The ʻāina we live on today is the same ʻāina our kūpuna lived on. So why are we so dependent on Grocery stores and Amazon to provide our necessities? Does the ʻāina no longer provide for all our needs?
Different ʻohana may have different answers to those questions. What is certain is that today we have lots of choices: paper, plastic, or reusable bags at supermarket checkout? Food grown with or without the use of man-made chemicals and pesticides? Shop at kamaʻāina stores or at cheaper national chains? Walk, bicycle, bus, carpool, or drive to school?
All of these choices have consequences for us and the ʻāina. The less we work on the ʻāina, the weaker our connections are to it and each other. Conversely, the more we work on the ʻāina, the better we are for it. We will know where the food we feed our ʻohana comes from. We will know it is healthy and good for us. The mana from the ʻāina will flow through us as we work and care for it. And our mana will go into the ʻāina and the food we grow on it. A healthy ʻāina means a healthy people. Ola ka ʻāina, ola kānaka.