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About Old Hawaii

August 12, 1990

Your story, "Hawaii, My Old Friend" by Jerry Hulse on July 15 about the old Hawaii in Holualoa was a pleasant read and brought back many warm memories. It's also nice to read about places and life in Hawaii that tourists rarely see or even know about.

I wish, however, that the true old Hawaii had been equally deserving of your attentions. Old Hawaii hardly began with the plantations. It was there before the missionaries, it was there before Capt. James Cook and it is still there now.

There was not one mention in your article of a Hawaii person. They, the Hawaiians, are a native people, indigenous to the islands. It is their home we visit. Yet we ignore them, treating Hawaii as our own vacation reserve.

MARTHA NOYES

Los Angeles

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