American Experience
Hawai'ians Remember Hawai'ians Remember

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Grieving for Joe KahahawaiStories About the Massie CaseFear of the MilitaryPrejudice in the Haole CommunityThe Case's Impact on Hawai'iansAssessing the JuryCould It Happen Again?Racial TensionsA Threat to StatehoodInjustices Today

Haunani-Kay Trask (0:44)
Fear of the Military

When I was a senior, there were things in high school called military balls, which shows you the connection between high school education and the military. And we went to a military ball at one of the military restaurants or clubhouses. And my mother didn't want me to go. She didn't want me to go there even though it was opened for us, for the Kamehameha Schools to go and have our little -- because all the boys were R.O.T.C., four years, and we were what were called sponsors -- it was acting like you were a grown up. And she was afraid. She didn't want me to go because she said, once you get on the military base, they control everything. They can stop you. They can detain you. So we grew up being afraid of the military.

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