How Whales and Wolves Taught Me the Importance of Nature

The year that I turned 13 my family was living in Laie, a sleepy country town not far from the island of Oahu’s famous North Shore. On one edge of town were the beaches — Temple Beach, Hukilau, and Pounders — and on the other were the steep, green Ko’olau Mountains, the jagged eroded remains of an ancient shield volcano. Set largely in what seemed to be a boundless natural campus, this was…