Conflict in paradise
The conflict on the Big Island is confusing to me. Whatever happened to the pono concepts of aloha (compassion), kokua (help) and lokahi (harmony)?
Long before their ancestors arrived on the Big Island — long before Mauna Kea became a sacred place — Polynesians studied and respected the stars. They used them to find their way to the Big Island!
Stars served as navigational guides when the Polynesians reached Tonga and Samoa, where they developed a distinctive Polynesian culture. They were also guided by the winds, currents and birds.
Stars were very important to these navigators, the ancestors of the folks who are now protesting and obstructing the present and future study of these same stars.
The scientists and students who go to Mauna Kea to study the stars are not desecrating the mountain; they are respecting it by taking the study of stars to a new level. They are not disrespecting the mountain; they are honoring those ancestors by carrying on their work.
I think metaphorically of the TMT as a vehicle of discovery and exploration not unlike the early Polynesians who built wa‘a (canoes) for the same purposes. Can you visualize obstructing the building of canoes? Neither can I.
Imagine if the early Polynesians chose not to discover and explore. Imagine if they stayed in Micronesia and Melanesia. There would be no Hawaiians. No Hawaiian culture.
Let the protesters and scientists come together, practice ho‘oponopono, and share their mana‘o (knowledge of science and culture) by working to resolve their differences and continue discovery and exploration.
It’s the pono thing to do!
Jim Jung, Kapaa
Take a stand to protect land, ocean
Thank you Gary Hooser for being such a great advocate of protecting our people, land and ocean. The ball is in our elected officials’ hands. They have to decide if doing the right thing is going to benefit them financially or politically. It’s pretty disgusting no matter how you look at it.
Oh, our reefs are failing, it must be climate change, not the billions of tons of poison we have been pouring into our ocean so the agribusiness can profit. People, this has to stop now!
If our own Mayor Kakakami won’t stand up for us, who will? Heads up mayor, no free ride this term.
Linda Bothe, Kalaheo