Like the veins that flow blood through the human body and feed my limbs,
is the water that flows through the valleys and feeds life among us.
You stop the blood flow; the arm, the leg, the brain goes dead.
You stop the streams from their natural flow, life around us suffers.
The only native O’opu will diminish, the Hihiwai – no more.
The only two native ‘Opae will be sacrificed.
The river mouths or Muliwai, as it is called, is a place of birth. Like the womb.
You stop the flow to the womb and you stop the beginning of life for many species.
Species that bigger species depend on for survival.
Species like us.
But, who cares about this when you have money in the bank?
Is this right?
Is this pono?
I oppose redirecting 115 million gallons of water per day from East Maui.
Written by Lany Young and Edwina Walker. This passage was read out by Lany in Haiku 2/23/17 at the A&B Environmental Impact Statement community meeting regarding the impacts of its proposed 30-year extended lease for water from East Maui streams.
Many people feel connected to this island because of the abundance of our natural surroundings. On a clear day on the East-side you can view more than five of Hawaii’s majestic mountains, while on the West you can view three other Hawaiian Islands.
Understanding the connections of life in these islands are hard to understand if you do not connect yourself with the culture it represents. Hawaiian Culture is being proactive with the land while being protective. Living the lifestyle, is respecting all sacred places from the mountains to the sea. When people, come to this land to change, and disconnect the lifestyle that have been working for thousands of years, you can imagine, the frustration traditional families hold. It will always take effort to teach new neighbors, to educate foreigners, and to remain focused in a new world full of distractions.
To center yourself, and your family, you must understand and re-connect to your surroundings, whether that means participating in community events, sign waving to oppose desecration, signing petitions, or simply planting native trees in your backyard. Everything you do should have meaning and significance to the island that takes care of you.
Kamalani Pahukoa is a conscious mother of this land, raised with kuleana from the mountain to the sea. Farming kalo is an ‘ohana tradition that her first child will carry on. As a mother she is thriving with baby, from Ko‘olau, Maui, practicing aloha, malama and mahalo values in all that she does.