I believe that each of us play a role in shaping the future - we are all doing this constantly. Surely it is no surprise to anyone that in many ways, as a society, we have lost our way - but we can find our way again. This may take some time, but we can and will create the world we wish to see all around us.
What kind of world do you want to leave to your children and future generations? Surprisingly enough, the future is not up to politicians, corporations, social engineers, the media, Madison Avenue, Hollywood, science, or anyone else. It's up to each of us, in the choices we make for our ʻOhana every day. Envision what you want for the future, and then go out there and make it happen. Participate fully in making what you envision a reality - it really is that easy.
As an example, Hawai'i Island was 100% food self-sufficient and sustainable less than 250 years ago, with (by most reckonings) a similiar population - and this island remained substantially food self-sufficient and sustainable until the 1930's. I believe this is self-sufficiency is attainable again, regardless of the location we call home.
This will require many changes - in thinking, in actions, and most assuredly in eating habits - and tapping in to the Native Hawaiian knowledge base and way of thinking, in my view, is essential to making this change happen. Let us also not forget that we live in a place that actually has two official lanugages (with one of them being vastly under-represented in society at present).
It is language itself that shapes our very thoughts, and is a primary vehicle for transmitting culture and values. If we are to return this island to its former horticultural and aquacultural glory (as the diary entries of first Western contact attest) then drawing from the deep well of Hawaiian language and culture - both of which are intimately connected to this ʻāina - seems to me like a great place from which to rekindle this journey toward restoration and abundance.
This is what I envision for the future:
- A 90% Self-Sufficient and Sustainable Hawai'i Island by 2090
- 90% of the population directly participating in their own Food Production by 2090
- A 90% Bilingual Society by 2090
So be it! So be it! So be it!
With humble hearts, open minds, and a good dose of elbow grease, we can make this happen - and sooner than we think, so step up and step aboard - or kindly step aside.
‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia - ‘Ōlelo No‘eau
No task is too big when done together by all - Hawaiian Proverb