assuming the SA has redacted her comments, she should unambiguously state that her comments were unacceptable and have no place in public discourse and should not come from an elected official (or anyone for that matter). Then she should announce her resignation, effective immediately. This angry, hateful woman does not deserve to serve in public office.
on February 28,2013 | 12:00PM
allie wrote:
agree..the voters in that God forsaken place should repudiate her. There is no room for racism in Hawaii.
on February 28,2013 | 12:10PM
DiverDave wrote:
Right allie, apparently racism is OK in Hawaii as long as it's a Polynesian-Hawaiian directing it at all other races. It goes to the heart of Polynesian-Hawaiian's problems. They are taught that they are the only ones that have a culture, and their culture should be the first and last choice for all here in Hawaii. They believe that Polynesian-Hawaiians should have the last say in things like the Thirty Meter Telescope proposal for Mauna Kea. They call themselves the "host" culture in order to dictate their will, and create a cultural elitism that is racist by definition. They maintain that Polynesian-Hawaiians learn differently than all other races, and use this arguement to have their own racially exclusive Polynesian-Hawaiian only schools, (supported by our tax dollars and against U.S. Supreme Court rulings about "seperate but equal" schools), in order to further propagandize and indoctrinate their youths into their ultimate sovereingty agenda goals. And yet, they are the first to attack anyone that refutes their agenda by calling them racists. Why? Because it has worked for them up to now
on February 28,2013 | 01:23PM
Pocho wrote:
is Kamehameha Schools supported with public funds, well, even a little? I know they take in a whole lot of kids into their education system and being that said it's lessens the burden on the State of Hawaii to school them. It is a private school and thought they did away with some programs as to not having to accept public funds to run the school. It was the Hawaiian Queen monies and land that runs the school I thinks, nothing to do with public funds and they educate kids on their own dime and not on your taxpayer dollars. Or so that is what I thought
on February 28,2013 | 01:55PM
Fred01 wrote:
You are so wrong and brainwashed. Kamehameha Schools is responsible for the high cost of living in the state. They are the largest landowner in the state, charge people lease to live in their homes, yet don't have to pay taxes because they are charitable. That tax burden is passed on to the rest of us. It is time that Kamehameha Schools loses its tax-exempt status!
on February 28,2013 | 02:15PM
Blue_Powder wrote:
Be careful what you wish for Fred. If Kamehameha loses its tax exempt status, who do you think will help KS make up the increased tax expense? Everybody living or operating on lands that Kamehameha owns. Think about it.
on February 28,2013 | 03:17PM
Fred01 wrote:
Interesting point. But at least that burden will not be on EVERYONE ELSE as it is now, but only those who choose to live on Kamehameha Schools' land. If KS chooses to raise leases, fewer people will do business and/or live on its land. And on a side issue, as long as Kamehameha continues to discriminate based on race, it has no right to any further tax subsidy from the public as a "charitable" organization.
on February 28,2013 | 03:43PM
tiki886 wrote:
Kamehameha Schools already pays taxes on their commercial operations just like BYU-Hawaii has to pay taxes on The Polynesian Cultural Center's profits and HPU will have to pay taxes on the operations of Aloha Tower Marketplace.
on February 28,2013 | 03:50PM
Pocho wrote:
who said you got to live on their lease land? Move on if you feel so bad about donating!
on February 28,2013 | 03:19PM
Fred01 wrote:
Everyone in the State should have to pay their own fair share, and Kamehameha Schools does not! Wake up people!
on February 28,2013 | 03:37PM
tiki886 wrote:
Yes, Kamehameha Schools are a 501c3 tax exempt organization and that means taxpayers subsidize their operations, meaning we taxpayers pick up the slack for the taxes they don't pay. But the reason they should lose their tax exempt status is because they employ a racist policy of having to be of a Hawaiian descendant in order to practice apartheid in America! Go ahead and practice apartheid, just don't do it on my dime! Or the taxpayer's dime!
on February 28,2013 | 03:43PM
oxtail01 wrote:
We don't subsidize their operations. Actually they probably do more good in education than most public run educational institutions. Besides the State takes in millions in taxes from businesses that operate on their leased property - Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center for example.
on February 28,2013 | 04:00PM
Pocho wrote:
PURE BS right there. Where does it state in Hawaii's Tax Laws that taxpayers subsidize KSBE? The University of Hawaii with prime location paid a $1/year to lease their Manoa School! Get real, the US stole from the Hawaiian Government.
on February 28,2013 | 04:48PM
tiki886 wrote:
Oxtail and pocho. I just explained what "subsidized" means. Because they are exempted from State and Federal taxes just like churches and other "charitable" organizations, they don't contribute any taxes. That's how a 501c3 organizations are treated under State and Federal tax laws.

And Kamehameha, besides their racist admission policies are also hypocritical when it comes to the honoring the Queen's wishes because instead of educating the "indigent" as required in her will, Kamehameha educates only the "cream of the crop" of 3% of Hawaiian children. These kids don't need the Queen's help. They would excel in any public skrool.Kamehameha should be educating the other 97% of indigent Hawaiian children.

Furthermore, Kamehameha killed more Hawaiians than any h a o l e ever did. He captured my Chief Kalanikupule, son of Kahekili and brought him back to Hawaii Island and sacrificed him. That sounds more like kidnap and murder to me. Kamehameha used the H a o l e' s muskets and cannons to murder hundreds, if not thousands of Hawaiians. What for? Not to unite anyone. It was to collect taxes, tribute and treasure at penalty of death if you didn't comply. When Kamehameha invaded Maui and Oahu Kamehameha stole more land and murdered more Hawaiians than any white man ever did.


on February 28,2013 | 05:36PM
Pocho wrote:
tiki, it's not how many King Kamehameha killed. It's about the takeover of Hawaii that the Hawaiians are mad at. Tax Exempt doesn't mean subsidized! Here's the dictionary take of subsidized: Support (an organization or activity) financially. Pay part of the cost of producing (something) to reduce prices for the buyer. tax exempt is whole different ballgame. You've got the wrong thinking of what subsidize means, look it up online or in the dictionary.
on February 28,2013 | 05:51PM
Fred01 wrote:
Oxtail: How in the world is a tax exemption not a taxpayer subsidy? And I am not arguing that KS does not do a lot of good in education. But otherwise, they are terrible for our economy, and are the wost stewards of the land to ever set foot in these islands.
on February 28,2013 | 08:15PM
Pocho wrote:
Fred, I just gave you the meaning of subsidies. What more do you want. Go look it up for yourself if you think the online dictionary is wrong.
on February 28,2013 | 08:54PM
Fred01 wrote:
Pocho: You have proven your ignorance. Thanks.
on February 28,2013 | 09:15PM
holokanaka wrote:
tiki 886, the ha le diseases killed approximately 90 per cent of the Hawaiians. Kamehameha killed warriors on the battle field. gee is that so profound? I guess that did not happen any other place in the whole wide world. DUUUH
on February 28,2013 | 09:27PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Why not include ALL tax exampt institutions, including Mormon and Catholic Churches who makes the amount of money Kamehameha Schools don't pay look like chump change.
on February 28,2013 | 04:02PM
Pocho wrote:
Yeah, KSBE gives back schooling hundreds of students the publilc school system doesn't Take off your horse blinders
on February 28,2013 | 04:50PM
Pocho wrote:
Who's paying KSBE to school Hawaiii's kids, YOU? Get Real!
