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I wish we could have avoided a censure situation and had the time to develop a conversation with the production company to have the issue given some deeper thought. Cultural sensitivity, particularly the use of our native/home language is a pretty raw subject which may not be well understood by a "mainland" production. The issues of our history and colonization are often deemed to have been swept under a rug, or are not very comfortably addressed by some folks. A disrespect for the native tongue and our relationship with natural spaces often is the hot button that brings this out into the open for all. To have to address this with such short notice is unfortunate though.

Given the sensitivity that many of us feel about these issues, I believe the majority of the people of Hawaii support Mrs. Wilcox's decision to not show the episode. Mahalo to PBS Hawai'i for taking a stand, and to you Leslie and Richard for your humble reflections on the subject!

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