Lava evacuees offended by video of woman frolicking in 'mermaid pools' off Kapoho
KAPOHO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - For $20, people can buy a video on Vimeo of Cinderland resident Gabrielle Sunheart Crow Shield frolicking at a Kapoho beach created during recent Kilauea eruptions.
The wording with the video says it's "complete with my own personal mermaid pools. I say my own because – good luck getting to it!"
Shield said that during the Kilauea eruption, she wanted to document history.
"I'm not saying I own the place. I'm not trying to take it from anybody, but indeed I was the first woman to ever walk on it," said Shield.
The eruption completely filled Kapoho Bay and destroyed hundreds of homes.
Janus Garramone was angered after seeing the trailer. She lost her Kapoho home to the lava, not far from the site of the filming at the overrun Champagne ponds.
"I was sad, disappointed and a bit angry," said Garramone.
"The wound is so fresh and the wound is going to stay fresh for a very long time," said Ikaika Marzo, leader of Puuhonua o Puna, a community group.
Shield says it took her an hour and half to get to the new beach with her fiance and cameraman, Eugene "Jezus of Cinderland" Andrews, who runs a commune called Cinderland Eco-Village.
Shield was using Keola Beamer's song, "The Beauty of Mauna Kea," on the video without permission so his record company sent her a cease and desist letter.
"To see somebody boldly exploiting it and then adding my music on top of that is really pretty sad," said Beamer.
Shield removed Beamer's song and replaced with a track from Sting, but won't stop filming. The Kahuku High graduate claims to be part Hawaiian and says the racist and fat shaming criticism is unfair.
"I have just as much of a right to film as anybody else and I don't know if it's because I'm a woman or the shade of my skin is too white. It's not fair to me," she said.
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