I woke up this morning and the first thing that came to mind was "enough is enough". I had forgotten that my main focus is Protecting, Perpetuating, & Preserving Pa'akai farming in Hanapepe. My goal was never to just bitch, moan, and cry. Oops I got a little side tracked.
With that being said please hear me out and spread the word. There are some things that we all can start doing to help protect the Salt Pans. We need to remember the importance of our culture, of Pa'akai and what a precious gift it is to receive. One thing we all all start to do is stop driving on the beach right by the salt pans.
I know that I used to be guilty of this before. It was brought to my attention over the past year by our Kupuna and I have stopped and told my kids and my family to stop. I didn't even think driving on the sand was an issue until it was explained how it affects the ponds. I understand how many local families love to pull right up on the sand and enjoy the beach I used to be just as guilty but PLEASE read the reasons this is affecting our salt pans.
1. Every time you drive on the sand it lowers the sand dune's right there. These sand dunes used to protect the patches from the high surf. The sand dunes are extrememly low now and when the waves are big it flows over the sand and right into the salt patches. With the issues we have with drainage the families in the back of the salt pans get flooded and are not able to make salt.
2. The sand from your tires travels and is starting to creep into the salt patch area. If this sand gets into our clay we will not be able to make salt anymore. We are extremely careful when we make Pa'akai not to go to the beach and then bring our sandy feet in the salt patch area.
3. It is against the law to drive on the sand (I hate to bring up this point but it is the truth)
You can still drive on the brown area just not on the white sand. I ask that everyone that read my blog please pass this information on. Education & Awareness is the Key. Spread the word and hopefully we can educate Kauai People that this is an important piece of our culture that needs to be protected. WE ALL CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE....