Welcome to the American Revolution II

Welcome to the American Revolution II
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.
"We face a hostile ideology global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose and insidious in method..." and warned about what he saw as unjustified government spending proposals and continued with a warning that "we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex... The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist... Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together."Dwight D. Eisenhower

Friday, February 6, 2009

Ka Iwi: Efforts to preserve a pristine Oahu coastline

Ka Iwi: Efforts to preserve a pristine Oahu coastline

: Jan 26, 2009 05:44 PM

Updated: Jan 27, 2009 01:05 AM

Elizabeth Reilly
Elizabeth Reilly

By Paul Drewes

EAST OAHU (KHNL) - Just outside of a modern residential community in East Oahu, you'll find a rural piece of coastline that is untouched by development. The Ka Iwi Coastline largely looks like is has over the past century, and now there are efforts to keep it that way for future.

Its beauty draws many to East Oahu. The unspoiled landscape as far as the eye can see.

"To me that's the whole heart of visiting the island, the weather, the hiking and seeing the views," said Desiree D' Ambrosi, from Arizona.

The scenic sights are shared by visitors and locals alike. All wanting the Ka Iwi Coastline to remain untouched by development.

"Its such a beautiful site, I don't want to see any homes or anything like that, I just like it the way it is, just natural," said Honolulu resident, Lorraine, who was out on a hike.

Governor Linda Lingle also wants to keep it like it is. And has proposed changing the land from urban classification to conservation. That would keep out development but allow thousands in, to enjoy its rugged beauty.

The proposal comes at some cost. The state paid millions for the land in the 1990s, money that could be used now during this difficult economic time. But those who fought to keep the Ka Iwi Coastline clear, feel this land is priceless.

"It is truly one of the state's scenic resources. No other place except Kaena point is kept in its natural state," said Elizabeth Reilly, with the Liveable Hawaii Kai Hui.

While the change in classification would keep the land makai of Kamehameha Highway free of development, other nearby areas could still face future changes.

And that still concerns many who live nearby or visit the Ka Iwi Coastline.

Last year developers wanted to put vacation cabins in, and turn the tranquil area into a tourist destination.

But now there is hope future generations will enjoy all of the unspoiled beauty of Oahu's natural side.

The state's director from the Office of Planning will be at Tuesday ( Jan. 27th ) night's neighborhood board meeting in Hawaii Kai to talk more about the governor's plan with the community.

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