The inquisitive reader can challenge this author, “Who are you, a Caucasian not living in Hawai’i now, not born there, to write
such a book and presume to speak for the people of Hawai’i?” My reply is as follows: My work is intended to amplify the voices of people in Hawai’i who are
already eloquesntly speaking up. I am acting in the role of a promoter of the excellent research and commentary already done. However, I will not avoid asserting my own
perspective throughout the work. I have attempted to assemble this information in a manner that I trust will be readily understood by people outside Hawai’i. Full
credit must go to those steadfast activists and scholarly pioneers in Hawai’i.
Just as some people are highly sensitive to light, shape and color and become artists, while others are unusually sensitive to sound and
become musicians, I am unusually sensitive to justice, and I became a political activist. This is what I do, because unless I do act, I am in a state of discontent because
I am not doing my part on behalf of justice and truth. Simple as that.
I lived in Hawai’i for 36 years, from 1965 well into 2001, and anticipate a return. . . .