Preservation of Hawaiian Culture, Land and History

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By Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman of Mililani, Hawaii! 

We all believe in all things tangible because we can touch, feel or see things.  If there were no Restricted Preservation and Conservation land in Hawaii our islands would be full of cities and buildings and no History of Hawaii would be left behind except in text books.  If there were no one who got involved to protect or  take notice of our environment, protect our historic sites and our land what would we have left?

Kaneohe Kailua

 

Rich in beauty because of this preservation of our lands and ocean, the eye beholds scenery that all tourists, visitors, relocators and local residents enjoy throughout each and every day. 

After living the majority of my life on OahuHawaii  since 1967 (my parents decided to retire here as my mother was born and raised on the island of Kauai and my dad was getting out of the US Navy) I have come to know a lot about it's history, the environment and the sacred areas that are indeed to be protected for everyone to grasp in their hearts and for the visitors...in their minds and with pictures.  Who would visit our islands if not?

 

We have many Hawaiian and Environmental groups looking out for us here and I commend them all for taking it to the City, State and Federal levels to keep the preservation of the culture and environment of Hawaii intact. This is the latest story for our Environmental Groups Sue Navy Over Sonar Exercises Off Hawaii and this is just one story on Hawaiian Groups fighting for justice  Native Hawaiian groups suing the Army and another story on Judge Proposes Hawaiian Mediation For Artifacts DisputeSo many groups for causes to protect our life, our land and our culture.

Click on the following link for the website regarding Honokahua Preservation which has over 900 burial sites dating between the years of 850 and 1800! They realized this when digging began in 1987for the Ritz Carlton, Kapalua, Maui and moved the site for the hotel inland to preserve this sacred ground.

One more point I would like to hit on is .....KA'U, which is located on the southern part of the island of Hawaii, also known as "The Big Island". The following website is the KAU PRESERVATION -PROTECTING HAWAII'S LARGEST WILDERNESS AREA AND UNDEVELOPED COASTLINE and has many pictures and information on how they are fighting to protect this part of the Island of Hawaii and it's precious coastline and wilderness area.

This area also includes our famous PUNALU`U BLACK SAND BEACH (the sand is BLACK!) and you can see a picture on the above site as well.

I wrote an article on HAWAIIAN Spirits and Superstitions which only scratched the surface to give some information on respect to our islands.  This article will only scratch the surface on the Preservation and Protection of our islands.

So...below are many websites to gain more insight and knowledge into this subject and why we need to protect what is valuable. Our islands, our lands. Enjoy!

"Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka `Aina I Ka Pono"                                                                                           Meaning: The Life/Sovereignty of the Land is Perpetuated in Righteousness

From Monarchy to Annexation

The Territory of Hawaii

Hawaii's Culture and Society

Legendary Places in Honolulu

A Brief History of Hawaii

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Celeste "Sally" Cheeseman  is a Realtor-Associate® and Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) with Century 21 Liberty Homes in Mililani, Hawaii. With a sharp understanding that a listening ear is the key to a client's needs  she serves the island of Oahu (Honolulu County) and all Hawaii Military Relocations, Hawaii Retirees, Hawaii Job Transfers and Hawaii Residents, Home Buyers and Sellers.

 

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Gary:  Ah, the whole point of me writing all these posts the last week or so....to get you all over here! thanks!
May 27, 2007 11:26 AM #2
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When I went to the Big Island last year, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it very much - thought it would be just for the active outdoorsy types. Boy, was I wrong. There were so many beautiful places on the island, such a variety. You didn't have to be a climber or biker to enjoy the beauty there.

I was also surprised to see really pleasant signs instead of Don't Signs.  Way out on the northeast coast was a sign on a private gate asking that people not park and block it, and thanking them. In one of the towns was a sign asking trucks not to use their air brakes while in town.  Wonderful. 

May 27, 2007 11:29 AM #3
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Sharon:  Okay, you're hitting all my Hawaii stuff...I bet you can't wait to come for the conference! 
May 27, 2007 11:30 AM #4
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Sally

I love this post.  Thank you for sharing something so personal and important. 

