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COVID-19 surge pummels Hawaii and its native population

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By JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER

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Like many Native Hawaiians, she was not vaccinated against COVID-19.

So, maybe they should get the shot?

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“Having to choose one or the other is the root of trauma for native people,” she said. “You can shout data at the top of your lungs, but if it has nothing to do with people we know, it’s not real.”

Great point.

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Just reading all the excuses makes me tired. What a confused place.

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and yet we were told that the unvaccinated consisted of the supporters of a certain political party only.

but now we find in reality there are many BIPOC people who either cant or wont have a vaccination.

Narrative change, straight ahead.

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Blacklabel, Native Hawaiians, like African Americans have reason to be leery of vaccines. Data shows clearly who is vaccinated and who is not.

Vaccines are a viable alternative for those that want it. For those that don't, there are many proven therapeutics, like monoclonal antibodies.

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and yet we were told that the unvaccinated consisted of the supporters of a certain political party only.

I agree! Why, just the other day, someone on this site, of the Republican or similar persuasion, described the 4,000 or so people who booked tickets to a series of concerts for Vaccinated Only people as "liberals". All 4,000 of them, liberals, no more evidence needed. Obviously that commenter, whoever it was, seeds choosing to be vaccinated as a political act indulged in only by left of centre people. Unbelievable, huh?

Narrative change, straight ahead.

Well, I certainly hope so.

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Overall, 62.1% of Hawaii is fully vaccinated. But Hawaiians have among the lowest rates; estimates show it’s at about 40%.

People who are citizens of Hawaii are Hawaiians. The distinction between native Hawaiian residents and Hawaiians in general is not well made here. Native Hawaiians are defiant of the non native Hawaiians in the state and have made a conscious choice to do so. In the context of the pandemic the failure to heed information provided by health experts is a failure to take personal responsibility by a group of people who are disproportionately, but not exclusively, native Hawaiians.

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The distinction between native Hawaiian residents and Hawaiians in general is not well made here.

Native Hawaiians are indigenous to the islands, the first settlers there. I lived in Hawaii one summer and it is quite clear that it is a unique situation somewhat like the Native American Indians, but the Native Hawaiians seem to be better off in that the Queen was granted a large amount of land which they still have and Mark Zuckerberg can't buy it up.

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This Delta variant is an entirely different beast than Covid 2020.

Get vaccinated before it's too late.

Remember: Over 99% of the deaths in the U.S. now from Covid are among those unvaccinated.

What are these unvaccinated people waiting for? The tooth fairy?

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“As Hawaiians, we haven't been treated fairly with the U.S. government,” he said. “They stole our land and now they're stealing our bodies.”

I get tired of hearing this old tired excuse for almost everything over there. When surfing with my Hawaiian friends in Hawaii, I'd get locals dropping into (catching) waves that I was already on or throwing a bad attitude here and there because "It's our island and you stole it from us, so you have nothing to say about," attitude and mentality. I never act that way at my home breaks in the US or Japan.

The native Hawaiians have just as much access to information as the whites, Asians, etc. esp. due to the Internet which they all have access to. If they're not getting vaccinated, it's through their own volition, not due to a lack of info.

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My family which come from there really want to see me. Can't wait to get back. Aloha

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Paradise lost.

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I agree pro choice. Also, I agree in pro-choice for doctors who choose not to treat unvaccinated people. It is a two way street, as there is no excuse for not being vaccinated, unlike here in Japan.

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Distrust of the US government seems a constant refrain for some folks, I did a couple of quick searches on US government financial assistance to individuals, apparently their is still some trust left in the government....

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“They stole our land and now they're stealing our bodies.”

Just get vaccinated so you are less like to die or infect your neighbors. Nobody wants your bodies. You keep them.

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I did a couple of quick searches on US government financial assistance to individuals, apparently their is still some trust left in the government....

So they “trust” the US government to give them money someone else earned? You are confusing trust with other concepts such as sloth, envy, selfishness and greed.

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As this article shows, vaccine skepticism is high among minority populations in the US. It’s not a “right-wing” phenomenon as some commentators try to claim. It’s a human thing.

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Must watch to get the best vaccine for saving your family

https://youtu.be/uc8eoeURBXc

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“Having to choose one or the other is the root of trauma for native people,” she said

Why would this be traumatic?

