Vision of clean Kahoolawe drives former field technician
POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Oct 18, 2010
There were many in those early days of the restoration who arrived on Kahoolawe, surveyed the spent munitions blown across barren fields and felt the injury to the island as an injury to their own spirit.
It had taken decades of struggle to persuade the military to return the bombed-out island to the state, and the fight had sparked a second renaissance of native Hawaiian history, culture and activism. The heroes of that struggle were young men and women who seemed to embody author Katherine Anne Porter’s description of the revolutionist as “lean, animated by heroic faith, a vessel of abstract values.”