Meet Elora Malama. She is not a celebrity like Hayden. She does not send heart-shaped letters like Frankie. She has no professional, co-ops film crew like Ric. In fact, she’s just a spunky sixteen-year-old girl who likes to write and take pictures. Except Elora’s focus isn’t around cute boys or driving privledges. Her writing is about the issue in Taiji, Japan, her pictures are tainted with the blood of dolphin slaughter, and her mission is to share that with the world.

Elora and her father, a member of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society, traveled to Taiji at the start of September to observe, experience, and hopefully make deals with Japanese fisherman on dolphin hunting regulations. This is where Elora’s blog begins, assuring her readers that she will “post something new every step of the way, and all of it will be through the eyes of a sixteen year old girl.” Psh. Because the eyes of a sixteen-year-old are just FULL of intuition, right?

Elora has certainly kept her promise, religiously blogging her daily experiences as she witnesses dolphin slaughter, stubborn fisherman, her fellow travelers’ efforts, reluctant political executives, shady police officers, and various reactions of the Japanese people to the current situation. She provides continual pictures, quotes, frustrations, hopes, updates, and reactions, all developing as she becomes more involved in the Taiji controversy. One blog talks about the Sea Shepard’s attempt and failure to “buy” a pod of dolphins to release from the Japanese fisherman. Another talks about Japanese fisherman threatening them to be arrested. Another tells a heart-wrenching tale about touching dolphin blood found on the Cove rocks; a sickening reminder of the dolphin slaughter earlier that day. Regardless of the day’s events, (good, bad, or boring) Elora gives each experience a new post of observations.

So what’s the big deal?  There are plenty of blogs about Taiji out there (heck, you are reading one right now), most of whom are not written by teenagers! What Elora has done is unlock a real-time, detailed feed of information and perception about what is going on in Taiji at this very instant. Her only agenda is to document her experiences, therefore providing a sincerity to her posts that is unattainable through the media articles or documentaries. This girl who is barely even old enough to drive is showing the world that it is capable of a better place than this. She is showing Japan that there are peaceful, non-criminal Americans willing to negotiate with them. She is showing activists that there is a new generation to pick up where they leave off. And she is showing us, the average human being, that we have a voice and that voice can make a difference.

Follow Elora’s blog: http://eloramalama.wordpress.com/

Follow Elora’s youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/KahakaiGirl

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