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The Kamahameha Schools: a Private Charitable Trust Being Nationalized by the Ninth Circuit
The Bishop Estate has assets of around $10 billion, and is one of the richest private charities in the world.It is also the largest private property owner in the state of Hawai’i.The sole beneficiary of this immense trust, created in 1884 by the will of Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the great-granddaughter of King Kamehameha, is the Kamehameha Schools www.ksbe.edu/.In her will, Princess Pauahi created the trust, "to erect and maintain in the Hawaiian Islands two schools, one for boys and one for girls, to be called the Kamehameha Schools."
Last August, a panel of the notorious Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decreed that the Schools practiced unfair discrimination, citing “segregation academies” in Old Dixie.
Peter Brown in RealClearPolitics wrote:
For 118 years, the Kamehameha Schools have limited enrollment to those with native-Hawaiian blood. Its highly regarded K-12 schools are funded by an almost $7 billion trust left by 19th century Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.
Supporters claim that because no tax money is involved discrimination is permissible, although federal courts decades long ago dismissed that same argument in Dixie by segregation academies.
Enrollment is offered to all "qualified" native-Hawaiians. If spaces there left over, members of other races may be considered. But only a handful of the 5,400 students on the school's three campuses are not of native Hawaiian descent.
School officials say a history of unfair treatment of native Hawaiians justifies the policy. The Supreme Court has allowed racial preferences to compensate for past discrimination in limited cases.
A three-judge panel of the Ninth U.S. Court of Appeals last August said the schools' policy does not meet that criterion. The decision triggered a massive protest demonstration by native Hawaiians.
The full 15-judge Ninth Circuit in June heard an appeal. Regardless of the verdict, the case seems destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gwynnie fails to see the problem.The schools were created by a private individual long before Hawai’i became a state and continue to be privately supported.Why can’t her wishes be sustained?For the same reason that Catholic seminaries can restrict admission to Catholics, a Hawaiian should be able to fund the education of Hawaiians.The purpose of a private school is to restrict admissions to those they select, and Gwynnie asks who is harmed by the policy of the Kamehameha Schools?
In Old Dixie, the “segregation academies” were designed to further a system – a culture - of discrimination against NegroesAfro-Americansblackspersons-of-color one single minority.However, in Hawai’i. there is no discrimination of persons with native Hawaiian blood against whites, or Asians, or anybody else.What we are seeing here is pure envy – from people, many with greater financial or intellectual resources than some of the native Hawaiians, seeking to replace those Hawaiians with their own children and tap a private charitable trust’s resources for that selfish purpose. It is just plain wrong.
The Bishop Trust itself, however, is another matter.The governor of the state nominates the five trustees who are confirmed by the state supreme court justices (also appointed by the governor), and trusteeship has become one of the greatest political plums ever for the Democrats, who have ruled Hawai’i for over 40 years, as the trustees receive a salary of $800,000 per year.
“There were scandals involving trustees' unlucky personal investments being bailed out by later investments by the trust; and scandals involving the personal lives of some trustees. The percentage of the trust's income actually being spent on the school's educational programs was very low, with most income going to the investment portfolio. Influential people published essays exposing the corruption and political chicanery. Bishop Estate was looking like a for-profit private partnership filled with graft and corruption.” http://www.angelfire.com/hi2/hawaiiansovereignty/kamintro.html
In 1997, an investigation was conducted by the state attorney general and also by the IRS, and by December, 1999, all five of the Bishop Estate Trustees had either resigned or were permanently removed by court order.
New temporary trustees were appointed, the management style was changed, a new CEO was hired, and things appear to be improving. However, In April 2001 the Honolulu Star-Bulletin ran a series of articles updating the history of corruption in the relations between the trust:
“Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate ran a potent lobbying and political action network, according to files of the late Namlyn Snow. The Star-Bulletin previously reported that the estate's former trustees secretly funneled tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions to dozens of isle lawmakers, lobbied Congress and the White House to preserve their hefty paychecks, conducted polls in the districts of legislators friendly to the trust's interests and played a role in the controversial 1999 confirmation defeat of Attorney General Margery Bronster.” http://www.starbulletin.com/2001/04/02/news/story2.html