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Commentary – Hawaii Science Leaders Call for the Protection of Mauna Kea

This statement is being made by physicians, psychologists, scientists, public health professionals, educators, and cultural practitioners who aloha ‘āina and who happen to be the leadership and members of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health in the John A. Burns School of Medicine of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. However, we are not making this statement in our capacity as faculty or staff of the university nor is this an official statement of the university.

Artist Conception of the TMT (Bottom Left) Click to enlarge

Artist Conception of the TMT (Bottom Left) Click to enlarge

In 2003, the Department of Native Hawaiian Health was established at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Its mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of Kānaka ‘Ōiwi (Native Hawaiians) by increasing the cadre of Kanaka ‘Ōiwi and other health professionals, and scientists working toward health equity for Kānaka ‘Ōiwi through health care services, scientific research, and community engagement and empowerment. In meeting our mission, we embrace biomedical and behavioral sciences and Kānaka ‘Ōiwi cultural knowledge and tradition. We value science and its potential in improving the lives of all people and we value our Kanaka ‘Ōiwi culture and its offering of continuity and Mauli Ola (optimal and holistic health and wellbeing) for Kānaka ‘Ōiwi.

The protection of Mauna Kea (aka, Mauna a Wākea) by concerned Kānaka ‘Ōiwi is our ancestral kuleana (responsibility) to mālama ‘āina (land stewardship) and means of ensuring Mauli Ola. Cultural protection and revitalization of historical and sacred places are important social and cultural determinants of Mauli Ola for Kānaka ‘Ōiwi. They are as important to Mauli Ola as access to safe and well-resourced neighborhoods, excellent education, healthy food options, physical activity opportunities, and quality health care.

Coming from a tradition of seafarers and skilled navigators, who looked up to the heavens and night sky for knowledge and guidance, Kānaka ‘Ōiwi can appreciate astronomy’s quest to understand the mysteries of the universe and our collective existence in, and connection to, this universe. Kānaka ‘Ōiwi also appreciate and hold fast to cultural knowledge, traditions, and wahi pana (scared places) that also explain our existence in, and connection to, this place we call Hawai‘i.

In respect for both traditions, astronomy and Kānaka ‘Ōiwi, the above members of the Department of Native Hawaiian Health calls for an extended moratorium until a balanced resolution – that ensures the protection of Mauna Kea – is achieved between the State entities involved and the astronomy and Kānaka ‘Ōiwi community. And may it be done with the values of our ancestors as reflected in the following: ‘A‘ohe pau ka ‘ike i ka hālau ho‘okahi (not all knowledge is acquired through one school) and Mālama pono i ka ‘āina (properly care for our land).

From: Drs. Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, Marjorie Mau, Winona Lee, Dee-Ann Carpenter, Martina Kamaka, Robin Miyamoto, Kāwika Mortensen, Alika Maunakea, Andrea Hermosura, and Tricia Mabellos, and Ms. Mele Look , Ms. Chessa Harris, Ms. Tiffnie Kakalia, Mr. Kamuela Werner, Ms. Shelley Soong, and Ms. Miala Leong.

Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast Now Closed – Property Up for Sale

To our wonderful guests and friends:

After twelve years of magical hospitality to guests from all over the world, Waianuhea has now closed for business, and the property is up for sale.

The front of the Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast

The front of the Waianuhea Bed and Breakfast

Thank you for your business and support over the years!

It has been a great run of twelve plus years! I would like to thank all of our guests, friends, and family who have made the past twelve years so special. I am sorry to not be welcoming you back again under my stewardship to enjoy this amazing place called Waianuhea.

The "Great Room"

The “Great Room”

Financially, it has become necessary to close our doors. Thank you again for all of your interest, business, and support over the course of our lifetime. We set out to be a unique, beautiful, wonderful place to stay and relax in soothing comfort, and I believe we reached that goal!

The Waianuhea Inn

The Waianuhea Inn

I do not know what this property will transform into when it sells. It may open again as an inn, it may become a retreat center, it may be a private home, or it may be something else I haven’t even envisioned yet! What I do know is what a pleasure it has been in its form as a very special inn.

The Waianuhea Inn

From the time I began the process of setting up a distinctive space, to the years of making new friends and welcoming all of you, and now on to this place of parting, Waianuhea has been a chapter in my lifetime that has been so inexpressibly important and wondrous.

Part of the Basement

Part of the Basement

I have learned so much, I have expressed both my artistic side and my business side, and I have derived much happiness in providing a place of respite to my guests as well as a place of joyful, harmonious, and meaningful employment to my incredible staff.

Mahalo from the depths of my heart,

Carol Salisbury, Owner