If our island were a state what would our mission statement be? Here’s an example of an agenda for an island state:
“We will work immediately to build a sustainable economy where we produce our own clean energy and grow our own healthy food. We will build an economy fueled by our entrepreneurial spirit and our unique island ingenuity; an economy filled with good-paying jobs and opportunities for our children.
“We will make investments in our people and families—in their health and education beginning before birth, through early childhood, in our public schools and university system—to unlock every bit of potential in our greatest resource—our diverse island people.
“We will build community, reaching out to one another, improving our understanding of each other, always seeking resolution, and forming partnerships of all kinds to serve our children, our elders, and those who have fallen on hard times.”
This is, in fact, the agenda for an island state—Hawaii—as it appears on the website of their newly elected governor, Neil Abercrombie. Governor-elect Abercrombie recognizes that Hawaii is isolated and dependent on energy and food and is apparently eager to make the islands more sustainable. That will mean a lot of things; some stated, some not.
I feel like I know Abercrombie as he is close personal friends with some of my close personal friends in Hawaii. I look forward to meeting him some day. And, since I consider Hawaii a second home, will watch his behavior closely to see if he walks the walk. We’ve been sucked in before by spell binding politicians who had no intention of making the changes listed in their platforms. Here’s hoping Abercrombie is different. If he succeeds he could be a model for other states to follow.