on February 28,2013 | 04:52PM
tiki886 wrote:
Then force Kamehameha Schools to pay taxes that they are not liable for under tax code 501c3. Have Kamehameha give up their current tax status and you will see what taxes they are liable to pay.
on February 28,2013 | 05:41PM
Pocho wrote:
tiki, what part of your taxpayer dollars did the State use to build KSBE or to educate their student population? There's a whole lot of Hawaiian land that the State of Hawaii don't pay the going rate to use the Hawaiian Lands. You only see your side of the fence, why don't you sit on the fence and see both sides of the story?
on February 28,2013 | 05:57PM
Fred01 wrote:
YES, ABSOLUTELY, ME AND THE REST OF THE TAXPAYERS AND HOMEOWNERS IN THIS STATE! GET REAL!
on February 28,2013 | 08:17PM
Pocho wrote:
Fred you're dreaming, WAKE UP.
on February 28,2013 | 08:51PM
Fred01 wrote:
Pocho: who are you, and what's your problem? I guess you are just brainwashed.
on February 28,2013 | 09:17PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Fred, KSBE may not pay taxes on the school portions, but the Estate pay big taxes for everything else.
on February 28,2013 | 06:08PM
tiki886 wrote:
They pay taxes on a small amount of their operations that is worth $10 BILLION Dollars!!! The rest is protected and exempt by their tax status code 501c3.
on February 28,2013 | 06:49PM
Pocho wrote:
Change the code if you don't like it. Many tried. So sorry you feel like a loser
on February 28,2013 | 08:52PM
Pocho wrote:
That's Crazy Fred. LIke you said they are the largest landowner. There's a ton of Hawaiian Land that the State and Federal Government pays a penny for every dollar to use and maybe not even a penny on some
on February 28,2013 | 08:57PM
Pocho wrote:
Fred, you know who's cheating the US and Hawaii taxpayers, it's the Government themselves! They subsidize people looking for handouts! There's a lot of waste in Government, they keep on printing money, the US is in Trillions of dollars in debt to who? the Communist of China.
on February 28,2013 | 09:05PM
Fred01 wrote:
Perhaps we agree on a few things. But I'm sorry you are so short-sighted on the things that hurt Hawaii the most, like the big five trusts (including KS) who have raped this state for years, and still somehow have the support of folks like you.
on February 28,2013 | 09:19PM
DiverDave wrote:
Yes Fred, and against the rules of a 501c that says they must be all inclusive, they are an exclusive race based organization. The State and Fed. Gov. is losing out on 100s of millions of dollars, that directly go to a racially biased organization.
on January 16,2014 | 09:19PM
poidragon wrote:
right, Diverdave, we believe you. Racism did not start here in the islands, it came with the attitudes and morals from those people who came to our islands, with greed in their hearts and duplicity in their minds! Hawaiians learned many lessons taught by the 'missionaries and those who followed after,' we learned about greed, false pride, false religion and all the other nasty habits brought to the islands by foreigners! Now the shoe is on the other foot and you don't like what you see? Oh too dang bad, better learn to live with it and deal with it, just like the displaced Hawaiians have done since the o\verthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy! Many of us have forgotten, but we have not forgiven those who have traspassed against our nation in the past; and to answer your question, yes 'racism still exist' in the United States and is still practiced in many different forms and ways! Funny how Karma has a way of coming back to haunt you, especially under the guise of 'racism!'
on February 28,2013 | 03:21PM
Kapua91 wrote:
poidragon...thank you.
on February 28,2013 | 03:44PM
eros_et_logia wrote:
The only claim above that is true is that Hawaiians were inherently less racist before Western contact. Race wasn't as important, but class and culture sure was, which often can be just as discriminatory. I just hope that you, poidragon, realize that every single non-Hawaiian that doesn't want to be a drunk, dancing savage is your enemy. Yup, those yellow spine-less Asians like me are your enemy. I am your enemy. I will never give you my land. Never.
on February 28,2013 | 03:56PM
jomama wrote:
funny how racist you are. As DiverDan obviously wasn't one of the missionaries, the only way you can claim "karma" is if you link him by racial association. And the idea that you learned all your bad values from the white man is contemptible. Hold yourself to a higher standard, please.
on February 28,2013 | 06:31PM
Kapua91 wrote:
DiverDave...no I don't.
on February 28,2013 | 03:43PM
kaiakea wrote:
Yeah Diver Dave, there you go again, speaking from a place other than your mouth. You are lumping all Hawaiians together with your fricatives. And you wonder why some hold to the opinions which you get partially correct in your diatribe? Things may appear that simplistic from your throne, but again, maybe that is because you're sitting on what is doing your thinking for you.
on February 28,2013 | 03:45PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Diver - Same scam that's been played by Amer-Indians.
on February 28,2013 | 04:09PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Right allie, apparently racism is OK in North Dakota as long as it's a Amer-Indian directing it at all other races. It goes to the heart of Amer-Indian's problems. They are taught that they are the only ones that have a culture, and their culture should be the first and last choice for all here in North Dakot. They believe that Mandan should have the last say in things like the North Dakota Oil Boom on land they are merely squatters on. They call themselves the "host" culture in order to dictate their will, and create a cultural elitism that is racist by definition. They maintain that Amer-Indians learn differently than all other races, and use this arguement to have their own racially exclusive Amer-Indian only schools, (supported by our tax dollars and against U.S. Supreme Court rulings about "seperate but equal" schools), in order to further propagandize and indoctrinate their youths into their ultimate sovereingty agenda goals. And yet, they are the first to attack anyone that refutes their agenda by calling them racists. Why? Because it has worked for them up to now
on February 28,2013 | 04:12PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Oddly familiar?
on February 28,2013 | 04:13PM
holokanaka wrote:
gee imagine that a Hawaiian whos ancesters have been here for a thousand years before captain cook the first inhabitants and settlers of these Islands grumbling about having art of peoples of other races in HER office EXCEPT Hawaiian. she got to be a racist. oh and joker I am still waiting for you to show me that legally ratified annexation treaty.
on February 28,2013 | 09:21PM
oxtail01 wrote:
There's racism everywhere and it's not going away because we wish it. I for one just hate all races equally and like all races equally as well. I do admit though the whites tend to be more easy targets of jokes!
on February 28,2013 | 03:55PM
64hoo wrote:
not really that whites are easy targets of jokes ask frank delima his easy targets for jokes is portugeese and fillipinos not whites. and most other local comedians target them also. so whites not to much.
on February 28,2013 | 05:28PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Right allie, apparently racism is OK in North Dakota as long as it's a Amer-Indian directing it at all other races. It goes to the heart of Amer-Indian's problems. They are taught that they are the only ones that have a culture, and their culture should be the first and last choice for all here in North Dakot. They believe that Mandan should have the last say in things like the North Dakota Oil Boom on land they are merely squatters on. They call themselves the "host" culture in order to dictate their will, and create a cultural elitism that is racist by definition. They maintain that Amer-Indians learn differently than all other races, and use this arguement to have their own racially exclusive Amer-Indian only schools, (supported by our tax dollars and against U.S. Supreme Court rulings about "seperate but equal" schools), in order to further propagandize and indoctrinate their youths into their ultimate sovereingty agenda goals. And yet, they are the first to attack anyone that refutes their agenda by calling them racists. Why? Because it has worked for them up to now
on February 28,2013 | 04:07PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
The "Separatists" all follow the same scan ask ALL-LIE and DiverDave, they've been at it for years
on February 28,2013 | 04:10PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
No place in Hawaii is "god forsaken" ding bat. I would take the big island over North dakota any day. Please go home.
