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Taking Responsibility

I want to share some thoughts about the American Safari Cruise yacht that is now coming to our island on an overnight stay about three times per month.   I first met Dan Blanchard, the owner, at the Hotel Molokai a few years back along with his assistant Amy. They asked how I felt about them coming with a yacht holding a maximum of about 30 people to our island and these patrons would have the choice of choosing tour options which included the trek to Kalaupapa by trail and air.  Of course, I was very open.

Over a year ago, I received an email from Teri Waros inviting me and others to meet Mr. Blanchard. We further discussed the potential of this program, with an upscale client base coming to our island for learning about our lifestyle and culture.  

After learning about the intent of Mr. Blanchard’s enterprise, I felt even more comfortable about the program.  When he asked me I if it should be brought forth to the community, I told him that there seemed no reason for him to have a community meeting; the ferry comes in daily with a larger capacity to bring the visitors, and Island Air arrives four to six times per day.  

I need to admit that I did tell him that there was no need to have a community meeting. If this has slighted some of our community leaders, I apologize to each of you.  We have wonderful people in our community who have their heart and soul in keeping our lifestyle in check and I commend you for your willing hearts to keep this so.  I still feel that this enterprise is a nice fit for our island. It’s clean, it helps our community, and the proceeds will benefit struggling businesses, which will filter back into our community.  I want to come clean and let Mr. Blanchard, his assistant Amy and Teri Waros know that I will take responsibility for the trouble that my recommendations may have caused. I did not realize that it was that important until I heard the chanting, saw the signs and the many people at the pier– good Molokai people who have a heart with some fears to try to keep Molokai, Molokai. 

With my aloha for all of you,

Roy M. Horner

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26 Responses to “Taking Responsibility”

  1. konagene says:

    Mr. Horner, your cofession and apology, although well spoken, was totally unecessary considering your reputation. The last time I checked, the island of Moloka’i DOES NOT belong to any of the protestors, their families or friends. And as you stated, if they were so inclined to protest Mr. Blanchard’s yacht, why aren’t they at the ferry landing and the airport on a daily basis? Maybe it’s because they acknowledged that there was no potential financial gain associated with either of those two locations?
    It seems from all of the comments entered regarding the protest, there is strong local support for the American Safari Cruise and their visits to Moloka’i. Hopefully , the protestors will realize that the future of Moloka’i DOES NOT rest with programs provided by the Federal Government but in the success of caring individuals and enterprises such as Mr. Blanchard’s.
    We need these groups and individuals to feel welcome here and tell their friends about their experiences while on Moloka’i. They will be a valuable and reliable marketing tool to help us promote our island and the best part of it is that, all the while, they are PAYING US to do it by supporting our local economy!
    Moloka’i Nui A Hina!

  2. alan goldberg says:

    “I felt that there was no reason to… the community.” What a ruse — to give him pity — HE HAS TO TALK TO THE COMMUNITY INSTEAD OF ASSUMING — WHICH IS HIS SUBTERFUGE — . DO NOT FALL FOR THIS. LET HIM NEGOTIATE FOR $ eg docking fees, tourist tax etc., AND NO MORE BOATS WITH TOURISTS UNTIL IT IS OK WITH THE PEOPLE OF MOLOKAI! YES, THE ECONOMICS ARE AN ISSUE BUT SHOULD NOT BE TO THE RAPE OF THE PONO OF MOLOKAI!

  3. alan goldberg says:

    THE MESSAGES ARE SO INVITING AND DECEPTIVE “PAYING US” SOUNDS GOOD BUT WITH NO SUPPORTIVE DATA “..FEEL WELCOME HERE … VALUABLE MARKETING TOOL…” TOOL GET THE MESSAGE? AND BEFORE LONG GUESS WHAT .. TOOL!?! CRUISE SHIPS JUST LIKE THE NONSENSE OF THE INDUSTRIAL WIND MILLS FOR ELECTRICTY FOR HONOLULU — PROSTITUTE MOLOKAI AND GOODBYE HAWAII. IZ WAS SO SADLY CORRECT. ” YOUR COFESSION AND APOLOGY… UNNECESSARY..” WHO ARE YOU KIDDING?? DON’T SELL OUT MOLOKAI’S PONO. BY THE WAY THE FORMER SPELLED CONFESSION WITH THE MISSPELLING ‘COFESSION’ A SLIP AND WHAT DOES THIS IMPLY? I WILL LEAVE IT TO YOUR IMAGINATION.

