University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa professor John Learned has apologized for his comments he made about Kamehameha Schools.
In a statement, Learned said:
"I would like to sincerely apologize for my comments about Kamehameha Schools and to every member of the Kamehameha Schools community. My remarks were inappropriate. I have apologized to the UH faculty member who is a Kamehameha Schools graduate and was present when I made the comments. I will truly never know the extent of the pain my words have caused her and everyone connected to Kamehameha Schools. As President Lassner said, Kamehameha Schools is a trusted and valued partner to the university, and I am very sorry for causing such distress in both institutions. I cannot undo what has been done, but please know that I regret it deeply."
An audio file circulated around social media last week, which had a professor make inappropriate remarks about Kamehameha Schools. The professor is confirmed to be Learned.
In the audio file, Learned said that “We know that the Kam Schools are academically unsuccessful...a student that we have here who is working on his Master's and is a physics teacher at Kam Schools, he told me that he had to graduate people in physics that couldn't even read.”
The Mauna Kea Protectors at UH, an activist group based in the university, responded to Learned's inappropriate remarks, along with other comments from professors, which they claimed were inappropriate and "racist."
"While Learned's behavior is deplorable, so are the behaviors of other senior faculty members whose anti-Hawaiian, anti-local rhetoric appears on emails that are archived on the UH System," the Mauna Kea Protectors said in a press release today.