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Man fights to take license test in Hawaiian


Man fights to take license test in Hawaiian via @YahooNews – What do you think? #Hawaii

Russell Roberts‘s insight:

Although Hawaiian is recognized as one of the state’s official languages, there is no law mandating its use.  I can sympathize with this man if he wishes to draw attention to the injustices suffered by Native Hawaiians when the monarchy was overthrown back in 1893.  But, we live in the "real" world where, for good or ill, the monarchy and its institutions have been largely supplanted by English.  The reality is that English is the basic lingua franca used for nearly everything, from traffic signs to court proceedings in the state of Hawaii.  The monarchy is gone.  We must live in the present.  Seeking to restore the glories of the past is futile.  If this man wants to reinstate what once was, he should petition the state Legislature to change the laws governing the issuance of licenses.  That process shouldn’t be too difficult.  If this man thinks he faces language discrimintation in Hawaii, just let him visit non-English speaking Europe and Asia.  Eventhough English translations are common in many areas, I found a knowledge of Japanese, French, and German very helpful during my travels in the Air Force.  I think this man has made his point…now, get on with living in the 21st century.  Reality isn’t always just, right, and pleasant.  You adjust to reality or you die.  Yes, it’s that simple.  Aloha, Russ.

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Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amatuer (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

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