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Truly impressed and grateful
I just had my second coronavirus vaccination March 18 and would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the people who made it possible. My first vaccination at Kona Community Hospital was an example of professionalism and efficiency. My second vaccination today at the Kona Community Aquatic Center mirrored the first — only on a more massive scale. From the speedy development of the vaccine to the delivery, I am truly impressed and grateful to all those who played such an important role. Mahalo.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire
I keep hearing about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other people who are being accused of certain misdeeds. A wise school counselor once told me when I was a teacher at Dole Intermediate: Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. This was in reference to a male student who was caught searching through other student’s backpack for wallets. For weeks, we kept finding empty wallets thrown behind toilet bowls. We set a trap one day and caught him feeling the back packs. When his grandmother came to the school, she said “my grandson could do no wrong.” Unfortunately, that boy was caught robbing a home in the neighborhood.
If Cuomo is being accused of sexual inappropriate behavior, then there must be some truth to these allegations.
Now is the time
The Hawaii Island Sustainability Summit held March 4 and 5 was a wonderful event with excellent presentations and discussions, introducing us to people and organizations active on the island that have sustainability as a key part of their work and vision.
Video recordings of the summit are now available on Na Leo public access. Mayor Roth’s Facebook has the link for easy access to the summit recordings, and with the presentations and the workshops separated so you can choose individually.
Nainoa Thompson gave the keynote address. It was a most moving sharing of his journey and challenges as navigator of the Hokule‘a. He spoke of the terrible loss of Eddie Aikau in 1978 when the voyaging canoe capsized in a storm and Eddie set off for help on his surfboard, and was never seen again, as well as his own very difficult recovery. But with courage and perseverance, in 2014, the Hokule‘a undertook a four-year navigation around the world to bring people together to set a course for a sustainable future.
Nainoa reminded us that the Earth is in trouble and Hawaii Island has a unique opportunity in that we have not been totally developed and paved over. Now is the time to work together to make our island more sustainable. Please access these talks and join in this effort.
Mary Marvin Porter
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