Aug 07 2009

Akaka Bill: Jere Krischel’s Ignorance and Contradictions Posted on the Internet For the World to See

Akaka Bill: Jere Krischel’s Ignorance and Contradictions Posted on the Internet for the World to See

Some people post some ignorant statements about Hawaiians. This time it’s Jere Krischel in the Hawai’i Reporter on August 6, 2009. This is a screen capture of it:

Posted by Jere Krischel

Posted by Jere Krischel

Seen at

Jere Krischel states in part:

“The most atrocious gloss, however, is the complete lack of mention of the multi-racial nature of the Kingdom of Hawaii, from its very inception. Kamehameha, along with a multi-racial coalition including his British son-in-law John Young, forged a unified Hawaiian Islands. The first constitution of the Kingdom of Hawaii in 1840 declared all people “of one blood”. By the time the 1893 Hawaiian Revolution ended the monarchy, Hawaii was more than half non-native Hawaiian, and for the past over 100 years of association with the United States, has been a veritable case study in how multi-racial communities live and work together under a unified identity.”

Then soon after contradicts himself:

“Hawaii is a place, not a race, and separating our people simply by bloodline is a violation of our civil rights, and a slap in the face to our kupuna whose wisdom helped create a society where all people were treated equally.”

Except Ko Hawai’i Pae Aina is a nation and its people are of a different nationality than Americans. In English we call it “Hawaiian.” Of course he tries to libel our kupuna by implying that Hawaiians who protect and defend their nation are treating others unequally. However the Hawaiian Kingdom is an inclusive nation. Its people are evidence of this with people of mixed ethnicities.

“He Hawaii au; he mau Hawaii kakou a pau. I am Hawaiian; we are all Hawaiians.”

In this part ignorance is evident. When someone says “He Hawai’i au” in Hawaiian they mean that they are Hawaiian as in “oiwi.” I find it amusing that he does not speak the Hawaiian language yet uses the Hawaiian language to co-opt the Hawaiian language in order to claim to be Hawaiian except it is illogical.

He does not recognize the Hawaiian people as being unique with a significantly different culture, tradition, and language yet he turns around and basically claims to be Hawaiian LOL

“Grassroot Institute member Jere Krischel is a volunteer historian and civil rights activist who has been discussing and studying the Akaka Bill and its historical basis online and in print since 2004. Born and raised in Hawaii, he attended Punahou and later graduated from the University of Southern California.”

In the footnote he claims to be a historian and a civil rights activist yet a historian would at least be somewhat accurate about history while a civil rights activist would fight for civil rights. However he is fighting to violate the civil rights of Hawaiians.

Here is a close up of the ignorant statements:

Posted by Jere Krischel

Posted by Jere Krischel

Seen here.

Of course as usual Jere Krischel and people like him resort to argumentatum ad hominem. Instead of discussing the issues they retort with personal attacks which of course shows weaknesses in their argument.

As a matter of fact one can see some of Jere Krischel‘s responses on April 2, 2006 here. In comment #17 this is what he stated about Queen Liliuokalani. Keep in mind that she was held prisoner by some men with emphasis mine in bold:

“Who cares if she felt intimidated? Her perception does not make for international law reality. If she had genuinely felt that she was being threatened by a nation with no military presence, let’s say Samoa, would that mean that it was a fact that Samoa was acting in a threatening manner?

Just because she felt threatened, does not mean that the U.S. peacekeepers were acting in a threatening manner.

And her surrender was an unqualified one. Her symbolic protest was a scheme concocted by her lawyer Neumann, in an effort to repeat the history that happened with the british.”

This is also where Jere Krischel contradicts himself when he states, “He Hawaii au.” Hawaiians love their queen. However Jere Krischel shows a disdain for her.

I think it’s great how some people like Jere Krischel can exercise their right to freedom of expression without government intervention, turn around and try to violate the rights of Hawaiians, AND contradict himself in the process.

What better place to do it?  On the Internet… for the world to see.


Lana Ululani Robbins