I was born on Maui and raised in Honolulu in Manoa Valley. From a very young age I was drawn to the ocean ever since my parents took me and my brother and sister to San Souci Beach with its brilliant white sand and crystal clear water. Today, thousands of people including my son and daughter live the “ocean lifestyle” for sustenance and pure enjoyment. Here in Hawaii, we are all tied to the land and the ocean in our own special way, just as much a part of us as we are of it. For this reason, we all need to protect the last remaining shoreline areas of the State to ensure that this lifestyle is perpetuated for the sake of who we are to become as a People.