This one goes out to all my Maoliworld ʻohana who have been following the comments of our Modern Issues class... thanks for weighing in on some of our hot topic issues.
So, now weʻve been in this class since September. Iʻm really not sure I understand modern issues in Hawaii any better than when I started, but at least I have a little bit more context. AND... the most valuable lesson coming out of this semester is that we are each otherʻs best resource. Yup. I thought Iʻd be coming to this class to be told ʻhow it isʻ, but no, we pretty much spent the whole time with high-quality talk-story leading the way. Which is not just walaʻau, itʻs how business gets done. Apparently.
Like when we went to the water commission hearings... most of the important stuff was happening OUTSIDE of the forum room, right? Yeah. Thatʻs where business gets done. Disagreements, reconciliation... change is only going to come from us connecting with each other, one-on-one, issue-by-issue.
My favorite news source by far, after perusing many local sources, is (believe it or not) Maui Time Weeklyʻs
one-page ʻcoconut wireless. (Click under news on the top bar and choose ʻcoconut wirelessʻ) This gives a ʻhyper localʻ ʻlocalʻ and ʻnot localʻ overview of major issues of the week and their impacts. Itʻs the best ten-cent ten-second news piece around.
I wish weʻd had more time for other perspectives in this class. I was grateful to have Uncle Maka come and give us his star-being born-again-Hawaiian version of the revivalist movement. (If you were there you know what Iʻm talking about).
So thanks everyone for the roundtable discussions. If you need me for help or support on the following issues, these are and always will be my points of strength and interest:
- Deaf/disability access
- Lomilomi and alternative health care
- Water and its use
- Childrenʻs rights