Oh Kauai, Hawaii Perpetually Be

Hawaiian IslandsThis is my ‘keep it inexperienced’ proclamation, of sorts, for the Hawaiian Islands. The island of Kauai is being overbuilt, for such a tiny island. This poem notes what progress brings, and part of the destruction that can occur, due to our inconsiderate march toward what we contemplate to be progress. Embrace these fragile sources, that have been left in our care. Allow us to keep in mind to tread lightly, on the land and sea, respect the items we have now been given, in order that they might still be there for future generations. Wherever you’re, keep in mind that is your personal responsibility to guard your individual view of the ‘Aina’, which is ‘land’ in Hawaiian.

After World Warfare II, the U.S. authorities got here to exchange agriculture as the most important employer in Hawai’i. This was primarily due to the strategic navy importance of Hawai’i’s location within the Pacific Ocean. Hawai’i today is the headquarters for the U.S. Pacific Command, overseeing all U.S. military exercise within the Pacific Ocean basin. The military immediately controls 25% of the land in Hawai’i, and navy personnel account for 13% of the state’s inhabitants. The most important affect has been on Oahu, dwelling of Pearl Harbor. Military presence on the other islands is minimal.

The highest peaks on Oahu, seventy five miles to the east of Kauai, simply reach four,000 ft. Geologically, Oahu today consists of the half remnants of two volcanoes, Waianae (2.seventy five million years outdated) and Koolau (2.5 million years previous), and the valley that lies between them. Diamond Head, on the edge of Koolau, is only 20,000 years previous, indicating the unpredictability of supposedly dormant volcanoes.

One morning, nearly two years later, on the Blue Ginger Cafe, I requested Pat Reilly, a 74-year-outdated regular with a skinny …

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