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 I did none of these things because of the virus. I put on some celebratory music and cranked it up up up up UP, starting with that classic Kool and The Gang song, shaking the place down.

you choose to admit this on what was the deadliest day for the american military in a decade? in the middle of one of the most humiliating executions of no exit strategy by a country since the fall of saigon?

really keeping your fingers on the pulse there...

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We (Americans) love Hawaii and Hawaiians. Please get the vaccines for your heath.

We can't wait to visit again, when things are better there and 90% of the state is vaccinated. We need to feel the aloha spirit again. YOU help the country recharge, but please take care of yourselves by getting vaccinated.

The terrible things done to native peoples in the past won't happen these days - or if they do, we all need to know and fix it.

I has some distrust for the USGovt too. I think most Americans do. That is part of our culture - to be forever vigilant is a requirement for all democracies. The hard part is to know when to distrust and when not.

When it comes to vaccination, there are a few groups who might not want to be vaccinated for valid health concerns. Everyone over 50 who doesn't have allergies to other vaccines should get vaccinated. That's an easy answer. Most men over 12 should get vaccinated. Any damaged sperm won't make the swim and there aren't many good reasons not to be vaccinated for men.

Women who plan to get pregnant in the next 5 yrs, who are currently pregnant or who are breast feeding may want to delay vaccination. Transplant patient and others with health complications should always talk with their team of experts on decisions like this.

My niece decided to get vaccinated last March, though she was pregnant. Baby is due in a few weeks! We are excited for her. There isn't 1 clear answer for all women.

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theFuToday  01:39 am JST

We (Americans) love Hawaii and Hawaiians. Please get the vaccines for your heath.

We can't wait to visit again, when things are better there and 90% of the state is vaccinated. We need to feel the aloha spirit again. YOU help the country recharge, but please take care of yourselves by getting vaccinated.

The terrible things done to native peoples in the past won't happen these days - or if they do, we all need to know and fix it.

This is no time for ethnic bitterness. We can't change the past but we can learn from it. Look at last year. Covid is the #1 problem, period. Scientists all over the world have been working like dogs to find and make a vaccine and to tend to the ones who get sick.

Hawaii is one of the few US states I have not been to yet and I want to visit it someday. Hawaii and the uniqueness of the people there and their culture is part of what America truly GREAT. One of my cousins and his wife honeymooned there, they love it!

A few years ago I had the pleasure of seeing and meeting the Uke King Jake Shimakukaro. He's another Hawaiian treasure in himself. For his sake, for your sake, for our sake, for God's sake - get vaccinated. We want to come to Hawaii and experience all the thrills again - but we want everybody to be SAFE about it.

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I hope the pandemic situation in Hawaii improves soon. I lived there almost 5 years and studied ethnobotany and polynesian traditional medicine making before moving to Japan.

In response to the discussion concerning native hawaiians i would like to say in a "respectful manner" if possible ,that during my time in Hawaii i was informed on many occasions from tahitian islanders and micronesian islanders that the people that call themselves Hawaiian natives are actually Pacific islanders aboriginal people that migrated to the Hawaiian islands and that there was people living in Hawaii before they arrived .

The earlier inhabitants of the now called Hawaiian islands were the civilization called MU that were well known for their stonework trapazoid platform type structures.

The term native Hawaiian is a sensitive issue because it more accurately describes an ongoing territorial dispute issue where the land was stolen from them.

In all due respect the Hawaiian islanders are a special and unique people that have become endemic to the Hawaiian islands but they are in actual fact aborigines and not natives because they migrated to those islands and are therefore not indigenous.

Not as far as the English language and scientific community is concerned anyway.

No disrespect is intended towards the Hawaiian people in my comment and if they want to call themselves native then it's their choice .

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theFu-

By the way you and the Hawaiians are USA citizens not Americans as there are 35 countries in or on the continent of America.

No disrespect is intended towards you or hawaiians in my comments.

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By the way you and the Hawaiians are USA citizens not Americans as there are 35 countries in or on the continent of America.

I used to think that too, but only 1 nation in the "Americas", actually has "America" in the name.

No disrespect taken and your other post above makes some good points as well.

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