OPINION: Faith, Facebook and everything in between

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(WAIPAHU--FEBRUARY 1, 2016)--Blessed Monday my Samoa and my America. Today I'd like to discuss faith, Facebook and everything in between. In light of Hawai'i Gov. David Ige's State of the State Address, delivered Jan. 25, 2016, these topics came to mind. I have a different perspective on where the state of Hawai'i and this nation lies.

Let's start with Hawai'i's self-proclaimed "Media Leader" the Honolulu Star Advertiser and their Sports Writer Paul Honda who covers mostly high school sports.
Honda and I met when we covered a Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance (PIAA) National Letter of Intent Signing Day event. We've covered PIAA events at the Elks
Club and the Sheraton Waikiki. PIAA, a female-run non-profit, holds the largest signing event in the United States. Honda, according to one of his Facebook
pages, coaches children in the Thunder Basketball Team.

While we were Facebook friends, Honda and I covered a PIAA signing at the Elks Club where my nephew Toese Gaoteote Tia, whose father is a Command Sergeant Major in the U.S. Army, signed to play football with the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. My nephew comes from a God-fearing, football playing military family. Toese's paternal grandfather, my uncle Gaoteote Tofau Palaie, is retired U.S. Army, President of the Senate, one house of two that comprise the "Fono," the lawmaking body in American Samoa. He is also Captain of the Fuao Fautasi from the village of Vatia. My nephew's maternal grandmother, my aunt Malae Taufa'asau is from Pago Pago. My aunty told me that he is a prayer warrior, looked up to by his high school peers for the way he leads. I took a photo of Honda interviewing my nephew at the signing. Shortly after Toese signed with West Point, his father, mother and family, on orders, moved to Korea. Separation is among the sacrifices military families make in service to the U.S., in order to secure American borders and ensure freedom for all. I'm proud to have family among our nation's heroes, those who bravely take an oath to defend the U.S. Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic. Thank you for your service men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. I appreciate you and your families. Alofa tele atu.

Let's go back to Honda. This man is also involved in managing a Christian Basketball Academy Facebook page which, in a brazenly bold and idiotic move, while
operating as the cliche lying scheming no-good greedy, corporate newspaper reporter, has the nerve to share scriptures drawn from God's Holy Bible. I informed
Honda that the sports teams from my village of Utulei, American Samoa, represent the Lightning Bolt. Obviously, it wasn't enough to frighten him from playing
around with God's Holy Word.

In tangent with Stanford Leti, Honda plays Facebook games with God's Word, tricking and deceiving God's people into thinking they are believers. Honda had this
Facebook cover photo with a red cross that reads "Chronicles" and "Pray." Leti, on Facebook, identified himself as "Frontline in God's Army." As I've mentioned
before, Leti, the son of a Methodist Reverend who serves as Secretary for the Lotu Metotisi in Samoa -- is not a servant of God. Honda and Leti are not fans of
truth or God's holy name. If they were, they would have known better than to trifle with such a revered sacred text that has been analyzed, studied, re-written
and translated into many languages the world over. It is central to the Christian faith, a treasured book that has guided God's people for centuries.