All need to know, heed Native Hawaiian rights, laws
This is response to your article “Disputing path to beach access” that ran in Wednesday’s (Aug. 19) paper.
Why is it our police must know county, state and federal laws, but seem to fail when it comes to Native Hawaiian rights and laws that are in our state constitution?
Our police, all property owners, as well as all visitors to these islands, should be educated on the special rights and laws that Native Hawaiians possess.
I keep hearing about “rules of laws” being broken. These same laws and rules never take into effect the disregard of Hawaiian rights.
This owner putting rubbish in the pathway — that’s pilau. I have gone with Nalani to replace limu in that area before. People like Nalani and the Surfrider Foundation are trying to take care of the ‘aina. People who are giving back instead of taking should be thanked, not hindered.
The owners of the property should be fined.
Reminds me of the rich owners of Kailuana Loop in Kailua, O‘ahu (where Obama used to spend his holidays). The owners there have put up metal gates with locks in the public-access ways to keep locals from using them.
It is sad that so many just take from our islands with no intention of ever giving back. We all need to learn to give back to our communities and the places we visit.
Thank you Mason, Nalani, and all those people who came out to help clear the path.
Mason, maybe you can get our council to pass a bill to require the public be educated on Native Hawaiian rights and laws. Another idea could be having visitors and residents perform community service to better appreciate this beautiful place that we call home.
Stephen Frank, Kapa‘a