  4. alan goldberg says:

    No protestors at the airport or ferry landing ..”there was no financial gain” is ludicrous! Contrast this to the financial gain of Mr Blanchard’s yacht whose cruise to Molokai was attempted to push through without the permission of the community. This act should raise a red flag as to where the financial gain goes. Of course it would help the economy of Molokai — but hidden behavior, ie assuming that the community should not be asked first –makes all of this SUSPECT.

  5. Kuki says:

    Alan, you mention the Kings…you think they asked the permission of the community back in their day before making decisions that impacted the lands?? NOT!

  6. alan goldberg says:

    PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR EVIDENCE FOR STRONG LOCAL SUPPORT FOR THE AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISE. GREAT MARKETING PLOY! NOTE THE WORDS: AMERICAN (PATRIOTIC), SAFARI (ADVENTURE) CRUISE — OBVIOUS. PROVE UP YOUR EVIDENCE AS WELL WHY YOU DID NOT ASK THE MOLOKAI COMMUNITY FIRST FOR APPROVAL!!! LOOKS LIKE A PUSH THROUGH WITHOUT THE COMMUNITY–NO PONO.

  7. Finding the Balance says:

    Your capital letters show that of a fight. Perhaps put down the fists and look at both sides before making judgement. Many of us in support of this project are still close with the protestors.

    What we need to focus on is a solution as this was done right in the best way thought how. No official protocol was made and now is perhaps the time that a process can be done from both sides of the argument and in a forward motion of a clear communicative avenue.

  8. alan goldberg says:

    PLEASE GIVE EVIDENCE FOR THE STRONG LOCAL SUPPORT FOR THE AMERICAN SAFARI CRUISE TO MOLOKAI. DO NOT USE “IT SEEMS..” AS HAVING ANY VALIDITY — YOU ARE A JOKE TRYING TO PULL THE PROVERBIAL WOOL OVER THE EYES OF THE MOLOKAI COMMUNITY.

  9. alan goldberg says:

    “NO OFFICIAL PROTOCAL” PLEASE SHOW ALL IN SUPPORT AND STOP WITH YOUR GENERALIZING DEFENSIVE STUFF. YOUR RESPONSE TO ME SHOWS YOUR VULNERABILITY. SHOW ME ALL OF THOSE IN SUPPORT WHO ARE NOT CONNECTED TO THIS — ONLY DISINTERESTED INDIVIDUALS. YOUR RESPONSE WITHOUT A NAME ATTACHED IS CLEARLY CONSISTENT WITH YOUR COVERT PROGRAM. HOW SAD THAT I AS AN OUTSIDER BUT LOVING MOLOKAI HAS TO DEAL WITH THE MANIPULATION OF PEOPLE. THIS IS NO PONO! MY MESSAGE IS CLEAR: YOU ARE A THREAT TO THE PONO OF MOLOKAI. NO SOLUTION AS THIS WAS NOT ASKED FOR NOR WAS THE COMMUNITY ACKNOWLEDEGED. TELL ME WHO IS IN SUPPORT OF THIS PROJECT –THE PROJECT PEOPLE — OF COURSE. DESTROY MOLOKAI SLOWLY AND WHAT IS LEFT FOR THE FUTURE. GOODBYE FUTURE KIKI

  10. alan goldberg says:

    YOUR RESPONSE IS A JOKE. THE ONLY SOLUTION IS NO. YOUR GREED SICKENS ME. GET A LIFE. GO TO HONOLULU TO MAKE MONEY AND LEAVE THE PONO OF MOLOKAI ALONE. PLEASE LIST ALL OF THE PROTESTORS WHO AGREE WITH YOU — AND THEN LEAVE MOLOKAI. MAY THE ANCIENT KINGS OF HAWAII PASS JUDGEMENT ON YOU.

  11. Finding the Balance says:

    Well I guess if you lived here you may understand what is really going on..and know all the individuals and community members involved…
    Oh well…….

