DLNR controversy

“To live cohesively is almost a fantasy and we ought to know it starts with humbling our egos.” —Nahko Bear

Following my last story of Seaview Estates, Kealoha Ward commented on Facebook that I left out an important part of the history, “Because Graham doesn’t want people to know he is often a full on hypocrite! period!” He quoted a 2014 newspaper article that read, “A popular community in Kalapana Seaview Estates built illegal structures and cut down protected endemic trees on state land, according to a report filed earlier this month with the Department of Land and Natural Resources. The June 10th report, filed by DLNR investigator John Holley, claims the Village Green Society and property manager Graham Ellis ignored a prior warning by the DLNR in 2010 and continued to develop the 59.6-acre property, located south of VGS’s Bellyacres community. Bellyacres includes the Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education, also known as SPACE, and hosts a number of outreach efforts, performances and events, including Hawaii’s Volcano Circus, HICCUP Circus, and the SPACE Farmers Market.“We found eight illegal structures on the state parcel, numerous dirt roads which wind in and out of the state parcel, illegally cut roads and walking trails, sunning platforms, a horse corral, a chicken coop and a marijuana patch,” Holley wrote. “It also appeared that some of the structures were on the boundary or not set back far enough. The horse corral was once a pristine ohia forest with large ohia trees. These logs, according to interviews, were cut down and used throughout the years as posts for most of the structures on the VGS parcel.” (unedited)

These are serious accusations and, rather than post a lengthy response, I urge anyone interested in learning more about this part of Seaview history to read the book that I published in 2018. In addition to the achievements we accomplished over 30 years at Bellyacres, I describe the grave mistakes we made and also admit that I had some serious failures as a community leader. In this book, you will learn much more about the rise and fall of our Bellyacres community development experiment and it will provide more details enabling you to decide if I was a hypocrite, as Kealoha claims, or merely a renegade activist genuinely trying to make Seaview and this world a better place in which to live.

Mahalo nui!

“Juggling Fire in the Jungle” is available from Amazon as an ebook ($13.89) or as a paperback ($19.99) at https://www.amazon.com/Juggling-Fire-Jungle-Sustainable-Experiment-ebook/dp/B07L8NNW3T/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8.

Alternatively, if you donate $10 or more below with your email address, I will immediately send you the ebook version, which is 298 pages with 128 photos and links to 65 videos.

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Published by Graham Ellis

As a child of the '60's with a wanderlust spirit I just followed my dreams and opportunities as they arose. My journey took me to some of the brightest and darkest places imaginable. I met amazing people on the way, some were famous and some are infamous. Some are just great friends with stories that blended with mine as we traveled together on land, on the sea and in the sky. We all share the renegade spirit !

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