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Hale Pai
Pacific American News Journal

Mei-May 1996 Volume 2 Issue 5

Options

Recently we have witnessed several important decisions made on behalf of our Pacific American communities. And in each case the decisions were reached quickly because no one offered any options, alternative choices or another way.
Too often we don't challenge in a thoughtful and consistent manner the premises upon which decisions are made before they are made, and we walk away having to live with the knowledge that we could have made a difference but we weren't an effective part of the process.

We Look forward to doing cultural things because they are exciting, enjoyable, and educational. And there aren't much of a need for options. Health care, education, business, leadership, and social policies are all our responsibility. We to be involved and offer options upon solutions other options until the answer we hear is the answer best for our Pacific American communities.

The Spirit of Laulima

On Saturday, April 13, 1996 a wonderful and almost unique event happened in the community of Ko`olau loa on the Windward side of Oahu.

It was the spirit of laulima(many hands working together) that brought together more than 450 community volunteers to
participate in traditional process that used to take place in preparation for a lu`au. These volunteers were among the many hundreds living in Ko`olau Loa (Wai`hole, Waikane, Hakipu`u, Ka`a`awa, Kahana, Punalu`u, Hau`ula, La`ie, Kahuku, and North Shore) who had been conducting community forums and public meetings to help them recapture their traditions, culture, and to take charge of the well being of their entire moku. The inspiration behind this renaissance came from the leadership of The Queen Emma Foundation and the Queen Lili`uokalni Trust. They provided the vision, a little help, asked the people to be accountable.

When leaders lead as servants, stand shoulder to shoulder with the people gathering the imu stones and catching `opae, and hold everyone to high standards we than are on the right path to being a sovereign people.

Well done!

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