Should Kamehameha Schools admit people of other races?debate

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

If you're looking for both sides in the debate, here goes:

For the idea that they shouldn't:

Kamehameha Schools was founded by Bernice Pauahi Bishop's estate specifically for the purpose of educating native Hawaiians.  This bequest should be honored and the tradition of Kamehameha as a Hawaiian-only school should be preserved.  Legally speaking, Hawaiians have been discriminated against since the US takeover in the 1890s and should be allowed to have race-specific remedies for that.

For the idea that they should:

Bishop's will shouldn't be applied any more than some white racist's wish to leave all his money to a school that would only allow white students.  Also, the 1/64 rule makes it so that a lot of the students going to Kamehameha are barely Hawaiian at all in terms of blood (Looking around, I may be wrong about whether this rule really exists.  It's not specified anywhere that I can find.  My memory is that this was the rule back in the '80s when I was in HS.  And I stand by the main point that there are a lot of students who don't look Hawaiian.)  Legally speaking, the discrimination against Hawaiians has been pretty far in the past and therefore does not warrant a race specific remedy today.