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Sunday, April 12, 2009


My day Saturday started with survivors.
The beach at Pakala is a survivor of Kauai's plantation heritage. It remains part of a plantation camp that still thrives and survived the force of Hurricane Iniki when newer homes were shredded.

A little while later, I did a video interview with my friend Lucky. She was one of the artists featured in the ‘Survivors’ art show by the YWCA - at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists space at Kukui Grove Shopping Center. A collection by more than 60 YWCA clients — all survivors of abuse who have transformed their pain into resilience.

Afterwards, I spent my afternoon in a learning module for Child Protection Training. Our Baha'i community requires child protection training and certification for all adults who work with children and youth.

When I reflect on the articles found on the left side of my blog roll, I am amazed that people are being arrested, imprisoned and tortured for doing this kind of community service in their native lands.


Anonymous wafan said...

Happy Easter, Liz!

Did you see the Easter Bunny? We are having rabbit stew tonight!!!


April 12, 2009 at 4:41 AM  
Anonymous wafan said...

Are there any original buildings at Pakala? Looks like an interesting place.

The people who beat or treat others (adult or child) with disrespect are disgusting. I really feel sorry for them because they neither know how to give or receive love, nor, studies have shown, had a loving and accepting childhood.

Why do women and men choose to stay in an abusive relationship? Is it fear? An enabler? Threats by the spouse?

Glad to see survivors moving on and forward in their lives> Bravo for your bravery!!!

April 12, 2009 at 4:43 AM  
Anonymous gigi-hawaii said...

I left home at age 19 because of abuse. Maybe, that's why I married a man who is the opposite of my father.

April 12, 2009 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger LizKauai said...

Yes- much of what I learned yesterday from various sources resonated with my my own childhood and adulthood and those of my children. We have to break the train of abuse SOMEWHERE.
To me, abuse is a sign of fear and an empty place where faith and hope need abide.

It is best addressed by filling the void with faith and hope- which, in today's world, is demonstrated by service to others.

Service to others rather than war on others. In our families, our communities, our nations and our world.

The time for peace has come.

Yes- Pakala is still an active plantation camp. I do not share images of the homes as I respect their requested privacy.

April 12, 2009 at 7:09 AM  
Anonymous wafan said...

I think the key to inner peace has always been service to others less fortunate.

The old construction techniques of the plantations usually had houses that flexed and breathed. I wonder if that is the reason the buildings withstood the fury of Iniki. That and the fact they actually built things to last in the olden days.

Buildings my mom's uncle built on Maui in the early 1900's are still standing and in use today.

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