On the dearth and birth of leadership, Kauai style

You really, really, really – need to watch this 7-minute video.

Produced by two of our very own, born and raised keiki o ka ‘āina, Chris Ka’iakapu and Racquel Jaclyn Segato-Figueroa – this video will both make you proud and hopefully motivate you to take action.

Two young people from our community motivated only by their own personal values and passion to make a difference – initiated, developed, and produced this powerful message,

I’m thinking they probably don’t realize how impactful their actions will prove to be. They’ve dropped not a pebble, but a sizable boulder into the water and now we’ll see how far those ripples will go.

The topic of their 7-minute presentation is the proposed multi-billion-dollar HDR-H radar facility at Pacific Missle Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai’s west side. The tools they rely on are just the facts presented in a straightforward manner. There is no political posturing, grandstanding, or groundless accusations. Just the facts presented by two young people with nothing to gain except their future.

Too many of us shirk from the responsibility and hide from the risks that accompany leadership. It’s so much easier to just stay home, hang out on the beach, and throw rocks from a distance at those who do step up.

Watch the video to see for yourself. The moderators, one from the west side and the other from the north, seek only to inform and educate the viewer. None of the production is about them, but only about the facts and circumstances surrounding this important issue facing our community.

They put this all together. They took it upon themselves to initiate and implement this effort. They are now compelled to follow it through and we are compelled to join them.

They may not realize it themselves, but they are leaders. And for that, we as a community should be thankful. Given the dearth of genuine leadership in our world today, we should celebrate and support these two and others who on occasion step forward to embrace the obligation and accept the risk.

If you think as I do that the information presented is compelling, please then forward the link and share your thoughts on the issue with family and friends, AND with our Congressional Delegation.

Senator Brian Schatz https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact
Senator Mazie Hirono https://www.hirono.senate.gov/share-your-opinion
Representative Ed Case https://case.house.gov/forms/writeyourrep/
Representative Kai Kahele https://kahele.house.gov/contact

And, when you see Chris and Racquel at the market, please tell them thank you – and offer to help.

Their actions have inspired me, and I hope likewise will inspire you.

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator, and Majority Leader, and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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3 Responses to On the dearth and birth of leadership, Kauai style

  1. PAMELA BURRELL says:

    Powerful! Thank you for sharing this..

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  2. Thank you for bringing this into our awareness. Posted to Facebook- May their voices be heard far and wide…

    Sent from my iPhone Sharon Douglas

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