Together We Can — with the vision and hope to create a safe place to unite in trust and loyalty to one another.Koa Hewahewa
Maui has a diverse and compelling history. Before the arrival of Cook in 1776 and missionaries to follow, Maui had an amazing agri-culture/native forest lands that fascinated all new arrivals. In the middle of the ocean 2500 miles from the nearest land mass there lived a people thriving with abundance of food, life, and resources. Stories tell of green fields and waterways that could only be dreamt of and the overwhelming presence of Aloha. We realized, operated, and worked knowing our limited resources. Hence our very strict rules and regulations.
Maui today is far fetch from the stories told by our elders. Over more than two centuries, Maui has been manipulated by the influx of western influences of an agro-business mentality which desecrated the indigenous community of plants, animals, resources, and ultimately the people. But a light shines and hope still exists in this place called Hōkū Nui.
Looking back to the way Hawaii was before western influences we can find in it the answers we seek for the issues that lay upon us today. We were taught values that we believe can help heal the tensions that divide our agriculture communities. We need to once again identify what it is to be responsible stewards of the land through honesty, loyalty, and what it means to be accountable for our actions. We farmed with practices that were thoughtful enough to feed our plant and animal communities as well as our future generations.
To move forward we can look back. The time has come to reorganize the indigenous practices along side the modern technologies so we can continue to live on this Honua. Hōkū Nui offers us the chance to stand hand in hand, side by side to right the wrongs of the past so our children can be proud of their legacy. When we believe in the benefits of all life, then can we avail the opportunity to heal and when we heal we enable ourselves to live and grow in health and prosperity to create a ripple effect of Aloha Aina throughout the world.
E ulu, E ola, E ho’omau Kakou.
Looking for common ground, sharing perspectives together.
In the picture, Alika Atay performs a Hawaiian Blessing for Hōkū Nui – January 2014