on February 28,2013 | 05:41PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
say - I beg to differ. The one place in Hawaii that is "god forsaken" would be the patch of ground ALL-LIE happens to be sitting or standing on at any particular moment in time.
on February 28,2013 | 05:48PM
primo1 wrote:
Agreed. At no point did she acknowledge that what she said was wrong or even politically incorrect. More of my tax dollars wasted...
on February 28,2013 | 12:14PM
Ronin006 wrote:
I could not agree more with Tony91.
on February 28,2013 | 12:16PM
Senior_Researcher wrote:
You nailed it; that was no apology believing hateful, ignorant things. Her only apology was for expressing her ignorant, hateful beliefs. Word is she gathers a fat, overime-abuse inflated retirement so she doesn't really care who she offends. If the former "dissident" group really has any principles, they will be strip her committee position, at which point she should do right by her constituents and quit.
on February 28,2013 | 12:18PM
gicnk wrote:
what i more troubling about being hateful, etc., her words were real and sincere.
on February 28,2013 | 12:29PM
Pocho wrote:
To late with the apology. She should step down and get out of office!
on February 28,2013 | 12:21PM
suecee wrote:
I agree. In her "apology " she took no responsibility whatsoever for her actions. She deliberately made racist remarks and threats. In fact this apology is just going to make people more angry. What a joke. Isn't this a hate crime?
on February 28,2013 | 07:24PM
Tarakian wrote:
I agree and I am part-hawaiian too.
on February 28,2013 | 01:00PM
kailua000 wrote:
exactly!
on February 28,2013 | 01:10PM
Shawn211 wrote:
AWESOME Tony91 !! Totally agree !!
on February 28,2013 | 01:31PM
false wrote:
True. In fact she should be held to a higher standard seeing that she not only represents here constituency but ALL of the residents of the State of Hawaii. RESIGN.
on February 28,2013 | 01:40PM
cartwright wrote:
Probably was high on the pakalolo she so desperately wants to legalize.
on February 28,2013 | 02:42PM
aomohoa wrote:
If she apologizes and more than that it would be forced and not sincere. It won't make her a better person and once the words are out they are out. It was how she felt and she is not sorry. For a Hawaiian she surly has no Aloha spirit.
on February 28,2013 | 03:03PM
tiki886 wrote:
Correct Tony91. Rep Hanohano is a 'public servant' and here she is spewing racial epithets to her 'employers'. But the ones with the power, her constituents, to 'fire' or 'recall' her will not do it because most of them are racists just like her.
on February 28,2013 | 03:58PM
frontman wrote:
Do you really think it is just her???? She just got overwhelmed and spoke her true feelings.............they all feel this way and it will never change.
on February 28,2013 | 04:05PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I agree with you 100%. The problem with politicians is that they don"t own up to their mistakes. After stating something that was clearly offensive to an ethnic group, Rep. Hanohano then states that she is sorry only if that ethnic group was offended by her clearly offensive comment, like anyone in that ethnic group wouldn't be offended. She should have taken the bull by the horns and said "I'm sorry because I said something that was clearly offensive to people of the following ethnic groups . . ." She then tries to justify why it was proper for her to say such offensive things. To top it off, she says her staff will take remedial classes, but not her. Article III, Sec. 12 of the Hawaii State Constitution states that "each house . . . shall have, for misconduct, disorderly behavior or neglect of duty of any member, power to punish such member by censure . . . such member." The State House of Representatives should censure her for using House e-mail to send such an unconstitutional message.
on February 28,2013 | 05:42PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Hanohano is at fault! She should have use Kepani for Japanese! What she used was an American slur that was used to describe Japanese during the Pacific war. This American slur is terrible. Pake and h a o l e is part of the language, so that's okay, but the J word, no no no.
on February 28,2013 | 06:06PM
roninsensei wrote:
Do what is pono and step down. You seem to forget that your salary is paid for by many of those people you chose to denigrate. BTW, it is not "your" office, it's the office of the people who elected you.
on February 28,2013 | 12:03PM
allie wrote:
agree..truth is that someone like this cannot represent ethnic groups other than her own. Same with the OHA maffia supported by the general tax payer 80% of whom are non-Hawaiian
on February 28,2013 | 12:11PM
fstop wrote:
""I humbly apologize to all of you who may have been offended by sentiments expressed that were taken into the news media," she told her colleagues on the House floor."

That is no apology, but is a very common response in politics.


on February 28,2013 | 12:09PM
allie wrote:
She is a disgrace. Her district should disavow her immorality. If she cannot represent all voters no matter their race, she is NOT fit to serve.
on February 28,2013 | 12:57PM
oxtail01 wrote:
It may be her constituants think the same way!
on February 28,2013 | 04:03PM
jomama wrote:
she only needs 50% 1.
on February 28,2013 | 06:34PM
hikine wrote:
You're correct. She apologized to people she offended BUT on the other hand she still supports the racists that DIDN'T find it offensive! The damage has been done! I believe she was strong armed into writing the apology letter and BTW there's no signature from her in that letter!
on February 28,2013 | 08:48PM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Too little, too late.
on February 28,2013 | 12:10PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
She apologized to be politically correct. Question now is, will the legislature censure her.
on February 28,2013 | 12:10PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Public - you know the answer to that...NO
on February 28,2013 | 02:39PM
LRC wrote:
Step down Rep. Shame on you. We always knew you had a temper - and this is just more proof. Time for you to be pono and step down. No true Hawaiian would use such derogatory words!!!
on February 28,2013 | 12:12PM
phyllum69 wrote:
Sounds like she's apologizing because she got caught and the media picked it up. For SHAME Ms. Hanohano.
on February 28,2013 | 12:14PM
allie wrote:
yup
on February 28,2013 | 12:57PM
ewald wrote:
So she apologized for offending others, but she's still prejudice and has no right to be an elected public official who's paycheck comes from the very people she offended! She absolutely needs to step down!
on February 28,2013 | 12:14PM
allie wrote:
Her PR advisors wrote it for her
on February 28,2013 | 12:57PM
BO0o07 wrote:
Agree. She more than likely always had prejudice thoughts or feelings about other ethnic groups.
on February 28,2013 | 01:22PM
saveparadise wrote:
Reeeaaalllly now??? I thought politicians were held accountable for a higher standard of conduct? Truth is there is little or no accountability for these forked tongued tics.
on February 28,2013 | 12:17PM
FrankieT wrote:
She must have read all the comments from the first article that appeared in the paper. Sorry, too late, she should have not opened her mouth. Yes, she should announce her resignation. She will never, never be trusted again, by any group.
on February 28,2013 | 12:17PM
patfrompuna wrote:
allie wrote: agree..the voters in that God forsaken place.... God forsaken?? Hmmmm, you sound just like the mainland haole who told me and my wife not to go to Poho'iki Beach Park because the "locals will beat you up." Having had nothing but aloha shown to me and my family at Poho'iki, the friendliest surf spot in Hawai'i, I'm offended. So tell you what, you come to Puna and I will see if we can have you roughed up - hate to ruin the reputation. And to the topic, we elected some great people recently, she's got to go.
