"Our ʻaina and our oceans have been healing with the reduced number of people and cars on our beaches and roads; a vision I never fathomed I would see. This is my utmost passionate issue...Preserving, protecting and caring for our Cultural, Historical and Natural Resources!"
Long-Term Environmental and Economic Sustainability via Agriculture
COVID-19 has awoken us to the stark truth that tourism is not a viable Economic Engine for Maui. With the abundance of fallow land around our island, I believe we could make agriculture a workable solution to bringing Maui Nui into environmental and economic sustainability. Selecting a crop, that when harvested, could be manufactured into products we currently import (e.g. textiles, building materials, office and household supplies, biofuels, plastic alternatives, etc.), which would lessen our dependence on outside factors, and replenish the nutrients into previously fallow lands. The amount of jobs this venture would create, as well as the potential to offset our CO2 Emissions and contribute to the overall input into our aquifers, is exponential, along with food to nourish our families.
Homelessness & Affordable Housing
COVID19 has had an enormous impact on our Islands. So many small businesses have permanently closed their doors. As you drive around Kahului, you see many empty storefronts, buildings, and office spaces. My recommendation would be to repurpose or rezone these sites as housing zones to provide possible rent-to-own units, affordable housing units, or perhaps another homeless shelter.
Cultural, Historical, and Natural Resource Protection
Our Resources are slowly diminishing. Our sand dunes are disappearing because of overdevelopment. Our Iwi Kupuna are being disinterred and desecrated because of greed and profit. Our coral reefs are being crushed and destroyed because of excessive beach activities. These are but a few examples of why we need to protect and preserve what little of our Resources we have left. Living on an island presents many challenges, thereby deeming all Resources a precious commodity. A commodity not to be squandered because “what you see...is all you got”!
Post-COVID Economic Revitalization
With many being affected by layoffs, providing financial assistance through microloans or grants to local small businesses would help jump-start our economy. For those seeking another profession due to layoffs, the Council could provide assistance in cross-training through an educational loan. I would seek Federal and State assistance for educational needs for teachers and students. Volunteer drives and donations could be had to ask for school supplies.
"US Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Maui Clean Water Act Case" - Maui Now, April 23, 2020
"State Representative Angus McKelvey (District 10 – West Maui, Māʻalaea, North Kīhei) said, 'The 6-3 ruling makes it very clear that the Clean Water Act requires a permit for the nitrogen rich discharge from Maui County’s injection wells that make its way into the near shore ocean waters. The Courts ruling also dispels the claim that the clean drinking water standard is not the standard to be solely applied.'"WATER RIGHTS
"Legislature Revisits Holdover of Revocable Water Permits" - Maui Now, February 6, 2019
IWI KUPUNA DESECRATIONTo read more, click on the links below...
A BRIEF HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF BURIAL ISSUES
"Over many decades, iwi kūpuna would literally and spiritually become part of their burial lands. In this way, kānaka ‘ōiwi remain forever connected to kulāiwi (“bone plains” or ancestral lands). Kulāiwi feed our souls and comfort our na‘au. These lands speak to us, they sustain us, they resonate with us because the same mana that flows through them courses through our iwi (bones) and koko (blood).
But following two centuries of foreign impacts, these kulāiwi are often no longer controlled by ‘ohana who once lived on those ‘āina. Disease and depopulation, improper seizure of lands and the illegal overthrow of the sovereign Hawaiian Kingdom created a spiral of negative outcomes – including removal of many ʻohana from their kulāiwi." - Kamakako'i: The Cutting Edge brought to you by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA)
- “Ground Truthing” Set to Begin Today at Maui Lani Phase 6 Development" - Maui Now, December 30, 2019
- Iwi Protection Hui Gets Contested Case Hearing" - Maui Now, June 20, 2019
- Sugimura to Propose Resolution Urging State to Protect Iwi Kupuna" - Maui Now, November 30, 2017
- ""Maui Sand Mining Lawsuit Filed in Environmental Court" - Maui Now, July 28, 2017
- "Mayor to Seek Moratorium on Maui Sand Mining" - Maui Now, April 28, 2017