Listening to this program was very interesting and informative. I, personally do not know in detail what is happening with the political status of the state of hawaii. I can understand it only from the recent perspective of this class and what I know and can relate to it, from what is happening with Guam’s political status. The answers to the questions below are from my personal perspective and is not to offend or discriminate on anyone. I will just be expressing my interpretation of the situation.
How do you think social workers should or should not participate in this discussion? Do you think NASW Hawai
i should come out in support of one particular position?
-Social Workers should 100% be a part of this process. They should however come from a neutral standpoint to help aid in the direction of the people of Hawai’i. I believe it is the duty of a Social Worker to facilitate the objective dissemination of information to aid in the process to self governance. I think NASW HawaiI Chapter should, if they are not already be a part of this process to educate the public on the future of Hawai`i.
What differences in language did you notice in the readings and in the video in regards to sovereignty, de-occupation, federal recognition, etc.?
-The reading was very informative, there was some terms and concepts that I had to research to better understand. The reading went back and forth on stances in how to address situations or dilemmas within the state of Hawai’i or the Kingdom of Hawaii. While the video presented itself with a panel of individuals that have different interpretations of the direction Hawai’i should go. I found this very interesting, considering Guam also is going through this dilemma.
While engulfed into this reading I started to jot down notes. These note stuck out to me because in the context of the use of the words native, blood criterion, blood quantum and plebiscite. All of these words separate people living and have lived in one place for a very long time. The direction of the island should, go in one direction as ONE PEOPLE, but I don’t really see it happening until there is unification.
I only say this because we have this problem back home in Guam. Our people are divided in the direction Guam should go, and there is a huge population that just don’t care. So when we do choose where Guam wants to go, everyone on the island; whether they chose that direction or not, has to deal with it.
I believe it is necessary for everyone that is affected (resides on the island) should be a part of the direction of the Island. This can be achieved through education and outreach.
How do you think you can and should participate in advocating around this issue? Have you previously participated in advocacy work around this issue?
-first off, as an advocate you need to know about the issues. Then all the issues that are revolving around it. I have been around issues like this on Guam. I have exposed myself to all political status parties to better understand the assortment of direction the island can head to. I have learned that people do want the best for the island. Yet, there are still people amongst them that have individual or political gain from these directions.
Where do you personally stand on the issue? Did the video and readings help clarify this?
-first off, this is my own opinion, I am not a resident, nor am I an indigenous person from the Hawa
iian islands. But I do believe that the people of Hawaii should have its own control and self governance. I do feel like there is a separation of people, and I believe that all people residing on the island are Hawaiians by virtue of calling Hawai`i home.
I have this perspective because I am a social worker and a indigenous CHamoru man. I support the people and the decision the people make for the greater good of the future as a COLLECTIVE.