Oahu, the Gathering Place
As wave after wave of immigrants landed on the shores of our tiny island, we welcomed them like the Hawaiians of 1820 welcomed New England missionaries. Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Filipinos and more: Virtually all came seeking work and better lives for their families. Most recently, fleeing terrifying environmental conditions produced by American nuclear tests, Micronesians have been arriving in large numbers. All are equal in our eyes. All of worthy of second chances.
Now is a time to look around and appreciate how these many ethnicities have enriched our island, known as the Gathering Place. Now is a time to look around and appreciate how strangers from other lands have always enriched America as well.
Now is time to say “mahalo,” thank you, for the blessings that our circumstances have bestowed upon us … and to share them.