AMERICAN SCENE: Return of the Natives to Kahoolawe

Located about eight miles southwest of Maui, the 45-sq.-mi. Hawaiian islet of Kahoola we consists mostly of arid red earth and barren rock. It is inhabited only by about 400 wild goats. To the U.S. Navy, the island is an ideal target range; since 1941, pilots have blasted it with millions of tons of bombs, shells and rockets. But to native Hawaiians, Kahoolawe is sacred ground, home of the gentle rain goddess Hina.

Five times in the past 19 months, bands of young Hawaiian demonstrators have landed on Kahoolawe. Their purpose: by their presence to force the Navy to stop...

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