on February 28,2013 | 12:30PM
cojef wrote:
She should be officially be censured by her peers and the censure be made part of the public record so that future voters know that this kind conduct will not be tolerated by the Legislature. Public officials do not have the liberty to express racial epithets at anytime, anywhere. Aside from that she is mean spirited and who need friends like her.
on February 28,2013 | 12:19PM
Pocho wrote:
It is her true feelings that came out with the slurs. There's no place for it in The State of Hawaii Government. Get out of office
on February 28,2013 | 12:23PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Pocho, I am part-Hawaiian-Chinese-Korean and I wholeheartedly concur when you said "it is her true feelings that came out with her slurs."" When she blurted out her racist remarks, it was her pent-up feelings that she harbored within herself and that it was her TRUE FEELINGS.... HOW CAN THE PEOPLE OF HER DISTRICT SUPPORT HER AND WHEN OR IF SHE DOES RUN FOR REELECTION, i hope they remember and are intelligent enought not to vote or re-elect her.
on February 28,2013 | 03:51PM
Skyler wrote:
Totally agree. It's what's truly in her heart that came out of her mouth. Nothing more, nothing less.
on February 28,2013 | 06:02PM
Maneki_Neko wrote:
Well, it sounds like some of you guys may have been offended. Those not offended, please speak up now.
on February 28,2013 | 12:23PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I am offended that she didn't apologize in Japanese.
on February 28,2013 | 12:26PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
and chinese for that matter.
on February 28,2013 | 12:34PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
let's not leave out the paranges, we don't want to be seen as exclusionary racists.
on February 28,2013 | 12:47PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
And Parangees.
on February 28,2013 | 12:54PM
Kapua91 wrote:
what is a paranges?
on February 28,2013 | 03:47PM
fairgame947 wrote:
Lip service only, not a true sentiment.
on February 28,2013 | 12:23PM
steveoctober wrote:
A disgrace to Native Hawaiians and a disgrace to all government workers, giving a bad name to them all. Quit now else be prepared for a major session in being ridiculed.
on February 28,2013 | 12:23PM
allie wrote:
Disgrace to the already lousy Legislature. Amazing that this kidn of this is allowed here. Any other state, she would be disciplined by theLegislature
on February 28,2013 | 12:59PM
yskeulb wrote:
Impeach her
on February 28,2013 | 12:25PM
islandboy1562 wrote:
"I humbly apologize to all of you who may have been offended by sentiments expressed that were taken into the news media," Huh? I think she should have said - I apologize for my insensitive and inappropriate remarks that should not have come from me, being in public service and the people I represent and serve!
on February 28,2013 | 12:26PM
loquaciousone wrote:
I laugh anytime a politician uses the word HUMBLY. It sounds so fake an contrived.
on February 28,2013 | 12:28PM
kuewa wrote:
Rep Hanohano, your Hawaiian word for today is ho`ohilahila, referring of course to yourself.
on February 28,2013 | 12:28PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
With her failure to apologize, Rep. Hanohano's pigeon English-Hawaiian phrase for the day is "You no mo hilahila."
on February 28,2013 | 05:53PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
This comment has been deleted.
on February 28,2013 | 12:32PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
da hawaiian word for today is: KUKAI
on February 28,2013 | 12:36PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
I believe the correct spelling is kukae, and that's exactly what Rep. Hanohano is.
on February 28,2013 | 05:56PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
da hawaiian word for tday is: k*kai
on February 28,2013 | 12:38PM
markat wrote:
Hey SA! You forgot the Paranges. She insulted them too. You shouldn't leave them out just because you don't know who they are.
on February 28,2013 | 12:34PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
i've lived here all my life and never heard that term "parange". must be some big island exclusive racism.
on February 28,2013 | 12:44PM
cartwright wrote:
She probably meant 'farangee' or 'farangi'. Thai, Arab, East Africans amongst others use this to describe Western Europeans.
on February 28,2013 | 02:35PM
ssa011 wrote:
How disgraceful! To vent her shameful racist feelings on those who were performing their duties. And she is supposed to be a public servant whose salary is paid for by those she vilified. Am grateful she does not represent my district. Auwe!
on February 28,2013 | 12:35PM
AKULEMAN wrote:
State Rep. Faye Hanohano is the most racist politician in Hawaii. This politician projected a terrifying racist behavior one can imagine. Apologies pretty much will not override a show of racist behavior against the different ethnic background that voted for her.
on February 28,2013 | 12:35PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
correction: she is the most racist politician to ever get caught.
on February 28,2013 | 12:40PM
tiki886 wrote:
Let's not forget City Councilman Rod Tam who apologized in 2008 for his use of the ethnic slur "wetbacks" about illegal immigrants from Mexico working in Hawaii.

Tam said he first learned of the offending term through a 1950s musical, "Flower Drum Song," which is about two Chinese illegal immigrants. Rod Tam's racism comes from the "Flower Drum Song"?


on February 28,2013 | 04:16PM
ezridah wrote:
"I humbly apologize to all of you who may have been offended by sentiments expressed that were taken into the news media," layman's term..I like save my job !
on February 28,2013 | 12:35PM
knowsy12 wrote:
More importantly, her chance at a state funded PENSION!
on February 28,2013 | 12:39PM
loquaciousone wrote:
WAIT HOLD YOUR HORSES. READ THE ARTICLE MORE CAREFULLY. . Do you realize that she apologized to her colleagues in the House and not to everyone?
on February 28,2013 | 12:37PM
loquaciousone wrote:
WAIT -- HOLD YOUR HORSES If you read the article more carefully you will notice that she is apologizing only to her colleagues in the House and NOT TO EVERYONE. I guess us small potatoes don't count. Back to talking stink about her.
on February 28,2013 | 12:39PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
and she goes on to say, "serve my people and the people of hawaii" doesn't people of hawaii just about cover everyone? who is this MY people?
on February 28,2013 | 12:45PM
kailua000 wrote:
cuz shes got no haoles, pake, japs or parange's in her district. so she's only got mokes. oh wait, did I offend anyone by saying the M word? I apologize if you were offended, but Im not white so I cant be a racist
on February 28,2013 | 01:13PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Yeah come to think of it why don't she get half her pay from "her" people so that the people of Hawaii don't have to support this racist.
on February 28,2013 | 01:25PM
heres2u wrote:
Mokes
on February 28,2013 | 05:24PM
allie wrote:
agree..phoney apology
on February 28,2013 | 12:59PM
Iuki wrote:
Okay, at least she made some sort of an apology. She needs to attend an anger management class. That aside, the state arts "specialists" also need to get a clue about the art they put in officials' offices. Doesn't take a genius to figure out that a native Hawaiian would like to have some art by native Hawaiians. And I know the state does have such art.
on February 28,2013 | 12:40PM
Pocho wrote:
doesn't matter. You hang what you got. No worker should here those racists remarks while on the job and a State one too.
on February 28,2013 | 12:47PM
tiki886 wrote:
Right. She's an 'employee' of taxpayers and has no business insulting her 'employers'.
on February 28,2013 | 04:21PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
Iuki wrote: "Doesn't take a genius to figure out that a native Hawaiian would like to have some art by native Hawaiians."

It doesn't take a genius to assume that "a native Hawaiian would like to have some art by native Hawaiians," it takes a racist and bigot.

