Life and the Land

The Hawaii State Motto “Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka Aina I Ka Pono” is roughly translated as, The Life of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness. This can relate to a number of beliefs including sovereignty, local control of natural resources and sustainable development. When I mentioned previously that the culture of Hawaii is deeply rooted, I meant it. At the risk of sounding redundant, and like an Avatar, I’m going to attempt to explain why this development will have such an impact on the overall culture of the North Shore- for it is something to experience not describe.

Most of the North Shore’s population lives off the land. Now when I say lives off the land, try not to picture hunters and gatherers from ancient times. Picture a community that utilizes what it is given to its fullest extent and with respect. The North shore is a place where instead of going to your closest 24-Hour Fitness for a workout, one walks outside of their house, goes for a run, surf, swim or walk on the beach. Therapy does not occur inside a room, but out in the ocean, absorbing and fully taking in what is around you. Small, organic, local farmers provide much of the community with veggies. And, the dinner for the night is one toss of a fishing line away. Of course not every family catches their dinner for the night, but each household does utilize these “ways of life” to an extent. There is a certain amount of attachment between the people and the land.

“Locals on the North Shore have already been asked to leave public fishing areas and beaches because it takes passing private property to get there,” says Oahu local, Katye Killebrew. If this is already happening, before construction has even started, these occurrences will only increase and areas for public use will diminish. Locals should have the right to use, or continue to use, the recreation areas they always have. Drew Stotesbury, what gives you and your company the right to take that away?

Just a short walk or drive outside and anyone could enjoy any of these activities to workout or just relax and enjoy their surroundings.

Aloha, Whitney

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