Hawaiian lives matter

Carol Forsloff—-“This is blatant destruction of a religious artifact, of really a shrine — a temple. To me, not only is it insensitive — it’s a hate crime,” said Lakea Trask, one of a handful of Aloha Aina advocates who has spent the last 173 days on Mauna Kea in … Continue reading

Moral, ethical, religious, and legal battles over Hawaii’s sacred mountain

Mauna Kea observatories, wikimedia commons

Carol Forsloff—–“The summit of Mauna Kea may, in fact, be the darkest site anywhere in the world … which of course means you can see deeper into space,” said Doug Simons, executive director at the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. The CFHT sits with 12 other telescopes on top of the mountain. CNN’s … Continue reading

The snows of Mauna Kea in Hawaii become real in July

Carol Forsloff—While the world has wondered about the Native Hawaiian concerns over a telescope being built on a great mountain in Hawaii many believe to be sacred, a unique happening occurred July 17, 2015, just yesterday as a famous song once declared in, “The Snows of Mauna Kea.” The islands … Continue reading

Island ghostly ‘fingerprints’ and the spirit of Ana

Craft angel of Ana's

Carol Forsloff—Most people believe in angels or some form of other- worldly experience.  But do people have auras, spirits and leave a part of themselves behind, even when they are alive and leave somewhere they have been over time?  Hawaii is an island with many cultures, and the belief in … Continue reading

Solar controversy in Hawaii

Where the sun shines brightly almost every day, some people are worried about solar energy.  This objection comes at a time when carbon pollution from coal and oil are putting members of Congress at loggerheads.  Why are some people in Hawaii objecting to an energy source touted as clean and … Continue reading

Science vs religion and culture of Hawaii

Science, religion and culture have drawn battle lines all over the globe, with Hawaii reflecting many of the essential issues about which many skirmishes have taken place, with everyone declaring his/her rights having primacy over those of others. The outcome, in many cases, brings delays and confusion, with government being … Continue reading

Native Hawaiians walk trail of tears over Mauna Kea

Telescope planned for Mauna Kea

Carol Forsloff—A new telescope?  No big deal some might say.  But for the Polynesian who takes pride in his or her island heritage and history, it is a major issue. Space.com reported the details in 2011, and while mainland media outlets looked at the pros and cons of the new … Continue reading