Makani Comments as both a Native Hawaiian and an American Veteran of Combat on the "Kamehameha Schools graduating seniors sit through national anthem sparking debate."

When you’re in war, it’s scary. It’s not fun, but you do it for the person next to you and you do it for the idea of that freedom that we have and we can’t take that for granted. It would have been nice for them to stand of those guys we lost,” said 1998 Kamehameha Schools graduate Makani Christensen. “It’s fine that they did that but just remember and keep in mind that we have individuals that paid the ultimate sacrifice to have those freedoms to do that,” Christensen said, pointing to Kamehameha School’s 1995 graduate Army 1st Lt. Nainoa Hoe who died during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
— Mileka Lincoln on Hawaii News Now