Being born & raised in the islands of Hawai’i there is a sense of pride instilled within me, I feel like I could say the same thing for all the people in Hawai’i whether they were born here or flown here. Magic is all around us, from active volcanoes, snowy mountain caps, luscious green forests, the best surf the world has witnessed to unique animals that call this place home just as we do. Hawai’i may be a tourist destination to a many but for us locals, this is our home. A place we were raised in and will raise future generations in. That is why it is our kuleana (responsibility) to preserve the fragile ecosystem and wildlife our island has blessed us with. We are lucky to have services like the DLNR. The State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present.
We are lucky to have services like the DLNR. The State Historic Preservation Division of DLNR works to preserve and sustain reminders of earlier times which link the past to the present. Though, it is still up to us in the community to preserve Hawai’i as Hawai’i should be. That may all be subject to perspective and agenda but one thing is for certain if it involves destroying the ecosystem or ruining the habitats of wildlife, it probably isn’t in the best interest of our island’s future.
From picking up the trash you see on the ground to working in the lo’i. From respecting the sanctuaries of endangered animals to respecting our kapuna. To simply educating yourself and those around you of the island’s culture and history. A positive step forward is progressing towards a better Hawai’i.
Defending Hawai’i doesn’t mean you need to be on the front lines of the battle, defending Hawai’i is to do your part no matter the magnitude. It is our kuleana to defend Hawai’i and all that it stands for.