When I heard my friend and Kauai Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. was running for Lt. Governor I was somewhat in shock. Coconut wireless had spread rumor for the last nine months that our mayor would be running for the highest political office in the state, the governor!
The Garden Island published an article on page A6 on Jan. 16, three days after the horrible mess caused by the warning we all suffered from on Saturday, Jan. 13. It was put out by the Red Cross and written by the CEO, Coralie Chun Matayoshi. I have quite a few issues with it that I will cover shortly.
One of the U.S.’s first ventures into imperialism and colonialism was a mere 125 years ago: Overthrowing the Kingdom of Hawaii. The sons and daughters of missionaries stayed on and created vast wealth, controlling the lands, and with U.S. political and military might, taking it away from an indigenous culture that values community and in which land ownership was indeed a foreign concept.
I have been thinking about this fact of our many Kauai suicides,* especially among our youth. Obviously we are in a state of imbalance if they feel they need to take their own lives. * (Rate of 76.6 people per 100,000 on Kauai. July 26, 2015 — based on state Department of Health statistics)