National Geographic : 1984 Mar
Hawaii In the article on King Kamehameha (November 1983), the author's conclusion that settling 200 native Hawaiians each year constitutes "much needed reform" in the Hawaiian Homes Com mission does not take into account the fact it will take 40 years at that rate to settle all present ap plicants. A federal-state task force has proposed a five-year accelerated effort to place all the near ly 8,000 native applicants on homestead lands. The Secretary of the Interior and the Governor of Hawaii have not yet agreed to accept the propos al, but progress finally seems at hand. Joseph D. Gebhardt Washington, D. C. While perusing the map with your article on Ha waii, I was surprised to see an "interstate" high way. Can you tell me what states a traveler of this road might expect to pass through? George A. Dillon Boston, Massachusetts A stateofsurprise, if one tries to reach California. "Interstate"is shortfor the National System of Interstate andDefense Highways. Pitcairn and Norfolk I was in the library today and noticed the collec tion of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHICS dating back to 1908. In the December 1957 issue was an article about Pitcairn Island entitled "I Found the Bones of the Bounty," by Luis Marden. Accord ing to this article, the mutineers "grudgingly granted them some bread and water, a little pork," and Captain Bligh and crew "fought star vation, thirst" for 41 days. This is quite a contrast to the "most gentle" mutiny recorded by Ed Howard in the October 1983 issue, which states that Mr. Christian not only gave Bligh his own good sextant but enough provisions to have "11 days' rations remaining when they landed." Greg Stanko Roseburg, Oregon Our 1957 article relied on Bligh's published ac count of the mutiny, which was understandably bitter. Christian'sdescendants on Pitcairn,on the other hand, would ratheremphasize that no lives were lost. Food given to Bligh and crew made for small portions because of Bligh's deci sion to sailfor Timor-a3,600-mile voyage. Letters shouldbe addressedto Members Forum, National Geographic Magazine, Box 37448, Washington, D. C. 20013, and should include sender's address and telephone number. Not all letters can be used. Those that are will often be edited and excerpted.