I too agree with you that this is a travesty. We are nothing more than stewards of the land, of this Earth. I believe in private property but even then, we should be doing our best to maintain these lands.-Only this week Eric, the Sierra Club in Hawai'i have called for inspections to be carried out of the Pohakuloa site, some 2,000 radioactive spotting rounds are scattered around the site, these can stay radioactive for more than 4 million years. Hawaiian culture is steeped in the tradition of malama 'aina, it differs from American culture in that stewardship of the land is the priority not ownership. Kwame Nerumah said onetime: "The history of a Nation is unfortunately too easily written as the history of it's dominant class." Over in the U.S. Chief Joseph [1782-1794] remarked befittingly: "The Earth is the Mother of all people and all people should have equal rights upon it."
And while I agree with you on the U.S. Chief Jospeh quote, I don't believe that means we should revert to being communal or having a socialist-style system where private land ownership should be the way. To me, U.S. Chief Joseph was implying that all of us, regardless of the color of our skin, our ethnicity, religious beliefs or where we were born should have equal rights, that we are all in this together.
And in the State of Hawai'i, we are all equal. No one is better nor worse than the next person. Our current style of government ensures tha all people are equal. If it doesn't seem that way it is because too many people are indifferent to how our government works and how too many bureaucrats are misusing their powers in public office. If the citizenry were to hold their public servants accountable for their words, deeds and (mis)actions more often, we wouldn't have the corruption and cronysim which exists today.