Do you really think you should be making assumptions about peoples taste based on their ancestry? Do you know who does that? Racists and bigots.
on February 28,2013 | 12:55PM
primo1 wrote:
Is that what you consider an apology? And are the exhibits specialists supposed to tailor their installations based on ethnicity? That's pretty ignorant...
on February 28,2013 | 01:50PM
tiki886 wrote:
Quick! Somebody go find the 2 heavy Koa doors from the Coco Palms. She needs them more than that run down hotel. It's worth $50K apiece!
on February 28,2013 | 04:25PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
You headline is mistaken.

State Rep. Hanohano did NOT apologize for her racial and ethnic slurs. She apologized if any of us got her feeling hurt by her hateful sentiments. There is huge difference.

State Rep. Hanohano didn't hurt my feelings. She exposed herself as a racist and hate-filled bigot. THAT'S what she should apologize for.
on February 28,2013 | 12:47PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Hanohano also reaffirmed her commitment to "serve my people and the people of the state of Hawaii" to the best of her ability and with integrity. Hey Faye, you were elected to serve the "people of Hawaii", not just Hawaiians ("your people"). What a putz!
on February 28,2013 | 12:49PM
dewisri wrote:
In Hawaii where so many of us claim a mixed and diverse racial heritage, when does one not become a Native Hawaiian artist? Representative Hanohano forgot an important lesson.....once said, it is hard to unsay something. Her "apology" means very little . Her remarks, make me wonder if she only represents her Native Hawaiian consituents and all others are beneath her consideration.
on February 28,2013 | 12:50PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Hanohano also reaffirmed her commitment to "serve my people and the people of the state of Hawaii" to the best of her ability and with integrity. Hey Faye, you were elected to serve all people of Hawaii, not just Hawaiians ("my people"). Like I said earlier, she would apologize but it wouldn't be sincere. What a putz!
on February 28,2013 | 12:51PM
allie wrote:
She has no ability to serve or to represent those not of her race. Oddly, she is of mixed race. The Legislature should reprimand her
on February 28,2013 | 01:00PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
A hanahana, Hanohano!
on February 28,2013 | 12:56PM
hey_mikey wrote:
yeah, so basically she's saying, "i'm sorry you're so sensitive that you get offended when I speak politically incorrect BS."
on February 28,2013 | 12:58PM
Oahuan2 wrote:
She's only apologizing because what she said became public. The bottom line is she really feels this way about us haoles, japs and pakes. Actually she looks like she might have a little bit of all of us somewhere in her genetic woodpile even though she has such a beautiful Hawaiian name.
on February 28,2013 | 12:59PM
BonDancr wrote:
Sistah, sorry you too late. Da damage done already.
on February 28,2013 | 01:03PM
st1d wrote:
bartender, another vinegar and water for the democrat from the big island. wait, make it a double.
on February 28,2013 | 01:04PM
Skyler wrote:
That ain't water....
on February 28,2013 | 06:07PM
NOTSHEEP wrote:
This is really great. We have a racist bigot in our State government in a position of authority. I shudder to think what kind of legislation she will introduce or vote for. I have no doubt that since I am not Hawaiian, it will not benefit me or my family. l bet all of my Hawaiian friends are appalled. They are among the finest people I have had the privilege to know and would not share her sentiments. They certainly do not share her vernacular. Art whether by Herb Kane or Picasso is appreciated no matter their ethnicity.
on February 28,2013 | 01:12PM
tiki886 wrote:
I bet she wen swipe the 2 Koa doors at the Coco Palms. How much you wanna bet?
on February 28,2013 | 04:27PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
The problem with a bigot like Ms. Hanohano is that as a community leader many people will judge ethnic Hawaiians by her actions and attitudes, which thankfully are in the minority. I believe that ethnic Hawaiian politicians such as U.S. Sen. Dan Akaka, who is equally proud of his Chinese heritage as his native Hawaiian heritage, and proud that his offspring have married and produced grandchildren of every ethnic group found in Hawaii, are better examples of the native Hawaiian community, than Ms. Hanohano who has a chip on her shoulder.
on February 28,2013 | 06:17PM
tiki886 wrote:
Amene.
on February 28,2013 | 06:54PM
nishida wrote:
A letter to Hawaii State Representative Hanohano Dear Representative Hanohano, I believe that you are not deserving of the honor of representing people. Your bitterness towards "Japs," "Pakes," "Haoles," and "Parangs" is unacceptable from one who represents the Asian, Caucasian, and Hawaiian citizens of Puna. Parangs, Who dat? Neva learn dat one in Kakaako or Kaimuki during my youth. I am of Japanese ancestry, 3rd generation, look Japanese, can't speak the language, and college educated. My close Japanese relatives have fought, sacrificed, and even died to protect our liberties. I love God and love being Hawaiian inside and proud to speak of the good people of Hawaii, every opportunity I have. I fear the spread of hate. Though not surprised when it occurs, as more than ever, our world is tainted with it. Please do not attempt to spread your hateful bigotry to the children of Hawaii. You and I have the responsibility to teach the opposite, because their generation is doomed if we do not stop the bleeding. My son is an artist and in graduate school pursuing a MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) degree. I have a passion for the openness, his faculty mentors has, of the belief that all Art nurtures the good in mankind. I beg to understand, why only the art by Hawaiians nurtures good in you. In 1972, my Art 101 Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa said this, "Man creates Art, creates Man." Stop hating. Hate and anger is evil. Be Hawaiian inside - be Aloha. Sincerely, Neil Y. Ishida
on February 28,2013 | 01:14PM
hawaiikumu wrote:
I am also of Japanese ancestry, and Ms. Hanohano's words felt like she had slapped my face. I hoped never again to hear the word, "Jap" in America, let alone in my beloved Hawaii. Auwe, Hanohano wahine!
on February 28,2013 | 01:44PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Give me a break - try visiting Japan they're some of the most racist people in the world!
on February 28,2013 | 04:05PM
hawaiikumu wrote:
So what are you saying? All us Japs are racists? It's okay for Ms. Hanohano to use a racial slur because you think Japanese people are racists too? What's the point of your remark?
on February 28,2013 | 05:01PM
8082062424 wrote:
I have met many Japanese from Japan and they are just great people. They have a very joyful spirit. that said ive heard the word gaijin used by Japanese here and it a way worst word the haole. the truth is Hawaii locales have stronger ties to Japan then the mainland thru culture and music and other things
on February 28,2013 | 05:22PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Oxtail01 is correct that the Japanese government and its people are racist, in that they require Japan nationals who have lived in Japan for several generations but who are Korean in ethnicity to be fingerprinted and treated as if they are foreigners, and take similar racist actions against ethnic minorities in Japan. But Oxtail01 is, as I said above, an ox in his suborn inability to be able to tell the difference between the Japanese government and Americans of Japanese Ancestry, especially those who fought in many wars on behalf of the United States of America against these same racist attitudes of tin horn dictators such as Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo and Slobodan Milosevic..
on February 28,2013 | 06:35PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Oxtail01 you are an ox in your thinking and being unable to distinguish between the Japanese who are citizens of the Japanese government and Americans of Japanese Ancestry in Hawaii. I believe you are the part of the ox's anatomy that is just below the ox's tail.
