You are on a black sand lava
beach on the island of Hawai'i, in the Puna district
along King Kamehameha's road, called the Red Road....
this night, an ancient Finnish creation saga is recited
by a master bard. He speaks for hours of the Paradise the
Earth was -- and will be again. A rave/dance party
follows, with soft lights, music, dancing, singing, and
A few miles away, lava fountains, and the newest land on
earth is born. The volcano (home of goddess Madame Pele
by local tradition) glows red beneath clouds and dancing
Next morning, dolphins come to play, rest, feed, make
love. Weeks ago, a baby humpback whale was born here and
recently, mother and baby swam through the bay with an
honor guard of dolphins.
The Paradise many dream about is right here. Omni
Magazine calls it "the last Paradise on earth". Red Road
is one of the last natural coastal roads in the world.
Stars shine in dark skies, waves crash on lava cliffs,
and tree branches entwine overhead, forming a wonderland
of vegetation. One would expect at least THIS "last
Paradise" could be preserved....
... --- ... S.O.S. ...
....yet now rare and endangered animals, plants,
foods, herbs and rainforest medicines are threatened by
Hawai'i Electric Light Company (HELCO - a monopoly) and
Hawai'i County's systematic and intentionally
short-sighted policies implemented through power,
corruption, coercion and violation of our laws.
After 2 1/2 years of court challenges to prevent the Red
Road powerline project, all legal restraints blocking
Helco have suddenly failed. Even a Federal endangered
species case has failed to stop it. Hundreds of beautiful
trees are due to be slaughtered starting July 12, 1997. A
suburb may follow .... a convenience store over the beach
etc. Our current alternate-powered lifestyle in harmony
with nature might soon be gone.
A global upwelling of concern will still preserve
Paradise. The light of attention and light focused here
will change the outcome. Please help us.
We are at our 11th hour. We pray for prompt aid from
Omni, its readers, the Net and whoever we can reach in
time, on (or off) Planet.
Hawai'i is a planetary treasure visitors travel
thousands of miles to experience. Yet more natural
Hawai'i is destroyed daily and replaced by what they just
left. We have enough infrastructure. We can afford to
leave Paradise be.
Will there be ANY Paradise left? ANYWHERE? Will the "last
Paradise" fall to the bulldozer before our eyes? Let's
begin to preserve and create new Paradises everywhere so
we will always have a Paradise.
Ecotourism is big business that Hawai'i State can
lead. After all, we already ARE Paradise. Hawai'i Island
is perfect for the creation of sustainable,
planet-friendly communities and testing products for
global use. Since most climate zones of Earth are
on-island, whatever works here will work
Earth-Friendly behavior is
how Hawai'i can "do well by doing good". Co-creative,
Net-linked projects uniting Hawai'ians, residents,
eco-guests and interested parties can create our
sustainable future, bringing Da' Kine (the finest) to
Prosperity and abundance, new knowledge, techniques, and
globally sound methods will develop. Success is assured
because Hawai'ians, Internet people, Omni readers, all of
us, embody great experience and wisdom. I invite Omni to
take on such a project. Let's see what committed people
can create together. I know we can create wondrously
beautiful futures that work for everyone.
Mahalo nui loa.
Michael T. Hyson, Ph.D.
Founding Partner and Research Director
Dr. Hyson is a founding partner and research director of
the Sirius Institute located in Puna, Hawai'i. The
Institute researches dolphin/whale communication, dolphin
attended birth and space travel and is working toward an
alternate powered human/cetacean community and Cetacean
Nation Sanctuary and Embassy in Puna.
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