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Know the West

A scourge of the mainland

  As the mother and grandmother of Hawaiian, Tongan and Samoan children, my heart breaks as I read these stories.

The Polynesians are loving and giving, and family is important to them. They come here to better their children, and find they have to work too many jobs to spend as much time with the children as they could in the Islands. The children make their own family among their cousins and friends, and often get into trouble.

If you had lived in the Islands, as I once did, you would see nothing like these gangs. It is a product of the mainland. How many strong, smart, beautiful young people must die before we find a solution?

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