Don’t stand in the way of progress

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Long ago, the American missionaries clothed the semi-nude Hawaiian women in this type of garment, called a muumuu.  I bought this muumuu at the T&L Muumuu Factory in Honolulu last year.


It’s because of the American missionaries that the native Hawaiians can read and write.  Otherwise, the Hawaiians would still be transmitting their history via speech.  There would be no public libraries in Hawaii.  No pens, pencils, or paper.  No street signs.  No computers.  Nothing requiring reading and writing.

It’s because of the Americans that Hawaiians have churches made of concrete instead of a bunch of rocks.

It’s because of the Americans that the Hawaiian monarchy lived in a grand palace instead of a grass hut.

Hence, it’s wonderful that scientists want to build a new telescope on Mauna Kea, where astronomers from around the world will peer into the universe.  I see nothing wrong with that.  Hopefully, the State Supreme Court will rule in favor of the telescope, and the whole world will profit from it.  We don’t need a group of Hawaiians arguing that the telescope will desecrate Mauna Kea.

It’s fine to view the past with nostalgia, but why is it so bad to improve and make life better for all of us?  The more knowledge and education we attain, the better.

Let’s not stand in the way of progress.

5 Responses to “Don’t stand in the way of progress”

  1. David Says:

    I agree with you 100 percent!

  2. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    The history of old Hawaii, especially when its last queen was incarcerated, is so sad. It was not to make it better for its people, but for the businessmen to have their way, with the backing of the US military.

    I agree that the telescope would be good progress, but differ in my take on how much Americans did for the Hawaiians. They feel wronged, and so they lash out in ways that get them nowhere.

    However sad the overthrow of the Hawaiian government was, if it had to be any country in the world, I am glad it was the USA – or I probably wouldn’t be here, in Paradise.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I would rather live in a democracy than a monarchy. Three branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial) are better than a king or queen who acts like a dictator.

  3. Joanne Noragon Says:

    I think if nothing sacred to the old Hawaiian is being displaced, build the observatory.

  4. Christine Says:

    wow hope the issue is resolved to the their satisfaction in the best way possible.

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