The state Department of Land and Natural Resources said Tuesday the Native Hawaiian community helped officers contact the woman, who was issued a citation. Protesters have been fighting to stop the Thirty Meter Telescope from being built on the mountain. Protest leaders condemned the vandalism, saying it amounts to desecration.
No one should be desecrating land and sacred land for that matter but I can’t help but see a hidden message behind this act. For those who may not know, Big Island has been ground zero for Military Live Training. Pohakuloa Military Training Area has been occupied by the Military since 1965 when the U.S. Government leased the 23,000-acre land for only a $1 a year. In 2014 a lawsuit was filed stating that the state of Hawai’i failed in protecting Pohakuloa and have been on trial since.
A handful of demonstrators gathered to call for an end to the bombing in the area on March 29th, 2017. Critics say the 23,000-acre training area between Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa is being neglected and has only been inspected by the state once in 51 years.
A video posted by “Big Island Video News” goes behind the scenes of the Pohakuloa Protectors during their March 29th demonstration. How much can be said about the man speaking in the video that is something I can not answer. But if his intentions are in the concerns of Hawaiian lands and Native Hawaiians, we can only support the cause.
Now back to the graffiti. Was this crime an act of ignorance or a cry for attention? Only the woman who is responsible for the act will truly know. We can only hope that she had much greater intentions. What is done has been done, she will have to pay for the desecration of sacred land but the light shine ever so brightly on the issues Big Island has been facing for so many years. From 30 Meter Telescopes to Military Exercises there is a disconnect with the community that lives on Big Island to the people in suits who make the decisions…