Tuesday, May 17, 2022 |
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• Blessing property
As I watch the development of this parcel of ground get underway, I remember a man I met a number of years ago while we were still visitors to Kaua‘i. Since I am part American Indian, our conversations often strayed into sharing our mutual beliefs. And because my husband and I were in the process of moving here, he told us of some of the special places on Kaua‘i.
One of these places is the site of the proposed resort. We were told that in the old days it was the site of a battle, that remains were buried somewhere on the property and that it was the site of an old heiau. As such, it was best to leave it alone. Other stories about the site I won’t share.
If the owners do choose to follow through with their construction, and it looks more serious every day, I hope they will hold themselves accountable to the Kupuna, as well as to NAGPRA, during the excavation and building process. And I hope that before the first shovel full of dirt was turned over, the land was blessed. If not, the results could be disastrous.
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