Tuesday, June 28, 2022 |
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Several days ago while driving on the Koloa Bypass road I saw the new fire
department pumper hooked to a hydrant ejecting a substantial jet of water in a
test exercise. It was very impressive.
Looking back away to the west, I saw
a large field of grass where there used to be sugar cane. I wondered how
effective the pumper would be if that grass, now dry but certainly to become
dryer as the rains stop for the summer, were to catch fire.
There are now a
great many acres of drying grass in the Koloa-Po’ipu area. It would seem to me
that it is someone’s responsibility to cut the grass and remove it to protect
the adjacent properties. There are now many valuable homes in real potential
The area on the south side of Po’ipu road from the stream to the
road to the Sheraton is another area of real danger.
Perhaps in more real
danger is the Koloa Post Office. There is dry grass over 6 feet high, within 10
feet of its westerly wall. Nobody seems to care or accept responsibility for
With the increase in traffic in Koloa, with people discarding
cigarettes as they drive by, igniting a fire seems a real possibility. The
density and heighth of the grass pose a very real fire hazard.
seem to me that the responsible county government would see to it that the
owners of property on which dry grass is clearly a fire hazard would make sure
that the hazard is removed. It is their responsibility to protect the people
they were elected to serve.
John B. Dillon, M.D.
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