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SAVE THE KA'IWI COAST!!

Hi everyone, if I could have your attention for a couple of seconds I would be extremely grateful if you could donate or share this with others.

The Ka'iwi Coast line is a beautiful place and is one of my favorite places to go to on the island. Being born and raised here, I practically grew up on the beaches that makeup the shoreline. It is celebrated by locals and tourists alike for the many things the land has to offer–crystal clear waters, great pounding waves for body surfing, accessible fishing, tide pools to observe sea life, a popular hike to the Makapu'u Lighthouse, and on most days views of Moloka'i, Lana'i, and Maui.

With so much of our beautiful natural lands in Hawai'i (on O'ahu especially), being lost to construction developments at rapid rates, it hurts my heart that this place could be lost to privatized wealth and access to public land become stripped away. The goal is to raise $500,000 by August 30th, in order to secure the land to allow public use for years to come.

I know there are bigger issues in this world, but please, this land is my home and even though many locals, myself included, find it hard to live here due to high prices, we find our happiness and peace in the land around us. I would love to be able to share these beautiful lands with everyone for years to come.

I know the tumblr community can and has made huge impacts when it comes to social issues, so if you could kindly share or even donate a dollar, I would be extremely grateful.

Thank you so much for your time!

The Real Stairway to Heaven

The Haʻikū Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven or Haʻikū Ladder, is a steep hiking trail in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on the island of Oʻahu. The trail began as a wooden ladder spiked to the cliff on the south side of the Haʻikū Valley.

It was installed in 1942 to enable antenna cables to be strung from one side of the cliffs above Haʻikū Valley to the other. A building to provide a continuous communication link between Wahiawā and the Haʻikū Valley Naval Radio Station was also constructed at the peak (elevation approx. 2,800 feet/850 m). In the mid-1950s, the wooden stairs were replaced by sections of metal steps and ramps; it is estimated that there are nearly 4,000 total steps. In 1987, the station and trail were both closed to the public. [Source]

Although the public is forbidden to trespass, this has not deterred people from reaching and climbing the famous steps. While you can find rough directions online, accessing the stairs has become increasingly difficult as there is now a security guard stationed at the entrance.

Lunar Rainbow Phenomenon, Makapu'u, Island of O'ahu, Hawaii

A moonbow (also known as a lunar rainbow, white rainbow, lunar bow, or space rainbow) is a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon (rather than from direct sunlight) refracting off of moisture in the air. Moonbows are relatively faint, due to the smaller amount of light reflected from the surface of the moon. They are always in the opposite part of the sky from the moon.Because the light is usually too faint to excite the cone color receptors in human eyes, it is difficult for the human eye to discern colors in a moonbow. As a result, they often appear to be white.However, the colors in a moonbow do appear in long exposure photographs.