The following is the email I just got from an environmentalist of
Mahalo ( Thank you) for the compassion regarding precious Aina (land).
Let's take care of the land, rivers and mountains, they take care of us.
I received the attached message from Nori-san of the Waimea Higashi
Hongwanji on Kauai. Nori-san has
been active for many years on Kauai promoting cultural exchanges between
Native Hawaiians and the
aboriginal Ainu people of Japan.
He has forwarded a note from a lady in Japan who was outraged at Japan
Air Lines' involvement in the
desecration of Hawaiian graves in Hokuli`a, Kailua-Kona on the Island of
Hawaii. Her letter reveals a
growing awareness among the Japanese people about what their companies
are doing overseas.
Today's Star-Bulletin carried a story about the situation.
Kona developer apologizes for damage to Hawaiian graves. Honolulu
Abusing Aina (Land) of Hawaii by Japan Air
Sun, 25 Mar 2001 19:13:09 -1000
Noriaki Fujimori <fujimori@...
Waimea Higashi Hongwanji
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The following is the letter from a Japanese lady.
If you are concerned about the issue, please write something to her.
Mahalo (Thank you)
I have written an open letter to Mr. Isao Kaneko, the president
of Japan Airline asking him to stop the Hokuli'a development and
instead to create Native Hawaiians' Cultural Sanctuary there.
I will translate the letter (summary) below. I would appreciate
if I can get as many international support as possible.
Please just send me return e-mail with your name,
organization(if any) and address. Thanks!
(My English need correction. Please advise!)
Aloha and Mahalo(Love and thanks), Yumi
Dear Mr. Isao Kaneko, CEO of Japan Airlines Inc,
Please imagine how you feel if your ancestors' graves are bulldozed
and then an American airline company build a golf course on top of
that. Do you think such a development will be allowed in Japan?
I don't think so. If this happens in Japan, it will become an
international controversy. I wonder if you know the Hokuli'a
which your company is involved as its primary investor, is doing such
a thing in Hawaii? Not only that, but as a result of the development,
the huge amount of mud brought from other place has run off from the
site and has been causing enormous environmental damages to the most
pristine water near Kealakekua bay, covering the beautiful coral reef.
This violates the US Clean Water Act.
For many years I have been working to solve the environmental problems,
I have been always trying to find a way for humans to live in harmony
with nature. I have seen golf courses, which is just a leisure facility
for limited rich people, are causing many problems such as destruction
the environment and traditional life style, increased gap of the rich
and the poor in many places of the world. I feel very sorry to see JAL,
Japanese top airline company, is involved in such a development.
Golf courses use a lot of water, pestisides and chemical fertilizers.
Water in Hawaii is very precious and it is the source of the life
of Hawaiians. I am also concerned about the chemical pollution to
the ocean where many dolphines and whales raise their babies.
On top of that, the project site includes many native Hawaiians' burial
The time when luxrious golf resorts are popular is over. People are
now longing for the real nature which is becoming rarer on this
planet, not artificial places such as golf courses. I am sure wise
top business leaders have been aware of this fact by now. In this
century, business corporations are expected to play a bigger role to
precious nature and traditional cultures.
For native Hawaiians it means that the souls of the ancestors can
not return to the nature once it is removed from the original place.
They are so concerned that the construction is continued without
paying attention to their culture and beliefs. That is why four
representatives of Native Hawaiians are coming to Japan from 22 to 27
of March, 2001 to meet with you in person. Please make time for them
and listen to what they have to say.
We hope you will take resolute steps as follows on this case;
1, To apologize to native Hawaiians for destroying and removing
their ancestors' bones.
2, To suspend the construction so that they can do the proper
ceremony for the ancestors.
3, To return the bones where they came from
4. To create a native Hawaiians' Cultural Sanctuary so that
they can carry on their traditional lifestyle and people can
learn from their culture which is in harmony with nature.
I understand it is very difficult for you to drastically revise the
project, but such a decision will become a model of the 21 century
for other companies and JAL will be eternaly respected world wide.
Yumi Kikuchi, Harmonics Life Center, Kamogawa, Japan
Yumi Kikuchi <yumik@...