Letters Recently Written by Students at Sacred Hearts School

During the last several years of our work, the youth have been so inspiring. Their love for the area and their clear vision of what is right is our compass. Here are some recent letters from them.
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Recently, I have seen many “Save Honolua” bumper stickers. This has inspired me to raise awareness about how important it is to preserve the sacred aina we call Honolua Bay. It is one of the last open spaces left on Maui. Travelers from all over the globe come to the island of Maui to see the majestic and cultural land space, not to see land that has been developed.

I realize that my becoming more aware of what is in my “backyard”, that I can inform others who are not aware. I can share my knowledge of how to protect our sacred land. I can inform them about how to take care of the land, of what is happening with development so that they can know how to help. I am determined to make a change and will not stop until I do. Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,
Natalie Kent
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I only moved to this beautiful island of Maui last year. I have learned that Honolua Bay is one of the few remaining sacred undeveloped parts on the West side of Maui. It is imperative to do whatever needs to be done to keep this gorgeous land to be enjoyed by the community so that people will see the true Maui, not a developed Maui.

Sincerely,

Katie Slear
7th grader
Sacred Hearts School
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I am writing this letter because I want Honolua Bay to be kept as the surf spot and beach that it is now. I have lived on this island all my life – 12 years. I have always walked on the beach of Honolua Bay. I will do whatever I have to do to save Honolua Bay. I will stay on the beach and protest development if I have to. I have found my courage to save Honolua Bay.

Sincerely,

Giovanna Johnson
7th grader
Sacred Hearts School
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I recently became aware that Maui Land and Pine was considering developing on the sacred ahupua’a of Honolua Bay. I’m extremely thankful that the decision was made to not develop Lipoa Point in 2007. I am now motivated to do what I can to preserve this beautiful Bay, to keep it sacred, and make our ancestors proud of us. It is up to us to keep this sacred ahupua’a thriving by doing anything and everything including informing others so as not to harm its safety and beauty.

Sincerely,

KP

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What would you feel if someone took what you love most? Would you feel betrayed, enraged or depressed if this happened? One word that can describe how I would feel is outraged. About five years ago, we almost lost this wonderful place to development. Luckily, many in the community didn’t want this aina to be destroyed, so they protested and they prevailed. I wish to do this too, to make a change in the community, to open the eyes of people and to create a better home for our future. I wonder, “Why demolish a land worth a lifetime?” I want to help save our land.

Sincerely,

Meiling Westberg
7th grader
Sacred Hearts School
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Five years ago in 2007, Maui Land and Pine spoke of developing an area near Honolua Bay. When the word got out, the Maui County Council held a meeting and many community members including students from the West side of Maui spoke. They helped preserve Honolua Bay.

Now, today, I am writing this letter to continue to help preserve the Bay by spreading the word. Honolua Bay is one of the last undeveloped areas on Maui! I hope to raise awareness that doing something for profit doesn’t help the whole community.

Thank you for reading this.

Sincerely,
Zoe Hirschson
7th grader Sacred Hearts School

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