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Proposed Development on Kaiwa Ridge Fuels Community Anxiety

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Proposed Development on Kaiwa Ridge Fuels Community Anxiety

Concerns over runoff, land clearing and visual impact on what is now mostly conservation land pit an owner family against critical area residents. APRIL 10, 2015·By KATE RIGHTER in Civil Beat: http://www.civilbeat.com/2015/04/proposed-development-on-kaiwa-ridge-fuels-community-anxiety/ At dinnertime last Wednesday night, the Kailua High cafeteria was filled with community voices as the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources hosted a public hearing about the proposed development on Kaiwa Ridge. The large crowd included swaths of...

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Discovery at Low Tide

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Discovery at Low Tide

Yesterday, the wind was blowing hard from the east, so we went to a little beach that is sheltered, facing north. The sand is coarse, much rougher than the fine sand of Kailua. If you scoop up handful you can see tiny pieces of coral and shells; larger pieces are scattered everywhere by the tides. Small rocks hide just under the surface, so slimy with limu that a distracted explorer can either stub her toe or slip and fall into the water. At low tide, the shallow water is the perfect depth for our three foot tall daughter as she learns to let...

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One Small Gift

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One Small Gift

While sitting the cafe of the Honolulu Museum of Art, I received an unexpected blessing — a few moments where nothing was required of me. I took a deep breath in and felt my shoulders relax, and let the feeling wash through my body, drinking it in like a glass of wine. My child lay against me, silent and still for the first time in hours, her arms wrapped around my neck, her knees pressed into my stomach. Along a nearby wall, bamboo swayed and cast shifting reflections on the path below. Plants sprouted from dark smooth rocks beside my...

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Both of These, None of These, All of These — Sometimes, Always, and Never

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Both of These, None of These, All of These — Sometimes, Always, and Never

I am raising a pink princess ninja astronaut fairy who sometimes wants to be rescued, mainly when she’s tired because it’s a good excuse to cuddle. The rest of the time, she’s busy fighting off the greedy king, pulling me out of the mud, or locking up the mean crocodile. Or maybe dancing ballet on Jupiter. Other days, she’s the one causing trouble — the evil witch casting spells, or a scary troll under the bridge. But at the end of the day, as she will often tell you, with hands on her hips, fully serious, she is...

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The Choice to Publish

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The Choice to Publish

I have tried many times to write articulately about current events and issues that I am passionate about, mainly through the lens of feminism. I want to write about raising a child with open-minded definitions about what it means to be a girl or a boy or a good friend. I want to write about the influence of racism and classism in Hawaii politics, or about being a (frequently ignorant) white person involved in Hawaiian culture. I want to write about sexual and domestic abuse. I want to write about how the media influences our views on all of...

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Kaua’i trip, part one

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Kaua’i trip, part one

The story of my hula trip to Kaua’i begins seven years ago, at my first hula class. The mele was Nawiliwili, and kumu Mapuana de Silva was teaching us the hand motions and the steps, which were all new to me, as well as the tune to sing along. I wanted to quit at the end of the hour, almost in tears, convinced that I would never be able to learn hula — it was too much. At the end of the class, Kumu Mapuana said, “Try and practice before we meet again next week. But even if you don’t practice, just come back again, and next week will be...

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Kawainui Marsh Restoration and Education Project

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Kawainui Marsh Restoration and Education Project

I have been dancing hula with Halau Mohala Ilima for the past seven years, and plan to have my daughter join the keiki classes as soon as she is old enough. I am a homeowner in the Pohakapu neighborhood and grew up in Maunawili. I have seen Kailua change over the years, and I believe the Master Plan being proposed is our best chance to not only restore Kawainui marsh but also our own sense of identity. But there are two stories being told about the future of Kawainui marsh. In one story, the loudest story, you hear about passionate Kailua and...

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