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Do Wealthy People Have a Responsibility to Help Others?

Pauahi Paki was a Princess of the Hawaiian royal family. As a descendant of King Kamehameha I, she was wealthy, just like the rest of her relatives.  When she married an American, she was also known as Princess Bernice Pauahi Paki Bishop.

By 1884, the Princess was the last-surviving descendant of Kamehameha I. She was also the largest landowner in the Hawaiian Islands.

Princess Bernice Pauahi Paki was concerned about ethnically Hawaiian children. As more and more “outsiders” moved to Hawaii, newcomers were becoming wealthy. The Princess wanted to guarantee the future of her people. She decided to put her vast fortune into a trust which would benefit Hawaiian children for generations to come.

Do wealthy people have a responsibility to help others?  Explain your answer.

If riches are inherited, does that make a person more (or less) likely to share? Explain your answer.


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