Deep emotion on 80 feet

Here came the best Christmas present!

Electricity from the grid to our agroforestry farm was finally installed.

Right after we obtained the parcel lease in 2020, the government agencies closed due to the pandemic by COVID-19.

Even after a window opened, phone calls and email inquiries went unanswered. After many trips to the Honolulu City Hall and reworking the permit application many times, we finally received the permit from the DPP (Department of Planning and Permitting) in July 2023 to install electricity.

However, the Maui wildfire disaster broke out. Perhaps affected by that, the Hawaii Electric Company (HECO) suspended our request, and we had to wait another five months.

At last, this morning, the power lines were laid from the Waimanalo grid to the utility poles on our farm. The distance between the poles outside and inside is about 80 feet. Gary and I were so moved, looking up at this mere 80 feet.

But because of that, I met many people and learned many things. Now, we even appreciate what happened on the long and winding road. With the lessons in mind, we are going into the next step of the agroforestry project in 2024.

Author of this article

日本の新聞社系週刊誌記者、第二電電(現KDDI)広報責任者を経て米国留学。「持続可能な発展」などの政策比較研究を行い2000年カリフォルニア大サンディエゴ校で太平洋国際関係研究修士号取得。ハワイで有機園芸業を行っていたGary E. Johnsonとの結婚を機に2005年ハワイへ移住。翻訳出版とヨガインストラクターを続けながらGaryと共同で、「健康な食の生産、体と心の浄化、自然生態系の保全」を目的(3Pモットー)にした「森林農業+ヨガ・瞑想」プロジェクトをオアフ島ワイマナロで推進している。

After working as a reporter for a weekly newspaper and as a public relations manager at Daini-Denden (now KDDI), she moved to the U.S. to study comparative policies, such as on “sustainable development.” In 2000, she received her M.A. in Pacific International Relations from the University of California, San Diego, and in 2005, she married Gary E. Johnson, an organic gardener in Hawaii. While continuing to work as a translator, publisher, and yoga instructor, she has been working together with Gary on the Agroforestry + Yoga/Meditation project in Waimanalo, Oahu, which aims to “produce healthy food, purify the body and mind, and preserve the natural ecosystem (3P motto).”