As September sinks into the sunset, we wish:
* For congressional
reauthorization of federal funding for public health services for Native
Hawaiians for the next 11 years. The Senate has already done its part, but it’s
uncertain if the Native Hawaiian Healthcare Improvement Act will make it
through the House in the two weeks left before Congress adjourns. Please don’t
delay, representatives. First passed in 1988, the bill funds programs for
combatting high rates of cancer, diabetes and heart disease among Native
Hawaiians. This year, it also calls for creating a commission that supporters
say would make it harder for the program’s funds to be cut.
* For a
successful 13th annual International Costume Ball, hosted by Kaua’i Visayan
Club. The Oct. 14 event at Kaua’i Marriott is an American Cancer Society
fund-raiser. In previous years, the ball has benefitted Kaua’i Food Bank,
YWCA’s Family Violence Center, Association of Retired Citizens of Kaua’i, and
* That one of these years, the Kapa’a bypass road gets
off the drawing board. It’s good that federal funds have been found for the
project, but that change means at least another two years of studies and
paperwork before the traffic-busting bypass can start taking shape.
citizens with something to say about Kaua’i County’s General Plan take the
opportunity to do so at five public hearings on proposed amendments and updates
of the document. People often complain they’re left out of the government
process. But they can be a big part of the plan review by showing up at 6:30
p.m. Oct. 18 at the County Council chambers, Oct. 19 at Kilauea Neighborhood
Center, Oct. 23 at Koloa Neighborhood Center, Oct. 25 at Kapa’a Neighborhood
Center and Nov. 1 at Waimea Neighborhood Center.
* That the last two months
of hurricane season in Hawai’i go the same way the first four went: With no
hurricanes or other big windstorms.
* For symbolism only, not an actual
fee, if Kingdom of Hawai’i supporters carry out their idea of putting a toll on
Kuhio Highway where it passes through Anahola as a way of taking a stand for
their cause. They aren’t going to make many friends with an actual toll.