My coronary heart broke after I moved to Maui.
Like a mermaid, I cherished these islands and the aloha spirit, like so many others. The appeal quickly pale, for me, after I found that cultural appropriation and oppression had been cleverly lined up in a profitable publicity marketing campaign for financial achieve and growth. Because the Joni Mitchell tune says, we’re paving paradise and placing up parking heaps. Actually.
What if we, the individuals, are improper? What if this pandemic and all of the challenges we face on these islands is a present? Maybe a valuable present to redefine what it means to be a resident and customer to Hawaii. What if the pandemic is an invite to collectively change the system? What if that is our likelihood to reinvent a brand new way of life in concord with the earth for a sustainable future?
Now we have loads of issues on Maui. The environmental, cultural and financial divide has solely exacerbated the best way we as a neighborhood navigate a world pandemic. We are actually watching our political representatives wrestle with this important second.
The explanation we’re all right here is to thrive on magnificence. Maui seems like house to many as a result of it’s the place the place we really feel most alive.
The present ethical authority of our neighborhood stands on a cracked basis with a misleading advert marketing campaign that reduces pressures to eat relatively than protect. To heal this neighborhood, we’d like a collective understanding that the continental lifestyle doesn’t and mustn’t apply to those islands.