National Geographic : 2002 Dec
"I HOPE SHE GOES TO COLLEGE. BUT I DON'T WANT HER TO FORGET HER CULTURE. I WANT HER TO KNOW SHE CAN SURVIVE BY LIVING OFF THE LAND. NOT JUST TALK ABOUT IT, BUT GET HER INTO THE MUD." Kehau works as a rangerat HaleakalaNationalPark, almost a two-hour drive away. Ali'iloa worksfor a local nonprofitgroupfighting to retain the area'svital watersupplies, which are rapidlybeing tappedby large commercialfarms and resorts on the drierside of the island.As touristsin rentalcarsfly past his house on the spectacularHanaHighway (below), Ali'iloa harvests redginger to sellfor the cause. A skilled waterman, he also gathers 'opihi, a type oflimpet,from rocks in the surf(top left) and spears various reef fish to supplement their tablefare. "EastMaui, where we live, is one of thegreatest rainforests on Maui,"says Ali'iloa. "But LYNNJOHNSON(ALL) they are taking all the water and sendingit to town to feed all the hotels. Right now the riversare not really running.All the tourists come in and ask, 'Hey,where are all the waterfalls?'But there are no waterfalls, because all the water is going to town." The flow in their local stream is now so low that they have to alternatewatering the lo'i, which are normallyflooded most of theyear. Yet despite the hardwork, the Kimokeos wouldn't do it any other way. "When we're making the poi [left] or working in the taro patches, that'sour realquality time together," says Kehau. "Through out my pregnancyI was working in the taropatches right next to Ali'iloa and it was really what kept our relationshipstrong,because it gave us that time to be togetherand be afamily." That's the true meaningof 'ohana,says Kehau. "You make sacrifices,yet as long as there is love in thefamily, it works outfine."