Board of Land and Natural Resources Chairman Peter T. Young penned an editorial in today’s Maui News. The state official most responsible for Hawaii’s natural resources has been under fire from local environmental groups for being incompetent and far too deferential to commercial interests. Young ignores the controversy, but uses the editorial to preach “ho’okuleana”—the idea that we all need to take responsibility for the land. “No one constituency, no one community, no one resource management entity has the sole responsibility for, and jurisdiction over, the resources,” he wrote, seemingly forgetting that the state mandated his agency to oversee state lands. “Resource protection is not about us and it’s not about now. It is about protecting and preserving our natural and cultural resources for people we will never meet, the generations to come.” Strong words, Young. How come you didn’t say them last year when the whole issue of commercial kayakers paddling around the once pristine and still sensitive ‘Ahihi-Kinau Natural Area Reserve near La Perouse Bay was boiling over? Oh yeah: you were too busy recommending—over the strenuous objections of the many dozens of Hawaiian activists who crowded DLNR public hearings—that we should still let the companies dump their plastic boats, suntan lotions and tourists into the Reserve. And people wonder why environmentalists want you gone.