By Kaiawe Kalawe
There was a confrontation between Molokai men and off-island divers that led to the arrest of four Molokai men.
The incident occurred in May of 2014. The Molokai men were out on the boat they saw a boat they know wasn’t from Molokai. They went to tell them to leave and things got bad.
In November 2014, the men got arrested. They were charged with two counts of robbery in the second degree, unauthorized first degree entry into a motor vessel, terroristic threatening in the first degree and harassment. But they are all released after posting $50,000 bail each. The men’s boat was taken and transported to Maui for evidence.
Well … all the men were trying to do was protect Molokai’s natural resources. Molokai is only so big. We don’t have big stores like off-islanders do. We get most of our food from our ocean. For off-islanders to come here and dive, taking all our fish, is like they’re coming to our house, into our refrigerator, and stealing all our food.
They say they don’t have anymore fish? That isn’t our fault. That’s their own fault. They don’t have to come here and take all our fish.
When Molokai people get fish, we only get what we need. And if we do get more than we need we either invite people to come over and eat some, or we give it away so we don’t waste. We save as much fish as we can so when the keiki grow up they’ll have some too.
Honestly, I think what the four men did was good. All they were trying to do was protect our natural resources from off-islanders who take too much. If they’d ask we would say ‘yes.’
But no … people come here and take fish and they take more than they need. Maybe if they’d preserved the fish they’d still have some on their island.
If you ask any Molokai person, they’d agree that what the four me did was a good thing.
In conclusion, what the four Molokai men did was a good thing for Molokai and its people.
Kaiawe Kalawe is an 11th grader at Molokai High School.