Peace on the moun­tain

West Hawaii Today - - Opinion - BILL WAL­TER HAWAII IS­LAND CHAM­BER OF COM­MERCE, PRES­I­DENT Bill Wal­ter is the pres­i­dent of the Hawaii Is­land Cham­ber of Com­merce.

We live in trou­bled times. Wher­ever there is an is­sue there is con­tention, loud voices, im­mov­able po­si­tions and too of­ten even vi­o­lence. We all know that this sit­u­a­tion only gets worse un­less men and women of good will, fore­sight and wis­dom step for­ward to find so­lu­tions that pro­vide a “win” for all of the par­ties in­volved. Those of us who are in busi­ness know that all good busi­ness is based on the sim­ple prin­ci­ple that all sides need to see progress in any trans­ac­tion for that trans­ac­tion to stand the test of time.

With Mau­nakea and the Thirty Me­ter Te­le­scope we have found our­selves in a con­flict that has seemed to head in the same di­rec­tion as so many oth­ers — where in the long run there may be no real win­ners and all losers. The long-term loss is to our Hawaii Is­land com­mu­nity that will again find it­self bro­ken be­cause it could not find a way to pro­vide progress to all in­volved.

In the midst of this, the Hawaii Is­land Cham­ber of Com­merce have been pleased and proud to see that our mayor, Harry Kim, has stepped for­ward to pro­vide the out­lines of what could be a tremen­dous step for­ward for this is­land and for all par­ties in­volved. We have long known that Harry hates in­tran­si­gent con­flict and loves peace. He has ap­plied that love for peace and for our is­land home to out­line an au­da­cious con­cept: a park whose very ex­is­tence will demon­strate to the world that this is­land — if nowhere else — can find peace­ful so­lu­tions, can live in har­mony and can show the way for­ward.

Like all au­da­cious so­lu­tions this con­cept started with what can be de­scribed as a fuzzy thought, al­most more of a hope or wish. But over the months we have seen this con­cept be­gin to take shape as many in the com­mu­nity have em­braced it and added de­tail bit by bit. What we see tak­ing shape is a moun­tain that con­tin­ues to host as­tronomers who make dis­cov­er­ies that our Hawai­ian an­ces­tors would be proud of — and that we who live in a per­fect place for mak­ing such dis­cov­er­ies can share with a world hun­gry to know more about our uni­verse. And at the same time a place that hon­ors those who first landed here, tamed the is­lands and cre­ated a cul­ture that be­came rich in a very spe­cial sense of ad­ven­ture, of love of the land and all it pro­duced. And that was wel­com­ing to oth­ers who came to cel­e­brate this place.

As a voice of the busi­ness com­mu­nity the Hawaii Is­land Cham­ber of Com­merce salutes Harry for hav­ing the fore­sight and wis­dom to sug­gest this park as both a so­lu­tion and a true mon­u­ment to what can be ac­com­plished here. We pledge that we will work to­gether with those in the com­mu­nity who look for a so­lu­tion and a way to bring this vi­sion to re­al­ity. We en­cour­age oth­ers to join in this quest.

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