Island is the birthright of the Hawaiian people

The Maui News
Letter to the Editor
Friday, June 18, 2004

I was surprised to read the June 13 letter commenting on the letter I wrote about the sacredness of Haleakala Crater and the desire of the bike tours to come down the Skyline Trail. I was surprised because the writer failed to comprehend the intent of the letter and the reality of what is happening at Haleakala, more so because the English language is his language, not mine.

Look at Hawaii today and tell me that we did not share this land.

I know many haole people who respect our culture and realize it is an integral part of this land, but others have stayed too long and forgotten how to be a good guest.

Never forget that the United States is an occupier in Hawaii and someday non-Hawaiians will have to ask permission to visit our sacred sites. Our customs and sacred places will always be here. This land is our birthright.

Kahu Charles Kauluwehi
Maxwell Sr.