from "What the People Want,"
by Mitsue Cook
I am in Zhonshan.This southern region is the most highly developed manufacturing center in China. Prosperity bursts at the seams. Rows of apartments are being built. Miles of huge factories line the freeways to the provincial capital of Guandong.
Because of the contrast, I can understand that Hawaiis prosperity depends on the beauty and management of the aina. Hawaii remains endowed with relatively clean air and sparkling waters---for now.
Waimea Valley is one of the last two remaining ahupuaa on Oahu, connecting the sea to the mountain. This valley can be a symbol of quality management of the aina in Hawaii.
This an opportunity in history to do what is pono and wise.
2. Use part of the states surplus to help fund the acquisition of the valley.
3. Encourage OHA to use funds to acquire the valley and to fund cultural and archeological activities.
photos of Zhonshan, China by Michael Guo