Stealing Kaua’i

When you drive by north Kealia, today, or tomorrow, will you be enjoying your

last ocean views from the highway? The bulldozers are moving dirt again, but

this time, something is different. By the time this letter appears, some of

those north Kealia views to the ocean will already be gone forever.

One of

the great pleasures of driving around Kaua’i is enjoying the views each curve

in the road brings us. I am not opposed to the limited, careful development of

Kealia, and of Kaua’i.

On the other hand, I AM opposed to any developer

stealing the views we all enjoy on Kaua’i in exchange for the higher land

prices that bulldozers can create by building hills to separate highway noise

from the homes of very, very few, but very affluent future owners.


I could not be the only person on the island to object to the recent crime

perpetrated by another developer and his infamous lawyers just north of Koolau

Road. Garden Island readers know how that developer illegally bulldozed

thousands of tons of dirt, stealing almost a 1/2 mile of the Kuhio Highway’s

nicest views from Kauaians and visitors. He created that highway barrier

without a permit (I wonder why?) and cleverly paid the permit fees only after

finishing the work. A crime without penalty. We all know how much more valuable

land is that is separated from the noise of the highway…

But at what

cost to Kaua’i citizens and to all tourists who enjoy Kaua’i’s gifts while

driving around the island? Does anyone else already reminisce about that

wonderful, ‘fantasy’ view over the fields to that lone house surrounded by the

quaint grove of tall trees, and to the ocean in the distance at north Koolau

Rd? I don’t mind there being more houses; that is unavoidable.

I do mind

when one of my very favorite ocean views on Kaua’i is replaced by a mound of

dirt. When will it end? I have admired some of the improvements made in the

north Kealia area, and have commended the efforts of the developers to

accommodate the feelings of the County Council and of Kaua’ians; until now. But

when the bulldozers started grading the land next to the highway in Kealia last

week, I cringed in fear. On Aug. 23, one piece of that marvelous Kealia ocean

view disappeared behind a mound of red dirt.

On Aug. 25, an unsightly

fence went up. This kind of news usually misses the headlines. There are plenty

of beautiful panoramas to take in while driving on the Kuhio Highway. One of my

favorites was stolen from me a few months ago. Yet another is disappearing from

us all as you read this. All Kauaians oppose this, except the 20 or 30 future

homeowners of Kealia, and of course, the developer, who is laughing, at our

expense, all the way to the bank.




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