The way that I see it is if they keep pouring concrete over the land the roots will die. One of my teachers taught me, "Once you lose your land... you lose your roots." It's true! And more concrete does not help so obviously more development which will put more concrete on the land will squeeze out the life out of land. I hope that people are aware of that... that our roots will die and I'm not just referring to the roots of the Hawaiian people. I'm also referring to the roots of the plants, flora and fauna.
Anyway here is what he wrote. Please read it if you have time:
I don't know you personally or anything but enjoy your writing. I'm sorry to keep this so short and impersonal, but am wondering if you are aware of the situation on O'ahu North Shore right now? Aside from everything stated on the web site, I also want to add that I've seen first hand the habitats of fish and endangered plants in the area, and am very worried about the plants being dug up to build the foundation, and the amount of noise generated in both the construction and operation of the place.
I believe the environment there is too fragile for people to gather there en masse, and my friends and I use the materials of both the fish and plants there for cultural practices and food. Our rural areas are being sold in large tracts to billionaire developers who's values and lifestyles are completely different than ours. Live and let live is a great expression, but it doesn't work in this context because OUR lifestyles our threatened in this case.
Not to mention the majority of North Shore residents aren't for the development (oh boy, low paying service jobs over natural living, fuck that), and this is reflected in all recent North Shore neighborhood board meetings. This is a big deal here right now, as many protests and stickers against this project are the norm. Also, I'm seeing more and more visitors complain about the lack of natural open spaces here.
Anyway, I thought this issue would interest you, and anyone living anywhere who expresses their concerns about the place and the cultural practices which are conducted thanks to the area's materials, would be of great help.
David Kalei Kane Mo'opuna Perreira"