Pacific American News Journal
Mei-May 1996 Volume 2 Issue 5
Pacific Education Scholarship Foundation
By Sue Helenihi
San Deigo, CA
When first exposed to Charles J. Hoke, one would say,
"What a quiet , nice man. What a kind person - so peaceful
and friendly." All very true and more, but youve heard
of the sleeping volcano? Uncle Charlie is that also. He is the
worlds number one observer; most prolific reader - he has
read every printed word ever written; number one sports
fan; best kalua pig man in the whole Pacific realm; number one
teller of tales about the Marine Corps Korean, and Viet Nam Wars;
expert on politics and reading of political temperature on local,
state, and national front; a kanaka maoli whose heart dwells at
Maka`wao, Maui; and, a man my family and I love very much.
He served his community on so many projects, but we will tell
of only one here. Within the confines of the Pacific Education
Scholarship Foundation and with the help of the North County
school districts, he has established a program Pacific Islander
youngsters can take advantage of classes which will help improve
their chances of securing a higher score on their Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT). For many Pacific Islander kids, SATs
are a dismal failure - - they are absolutely not prepared for
them. A satisfactory SAT score is the accumulation and result of
twelve years of learning. It is a happy or sad proof of what one
has absorbed since kindergarten or first grade. There are after
school classes, which through concentrated effort and a somewhat
high cost, try to improve the students chances of attaining
a higher test score. That all important score may prove to be the
deciding factor on admittance to a college of ones choice,
or relegation to a less prestigious institution. Matriculation
for the majority of the Pacific Islander students is, sadly, a
missing part of their development into young adulthood
they are faced with failure before they start if that score
isnt high enough.
PESF and KMPs efforts and financial support, has helped
Charlie to arrange for ten students, at a nominal fee, to receive
four Saturdays of tutoring for this all important examination.
The following are the comments of Samu Lilio, a young Samoan
applicant for the SAT tutoring course last March 30, 1996.
Samus reply to our request telling us why education was so
important fell upon our complacency like a bucket of ice cold
water on a snowy day. It woke us up and made us take notice that
some of our young people are listening and are far ahead of some
of us as to why education is important. Among the important
reasons for acquiring a college education he names the usual:
economic, respect of and for others, self respect and spiritual
development (especially stressed), the development of intellect
through the gathering of knowledge, and advancement in the
marketplace. All are desirable and attainable results of an
education, but probably the most profound reasons lie within the
quote from this young man who is so positively directed toward an
education that he gave up a whole year of sports, including
football, to participate in the "Upward Bound" program.
He excelled throughout the program.
Samu said, "Once education is mastered, it must be used
to influence people in a positive way. Use its influence to
benefit cultures, educational institutions, churches, and
domestic institutions. One should give back to the community to
help further the educational needs. This is my reason for
furthering my education. I want to contribute to the
intellectuals of my Samoan race. Samoans have been known for
their physical attributes, my goal is to display our intellectual
attributes. I want to give back to my community to help my peers
avoid domestic/gang violence. The only way to achieve is to take
the path less taken by , my peers. A college education can help
me to better deal with my future."
For the future is here and now, lets not our generations
be left without direction.
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