Are we really homeless because we are living on the beach, on the sidewalk, in a vacant room or in a garage? Today we are asking ourselves a new set of questions, that challenge the very nature and structure of any neighborhood, community or culture. A small group of the curious joined in a special forum in the Blanche Pope Elementary school library on October 19, 2012 to discuss some of the challenges facing the native Hawaiian, in our community of Waimanalo. In a series of discussions we hope to structure those questions that most apply to our community, in terms of how the individual Hawaiian feels about their sense of place and placement.
More specifically, about place and placement. If I, as a native Hawaiian find myself living in a home with multiple families, and social interactions, how is my sense of individual health and wellness impacted. If I am in a place where personal or familial development is based on small group (mother & father with children) interactions, then our choices and decisions will be guided by our immediate surroundings, be they positive or negative. This is my sense of place, good or bad.Should I be placed in an environment (Placement) that immediately intervenes or undermines my personal understanding of familial growth, management, health and wellness, then my sense of placement is adversely impacted. With these two social and cultural elements out of synchronization or balance, our social, economic, educational, cultural, and philosophical wellness can begin to fracture. As this process begins to occurr, a long term effect on familial growth begins to take place. Our communities are burdened with multiple family occupied dwellings, out of necessity. It is this fragile second, third and maybe fourth inner city development, that threatens the very fiber of the native Hawaiian future. Housing is not necessarily the answer. Therefore, we hope that our small group of native Hawaiian’s can begin to collaborate in this voyage of discovery.
If you wish to join us in these discussions, as we focus on our Waimanalo community, as the model, to build on the concerns or richness of our native Hawaiian, then please feel free to contact us: Anakala Roy firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 808-699-5888.
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Author: Anakala Roy