In this world of computers, I am given the opportunity to work with many people whose heartâ€™s desire is to live in Hawaii.
Many people believe the whales are jumping for joy off the Big Island’s Kohala Coast
As a native Hawaiian, and a spirit of this world, it warms my heart every time I hear this. We do live in such a beautiful, precious placeâ€”of which I am most grateful. Growing up here, we went to the beach for funâ€”it didnâ€™t cost anything and it was a place of joy. Hanging out with friends, surfing, body boardingâ€”just having fun. I assumed everyone everywhere in the world did this. Only recently, (in the past few years as a Realtor) have I realized how precious a commodity this is.
I must tell you what hurts my heart. When I speak to these people who so desire to live in paradise, and to hear them say that a local person has told them that they are not welcomed here. That the malihini, or newcomer has caused prices to raise so ridiculously that the local person cannot find the money to purchase property. That the local person is being driven out.
While it is true, our prices are considered high, we still live and play in one of the most beautiful places in the world. We are all given the ability to rise above our stations that we were born into. I am personally thankful for the malihini that have come here. They have caused me to remember how proud I am to be Hawaiian. How grateful I am to have grown up here. How proud I am of my ancestors, Hawaiian, Korean, Irish, Scotchâ€”all of them have made me who I am today.
I only hope that my cousins will find in their hearts the love that our ancestors had for the malihiniâ€”how else did all of us come about? Each one of us carries the koko (blood) of our ancestorsâ€”Hawaiian, Chinese, Japanese, Caucasian, Filipino, Korean, and every other nationality in this world. We cannot separate ourselves from our ancestry just as we cannot separate ourselves from the human race.
We all bring something to this melting pot we call Hawaii. Letâ€™s remember to e malama i keia aina (take care of the land) like the kamaâ€™aina (child of the land). Hoâ€™ihi (respect) each other. And remember, we all (every last one of us) bring our makana (gifts) to Hawaii nei.