  12. alan goldberg says:

    YOU ARE DEFOCUSSING AND VERY STUPIDLY TRYING TO DISMISS THE OBVIOUS LOGIC — AGAIN ONLY SUPPORTING YOUR COMPLICITY. IT IS EXTREMELY OBVIOUS OF THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS IN MOLOKAI AND YET YOUR SELFISH AND THOUGHTLESS ATTACK ONLY REVEALS YOUR INTENT. I KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON. DO YOU KNOW WHAT IZ SAID ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HAWAII AND WHAT THE KINGS WOULD FEEL? “Oh well……” TO YOUR IMAGINATION.

  13. Finding the Balance says:

    Think you must be trying to grab attention…..Well maybe you should shift over to the windmills? They may need your help…

  14. Molokaiwahine says:

    PONO:GOODNESS,UPRIGHTNESS,MORALITY,MORAL QUALITIES,CORRECT OR PROPER PROCEDURE,TRUE CONDITION OF NATURE, WELL BEING,JUST,FAIR,VIRTUOUS.
    These english words decribe what PONO means.
    1.Are you being PONO by attacking people’s comments?
    2. Are we living in a Hawaiian Kingdom where we have Royal Monarch and the commoners worked the land and did not own the land?
    3.Do we have to ask certain people for permission to do business on this island,there are at least 10 local business participating in this tour and employing local people.
    4.What is your solution for jobs, some people do not hunt and fish or gather for families.
    5.Some people do not want to be on welfare they want to work they donot want to live off of taxpayers hard earn monies…..
    Read your Hawaiian history about the monarchy they welcome the haoles, they married the haoles. King Kamemhameha used haole’s Davis and Young to unite the islands. Princess Bernice Puahi married a haole. Queen Liliokulani married a haole.A the list goes on and on…
    I am sorry and sad for you that you are so upset and I hope you open your heart up understand we are all just trying to make living to feed our families. The yacht is NOT a hugh impact on our environment and our community…Mahalo

  15. alan goldberg says:

    I apologize for not being clear in my message. I want pono everywhere in the world. But cannot be done, (at least not now or who knows whenever?), my rejection of the American Safari Cruise is the old sayings: ‘a foot in the door’, ‘give them an inch and they take a mile’. These adages remain due to their universal and timeless truth. When the ASC did not ask for a protocol and went forward minimizing the impact — red flag–next a yacht with 60 people and so it continues. Molokai will go the way the other islands have only starting off with a small cancer cell. I appreciate the need for employment and off of the federal roles — to give respect to the people. But this unauthorized cruise, not just a yacht with 10 people, planned for repeated visits may help local economy, but watch out. A short term solution will lead to the loss of innocense, beauty, and pono of Molokai. ” A foot in the door and here comes the cruise ships and goodbye Molokai and the future of the old ways for the keiki. I will be long gone and would be sad to know that Molokai is the new Oahua. As IZ said “..the kings would be sad to see (Honolulu)”. Do not be naive — the cruise ships will lead to a ” HUGE IMPACT on the environment”. Not today but like a cancer in the future.. I have been so vitriolic as in my years I have seen Honolulu, Maui, Kaui all gone to homogenization losing the essence of what Hawaii used to be. I guess it is progress or pono. I wish for the later. Molokai is one of the last pure places on this planet. Mahalo

  16. Finding the Balance says:

    Aloha

    This yacht is good as it is dwarfed by cruise ships.. Cruise ships will never be able to make it in to Molokai as the harbor is too small and the winds are too strong.. Its been tried once before and failed.

    What ASC has done has made the community wake up and get a protocol that all local Hawaiians can follow and understand. There has been none to date.

    I think that we all agree that a protocol needs to be set in place that both businesses and others can agree on…

    I see this not as an opening of doors to other boats, but a time where as a community we can finally have our community plan laid out and clearly understood. This yacht is a blessing to the island so now we just have to figure out our protocol discussed by the community leaders in the different fields..If we can all come together on this…then we will have achieved much and Molokai will always be protected through our protocol that has been decided by all the key leaders of the different parts of Molokai that makes us a community…We have the Aha Kiole, we have our businesses, we have our visitor industry, we have our schools and law enforcement, our politicians, our kupuna, so there is no reason why we as a community can not come together and be that role model for others to follow…

  17. alan goldberg says:

    Thank you. You put my fears to rest.

  18. Finding the Balance says:

    Thank you and I am glad you feel better..I too feel better with all this writing as I know there is a solution but finding the balance is never easy. I do believe in this community though and I know we can do this. We just need to all put our differences aside and focus on what is right for our community that encompasses all of us and not just a select few….

