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Pledges allegiance to land, these waters, community

As a settler here in Hawaii, I pledge my allegiance to this land, these waters and this community.

I pledge to conduct myself with the utmost respect for the Hawaiian people whose land I am on, and for the land itself.

I pledge to not exploit the resources or people of Hawaii.

I pledge to not forget that I am a guest of the Hawaiian people.

I pledge to learn about the true history of Hawaii and its present from the Hawaiian people themselves and not from American books.

I pledge to use my privilege and the resources at my disposal because of that privilege to help uplift those around me.

I pledge to give in ways that are asked of me, to not expect anything in return, and not accept any more than I need to sustain myself.

I pledge to stand up for what is right but only behind or alongside the Hawaiian people, never in front or on top of them.

I pledge to learn from those who have cared for these islands for countless generations.

I pledge to only go where I am invited and have permission to be, to tread lightly wherever I go, and to leave nothing behind but footprints in the sand.

Jayson R. Mizula

Kaunakakai

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