Posts Tagged ‘father damien’

He Hawaii au – Not enough (1)

June 20th, 2009

Father Damien came to Hawai’i on March 19, 1864. Knowing full well the dangers of leprosy, he still asked to be assigned to minister to the lepers on Molokai.

Father Damien arrived at Kalaupapa on May 10, 1873. For years he worked among the lepers, until he himself contracted the disease and died on April 15, 1889. By any measure, Father Damien was a Hawaiian hero.

But not according to the Akaka Bill. Since Father Damien was from Belgium, the Akaka Bill would not consider him “Hawaiian.” Despite all of his works, and all of his sacrifice for the most needy people of the Kingdom of Hawai’i, the Akaka Bill would tell Father Damien he could not be a part of the new “Hawaiian” Government.

He Hawai’i au; he mau Hawai’i kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.

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FOXNews.com – 19th Century Belgian Priest Who Aided Lepers in Hawaii to Become Saint

February 21st, 2009

FOXNews.com – 19th Century Belgian Priest Who Aided Lepers in Hawaii to Become Saint

According to the Akaka Bill, Saint Damien would not be Hawaiian enough to have equal rights in the new government, simply because of his bloodline.