Wayfinder Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002: Our greatest modern destinymaker

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Rev. Hung Wai Ching, native of shantytown Emmaville (above today’s redeveloped Emma Lane site by Washington Place)

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Rev. Hung Wai Ching

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Rev. Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002 is the genesis of our 100th Battalion/442nd Regiment all-Japanese American soldiers WWII.   Rev. Ching also is the genesis of our ILWU, having mentored ‘Opihikao native Jack Kawano, who started the ILWU.   Rev. Ching via the 100th Batt./442nd Rescue of the Alamo Lost Battalion also is the genesis of our Statehood.   Rev. Ching also is the trigger to the greatest case in U.S. Supreme Court history, Brown vs. Board of Education, in that Chief Justice Earl Warren in the 1954 unanimous decision always remorsed over Warren interning Japanese-Americans in WWII when Earl Warren was California attorney general in 1942. Thence Warren’s make-up call via Brown vs. Board of Education.  99% of momentous events are make-up calls!

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Rev. Hung Wai Ching was mentored by YMCA’s Leigh Hooley  1898-1982 & UH founder Charles Hemenway 1875-1947, sponsored by Merchant St. titan/godfather Frank Atherton 1878-1945 , & Hung Wai schooled at U of Chicago (Hung Wai’s acolyte/prodigy was mauka neighbor Abraham Akaka, later U Chicago product), NYC Union Theological Seminary (alter ego Serenity Prayer author Reinhold Niebuhr 1892-1971) , & Yale (M.Divinity).    Great mind-blowing lineage!

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KingLit Ching born 1936 is Hung Wai’s oldest son.   KingLit schooled at Punahou & Harvard MBA (like antecedent KJ Luke who founded Hawai’i National Bank).  KingLit was a longtime executive at A & B out of California, and resides in Santa Monica.

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https://curtisnarimatsu.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/kinglit-ching-born-1936-freestyle-liberating-son-of-our-greatest-modern-wayfinder-rev-hung-wai-ching-1905-2002/

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http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2009/05/31/dispatches-from-curt-%E2%80%94-plymouth-rock-of-hawaii-beneath-our-kailua-kona-pier-how-kalakaua-park-came-to-be-a-park-hilo-iron-works-destiny-maker-chiyoko-nancy-takayesu-backdrop-r/#comment-3216

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http://www.bigislandchronicle.com/2009/08/30/dispatches-from-curt-%E2%80%94-james-kimo-henderson-1876-1965/#comment-11145

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President Obama’s Rev. Hung Wai Ching connection ergo Hung Wai’s Reinhold Niebuhr roots:   Barack Obama’s affinity w/2nd generation (Missouri) German-American Reinhold Niebuhr (major anti-Nazi from Hitler’s inception) goes back before Obama’s Columbia U days (Columbia sister school of Niebuhr’s & Hung Wai’s Union Theological Seminary), to  Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer. 

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Yes, Niebuhr’s/our ubiquitous Serenity Prayer lifted Obama like no other, just as

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Niebuhr personally lifted acolyte/student  — our greatest modern Hawai’i historymaker, Hung Wai Ching 1905-2002

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(Kamehameha the Great is our greatest ancient historymaker):

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Hung Wai averted mass internment of our 160,000 buddaheads WWII

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Hung Wai formed 100th-442nd AJA fighting units  —    in positive Nikkei (Japanese) impact, in order of priority, 1) Hung Wai Ching;  2) Hilo’s Shokan Jesse Shima(bukuro);  3) Utah’s Mike Masaoka.   Unquestionably, Hung Wai is our greatest modern historymaker in Hawa’i, not Jack Burns (Hung Wai’s Statehood mission via Statehood Joe Farrington 1897-1954; Joe died in office as Cong. Delegate from Hawai’i)(Hung Wai’s 100th-442 boys changed both GOP/100th & Dem/442 political party politics)/Hung Wai facilitated affordable housing/etc.

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Hung Wai compelled Truman’s military integration

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Hung Wai mused over Ike’s point to get Earl Warren appointed as U.S. S.Ct. Chief Justice in return for California Gov./LA native son Warren’s support of Ike’s Presidential candidacy 1953 vs. Ohio’s Bob Taft (as we surmise John Waihee’s Ron Moon over question of Moon getting Waihee appointed as BE trustee)

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Hung Wai compelled Earl Warren’s make-up call to AJAs via Warren’s Brown v. Bd. of Education greatest case in U.S. history — separate is not equal!! — Warren actually a solo joe/free-wheeling individualist a la LA’s Jackie Robinson (broke baseball race barrier)– LA gang very inclusive–no racist baggage — West Coast version of free-spirited Emmett Till

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Hung Wai compelled Ike’s nascent Civil Rights Act

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Hung Wai compelled LBJ’s landmark Civil Rights Act

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LBJ seriously urged Humphrey to pick Hung Wai’s boy Dan Inouye as Humphrey’s ’68 VP choice!!

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Hung Wai’s reachover in ethnic ascension w/Hawai’i as microcosm-Truman-Ike-LBJ as affectees of Hung Wai’s infectious/contagious American Dream enthralled Chou En Lai — that such an incongruous poor Southern China farmer descendant like Hung Wai had changed the face of America forever via egalitarian Social Gospel — Chou En Lai was a major/secret admirer of American democracy.

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Japan restored faith in America via Hung Wai’s enablement of buddaheads/kotonks to fulfill their American Dream (coined amid our Great Depression) — thence post-WWII Japan’s incredible economic recovery-standard of living materially/etc.. 

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BTW, MLK was major follower of Niebuhr. 

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The fluid interpretations of our greatest moment-maker Pastor Hung Wai Ching and his destiny events (genesis of Jack Kawano and our ILWU via Hung Wai’s subscription to
purity/ideals of communist “everybody’s equal” in society, until Hung Wai saw the unalterable horror of despots Stalin/Mao) intrigue me to no end, with 1930s right wing libertarian
historians decrying Hung Wai’s FDR New Deal format, only to have them embrace Hung Wai post-WWII after Hung Wai became Stalin’s vehement foe — in retrospect, later libertarian historians softened up on the 1930s Hung Wai by dismissing Hung Wai’s youthful indiscretion as part of Hung Wai’s spiritual walk/evolution/metamorphosis.   Such changing interpretations of past events like the attraction of ideal/pure communism to 1930s reformers like Rev. Hung Wai Ching are what historiography is all about.

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