Activism and Community Development
Hawaii has become a vibrant place for social activism. There is strident tension between large corporate interests, the people who fiercely protect the land and island way of life, those caught in the middle who are dependent on their jobs, and the Kingdom of Hawaii that did not agree to statehood. Social media and the internet has played a strong role in educating and unifying the islands of Hawaii in working together to steer the loyalties of our government away from heavy service to off-island interests toward demanding our policy priorities to be placed on the people who live here in the islands. The re-emergence of spoken Hawaiian language has revealed a forgotten history of empowerment. We have a multi-cultural population that is both diverse and blended. The infrastructure and desired conveniences of the modern world are expensive and hard to support with our small population scattered on a rural island. Powerful movements are underway.
Direct Action through the Courts, Marches and Initiatives
are helping the people reclaim the right of democracy.
Stopping the Public Land Development Corporation
Mauna Kea Protection from Industrial Development
Pesticide disclosure laws demanded by chemical agriculture
Living wage and affordable housing
Kauaʻi is blessed with a good range of non-profit efforts that often collaborate with each other but all work for making our island a beautiful place.
Kauai has a number of agriculture programs, drug recovery, food pantries, social services and service organizations. Here are a few examples in the slide show:
Why We Need Change
What We Can Do
Understanding Hawaiian History
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