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Kam Schools non-Hawaiian student Kalani Rosell to be subject of book, movie
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ATLANTA, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The world's largest and wealthiest private school system, Hawaii's Kamehameha Schools, has admitted only the second non-native Hawaiian under its controversial admissions policy.

Articles this week in four international publications are first with breaking news about the admissions offer to a non-native Hawaiian, the first since the Kalani Rosell controversy of 2002. According to Education Letter, in its lead story titled "World's Wealthiest Private School Admitting Second Non-Hawaiian," Kamehameha Schools this month offered admission to a non-native Hawaiian under its Hawaiians first preference policy. The article can be viewed at The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition at >>> LINK.

Education Letter quotes a Kamehameha trustees letter saying,

"As with our regular admissions, we follow our admissions preference policy, inviting students of Native Hawaiian ancestry for each grade level first before inviting all others. This summer, we invited approximately 45 students from the wait pool to join our campus high school ohana [family]. One of them is not Hawaiian."

According to an Investment Weekly News story titled "Hawaii Financial Giant, Kamehameha Schools, Involved in Controversy Again," Kamehameha Schools, a former top shareholder at Goldman Sachs, is opening its campus doors to a non-Hawaiian for only the second time in more than fifty years.  The article can be viewed at The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition at >>> LINK.

Entertainment Newsweekly's lead story is "Memoir and Screenplay about Racism in Hawaii in Pre-Development." The publication is reporting that the memoir and movie are being written by award-winning journalist and media executive C.W. Henderson. Entertainment Newsweekly reports that the projects, now in pre-development, have a working title of "Yale is God," and that the title comes from the themes of the memoir and movie, which focus not only on racism, but also on religion, relationships, and redemption.  The article can be viewed at The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition at >>> LINK

The boy at the center of the memoir and movie, Kalani Rosell, was the first non-Hawaiian admitted to Kamehameha Schools, which has an endowment valued at $7.2 billion. Rosell was the first Caucasian admitted under the school's preference policy, also referred to as "Hawaiians first."

(Actually KS has admitted some non-Hawaiians in the past.)

The newsweekly Ivy League Week reports that Rosell is now a senior at Yale University. According to his mother, Maura Rosell of New Haven, Connecticut, and Wailuku, Maui, he was recently awarded a Yale Environmental Summer Research Fellowship, and he is a member of the prestigious Yale varsity lightweight men's rowing team. In addition to being an athlete and scholar, he is a well-known ballet dancer, currently with the New Haven Ballet. At Yale he is majoring in international studies and environmental studies.

Adam Liptak, the prominent New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, wrote a front page account in 2002 about Rosell and the Kamehameha controversy. The article can be viewed at The New York Times at >>> LINK.

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WSJ: Book, Movie; Memoir and Screenplay about Racism in Hawaii in Pre-Development

Maui News: Admissions vs. acceptance, It’s been an amazing experience, 'A sad day in Hawaiian history'

SB: http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/05/20/news/story02.html

RELATED: SPLC: Prejudice in Paradise, Hawaii Has a Racism Problem

Editor’s Note: If the progressives can convince whites to see themselves as another oppressed minority, then everybody could become dependent on the arbiters of political correctness for ‘racial justice’.  Is Hawaii once again being used as the launching pad for another worldwide progressive scheme?  

If so, here is a comical misfire:  Kauai Residents discuss meaning of 'ha`ole'—and get it wrong

And here is somebody who got race wrong in Hawaii 60 years ago: The Frank Marshall Davis Network in Hawaii

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