Time continues to speed by. Keeping up a blog accentuates this phenomenon. If I don't mention something about my recent trip to Kaho`olawe, it will be months gone by and I would feel remiss for not being more timely. I've been going to Kaho`olawe since 1992 and have been fully engaged in the Protect Kaho`olawe `Ohana. This past week's access was part of the regularly scheduled monthly access for work projects. We were on island from July 10 to 13. One day I am sure there will be 802.11 Internet access from Maui so I could sit in Hakioawa with my PDA and post messages to my blog. But to be honest, it just does seem relevant when on island.
Touching the earth is something I need to do. The more I get to do this the better I feel. Kaho`olawe is a pu`u honua where the Hawaiian culture can be practiced in ways unencumbered by our modern society. I am not one to reject modern society but there are times when I feel that living in cities can detach us from the land. We then take for granted the air, water and natural resources thinking they will always be there. Even a short trip to Kaho`olawe will remind you of the value of fresh water. The ocean resources are abundant only because it is respected and not fished out. There's a harmony there that we each need to synch up with. Life in Hawai`i would be so much more enriching if everyone could spend a short amount of time on Kaho`olawe.