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Maui on my indignant mind by Dr. Patricio Abinales

Dr. Patricio N. Abinales teaches Asian Studies at the University of Hawai’i-Manoa. He currently wrote this opinion piece on Maui in which he reflects on his experience of moving to Hawai’i over 11 years ago due to family concerns, raising his American daughter while being aware of the island’s history and challenges.

He acknowledges the community’s resilience in the face of adversities such as the devastating Maui fires and the inadequate response from authorities. He also highlights the systemic issues in Hawai’i, including historical injustices, economic disparities, and failing infrastructure. He emphasizes the unity and determination of the Hawaiian people to rebuild and improve their community, while recognizing the role of temporary residents like himself as supporters rather than central figures in this struggle. The author draws parallels with the challenges faced by other marginalized communities, particularly his Moro friends in Mindanao.

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