on February 28,2013 | 06:24PM
Hugo wrote:
It took many years for pro-sovereignty Native Hawaiians to learn that to be successful in their politics they would need the help of haoles and Japs. Honohano's actions indicate to me that Native Hawaiian sovereignty is a cruel joke.
on February 28,2013 | 01:17PM
XML808 wrote:
Why are you using racist words?
on February 28,2013 | 01:50PM
Pocho wrote:
Hugo is being sarcastic.
on February 28,2013 | 01:59PM
EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Hugo, don't judge all native Hawaiians by Hanohano's attitudes and actions or you will be just as bigoted as she is.
on February 28,2013 | 06:37PM
kamaleib wrote:
I really, really want to know what a Parange is. Does anyone know?
on February 28,2013 | 01:24PM
8082062424 wrote:
it also a Samoan word
on February 28,2013 | 04:24PM
Kapua91 wrote:
no it's not
on February 28,2013 | 05:28PM
tiki886 wrote:
You don't want to know. It is about a pair of oranges that engage in obscene behavior.
on February 28,2013 | 04:29PM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
It looks like "parang" refers to those of H-ispanic and A-frican ancestry. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parang

Nice going State Rep. Faye Hanohano. A friend of mine in rural Georgia had an uncle just like you.
on February 28,2013 | 01:26PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Okay now all of you who feel slighted that Representative Hanaokalele forgot to include you in her insult, write her a letter of complaint.
on February 28,2013 | 01:32PM
hey_mikey wrote:
and she's supposed to be progressive and forward thinking by supporting marriage equality? https://www.facebook.com/FayeHanohanoMarriageEqualityForHawaii?fref=ts
on February 28,2013 | 01:32PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Couldn't SA have found another picture of her looking contrite and truly sorry?
on February 28,2013 | 01:37PM
mayihavesumor wrote:
She's sorry her comments were "taken into the news media"
on February 28,2013 | 01:40PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
exactly, not sorry that she made them. This is not the first time for this kind of thing for her, just the first time someone wouldn't stand for her Kukai
on February 28,2013 | 01:55PM
inverse wrote:
Parang is a popular folk music originating from Venezuelans with African and Indian backgrounds. Obviously Hanohano has issues with African Americans and Indians as well. Her hate runs deep.
on February 28,2013 | 01:44PM
cunfuzd4 wrote:
Ok, the truth now...who wrote the apology
on February 28,2013 | 01:53PM
Pocho wrote:
Bruddah Joe Souki came to her aide and apologized himself for her using those racists remarks. The Democratic machine at it's best. Where the Democratic Party calling on her to resign from office?
on February 28,2013 | 02:01PM
tiki886 wrote:
Rod Tam.
on February 28,2013 | 04:31PM
AhiPoke wrote:
rep. hanohano, what a despicable, hateful person you are. Your "apology" is hollow, insincere and obviously only done because you were coerced to do so. What I find difficult to understand is that you're suppose to represent the people of the community that you live in. If they're like the rest of Hawaii, they include the very people you've insulted.
on February 28,2013 | 01:54PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Obviously she is ill suited for her position as a State House Representative since she is only interested in serving "her" people, who she clearly differentiates from the people of Hawaii. The obvious next step is for her to resign since I'm sure there are many Haoles, Japs, Blacks, and Pakes in her district.
on February 28,2013 | 01:58PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Obviously she is ill suited for her position as a State House Representative since she is only interested in serving "her" people, who she clearly differentiates from the people of Hawaii. The obvious next step is for her to resign since I'm sure there are many Haoles, Japs, Blacks, and Pakes in her district.
on February 28,2013 | 01:58PM
tiki886 wrote:
And paranges, the Samoan term for H a o l e.
on February 28,2013 | 04:33PM
DeeCee wrote:
she should resign!
on February 28,2013 | 02:00PM
DeeCee wrote:
she shouldve said it japanese and chinese too! she didnt insult any hawaiians.
on February 28,2013 | 02:02PM
telebit wrote:
Don't worry Faye...I'm sitting in the back of the bus.
on February 28,2013 | 02:07PM
eoe wrote:
Disgrace. Step down.
on February 28,2013 | 02:12PM
tutulois wrote:
SWC -- Sorry When Caught. Beyond the racial slurs, how stupid can you be to send such an e-mail to another state agency, and expect that it won't go public? Glad I don't live in her district -- maybe the residents there will see fit to impeach her...
on February 28,2013 | 02:20PM
Grimbold wrote:
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on February 28,2013 | 02:23PM
Skyler wrote:
You are in the minority of people who don't mind the lower standard she set as an elected official by degenerating those whom she despises - but most people do. Only those who feel the way she does would think nothing of it.
on February 28,2013 | 06:14PM
honupono wrote:
she does not seem sincere by her words.
on February 28,2013 | 02:27PM
dkk wrote:
Unbelievably ridiculous banter here, as usual the most illogical comments on race coming from my fellow haoles. There can be no discussion of "white racism" vs "reverse discrimination". White racism is the only racism out there. Rooted in a sentiment of racial superiority tied in to skin color as old as European civilization. it's reasonable that after thousands of years of that the victims of that racism may become a little peeved. What we haoles call "reverse discrimination" is simply the logical anger resulting from being discriminated against throughout history. How dare a native Hawaiian harbor resentment for basically the genocide of a once proud people, we stole it fair and square. "Playing the Race Card" she is. Don't ever consider that perhaps people of color aren't playing cards, maybe they're just pissed off after being screwed over by us for generations. You cannot equate KKK lynch mobs of any black people who happen to be in the area with anger expressed over that occurence.
on February 28,2013 | 02:31PM
Squidy wrote:
What's the House Leadership's response to this conduct? She obviously doesn't get it.
on February 28,2013 | 02:32PM
CriticalReader wrote:
Rep. Hanohano's reference to continuing to serve "my people" (her "people") is the most telling and unfortunately, accurate. Whoever her "people" are, they are being served badly and will continue to be. Those she was elected to represent. as well as those she believes she represents AND those who the public believes she represents are severely undermined and shamed. Didn't even have to read into her racial epithets. They were overt and vile, and the bigoted and racist thoughts, beliefs, intentions and motivations behind them are appalling. Making those comments out loud simply demonstrates a complete lack of intelligence on her part, calling into severe question the wisdom and intelligence of her "people". She has completely diminished her "people". Her "people" should really question whether to permit her to continue either "serving" or representing them before she does even more damage.
on February 28,2013 | 02:40PM
Masami wrote:
Whatcha gonna do Mr. Speaker?
on February 28,2013 | 02:53PM
9ronboz wrote:
resignation is in order
on February 28,2013 | 02:51PM
all_fed_up wrote:
Good bye....sayonara.....adeus.......zai jian.....
on February 28,2013 | 02:59PM
aomohoa wrote:
Good one!
on February 28,2013 | 03:09PM
Holomua wrote:
I find Danno's apology more sincere than this one.
on February 28,2013 | 03:03PM
tiki886 wrote:
Rod Tam's was more entertaining.
on February 28,2013 | 04:36PM
Mythman wrote:
Hawaiian: used to mean 100 percent. Part Hawaiian: used to mean half. Some part Hawaiian: used to mean any drop of Hawaiian blood. Capital N Native Hawaiian: the KSBE and OHA definition, any drop of blood. Small n native Hawaiian, the HHCA DHHL definition, 50-100 percent (hardly any 100 percent left now). Hawaiian today, as in HanoHano, any drop blood of a native Hawaiian plus other races, like Chines, White, etc. Linguistic madness produced by the warring groups and the US......
