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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, August 30, 2001

The Left Lane
Exhibit Kaho'olawe

The exhibit "Kaho'olawe: Rebirth of a Sacred Hawaiian Island" may be headed for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., next year if a fund-raising drive being launched today is successful. The drive already has raised half of its $250,000 goal.

A monk seal and her pup nap on the sands of Kaho‘olawe in this photo provided by the Navy.

Advertiser library photo • June 29, 2001

The exhibit of photos, videos and artifacts chronicling the political movement that succeeded in ending Navy bombing of the island in 1990, was first showcased at the Bishop Museum in 1996. Since then, the exhibit has traveled throughout the Islands and been viewed by more than 186,000 children and visitors.

To contribute to the campaign, checks may be sent to: Protect Kaho'olawe Fund, c/o Dr. Emmett Aluli, P.O. Box 39, Kaunakakai, HI 96740. The Smithsonian hopes to display the extensive exhibit, which now also includes the massive ordnance cleanup effort, from May through September of next year.

— Advertiser staff

'Tis better to forgive

Mounting evidence shows there are emotional and physical health payoffs from the act of forgiveness, says Stanford University psychologist Carl Thoresen. But forgiving doesn't mean condoning or deciding to forget offenses, or even necessarily reconciling with offenders, he says. "It means giving up the right to be aggravated and angry, and the desire to strike back." Thoresen's team has developed a six-session group treatment that helps people to forgive. It emphasizes shifting rigid personal "rules" for how people should behave to "preferences" and accepting that no adult can control another's behavior. Moving away from blame to acceptance, and then moving on. A study of 259 adults who took part in the program found that past incidents no longer stung them as badly and they felt more likely to forgive in the future, compared with a control group that didn't participate. The positive effects remained six months later.

— USA Today