More competition needed with interisland travel
So my wife and many Kauai residents made the trek to Oahu for the Bruno Mars concert last weekend. A concert and weekend we will never forget! Especially the cost to fly! It cost $204 round-trip each for the 25-minute flight each way. Combined, that’s $408 and fees for two people on a 100-minute flight. So to compare apples and oranges, today you can buy a round-trip ticket to Japan from Honolulu for around $248 and fees. FYI it’s a seven-hour flight. I’m not a mathematician but something doesn’t add up.
Flying to Las Vegas from Kauai is cheaper than flying to Kona and the same to Maui. And now Hawaii residents are notified that the cost of checked luggage has increased $5 to $10 per bag. Are you kidding me? What has changed? Are the bags going to be at baggage claim so much quicker? Are the baggage handlers (who are hard workers and probably underpaid, just saying) going to clean our bags and make them sit upright on the conveyor belt? Maybe a free mai tai or soda and peanuts for everyone? Not a chance.
Hawaiian Airlines spends so much money on enticing and welcoming visitors/tourists to Hawaii, but makes it so expensive and difficult to fly interisland to visit family, loved ones and, sure, a Bruno Mars concert.
So where does it leave us? We, my wife, our ohana and many friends will encourage and support any airline to set up business in Hawaii and give Hawaiian Airlines some competition. With open arms, please do.
Jules Canon, Lawai
Military training in Hawaii is nonsense
I wonder if the U.S. military leaders ever heard Franklin D. Roosevelt’s famous saying: “A smooth sea never made a good sailor.”
Well, your article (TGI, Nov. 13) just reminded me of this saying when reading that the U.S. military is eyeing Hawaii for the training of its soldiers. The described on-the-water training will be directed at swimming and diving and recovering submersible small vehicles and extracting special ops in our nice, calm waters?
Beach crossing on foot? That’s training? That’s a vacation! Take them to the North Atlantic, to Gloucester, Mass., where the water is really rough. That’s the right training site. You want to train the soldiers for high-angle climbing? Take them to the Rocky Mountains! For the parachute training with good drop and landing zones, the Nevada desert is more appropriate.
And why does armed training take place exactly in the area of our sacred Mauna Kea? Just to irate Pele or our Native Hawaiians? Are you preparing the military for a conflict with the protectors of the sacred mountain?
For real training there are plenty of places on the so-called mainland where wildlife has already been killed and you can practice your deadly games. We don’t see any benefit anyway, so we don’t need any of it here. We need peace.
Now I see the connection between the U.S. military training and the lack of success of their forces in Afghanistan, the country that they could not conquer or liberate with their 17-year-old occupation. Perhaps those soldiers had their training here or at other tropical vacation locations and cannot tackle the rough mountains of the Hindu Kush Mountain Range in Afghanistan. It’s time to heed Frankiln D. Roosevelt’s advice.
János Keoni Samu, Kalaheo