on February 28,2013 | 03:07PM
aomohoa wrote:
This is like a criminal saying they are sorry. You think they are sorry for what they did when they are really only sorry for getting caught! An insincere apology is the same is no apology.
on February 28,2013 | 03:08PM
Hahaione2000 wrote:
well, this jap is not going to vote for her
on February 28,2013 | 03:09PM
teatime808 wrote:
I am so sad and disappointed that she chose to waste her one and only chance to apologize by not really apologizing. All we, who WERE (not may have been) offended, want to hear and feel from her is "I'm sorry." What does she think? That we're stupid and cannot see through her comments filled with lies and B S? I want to know that she understands this is not acceptable and that SHE needs to get counseling and training, not her staff.
on February 28,2013 | 03:16PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Sensitivity training should be mandated!
on February 28,2013 | 03:39PM
oxtail01 wrote:
She's a politician - they don't apologize!
on February 28,2013 | 04:08PM
tiki886 wrote:
She no can bring herself to grovel for forgiveness. She's part of the angry wahine group of Rowena Akana and the Trash sisters.
on February 28,2013 | 04:38PM
Kaialemichi wrote:
Resign. You did not serve the Native Hawaiians one bit. In fact, you went three steps backward.
on February 28,2013 | 03:40PM
Uncleart66 wrote:
The Governor should demand her resignation. No place for racism in Hawaii.
on February 28,2013 | 03:42PM
Holomua wrote:
That'll only happen if she insults the gays or makes a pro-traditional marriage statement. Racism against haoles is fine.
on February 28,2013 | 03:55PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Go down to Waianae or Kahala and tell me there's no place for racism in Hawaii. Racism does very well here, much like in the rest of the world.
on February 28,2013 | 04:10PM
Kapua91 wrote:
Don't believe her apology is sincere, lot of mumbo jumbo. Resignation will be the best recourse.
on February 28,2013 | 03:45PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Only apologizing cause it went public. We all know what this b.........h really is about! I wonder what she'll say if told no Haw. artist's work put up because none worthy were found (hey, only joking folks).
on February 28,2013 | 03:53PM
Papio001 wrote:
"Serve my people and the people of the State of Hawaii"?!?!?! Those people are now long gone.
on February 28,2013 | 04:03PM
Papakolea wrote:
"My office has already reached out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) to assist us in obtaining additional training for all of our staff." Why does her whole staff need training? Are they bigots too????
on February 28,2013 | 04:06PM
808davo wrote:
I thought that was hilarious! She makes racial slurs, and in her apology she says she is sending her STAFF to EEOC training??? She didn't say she is going. Unreal. So nice of her to offer up her staff for training, in response to her comments.
on February 28,2013 | 04:38PM
markat wrote:
Funny thing is, they said on the news that it was her office staff that picked out the art pieces to be installed in her office in the first place.
on February 28,2013 | 06:32PM
Yukio wrote:
Thank goodness someone had the courage and the integrity to call her out on her racist outbursts. She probably thought she could get away with it because she has political power now and could use threats and intimidation to bully the culture and arts staff people, who organization rely on her in part for funding. I agree that her so-called apology is lacking in sincerity. She writes: "who may have been offended..." She should have said: "I apologize for my offensive comments." Take responsibility. The way she (or her PR hack) wrote it, it sounds like her comments were not necessarily offensive but "may have been" taken that way. Using her logic, if someone were to say: "Rep. Hanohano is a racist idiot" -- an appropriate apology later would be to say sorry to her *if* she happened to be offended by those words.
on February 28,2013 | 04:14PM
blackmurano wrote:
Well the damaged has been done. I really don't think the Asians or Orientals as a whole will be less than forgiven. I had always thought this kind of racial slurs appears only on the mainland. But I was told racials slurs such as Japs, pake, flips, haoles still occurin Hawaii. When I attended Mckinley High in the early 60's, friends of mine from Farrington High use to tease us and call Mckinley Tokyo high because of the predominately Japanese American kids. The late Senator Daniel Inouye was called a "little Jap" by a person from the South in Congress. The arrogant or igrorant haole thought it was no big thing. He went on to say you can call me a little irish or something like that. But I still can't believe it's happening in Hawaii. .
on February 28,2013 | 04:14PM
tiki886 wrote:
Let's not forget City Councilman Rod Tam who apologized in 2008 for his use of the ethnic slur "w e t b a c k s" about illegal immigrants from Mexico working in Hawaii.

Tam said he first learned of the offending term through a 1950s musical, "Flower Drum Song," which is about two Chinese illegal immigrants. Rod Tam's racism comes from the "Flower Drum Song"?


on February 28,2013 | 04:16PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
any japs, haoles, pakes and parangees want to make some art? i know a big, fat, ugly hawaiian pig we can put lipstick on.
on February 28,2013 | 04:18PM
akuboatcaptain wrote:
oops my bad, i meant to say kanaka.
on February 28,2013 | 04:29PM
Fred01 wrote:
Kanaka is so derogatory!
on February 28,2013 | 08:19PM
kalaoa wrote:
so she is not sorry for her actions, but sorry if anyone felt offended; i.e. it is not my responsibility how they feel...not a real apology, is it. If it were the Court, wouldn't haven't cut the sentence.
on February 28,2013 | 04:56PM
pollocoyoco wrote:
Dear Ms. Hanohano, Could you let me know what a Parange is so I can know whether to be offended?
on February 28,2013 | 05:07PM
nitpikker wrote:
souki, you gotta do your job and get rid of hanohano. or her smell with stay with you!!
on February 28,2013 | 05:10PM
heres2u wrote:
I'm a Jap She's a moke.
on February 28,2013 | 05:13PM
Hilofrank wrote:
Come on, that's an apology? Hardly. Who really wrote it. I can understand the slang use of "Pakes" and "Haoles" but anyone who in 2013 uses the "J" word, is clearly racist and offensive and there is no one who isn't offended by its use.
on February 28,2013 | 05:20PM
usahwn wrote:
No cheap apologies needed . Waiting for letter of resignation to save face .
on February 28,2013 | 05:20PM
blackmurano wrote:
The damaged is done. Senator Hanohano who offended those with her racial rant maybe unforgiven to some. So it's best that she removed herself and resign. But there is another concern: Seantor Hanohano is a Native Hawaiian, full racial slurs could be the pulse of all full blooded hawaiian as well as part hawaiians. I say this because, Hawaii has really changed since Statehood in 1959. Most of our traditions that I grew up with, is gone. We once talked about locally there is the "Aloha Spirit." I was born and raised here, and I do not have an ounce of Hawaiian blood but I am filled with the Aloha Spirit. Most locals with the Aloha spirit have moved to California where there is little Hawaiian communities there. So as we lose these local people, many mainlanders, those in the Pacific islands, and immigrants from Asia has filled that vaccum. Today, this is not the Hawaii I use to know. I'm not defending Senator Hanohano, but I feel for her that in my opinion we are loosing the Hawaiian cultural.
on February 28,2013 | 05:20PM
jussayin wrote:
She should resign. " ... any work done by Haoles, Japs, Paranges, Pakes, you can just take away right now." Ugly.
