On June 28 at the mayoral forum, both Derek Kawakami and Mel Rapozo were asked directly if they were going to support the affordable housing resolution proposed by JoAnn Yukimura. The resolution, if passed on Wednesday, would appear on the fall ballot, giving voters an opportunity to decide whether or not 3 percent of the existing real property tax (about $4.3 million) revenues should be used for affordable housing on Kauai.
The head of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, George Szigeti, has been gently ousted in what is an unmistakable acknowledgment that the agency’s only strategy — best summarized as “more” — is weakening the state’s overall appeal amid concerns about over-saturation of visitors. In other words, Hawaii has found out how much is too much.
Mahalo to Peter Nilson for his letter to the editor (TGI, July 2)) and to those who asked about the proposed affordable housing charter amendment. This kind of discussion is important if we want more affordable homes!