Campaign Q&A

n advance of the Sept. 23 primary election, the League of Women Voters of

Kaua’i County conducted a survey of candidates for County Council. The written

answers to questions were limited to 50 words or less. A series on the

candidates’ responses to the League’s questionnaire continues today.Q:

The county has expressed interest in purchasing Kaua’i Electric. What is your


A (Bob Cariffe): The price is too high, and Kaua’i Electric does

not have to clean up any environmental damage they are responsible for. I can

not support purchasing KE at the agreed price or without having to take care of

cleaning up the environmental damage they caused.

A (Daryl Kaneshiro): An

appraisal by an independent firm and a preliminary environmental assessment of

Kaua’i Electric’s properties need to be done first so that I can review the

information necessary for me to make a proper assessment.

Q: How can

the County Council provide a leadership role in resolving Kauai’s solid-waste


A (Cariffe): The county can burn much of the garbage.


(Kaneshiro): Exploring the possibility of enacting ordinances to implement

mandatory recycling, which would decrease the demand on our landfill and would

promote on environmental ethic and attitude.

Q: Regarding the General

Plan Update, do you agree or disagree with the sections on population

projections and visitor industry growth?

A (Cariffe): I agree up to a


A (Kaneshiro): I agree because the rate of growth projected reflects

a similar pattern of growth that Kaua’i experienced over the last 20 years.

Therefore, I find it safe to use those projections as a guideline to plan for

future growth.

Q: The General Plan Update states that some vital areas

of Kauai’s public infrastructure—i.e., public roads, parks, solid-waste

disposal—are operated at maximum capacity and in some cases have exceeded

capacity. PLease comment on this statement.

A (Cariffe): The statement

about public infrastructure operating at maximum capacity is true. No one can

be certain exactly what will happen. They seem to have at least an educated

idea of where Kaua’i is going.

A (Kaneshiro): The numbers are guidelines

and not a target or goal to attain, and should be used to support justification

for funding of infrastructure improvements.


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