In 1959, Hawai’i became the 50th State in the United States of America. A Constitutional Republic that welcomed the Land of Aloha into the Greatest Country in the world. The great experiment that started 242 years ago. It was, and still is, the the greatest historical event in the history of Hawai’i.
Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana’ole, introduced bills for Hawaiian statehood as early as 1919. At that time, Hawai’i was a US Territory, and Prince Kuhio was a non-voting delegate representing Hawai’i in Congress. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation making Hawaii the 50th state in 1959. Many Hawaiians embrace being American Citizens, as do I.
The Hawaiian culture includes the native Kanaka Maoli, but also other cultures around the world: Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Russian, Dutch, Scottish, English, Samoan, Micronesian, and others. Many were in the Monarchy of the Hawaiian Kingdom under King Kamehameha. There are generations of families that have worked the land, farmed, built the cities, run the government, and what they all have in common is the Aloha Spirit.
Of course, nothing is idyllic and perfect. Hawai’i does have its problems. Our government is a single party system. Mostly leftist democrat socialists that have turned the State into a huge welfare state. A homeless problem that is growing. Cost of living prevents low income families from affordable homes. A crushing tax burden. Dominate Unions that drive legislators by campaign money. Corruption that spawns from an unbalanced, and unfair, electoral system that draws less than 50% voter participation. Why? Because many people believe they no longer have a voice in their government.
Unfortunately, this is the reality of paradise. Leftist transplants have changed the political landscape since the 1960’s. These are the hippies, and socialists, that eventually entered public office. They campaigned on socialist programs such as government welfare, subsidizing housing, free healthcare, and taxing the rich, as the method to pay for it all. It’s very sad, but we are doing what we can to bring fiscal sanity and responsible government.
This could be the new seal of the State of Hawai’i, but I’m being too critical. I love living here despite the problems we have. I’ve lived in far worse places in my life, so I don’t want to disparage the one place where I live, and love. The greater good far outweighs the bad.
Friday, August 17th, 2018 : Is Admissions Day. A special day where spontaneous Hula will break out. Celebrations will take place. People will rejoice in being Americans. I will enjoy living in the United States, in Hawai’i, and being positive of the future. The United States is our ‘Ohana, our family, and our ho’oaloha (friends). We are unique in so many ways.
Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka ‘Aina I Ka Pono