There’s a new effort to restore the sacred Pahukini Heiau and increase public access.
The “Olelo Hawaii Initiative” is a partnership between DOE’s Office of Hawaiian Education and the University of Hawaii Community Colleges.
Some Native Hawaiian activists who have fought the project for months say Mayor Kirk Caldwell “is really trying to listen.”
Native Hawaiians, not environmentalists, should be the ones making decisions on how a sacred area like the marsh should be managed.
Projects may check all the required boxes and still fall short of addressing community concerns.
Honolulu police broke up the protest to allow through trucks carrying sections of turbines to a wind farm project in Kahuku.
UPDATED: After the arrests, four construction trucks carrying sections of turbines left for the wind farm site in Kahuku but were later blocked by a downed power pole that HECO says was intentionally cut down.
A strong election turnout would make Hawaiians, some of whom now abstain from voting, a more powerful political force than they have been in decades.
A new UH study is looking at whether the program has led to an improved diet and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease among Native Hawaiian families.