A culture is being lost, but it can be regained
I have been on the streets here on Kauai almost five years. I wouldn’t change anything except the way I have been treated by teenagers, young adults and some older adults as well.
Most of these I refer to have either lost or sold their self respect to crystal meth. It is disgusting. The mere thought of it and the thought of someone else having it creates such jealousy.
This drug has caused more destruction on the island than any other disaster known to date. Everything this island has stood for from the beginning is all but wiped out. The myths, the legends I once visually dreamed of, seem like a fairly tale or just a lie.
I remember how excited I’d become at the mere fact the early Polynesians learned to navigate by the stars and how that came from a deep desire in the soul. Everything had a purpose. There was meaning in everything. They presented with real passion. As a young kid, that inspired most in this world. Even chose to have real Hawaiian values and taught them the ways of the old.
I am so proud of them and all of the families. How we hang on to the Hawaiian nation is through the keiki. Although our kupuna and teachers set the pace, somewhere we got lost in the ways of the Western civilization and the Polynesian culture was lost. We have to open our eyes and acknowledge the native culture is all but extinct and has succumbed to the Western ways of destruction.
I’ve traveled to most every continent, and have found this island to be one of the worst. I find it disappointing by far. I am not blaming any one thing, except our own lack of responsibility. If we don’t take control of how we act we are not going to be able to regain respect. It isn’t going to be pretty.
Everything our ancestors worked so hard for, our kingdom, will be lost.
This is God’s country and the paradise of the Pacific. Let’s not lose it, let’s live it. This is a blessing. Edie Barsch Kauai