I LOVE Hawaii. I took this photograph on my iPhone one morning in September 2012, while walking the land at Waihe’e Coastal Dunes and Wetlands Refuge. I was talking story with my friends Sara Smith and her brood along with James and Janell Simpliciano. This place holds a very special place in my heart.
Our home is close by and our children pretty much grew up on this beach. We most likely saw our first tale slap by a humpback whale here…on second thought, we probably heard and saw our first tale slap here. Our children built dams and learned about ebb and flow of fresh water flowing into the ocean. This was one place in the whole world that we didn’t have to tell our kids no. They were free to roam, play, swim in the ocean, and feel the sun on their faces. Our hearts are tied to this part of Maui.
I share this story because like most of us that live on Maui, community is important – it’s like our extended family. So when Sara Smith of Hawaii Islands Land Trust (HILT) called on me for my help, it’s was like my sister asking for help. She asked me to get involved with supporting an event called Buy Back The Beach, an annual fundraiser for HILT.
We can make a difference. If you LOVE Hawaii and appreciate open lands like this beach you can help and we are asking you like you are family. Every little bit helps. From giving your time, which is valuable, to joining the 12th annual fundraising dinner to simply sharing this information with your family & community. I’m like your mom…calling you to help.