Here’s a change of pace: a non-political ‘feel good’ story. As reported earlier this year, a passport impasse kept the Iroquois National Lacrosse team from this summer’s world championship in England. The team applied their un-used plane tickets to participate in the 20th Hawaii Invitational Tournament taking place this weekend in Honolulu.
The team was greeted with cultural ceremonies and gave back too, with a lacrosse clinic for students from Palolo valley’s Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‘o Anuenue, one of several Hawaiian immersion schools in Hawaii.
As Cindy Luis reports in this Honolulu Star-Advertiser article, the common challenge of defining and defending indigenous rights was meaningful to participants from both cultures.
“I am proud that they took a stand,” 10th-grader Lopaka Keli’ikoa-Kapolo’i said. “That’s what we should do as Hawaiians — stand for our culture, stand for our rights. It was good to see that they have gained recognition.”
Lacrosse isn’t well-known in Hawaii, but it’s gaining ground. Here’s more on this weekend’s tournament. Good luck and best wishes for all participants.
After living in the 50th state for close to 40 years, I still keep tabs on events there via the Internet. (That’s where I saw this story today, which prompted this post.) For all my life – and a good deal longer – the papers of record were The Honolulu Advertiser (founded 1856) and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (founded 1882).
So, what the heck is the Honolulu Star-Advertiser? Well, daily papers almost everywhere are struggling to stay alive. Canada-based Black Press purchased both papers and combined them into a single daily in June of 2010.