Tourism industry expansion calls for balance

I have been traveling to Kauai since 2000 and have enjoyed the laid-back, peaceful surroundings of the whole island. I come to see the real Hawaii — not the big city of Honolulu, nor the high-cost retailers in Lahaina.

The Temple of Science

Worshipers at the Temple of Science claim it is anti-constitutional for native people to believe that Mauna Kea is desecrated by building an eighteen-story telescope atop that volcano.

The mother’s milk of politics

Jesse Unruh, Speaker of the California Assembly from 1961 to 1968, is credited with coining the phrase, “Money is the mother’s milk of politics.” … For better or worse, mostly worse I think — money is seen as the life force and energy behind politics and elections.

Confessing to a love of trees

This column, my focus shifts to breathe in the healing green of trees rather than concentrate on the contention of a minority of Hawaiian people who break laws and strew opala, rubbish, on the bosom of the beloved Mauna Kea.

Kalalau needs people

Mahalo to the dedicated trail crew who opened the Kalalau Trail after one year. It was surely a huge task in hot weather. Now we can hope that hikers can help kick rocks out of the trail. We can all do our part.

Looking to space, stars and beyond

As an unlimited tonnage ship captain (who uses astronomy on the job) and as a person who has sailed on the voyaging canoe Hokule‘a, I find the arguments against the Thirty Meter Telescope on the basis of damaging the sacred nature of the mountain as confusing, unfounded and perhaps anti-constitutional.

Mauna Kea deserves respect from all

I’ve had the privilege of spending some time at the summit of Mauna Kea and experienced its spectacular beauty. It was majestic and breathtaking (perhaps the altitude had something to do with it). Mauna Kea is truly a very special place and should be respected and protected. Unfortunately, that’s not happening.

The power of pulling together

On behalf of all of us at KIUC, I extend my warmest mahalo to our members who worked with us in such a positive way to address the issues we faced following the fault at the Kapaia Power Station and the temporary loss of our first- and third-largest generators.

History on the use of non-violence by Kanaka activists

Those who study Hawaii’s long history in the struggle for social justice and Native Hawaiian self-determination, are not surprised at the courage, code of conduct, and effective use of non-violent civil disobedience shown by the Native Hawaiian (Kanaka) activists on Mauna Kea against the construction of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT).

Hawaiian culture under attack

This TMT project has united us as a Hawaiian nation in ways that I’ve never seen. This is far greater than just the TMT project; this is about our existence. About our culture for the future generations.

Moving forward on Mauna Kea

This coming Sunday July 28th more than a thousand residents are predicted to gather at Vidinha Stadium at 11:30 a.m., and march down Rice Street “in support of our kia’i standing on the front line for the protection of Mauna Kea”. The march will conclude on the grounds fronting the Historic County Building where there will be music and educational events.

Wondering about opposition to wayfinding

Coming out of the week of the full moon and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, our eyes have been guided skyward, and our minds to the courageous feats of the sky wayfinders.