Breaking News

Breaking News

The Garden Island’s monthly wish list

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

children’s programs.

* 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.

* That

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.


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.