Kaneohe Bay serves as the backdrop to all of Kaneohe and is the natural central feature of the town.
Such a beautiful natural asset should be more incorporated into the Kaneohe lifestyle.
A potential method to draw the economic and social life of Kaneohe closer to the bay would be to establish a land trust for a public Kaneohe Bay Shoreline Park.
Doing this builds first on a shared community vision, then using that to empower the process of navigating ways to making it happen.
Establishing goals and working towards bringing them into fruition is the heart of community involvement.
One of the definitions seperating a town from a city is incorporation.
An incorporated municipality has taxing authority and the ability to enter into contract for city services such as roads and utilities. This gives residents a greater ability to protect their towns uniques characteristics and for government to deliver services better tailored to local requirements.
Kailua with its clearly defined borders and a unique island heritage would, in any other state, have its own municipal government.
There are over four thousand incorporated municipalities in the US of 10,000 – 100,000 people.
The reason Hawaii residence don’t have this ability is further explored in this post: Read More>>>
Kailua or any other part of Oahu should have the ability to incorporate if it makes sense to the local citizens.
Anything that furthers local ingenuity and problem solving would be of benefit to everyone throughout Hawaii.
Waimanalo has everything needed to thrive and prosper. It has mountains, beaches, agricultural land and friendly communities.
To have a steadily improving standard of living and to defend Waimanalo’s unique culture means a greater commitment to developing a prosperous agricultural industry.
Access to agricultural methods and markets that can support family farms and provide greater financial incentive to bring more fallow land into production will keep Waimanalo open and build prosperity.
One possible example to consider is Brazil’s method of increasing farm output which took them from a basic food importer to a major exporter.
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The method presents technical recommendations for integrated systems in Acre and allows for grain production combined with the renovation of pastures and introduction of tree species. It includes different arrangements of ICLF systems, livestock-forest behavior of native and exotic tree species in Acre, methods of implementation, maintenance, management and economic viability. One of the proposed arrangements includes planting the native tree species Calycophyllum spruceanum (of commercial value) and Samanea tubulosa (source of nitrogen and shade) alongside corn in-between the rows for two years, including during the harvest and mid-season harvest. The forage plant is sown with the third corn harvest. Read More>>
Creating a similar level of commitment to agriculture means more wealth for farmers and preserving agricultural land for locally grown produce.
Why Fast Truly Affordable Housing Matters
The people of Waimanalo have to be empowered to deal with local issues.
Dealing with the homeless people living along Kalanianaole Hwy has a simple answer that has not been allowed to happen:
A small mobile home park on somewhere on much of the unused land would treat people with dignity and as well it is per square foot incredible cheap after infrastructure cost. Fast affordable housing is a important tool to give people a leg up in building a better life.
On Oahu you can only get modular constructed shelter designed to be used for office space but not for living space.
Keeping the Windward side clean is incredible important for our future, just like it is for all parts of the island particularly the rural areas that receive so much illegal dumping.
Cleaning up the windward side to send the trash to the leeward side is on a collision course with Waianae interest and the issue of garbage eclipses transportation as a challenge needing innovative answers.
The landfill on the leeward side is filling up just as the Kailua landfill did 23 years ago.
The landfill approach will always reach a dead end and Oahu and we need to be looking ahead for new innovations.
The only foreseeable long term answer to replace the landfills is burning garbage at such high temperatures, it doesn’t just incinerate, it gasifies.
Such high temperature systems are generated using plasma arc that render waste material into a usable inert gas and a glass like slag that has potential reuse as construction material.
Plasma arc at sufficient temperatures can burn concrete.
To clean up the windward side and keep it that way requires a waste disposal system that, to the greatest extent possible, has a built in financial incentive to sweep up trash island wide