The North Shore of Oahu is best known for its attraction to surfers from around and the large waves that dominate the area however, few people are aware of the diverse group of community residents, environmentalists, activists and religious leaders that all work together toward one immediate goal: protecting communities on Oahu from the dangerous effects of large scale development.
Because so many residents believe that the beautiful open spaces and shorelines on Oahu are for all residents and visitors to enjoy and should be a resource for generations to come, the Keep the North Shore Country and the Defend Oahu Coalition work hard to preserve, protect and enhance the heritage and rural character of the North Shore and the Island of Oahu in general.
Likewise, the Defend Hawaii logo, one of the most popular images on the island, carries a more controversial message and holds a different meaning for each individual. For some the logo is a rallying cry for sovereignty, for others it serves as visual support and unity when it comes to protecting the Aloha Spirit that makes Hawaii the most unique spot on earth. Needless to say, many visitors to the islands the icon is viewed as racist or unwelcoming.
Knowing some of the history of what has happened on these islands and learning about and respecting the values and beliefs of some of the many varying cultures is a great way to understand why Hawaii is so special to so many people.