Moving Forward By Returning to Traditional Ways

Haena, Kauai, Hawaii
Ha`ena at Sunset.

I’ve always said that one of the things I love about living in Hawai`i is its activist mentality. When people want something done, they take action. Likewise, when they don’t want something to happen, they step up, as well. Hawai`i is a place where people raise their voices. I dig that.

Last week, a story of mine published on The Atlantic’s CityLab.

It recounts the kind of community spirit I often run across in these Islands, when people say, “No more. Not in my backyard.” In this case, the way to save a North Shore reef and its fisheries for future generations is a return to traditional subsistence-based values. The movement is a nod to the wisdom of ancestors and the longtime ways of a place.

I hope you’ll give it a read. Just click on the link above. Or here.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Fabulous Kim, congrats on the article! The gentrification and tourism you cite on Kauai are similar to what’s happening in various areas of San Francisco. But there hasn’t been a movement or legislation like CBFSA to preserve sustainable, affordable ways of living. But then I’m a bit ‘pot calling the kettle black’ as I’ve enjoyed vacationing on Kauai several times and can’t wait to go back. And were I fisherman, I’d now know to fish the local way!


    1. Kim says:

      I hear you, Ben. As a malihini, newcomer, to the Islands, I’m in the same pot at you. I’ve learned that asking for permission, something my mother tried to beat into me, goes a long way. She also told me to make my bed each morning, and I only did that when I spent the night at friends’ houses!


  2. Excellent job, Kimsters!


  3. suegranzella says:

    I LOVE YOUR WRITING, KIM!!! I always learn things, and you never fail to convey information and stories in highly readable, accessible, and engaging ways. Great piece!!


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