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January 16, 2014 - 10:37am

Gathering rights should be upheld

I just wanted to say that Terri L. Napeahi’s letter “Hunting, gathering hearing coming to Hilo,” which ran June 15 in West Hawaii Today, is a great letter. Native Hawaiians and all races used to use the mountains and the sea for gathering purposes.

I strongly feel everybody should have the right to go to the ocean and mountains for gathering and subsistence purposes. After all, human beings should have the right to put food on the dining table. To deny such reasons leads to ill consequences.

Such access can be for even recreational purposes, such as fishing, which is great for the mind and body. It can also lead to putting food on the dining table.

Dean Nagasako.