'His heart was open to the spirit of ...

'His heart was open to the spirit of aloha' - Hawaii News

There are 7 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Jul 12, 2009, titled 'His heart was open to the spirit of aloha' - Hawaii News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Father Damien De Veuster was a "persistently happy man," says a veteran teacher whose mission is to bring the 19th-century priest into perspective for 21st-century audiences.

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Right On

Kaneohe, HI

#1 Jul 12, 2009
From Kula, Maui, Hawaii to Rome, Italy and there working for 24 and a half years. Remarkable.

Piers evolving presentation on Damien portrays him as "a happy man, a holy man ... and a true Hawaiian."

A true Hawaiian.

"I don't want us to focus so much on Damien that we miss the point that he is only exemplifying what Jesus did for us a long time ago.

I don't want Damien to obscure the source from whence he got that grace."

That's it.

“Kokokahi -We are all one blood”

Since: Mar 08

Honolulu, HI

#2 Jul 12, 2009
Damien had as lot of aloha for the Hawaiians. Too bad the Akaka bill has no aloha for Damien.

Father Damien volunteered to live with and minister to victims of leprosy in Kalaupapa, Moloka'i, knowing he would catch the disease and die. He will be named a saint in Fall 2009. Nearly all those he helped were Hawaiian natives. Yet the Akaka Bill would refuse to recognize him as Hawaiian solely because of his race.

Audio
http://tinyurl.com/crw6tz

Video
http://tinyurl.com/agh386

“Kokokahi -We are all one blood”

Since: Mar 08

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jul 12, 2009
Right On wrote:
From Kula, Maui, Hawaii to Rome, Italy and there working for 24 and a half years. Remarkable.
Piers evolving presentation on Damien portrays him as "a happy man, a holy man ... and a true Hawaiian."
A true Hawaiian.
"I don't want us to focus so much on Damien that we miss the point that he is only exemplifying what Jesus did for us a long time ago.
I don't want Damien to obscure the source from whence he got that grace."
That's it.
Yes, indeed. Damien was a true Hawaiian. But not according to today's racial separatists whose Akaka bill is based solely on race and not heart or culture. See my earlier comment for an audio and video about Damien.
Right On

Kaneohe, HI

#4 Jul 12, 2009
I like alot, if not most, of your stuff, Ken Conklin. Straight forward, to the point.

Keep up the good work and mahalo for acknowledging our Father Damien who helped the poor, outcast native Hawaiians, many families, at Kalawao and Kalaupapa, and whose self-less service inspired so many here and around the world.
Blue Eyed White Devil

Ewa Beach, HI

#5 Jul 12, 2009
I concur, and an excellent article you wrote in the Hawaii Reporter Dr. Conklin.
mush

Honolulu, HI

#6 Jul 12, 2009
Let us remove that no good 50% racial quantification.
Catholic man

Waynesboro, GA

#7 Jul 14, 2009
He is a man to be admired, all of our religious have the opportunity to shape the lives of those who will follow them...even centuries later.

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