Sunday, April 21, 2013

Update on Waianae

There’s a saying that if you drive to Waianae, Hawaii don't drive too slow or someone will steal your tires. This is a sad commentary on Waianae, a beautiful scenic area where a vast majority of locals have a beautiful and giving “aloha” spirit.

"Always listen to people when they’re mad,
that’s when the truth comes out."

Self-destruction is never a joking matter. No one should joke about the impact of illicit drugs on a community. They destroy families and lives. They create an environment where homelessness, helplessness, hopelessness and despair define the community.

 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow" by Bruddah Iz

In every society, the family is the most important primary group. Groups based on lasting friendships are also primary groups. Whether it is a mainland ghetto community or a tropical paradise island when a community loses the basic ethical and moral fiber of its existence, society suffers the loss.

Inevitably it is the poor and disenfranchised that lose the most. They suffer economic hardships; unemployment, substandard housing, homelessness and inferior education. Secondary groups, in contrast to primary groups, are larger groups involving formal and institutional relationships. A dance club, a blogging group.

Drug addiction among people in lower income communities is a direct reflection of the people’s hopelessness, despair and their daily battle against economic predators. The rationale, although flawed, is drugs are the escape route from problems. In fact, they are the fast track to dependency.

"Morning Dew" by Melveen Leeds.
On the Waianae Coast, secondary relationships involve weak emotional ties and little personal knowledge of one another. Most secondary groups are short term, beginning and ending without particular significance.

They may last for years or may disband after a short time. The formation of primary groups happens within secondary groups. Sometime negatively in the form of cliques.

Primary groups can be present in secondary settings. For example, attending a university exemplifies membership of a secondary group, while the friendships that are made there would be considered a primary group that you belong to.

If we could get more Industrial Parks in the area and get rid of the Rail Tragedy. "Oh, Wilderness were Paradise Enow!"