Saturday, May 24, 2008

Thank you, William

William Aila and AngeloThe dust is settling now that William's visit to Saipan is over.

In four short days we dragged him to over 20 formal and informal meetings to meet with over 300 people, not to mention going on the Harry Blalock Island Issues radio show and the John Gonzales MP 96950 TV talk show. He was also featured in print and on the local evening news.

While he was here he completely dispelled the rumor that Native Hawai'ians were against the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. When one of leaders mentioned the source of the rumor, William vowed to have a talk with that person when he got back to Hawai'i.

He also told our local leaders to demand a seat at the table. The Legislature, the Office of Carolinian Affairs, Taotao Tano, and even the Manamko', should demand an equal role in the creation of a Mariana Trench Marine National Monument. In Hawai'i they demanded a seat and they got one. Native Hawai'ians now play a role in the day to day management of Papahanaumokuakea.

There was so much that he left us with that it is near impossible to cover it all in a blog post. I'm still kind of distilling this whirlwind week myself, but in the meantime, I'm going to go play some soccer.

Thanks again, William.

William Aila and the Saipan EnvironmentalistsBTW, Michael Moore is a cool guy, too. I just wanted to point that out.


Marianas Eye said...

I hope you get a chance to let us know the general outcome of his meetings and the impression he left upon the listeners.

Great work.

Lil' Hammerhead said...

Good work. They in-person events, at least the one at AMP Thursday evening, were very good. The Blalock show was "alright".