  19. alan goldberg says:

    Mr. Blanchard is not a king. So he has no right to do what he wants without the acceptance of the people of Molokai. Prove that this is not covert behavior — to get a foot in the door. His apology is meaningless– he should have known what is protocol legally and with pono!

  20. Molokaiwahine says:

    Can you tell me what Protocal IS please on this island?
    Are you born and raised here in Hawaii?
    Do you have family here in Molokai?
    Mr. Blanchard does not come off in anyway as King. How?
    Why are you not addressing your concerns to all the LOCAL business that are a part of this creative business for Molokai people in this community?
    What do you have to offer for jobs for the people who are unemployed on this island?
    Do you live here on Molokai?
    Who are you really?
    Why so much anger?
    In State of Hawaii and the United States are there laws about PROTOCAL?
    I only hope that you will be open up your heart and Be PONO…..
    Take care and Mahalo
    A Hui Hou

  21. livaloha says:

    Still the USA right? Can do business without the “permission” of a self proclaimed spokesman, right? The yacht visiting Molokai is helping the economy with no negative impact, what’s the problem? Sounds like somebody’s feeling got hurt because he’ wasn’t consulted.

  22. Molokai PuleO'O says:

    YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT!!! Some of our poor people need to listen to the foreigners, they saw it done, and they live it daily. They see the beauty of MOLOKAI and don’t want to see it fade and change. Mahalo ALan for your mana’o They look through a scope and not through their eyes… I KNOW, I CAN TALK I AM HAWAIIAN, and my roots dig deep in this AINA!!! They are mistaken greatly, MOLOKAI’s majority feel this cruise ship is a negative impact in our community. The only people that feel good about it, is the people with their hand in the HONEY POT!! SO SHAME, all these years our KUPUNA have fought to keep our resources for the generations to come and now there are some that feel it’s okay to SELL IT!! They don’t understand that letting this ship in the door, will open it up for other ships. Don’t be stupid people. These foreigners come in with BIG DOLLARS, at least one of them from each ship will think Molokai is good for grabs, because of all these NICE MOLOKAIIANS greeting them with open arms and they will want a piece of the pie. DONT forget what our KUPUNAS went through!!! They had no choice, they were FORCED to change. Why not avoid this. We have seen it on all the other islands, it starts off small and ends up big!!! Kauai in a matter of 15 years went DOWN scope, HAOLES came in flashed cash and these poor Hawaiians jumped at it, now look them HOMELESS!!! NO can go by the beach, and gather what was left for them, WHY??? because HAOLES own the land!!! Think about it don’t be STUPID, soon money going be worth NOTHING, we will be able to live because of our resources… Those over populated islands WONT!!! They going be killing each other for food… We have seen it happen before, they come in sweet talk us and it all seems so beneficial, but really once their in YOU ARE OUT!!! For all the Hawaiians FOR IT!!! Especially for the ones with Hawaiian homes and still wanting more, give your aina to HAWAIIANS that are willing to LIVE HAWAIIAN!! Give it the MAHI’AI me na LAWA’IA who want to OLA PONO!!! Go pay rent to the HAOLE that you ALOHA so much!!! HILAHILA you forget who you really are!!!

    LIVE WITHIN YOUR MEANS, STAY OUT OF DEBT AND CARE FOR
    WHAT YOU HAVE!!!!

    I LOVE YOU MOLOKAIIANS!!!

  23. Molokaiwahine says:

    CAN we stop with the RACISM? Lots of us are part Hawaiian and Haole, so it offends many when you make these racism comments about the haoles.The Ritte’s, the Purdy’s the Helms, Dudoit, and Duvelelle, Place’s does that sound like Hawaiian names.
    We love our tutu and papa who are haole. Do we live in denial?
    If you know anything about our politcal history, we all know that the Democrated party in Hawaii is not run by Hawaiians or Haoles , but a graduate of McKinley High school. If you look at our legislature in Washington DC and the State of Hawaii most of them have Asia last names. If you look at who owns all the grocery stores, gas stations, drug stores most of them have Asia last names.
    Lots of other people who own and rent their homes are NOT haoles on Molokai.
    And that is OK. We have to help ouselves this is the 21 first century and we can not look back only move forward.

