The Cayetano/Hirono Administration has decided to spend about $30 million of
federal and state funds to expand the Kekaha Small boat harbor. This will allow
a thousand passenger cruise ships to discharge passengers at the
Yes, I know this is a stupid idea, but cruise ships translate into
big money for Waimea businesses.
Before spending millions of dollars of
taxpayer money, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers requires hard documentation to
show that people in the community support the project.
No problemo. Just
form a harbor task force to survey the people of Kekaha and prepare a written
report saying that the community heartily supports cruise ships in their small
But wait a minute, you say, how do you know that the people
support this crazy cruise ship idea?
They don’t, but that’s irrelevant. The
harbor task force will conclude that they do because a majority of the members
on the task force are business people. Cruise ships in Kekaha mean big bucks
for business people.
This conclusion was made even before a single person
in Kekaha was interviewed. How clever these business people are. They stacked
the deck while the people were sleeping.
Then the Cayetano/Hirono
Administration can present a written report to the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers
stating that the community supports the harbor expansion.
It’s a done deal
and there’s nothing that the people of Kaua’i can do about it. Except throw the
bums out in the elections this coming November.
Within ten years, the area
from Kekaha to Pakala will look like Po’ipu. Mark my words. It’s hard to
believe that business people are willing to permanently spoil the beauty of
Kaua’i just for the sake of making more money. Sad, no?