Election reflection: Our homeless neighbors

There is no silver bullet to end homelessness on Kauai. And there are a million reasons people end up without a safe, dry place to sleep! Thank God we’re in warm, sunny Hawaii, where it never rains.

Native Hawaiian culture is worth learning about

In Dean Sabado’s letter of Oct. 25 (“Why we should study Hawaiian history”), the description of the Native Hawaiian population 125 years ago needs correction. Hawaiians were not “hunter-gatherers,” which refers to subsistence lifestyles of people many thousands of years earlier (who did not live in Hawaii) who survived by finding edible plants and some hunting.

Schleck was a treasure in many ways

As soon as Bob Schleck arrived on Kauai in 1969, he embraced the island, its history and culture, and he made preservation of these elements his lifelong passion and profession. Over his lifetime, Bob has been instrumental in preserving buildings, landscapes and significant tangible aspects of the multifaceted, multigenerational culture of Kauai.

Deadline to vote is TODAY!

Today and every day (except Sunday) between now and Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., Kauai residents can walk in and vote in Lihue at the Historic County Annex Building, 4386 Rice Street, directly next to where the County Council meets weekly.

Elect council candidates who show up

As absentee ballots are out and general election day is near, when reviewing our choices for council candidates, a major consideration for me is in looking at who has already shown up and been engaged in our community conversations well before needing our votes.

Following the imprint of Queen Emma’s spirit

Speaking of diversity — the focus of the last “Green Flash” (Oct. 8) — the meaning of that word boomeranged back to me in Kokee as I enjoyed watching and being part of the Eo e Emmalani i Alakai Festival in honor of the beloved Hawaiian Queen Emma Naea Rooke and her 1871 upland trek with 100 friends into the Alakai Swamp area.

Overtourism: Time for some limits

“Overtourism” is a word coined by the international news media after rebellions against tourism in several European cities occurred in the summer of 2017. There are many reasons for locals in cities like Venice, Barcelona, Dubrovnik and other localities to demand: “Visitors go home.”

What if the roles were reversed?

Connect the dots. It’s not Sen. Brian Schatz but rather the most popular Sen. Mazie Hirono who recently garnished national attention with her part in the Kavanaugh hearing and her stance on the “Me too” movement. She said on national TV to the men of our country: “Just ‘shut up’ and step up. Do the right thing for a change.”