    So, UNEMPLOYMENT IS AT A HIGH 17%,DRUGS ARE killing our Community, got any solutions for these problems,Molokai PuleoO’O?
    Lets help our Kupuna’s and Keikis with these problems
    I wish you peace… Malama Pono

  24. Molokai PuleO'O says:

    Okay wait a second, you telling me to stop with the racism, and you dropping our peoples names, I mention Haole, and you start putting down the names of our people…

    Aren’t we trying to restore what was taken from us back then by the WHITE man, If you take a look at WORLD HISTORY, you will understand it was the HAOLE, that caused the damage in HAWAII NEI… Like the Language, the REAL protocol, Dances, Mo’olelo, Historical sites, the list goes on… I take these things seriously and understand that they should not be exploited and treated like some type of attraction for tourist to see… By doing so we are MOCKING our KUPUNA and the ANCESTORS of Molokai. Is this so hard to understand, the rest of Hawaii is GONE never to be restored in it’s natural state. MOLOKAI does not have to be like that we have the chance to keep it the way it is, don’t damage that…MOLOKAI is SPECIAL!!! I live with KUPUNA and have learned of the old ways and traditions. I want my children to do so also.

    YES!!! I know that unemployment is at a HIGH, its not only so for you, but US ALL!!! Turn in the DRUG PUSHERS and be a good example to your children, they will listen and follow, but you need to practice what you preach…

    YES lets help our KEIKI and COMMUNITY!!! get in the LEPO grow your own vegtables, raise your own animals we got the land and water, Hunt and Fish, we can do this LIVE SIMPLE!! People are just LAZY!!! The Foreigners make you feel you need them to survive, MAKE A STAND!!!TIMES are hard around the WORLD not
    only here on MOLOKAI… WE got it easy, I DON’T work,
    but i make use of my AINA and I know that I can survive with out KALA!!! Everybody looking around, BUT FORGET TO LOOK UP!!!! TRUST IN GOD… He gave us what we have today and put us here in the middle of the Pacific away from the rest of the world that desires to RAPE us of our GOODS…. Protect it and you will NEVER GO HUNGRY!!!!!

  25. Finding the Balance says:

    If we are to trust in God, the surely we also know that God loves us all no matter on any one’s skin color or back ground. Given Molokai is to be protected but Molokai Pule o’o surely you must see both sides of this issue.

    There is a solution to all of this but you must also remember that condemning anyone which include ancestors is not the answer. Blood is mixed and education is crucial if anyone is to keep the old ways alive.

    The world is constantly changing and will continue to do so and what Molokai has is a chance for the community to come together from all sides of the fence and draw up a community plan that will be honored with the correct protocols for future projects.

    You may be one of the fortunate ones who can survive without kala but there are many in this community that are not so lucky and we need to look at the now. Realistically can you tell all the keiki on this island that they must do away without their ipods and all the other things that our keiki are accustomed to?

    Bringing in visitors is not so bad as long as you educate them and that the community is all on the same page to why Molokai is to stay this way. Many of these visitors have also seen changes in their home towns. Many visitors have protested development etc in their areas.. It is not about the white man because a few bad ones do not speak for the majority. There are many shades of white, brown, black etc and to speak by combining all the blends into just one color and point fingers is not the way to go.

    Are we not God’s children if any of us are to believe in God? Surely if that is the case then please remember that if we are all one family, then we need to find a balance that works for all of us.

  26. Molokaiwahine says:

    I am glad you Love God. And all of us who have God in our life should be the light of God.But your anger needs to change to forgiving, for God will forgive us.I think it great that you can live without all the necessities of electricity, propane,water to your home, cars/trucks,and all the stuff we need to survive.

    As for the names of the families I mentioned it is because their ancestors are also Haoles that came to Hawaii shores and married Hawaiians.And our Royalty married Haoles too.So it is not a bad thing to be a Haole.We have to look beyond the racism.

    God loves all of us. And yes, humans in general all over the world have done terrible actions to other humans.
    No one wants Molokai to get over developed like the rest of the Hawaiian islands. However,most of us live by the KALA to support our families.

    So please think about the fact that some of us do not hunt, fish and do not have resources like large tracts of land to plant food and hunt or means to fish the ocean.It is GOOD that you live by the ancient ways of the Hawaiian culture.
    Be a Light of God and forgive those who you feel have wrong our people and culture. Teach them about our culture and share with them how we are as a people.
    malama pono….

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