on February 28,2013 | 05:28PM
djmlim wrote:
Easy to apologize after the fact. Mean what you say and say what you mean. This unfortunate incident by a State Representative needs more than an apology. The constituents of Faye Hanohano should question her integrity, motives and honesty being their representative. Seems as though she represents the Hawaiian's and then the other people whom ever they are.
on February 28,2013 | 05:30PM
Anonymous wrote:
Apology not necessary. She opened a window to her soul, apology is not going to close it.
on February 28,2013 | 05:35PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
Whoa Diver Dave, I don't know who is the bigger racist, you or Rep. Hanohano.
on February 28,2013 | 05:39PM
tim5fl wrote:
What a simple bigoted racist,she wasn't at all sincere in her "apology". She has lost all credibility:RESIGN!!!!
on February 28,2013 | 06:05PM
pandadaddy wrote:
"serve my people and the people of the state of Hawaii" to the best of her ability and with integrity." Except haoles, japs, pakes and whatever the 4th one was.
on February 28,2013 | 06:16PM
Benibiker wrote:
Back in the mainland she would have to step down from her office. In Hawaii... Well, this is Hawaii, what do you expect...
on February 28,2013 | 06:16PM
honokai wrote:
She only apologized to those that may have been offended. So if you weren't offended you got no apology. I actually wasn't offended at the time. I just found this lady to be a complete idiot. But now I am offended. Because she didn't include me and future people that will come into this trash in the future with the apology. Only unqualified apologies are sincere. This is not a sincere apology.
on February 28,2013 | 06:28PM
Skyler wrote:
Let's see... she threatened not to fund the State Foundation for Culture and the Arts... she did the "J, H, C, and P(F?)" thing - then said she was sorry if anyone was offended by her statements.... and said she'd try to 'rebuild & improve' SFCA's relationship.... OH and haha! she's 'reaching out' to make sure no one in her office ever tips off the media again.... I mean, that it never happens again. It's not your office - it's YOU that needs to get a clue.
Hope 'your people' and the people of Hawaii dump your prejudice o self next election, if not sooner.
By the way, lucky my cousins live Kauai or they'd be having a serious discussion with you about now. Being part Hawaiian & part some of your chosen 'hated few,' they're not amused.... and neither are the majority of the people who heard your slam & then your fake 'sorry.'
on February 28,2013 | 06:29PM
2Good2BTrue wrote:
She should be censured and removed as Chair of the Ocean, Marine Resources and HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS committee. Her "half-apology" for her remarks, lacks integrity and genuine remorse. As an officer of the Hawaii State House of Representatives she has damaged her standing as a chair for all people who come before her commitee. No aloha. No shame. No standing as a role model among Native Hawaiian leaders. And her statement about reaching out to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commitssion for additional training "for all of our staff": how about her? What is alarming about the "slap on the wrist" she has received so far in the time when we have an African-American President, born and raised in Hawaii who has become a symbol of diversity and acceptance is that she can get away with a "half apology". Where are comments from the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, and public employee unions who are to stand up against those in power who bully and intimidate those who truly serve the people of Hawaii? Auwe!
on February 28,2013 | 07:25PM
tiki886 wrote:
She would never had said, "JAP" if Sen Inouye was still alive!
on February 28,2013 | 07:26PM
tiki886 wrote:
She would never had said the word, "J A P" if Sen Inouye was still alive!
on February 28,2013 | 07:27PM
64hoo wrote:
commenters just drop it already hanohano already apologized its all over already.
on February 28,2013 | 07:30PM
Fred01 wrote:
Nobody should stop until she is banished from these islands!
on February 28,2013 | 08:18PM
Fred01 wrote:
And actually, no. She was far to immature and bigoted to apologize. She only apologized that people were offended, then went on to spew even more racism in her "apology" letter. Enough is enough!
on February 28,2013 | 08:35PM
Haole wrote:
Where/when? Did we just read the same thing? I see no apology and I PRAY it isn't over until the artwork hangs in an empty office. Unreal.
on February 28,2013 | 08:50PM
hilofokes wrote:
Sorry. Have to agree with all who recognize the very hollow nature of the hater's "apology." Her "apology" is total BS that makes no sense. It's one thing to think the hateful way she does. It's another to actually say it. And - strike three! - yet another to offer such a lame apology, expecting that her flowery language will be mistaken for a heartfelt or meaningful statement. Individuals who serve in leadership positions should be educated, yes. Informed, yes. Where does ACCOUNTABLE enter into the discussion? I'm guessing that her entire staff appreciates her throwing them under the bus for needing additional training, because of her behavior. Hater Hanahano should resign or be removed from office. That is the simplest way to make sure that there is at least one fewer hater in the State Legislature who would think and communicate in this unacceptable way.
on February 28,2013 | 08:31PM
JohnD2 wrote:
Not much of an apology. She makes racist remarks and then "apologizes" by repeating her rank without the bigotry. She should resign or be expelled.
on February 28,2013 | 08:40PM
tobyclairmont wrote:
Low class, very low.
on February 28,2013 | 08:44PM
hikine wrote:
Seems more like a generated form letter from the House of Reps. I don't see her signature anywhere! Who are they trying to kid?!
on February 28,2013 | 08:51PM
Anonymous wrote:
She is only spreading the shame amongst her staff. Auwe.
on February 28,2013 | 09:40PM
Papakolea wrote:
Interesting that another "Breaking News" article tells about the first Asian to head a major American film studio. I bet Faye is thinking: "Not bad for a Jap".
on February 28,2013 | 09:45PM
aquadeb wrote:
As they say it's NOT "I didn't MEAN 2 say it rather I didn't mean 4 U 2 HEAR IT". Apology NOT accepted!! To have a "public figure" openly say RACIST remarks what kind of an example is she setting!! It's no wonder us Hau'oli's R despised so much with that kind of an example!! I say STEP DOWN immediately AND as a parting gift give her ALL the artwork displayed on walls that she so "openly" found distasteful!! Shameful!! IF they don't kick her out WHAT kind of an example is that for the children & all Hawaii residents NO mattah what "color" yur skin is!! Wud said!!
on February 28,2013 | 09:56PM
Anonymous wrote:
Those hateful offensive words came directly from her heart.
on February 28,2013 | 10:41PM
CloudForest wrote:
The truth is like gravity - it will not be denied. Two most racist groups I've ever met; Militant Blacks and Militant Hawaiians.
on February 28,2013 | 11:42PM
RichardFassler wrote:
The Samoan word for Caucasian is "palagi." Like most racists, Rep. Hanohano appears to be ignorant. It is especially important that the people that she represents on the Big Island make some kind of move to immediately remove her from office. If not, other citizens of our state will assume that she speaks for them. House leadership also needs to severely punish her, by taking away her Committee Chairmanship, for example. Otherwise, residents will assume that they are "OK" with her racist comments. Most certainly, she should be voted out of office. Ideally, she should resign; however, I don't believe she has the character to do this. In short, we, as citizens of a state much admired for its racial tolerance, should not allow her to get away with only an apology that does not appear to be heartfelt; otherwise we are all guilty of racism. If a member of Congress were to use the "N" word, and we all stood by, what would that say of us as a nation?
on March 1,2013 | 12:50AM
bkawano wrote:
I don't even think that kind of stuff. Totally Crazy.
on March 2,2013 | 04:18PM
Russkar wrote:
Outrageous behavior deserves immediate dismissal ...
on March 3,2013 | 01:36PM
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