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Letters for Sunday, May 4, 2014

Many thanks to Kukui Grove CinemaTell me about your beautiful islandMilking the conspiracy theoriesOngoing orchid thefts concerning

Many thanks to Kukui Grove Cinema

When I came to Kauai in 1991, I knew immediately this was the place that I would return as often as I could because of the people and the beauty of the island.

Ultimately, my family and I moved here permanently in 2003 and since then we have spent many pleasant hours at the Kukui Grove Cinema. Whenever we thank the staff for the welcome they extend or we observe how they extend themselves to those whom we see with mobility issues, we hear at all levels that they are just doing their job. Then the staff members commend their boss who set the standard.

Therefore, I would like to commend the owner who continues to run the establishment seven days a week including holidays. Thanks to Marlene Blair and her staff, the films are current and the building and grounds are well maintained. I heard that there is talk of a large theater coming to the South Shore and the generous family, the Porters, are planning to bring the theater to the North Shore which will bring a variety of options to the public.

I applaud these changes but in the meantime, I feel that it is important to recognize Mrs. Blair, who has served the community well and hopefully will continue to serve us for many more years to come. Whether we are tourists or residents, it is a pleasure to go to this family theater which we should continue to support as long as Mrs. Blair is able and willing to serve our community. She has been loyal to us for many years.

Jean Ann Flaherty

Princeville

Tell me about your beautiful island

I am writing to you as a part of a class project on the travel diary, “A Walk Across America.”

My classmates and I are contacting newspapers across the country in a state we chose to learn more about. I wanted to learn more about Hawaii because one day I want to go on vacation there and see the tourist attractions.

I am writing to ask your readers to please write back and tell me what they like about Hawaii, interesting facts about the states, and what to do and see there. If they could also include a copy of the newspaper where they saw my letter, I’d greatly appreciate it. If you have any questions, please contact my teacher’s email at aweisser@queenofpeace.cc or you may contact her by phone at (574) 255-0392 x123. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Shannon Haverty

Mishawaka, Ind.

Milking the conspiracy theories

A “dairy farm” at Mahaulepu with the milk processing in Oahu seems a logistical absurdity without something like daily superferry service. Could there be a hidden agenda? Maybe the Princeville interests want to be sure that theirs will be the top resort area on Kauai by making sunny Poipu smell bad! All it takes is a few negative comments on Yelp these days …

Marc Levenson

Koloa

Ongoing orchid thefts concerning

I have been taking care of orchids at a Hanalei beach front house for over 12 years. Over the past few years, someone started stealing plants. It started with various orchids on the street side wall but then plants started disappearing on the property. Beautiful flowering and non-flowering orchids would be taken from trees — about 10 to 20 plants at a time.

On April 10, a thief stole 30 orchids, ripping them right off the trees. I have reported each theft to the police, but they have not been successful in finding a suspect. I have put up no-trespassing signs and am now forced to look at a security system, but this is no longer the Hanalei we all loved, and I miss it.

I have lovingly cared for these orchids for more than 10 years, and it feels particularly like a violation to me, in addition to feeling very upset about people trespassing and being so brazen. And don’t think this is limited to Hanalei. Princeville residents have been battling this issue for some time and a beautiful Phalaenopsis was taken off a tree on private property overlooking Queen’s Bath just last week. In talking with people from Haena to Kilauea, I discovered this is a much bigger problem.

If you have had a similar experience, please report it to the police, so they can properly gage the extent of the problem. If you are buying orchids, make sure they are from a reputable grower. Also, if you know of anyone selling orchids of suspicious origin, please make that known to the police.

Stealing is a crime and should be treated as such — these orchids are not only valuable but they beautify the properties and should be respected as much as any item on private property. It’s time something more proactive is done.  

Mary Paterson

Princeville

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