- Special Projects
Feb. 2 — Hawaii has always been run by and for a small group of elites at the expense of everyone else, which is why voter turnout is so low. They despise the democratic process, regularly using gut and replace tactics and cannot even trust us with the power to put forward our own ballot initiatives. It took the Feds finally stepping in to address the corruption in the Police and Prosecutors office because like Weinstein in Hollywood there are plenty of shady characters in our government who were willing to look the other way as long as it serves their own interests. Making this a discussion about race is doing a disservice to the real issue, which is wealth inequality. I have way more in common with working class locals (whatever their ethnicity) than I do with similar-looking banking and construction executives who siphoned off billions from the rail scam.
More land for Kanaka Maoli
Feb. 2 — Bishop Estate needs to be forced into the charitable work they were created for. If the powers that be could put their heads together, this could be accomplished in a matter of months. The people of Hawaii could actually experience healing and hope. Return
Aina to Kanaka Maoli. Each Hawaiian person should be on the aina momona. They should hold the landʻs title (to be passed to descendants). Base amount of land on % of kanaka blood down to the smallest %. Each Hawaiian should/does own (have returned/released) acres of land, with very lineant building laws. This step would benefit every person who is in association with Hawaii.
Planning is at the root of the problems
Jan. 28 — It really starts at a planning level – the way we build and connect our communities really needs to change. Kakaako was a really good model for having a community be able to live, work and enjoy their neighborhood. There needs to be more leaders and decision makers willing to say, bluntly, that the homes and developments are being built for foreign investors and those that are looking for a “vacation home”. Popular mainstream media and news stations cover the glitzy penthouses and new apartments but it really is in bad taste as many of those that live and work in Hawaii are not able to afford housing. Mixed media areas need to be a priority – Kalihi is a place that could offer a place of working families to buy a home, but areas are designated as “commercial” or other areas are too polluted.Walking and biking should be a priority for our traffic choked city. As innovative ideas and ways of building are being explored (recycle material to build homes, Amazon’s small home idea, stairs in the center of a building to promote movement and wellness, etc.) our leadership should also be able to embrace change and act on it.
Hawai needs to take back its values
Jan. 27 — As a Kalihi kid now living in New England, I dearly wish Hawaii would take a very broad view, and look out at places like Scandinavia, Finland, Iceland and Bhutan as examples for the future.
We need to compromise
Jan. 27 — Of course we can overcome our differences.
Listen to each other
Jan. 27 — I think we could overcome our differences if people start listening to each other and putting themselves in another’s shoes. It is easy to judge someone based on their appearance, speech accent, and income. Instead, we should pay attention to the ideas and knowledge convey to us by others who are more experience and may be closer to the problems (e.g. homeless individuals). In order to move forward, the government could implement solutions proven to work elsewhere immediately and encourage community input on various issues during frequent town hall meetings.
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