The Stewards of Waimea come from all walks of life, and share a common commitment to Ahupua'a o Waimea. Some of us are from the North Shore of O’ahu some from all the Islands of Hawai'i and others from around the world -- and we are all are dedicated to the future of Waimea Valley as a home for the Hawaiian people, as a source of life, inspiration and knowledge for all, today and into the future.
Together we preserve Waimea Valley as a source of original Hawaiian culture, as a treasure of immense ecological, biological and historic value, and as a complete traditional Hawaiian ahupua’a. To achieve this, Waimea Valley will remain unified, under Hawaiian ownership and proven administration, from the ocean to the mountains.
The Stewards support original Hawaiian leadership in Waimea Valley; we support open access, education, research, recreation, arts, archeology, ecology, publication and green technology. Our commitment is fourfold: to the pristine spirit of the Valley, to the first people of the Islands, to the residents of the North Shore and Hawaii, and to visitors from around the world.
2. Complete Ahupuaa, Natural Ecology: The land is the first priority to keep it whole, with all its interconnected living systems. We take responsibility for care of the Hawaiian species found in the Valley, many of which are rare or endangered. We also take responsibility for other rare and endangered species from around the world, found in the special garden collections.
4. Public Access, Community Participation and Opportunity: We will ensure public access to Waimea Valley, free or at reasonable cost, with no purely commercial or exploitive activities. We want to open up opportunities for local small businesses, especially those with significant original Hawaiian participation. The existing land below Waihe’e Falls, to which the public now has access, should be improved and maintained, but the overall scope of development should not be expanded. The land above the Falls should be kept as it is for original Hawaiian families and groups for cultural and sacred purposes, for endangered species, and for archeological study under Hawaiian guidance and supervision.
The Stewards of Waimea seek to preserve this ancient, precious Valley in the complex world of 21st Century Hawaii, against any move to disrespect, divide or exploit it.
A modern translation reads: “The essence of the earth is expressed in balance.” This is the motivating purpose of the Stewards of Waimea.