May 27, 2007 11:34 AM #5
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SALLY! WOW!

Your photo -post with your own photos/graphics and original text ·1)   invites audience connection,·2)      educates, inspires,·3) delivers humor, wit, enthusiasm...·4) generates discussion,·5) recognizes "giving back", "paying forward" "  responsible stewardship", ·6)       AND ***  tells a story .from the  perspective of a day-in-the-life of- a REALTOR®  ...you are a true GIFT!

Here's an example of an article that makes me look forward to dropping in for a visit at Active Rain...and staying for a while!

May 27, 2007 11:35 AM #6
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What can I say, they are always great!  (your posts)  :)
May 27, 2007 11:37 AM #7
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janeAnne:  Another one!  Why thank you.... I think I'm enjoying brushing up on my knowledge of the islands as well as learning more!
May 27, 2007 11:45 AM #8
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Ed: thanks for popping by and glad you enjoyed

Steph:  Yup...hope you are learning something as well! Who knows ...one day you might get a client who is relocating and you'll be able to tell them bunches!

May 27, 2007 11:48 AM #9
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I love Hawaii.. When my parents decided to move to the Big Island 20 years ago.. I had never been to Hawaii.. what a wonderful surprise.. the islands are so much more then a tourist resort.. the history and culture is worth taking the time to discover..
May 27, 2007 12:37 PM #10
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Kaye:  And that's the beauty of the islands!  Preserved history and culture!
May 27, 2007 12:38 PM #11
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Celeste, I for one do not want to stop progress, but we can not do it at the expense of destroying our history either.  Our history is what makes us who we are, but we can not lose sight of where we need to be either. 

It is a shame that all to often preservation and progress seem to oppose each other, when both can co-exist as long as both respect and work with each other.

Celeste, it is obvious that you put a lot of time into writing this post, and it shows in its quality. 

May 27, 2007 02:16 PM #12
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Sally - I know what you mean.  In our area they just keep building and building with no regard to the preservation of anything.  What really gets me is when I see a new shopping mall or strip mall development and an empty one is no more than a few miles away.  The same goes for new home construction.  They just keep building and building and empty houses are sitting all over town. 

I can't tell you how many times I have had an offer on my property, but I say no every time.  We just don't need another housing development.  I have a certain connection with the land and some land is just not meant to be developed.  What happens to all of the wildlife?  Or the valuable farm land? And what happens to our history / culture?  If every piece of land gets developed.   I wish other states would follow the Hawaiian land preservation programs.       

May 27, 2007 03:13 PM #13
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Celeste, thanks for the thought-provoking post.  I'd have never considered HI otherwise.  I've not ever gotten there, either - some day!
May 27, 2007 04:19 PM #14
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George:  Well, we just only have so much land...and long ago they started zoning certain areas as Restricted Preservation and Conservation land...hard to change zoning....and majority agree...we love to keep it eye appealing!

Robert: Thanks for your input on your area as well....it's interesting to see how we all differ in different areas!

Jeff:  You will....just like everyone else....and thanks you  for the comment...that was thought provoking as well!

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I really like what the Legendary Places in Honolulu said about the word Honolulu meaning abundance of peace. That's what I think of when I think of Hawaii and I'm glad to see this will be preserved for the future as it is truly what makes the islands special.
Jun 07, 2007 07:22 PM #16
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Abraham:  Sure does. And I sure am happy you are really taking an interest so when you come here you will surely be speaking the language and dancing the hula!
Jun 09, 2007 12:51 PM #17
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Abraham:  Sure does. And I sure am happy you are really taking an interest so when you come here you will surely be speaking the language and dancing the hula!
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One of these days, we'll make it to the Big Island.  We always seem to wind up on Maui.

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Nice post Sally. Continued preservation of culture and environment is integral to maintaining that what makes the Hawaiian Islands a special place. We are in an interesting position in the real estate industry. Progress and growth needs to occur with preservation of our most precious natural and cultural resources.

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 I have a qyuestion. I was told that an individual can not actually own the land a house is built but instead lease it from the Hawaiian who owns it. s this true?

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