Letter for Tuesday, July 11, 2017

• Islands need to change

Islands need to change

NIMBY is the acronym for “Not In My Back Yard.” Currently, a term used for people considered to selfishly protest development.

Developers are required to provide archaeologists that report to the State Historic Preservation Department. Archaeology is the study of human history through the analysis of artifact and other physical remains.

Understandably, archaeologists sometimes don’t discover or identify sacred places. How could they? “Faith is being sure of what we hope for, and certain of what we don’t see.” (Hebrews)

Through decades of neglect and abuse in Hawaii, archaeological evidence has been destroyed. Oral history and documentation is ignored. It’s evident in Lahaina’s Kahoma development.

A cultural history overview of Kahoma was produced for the Corps of Engineers in 1979. Here’s documented proof of historical events and individuals associated with the property. http:www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a128221.pdf

With such overwhelming evidence, how did they approve development on such a historical property?

Stanford Carr’s Kahoma Village subdivision is under construction. Does it seem right that the county issues permits for the project when the Maui Planning Commission is party in a pending court appeal?

It’s typical protocol in Hawaii. Before judgment is rendered, the damage is done. How are Hawaiians supposed to protect their culture and history? How do you restore what’s been destroyed?

“Consider Him (Jesus) who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Change happens when “NIMBY” becomes our response to injustice, oppression and suffering. Imagine everyone in their area of influence practicing the “pono policy”—Do what is right!

Michele Lincoln, Lahaina

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