Broken Trust: Greed, Mismanagement & Political Manipulation at America's Largest Charitable Trust

Discussion Questions

  • Afterword:
    • Why do you think the authors of this book asked Jan Hanohano Dill to write an Afterword for it?
    • Jan Hanohano Dill says the book triggered in him a feeling of kaumaha (heaviness and grief), and also pride.  He also said it made him feel proud.  How did the book make you feel?
    • According to Dill, “In traditional Hawaiian culture, the relationship of the alii with the commoners was that of an unstated compact of common benefit.”  What does that mean?
    • Dill uses the term, “servant leadership.”  What does that mean?
    • According to Dill, “This is not merely a story for Hawaiians or for people living in Hawaii; it is a human story.  It demands from all of us a commitment to engage in the issues of our community, to be vigilant against the abuse of power, and to be willing to stand for what is pono, what is right, despite intimidation and threats.”  Do you agree with Dill?  Why or why not?
    • Has reading this book changed your thinking in any way?  Was it good change, or bad?  Would you recommend this book to a friend?  Why or why not?