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I have been generally happy with the changes of The Garden Island, with the
exception of the persistently dump-on-Gore, pro-big business slant of the
editorial page. I can read that drivel in any of the corporate media, and it
But I have to object to the lack of coverage of the
packed public hearing that took place in Kilauea last Thursday. That room of
people in no uncertain terms rejected the new Kaua’i County General Plan as
rewritten by the most conservative elements of the business community, with its
extravagant estimates of the amount of pain the county is willing to inflict on
its local people by increasing the tourist count from our present 19,000-21,000
to 28,000-34,000 a day.
Kauai’s future for its local people is at stake
It’s a fact that the tourists themselves don’t want to see this,
don’t come to Kaua’i to experience overcrowded and trampled trails, etc.
Kauai’s reputation is that of a green, beautiful place where there are fewer
people and you can be closer to nature.
Greed by the tourism industry is
destroying what once was a beautiful reality here. Our reputation will catch up
with us, and this greed will destroy us if left unchecked. Look at Maui. Look
at its traffic problems. Tourists beg us every day: Please don’t let what
happened on Maui happen here.
Are we being good stewards of our
The business community itself is divided on the merits of the
General Plan, as I hear from people in the building trades who care about the
island and have the foresight and brains to see that we are shooting ourselves
in the foot and ruining our home with this foolish plan.
When the people of
the North Shore turn out in such large numbers to tell the County Council that
they are rejecting the corporate-based and written plan for Kaua’i, the effort
they made should at least be dignified with a brief mention in the
For most people on the North Shore, this was the only chance to
express themselves on the future of our island home, as most hearings are held
in Lihu’e, which is too far for most of the people who work too much much and
North Shore residents rarely see any council members up here.
Maybe that’s a good thing for the council, for they are very unpopular in these
parts. We see them as ruining the island as fast as they can. The selling of
Kaua’i is a popular sport in Lihu’e.
Liz Randol is a North Shore-area
resident and is active in Kilauea Neighborhood Association.
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