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Kaho‘olawe prison recommended

January 12, 2012
The Maui Weekly

Meli Kaikamahina King has responded to my suggestion of a new correctional facility on Kaho'olawe by suggesting one on Moloka'i instead. A good idea, but one of the reasons I proposed Kaho'olawe is because it does not have the manpower there to do the many projects that are needed to help rehabilitate that island.

I propose a minimum-security prison that will also be a training facility. If it's on Kaho'olawe, it should be only for Native Hawaiians. (Isn't that the premise for the future population there?) The residents of this new training center would learn new, valuable skills to provide a future for themselves: in building, auto mechanics, aquaculture, aqua energy, forestry, Native Hawaiian crafts, etc. Their first training would be in building their own living and learning facilities. And of course, they could also help clear the island of ordnance. Some could be trained by the military in high-level disarmament skills. They should be paid good wages in addition to the training.

This project should be a desirable correctional facility, only for and chosen by current good-behavior prisoners. If it's successfully done, many Native Hawaiians who are not prisoners will hopefully want to enroll in training there in the second phase of the project.

Richard Langman Kihei



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