November 21, 2007
Avian abuse escalating on campus By Mrs. Cate Waidyatilleka
Anyone who enjoys a pet bird can tell you each bird has a distinct personality! I have one who is demure, one who is rascally, and even one who is a show off calling herself “Pretty Bird” and whistling out for attention! I’ve seen bird personalities of all kinds, particularly since volunteering for the Wild Bird Rehab Haven (WBRH). As a volunteer for WBRH, I care for orphaned baby birds until they are self-feeding and can be released back into the wild. I am happy that more and more, students and teachers have been sending orphans my way for care. In the past month, I’ve had about a dozen little fellows brought to me (one as I was writing this article) in W-206 where I can put them on a heating pad, hydrate
and feed them. However, in this capacity, I’ve also become painfully more aware of random acts of violence against birds who share our campus. I’ve heard of at least four vicious acts against birds on campus in the past two years. Last year, a group of seventh grade boys threw a shoe at a nest of four babies, knocking the nest out of its tree. That in itself sealed the fate of those nestlings, but the boys took their act of violence a step further and killed two of the babies right then with the shoe. Sydney Tamashiro ‘12, a dedicated bird advocate and long-time volunteer for WBRH, had the courage to step in and rescue the remaining two. Sadly, the other two did not survive two days, even with attempted care. A couple of weeks ago, two ninth graders brought me another victim of violence. In an act of impulsivity, a classmate had thrown a toy at a dove. But what may have seemed harmless fun at the time caused in-
Sustainability relies on tourism By Frank Genco
It kills me every time I walk down the street and see a bumper sticker or overhear a conversation condemning toursim in Hawaii. God forbid we share the land a little and actually make a profit off of a sunset, or a walk on the beach. Hawaii is sustainable because of tourism. If it weren’t for those pasty white guys walking up and down Waikiki, we wouldn’t have much in the likes of business. Hawaii is, has been, and most likely will always be a state completely dependent on tourism. One can trace nearly every bussiness on these islands back to tourism. It is no wonder that tourism is what makes Hawaii sustainable. With out those millions of yen and saltwater-soaked dollars pouring into our economy, we might as well be the next Mississippi. Let’s face it: if Hawaii was not the natural phenomenon that it is, what would it have? If I decide to come back to Hawaii after college, I want to see our
economy flourishing around what it has been good at for years. I want to see hundreds of people employed, bringing in steady paychecks, able to support themselves and their families. Tourism is an exchange; the pasty white guys aren’t the only ones that get something out of it. It brings jobs, and along with them, opportunities for further success. Tourism provides residents of Hawaii with increased means, and ultimately, a bigger upper middle class, and better living conditions. Better living conditions could lead to reduced crime, especially with regards to our drug problems, and a cleaner, more efficient Hawaii. So the next time you see a tourist walking around in their “flip-flops” or an excruciatingly tight bathing suit, sucked into the gooey mass of their body, thank them. Thank them for the money they are pouring into our eonomy, the thousands upon thousands of jobs their spending creates, and the vactations that one day, the residents of Hawaii may be able to take. Frank Genco serves on the Honolulu Advertiser’s Teen Editorial Board.
Oops! Corrections Imua ‘Iolani would like to apologize for several photo errors in last month’s issue. Michelle Huang took the photo of the Lakers exiting the gym on page 5. She also took the photo of Mr. Duval on page 9. The photo of the flower on page 7 was taken by Nash Witten. Mrs. Cathy Lee Chong took the photo of Mr. Motter’s AfricanAmerican History class with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on page 1. The photos of the seventh grade officers on page 11 were taken by Chaz Silva.
A victimized bird lays dead.
Photo Courtesy of Mrs. Cate Waidyatilleka
ternal injuries to the bird. The two girls found the bird limping away, dragging its wing. They brought it to me where it spent the last hour of its life suffering. If you saw that bird die yourself, you too would feel outraged. I don’t think the perpetrators of the violence were anything worse than thought-
less. They aren’t terrible people, but they acted without thinking. We need to think before we act. Let’s be aware of the fact that we share this campus. In fact, while we go home after school, the campus IS home to our birds. Birds are cool; please be cool to birds.
The ‘Iolani Ethicist Should I tell my teacher if she has a piece of spinach stuck in her teeth? This question is difficult in two ways. First, the broad issue: overcoming your understandable reluctance to embarrass anyone by pointing out a faux pas. Second is the stickier point: because you might feel uncomfortable helping out a teacher who seems to operate in a higher sphere than yours, or whom you may not even like, you must decide to help her out despite who she is. However, the answer is simple. Yes! Would you rather be told nicely by one of your students, or find out after the lecture? I personally would choose the first scenario. Although it may seem easier not to say anything, it’s a simple good deed that could save his or her day! I’d consider it a kindness and a friendly gesture to be informed of snagged spinach. However, therein lies the problem. Friendly gestures toward teachers seem a bit intimate, and students may not be comfortable making them. The key is to deliver the message in a neutral, gentle manner and as privately as possible. Try putting yourself in your teacher’s position. Remember that everyone makes the same mistakes at some point. If you are worried about embarrassing your teacher, (say, for example, you notice it ten minutes into the lecture), rather than raising your hand and announcing it bluntly to the whole class, try letting her know inconspicuously by making eye contact and pointing at your teeth. If she doesn’t get the clue, and you have to verbally say it, tell her casually and don’t make a big deal out of it. The sooner she’s aware, the better. If you’ve addressed it politely, your teacher will more than likely appreciate your thoughtfulness and consideration. Similarly, stick up for other people who are in the same scenario, whether they are good friends, classmates, or strangers and whether the incidents involve spinach or an unzipped fly. Sometimes a little embarrassment is unavoidable. However, you could be saving another person from an even bigger embarrassment later on in his or her day. Bottom line: treat your teachers humanely because they are just human, and always remember that all humans are worthy of a little basic kindness. The ‘Iolani Ethicist is an Imua feature from the Character Education Committee.
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Published on Nov 21, 2007