|Green Sand Beach is the subject of a story in San Francisco Gate this weekend, describing|
desecration of the place and surrounding lands and trails going there. Photo by Peter Anderson
“Loose dirt flows into the ocean, covering the reef, and then the fish population starts to decline because the coral starts to die. We all know that coral needs sunlight to live,” Kaawa told SFGate. “The traffic in the area has also decimated ohai, a native shrub with orange and red blossoms that now only grows wild in a few places along the coast. … There are families that carry ‘ohai’ in their name, so you know the plant was important to this area. We as Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) are connected to our native environment; plants are 'ohana.”
|A planning map for South Point and Green Sands Beach from|
Department of Hawaiian Homelands.See entire management plan at
SFGate notes that illegal commercial vehicular enterprises are operating rides to Green Sand Beach. The story quotes Cedric Duarte, spokesperson for Department of Hawaiian Homelands, which owns the property in trust for Native Hawaiians. He told SFGate, “Any off-roading is illegal unless they are using the county dirt road down to Kaulana Boat Ramp.”
The story points out that the DHHL plan describes the shuttle service and its impacts: “The land has been exploited by individuals providing illegal shuttle services who care only about economic gain even at the expense of the land and resources.”
The DHHL spokesman told SFGate: “It’s very difficult for legislators to give us resources for
|Nohea Kaawa. Photo from|
Hawai'i Wildlife Fund
|Marian Tusji, former CEO of Lanakila, and the head|
of Behavioral Health at DOH, has a long career of
assisting people with disadvantage and disabilities.
Photo from Department of Health
|Krystal Ka'ai is a Kamehameha Schools graduate|
and leads The White House initiative on AANHPIs
Photo by Sydney Walsh/AsAmNews
The DOH statement says "the AANHPI Center of Excellence will develop infographics and other materials that address behavioral health, including those that provide data disaggregated by race and ethnicity; provide guidance on best practices for improving engagement and retention of AANHPI behavioral health professionals; and serve as an accessible and trusted clearinghouse for evidence-based behavioral health resources and products.
The message from Kawabata says, "Many, if not all farms regardless of organic or non-organic farming methods, use pesticides if applying a product to kill a beetle, bug, fungus, mite, rat, or weed.
"Learn how to keep yourself and your workers safe with the proper use, storage, handling, application, and disposal of pesticides.
"This class is open to all employers, owners, managers, and agricultural employees on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. The class will cover the current Worker Protection Standard.
Other winners were Kona Stingrays taking the Varsity Girls Division, followed by Honolulu Lightning and Hoopstars. The Intermediate Girls Division champ is Maui Sparks, followed by West Side Kaua'i and Kaua'i Ballers. The Elementary Girls Division champ is Swish, followed by West Side Kaua'i and Kona Stingrays.