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We have just returned from our vacation to Kaua’i. It is indeed a beautiful
place and we really enjoyed being there.
However, we were really saddened
by some of the things we saw on our visit. While driving around, we were very
disappointed to see abandoned vehicles at several locations, and some had
obviously been there for some time. These were on the way to Waimea Canyon and
at Fort Elizabeth, and also on the way to Wailua Falls. There was one vehicle
on the side of Kuhio Highway for the whole length of our visit.
also sad to see litter accumulating on the beaches, pop cans and plastic
bottles, along with plastic bags, cigarette butts and other things which had
been strewn around and had no business being there.
Why is this? Kaua’i is
such a lovely place and tourism is the biggest industry. It won’t be a lovely
place for very long if things are not brought under control. It can’t be
difficult for the police or park wardens or whichever authorities are
responsible for this kind of thing to take some action:
1). Check the VIN
number on the vehicle and trace it to the owner for a fine and vehicle removal.
2). Charge a deposit on cars and bottles so that people will be more
inclined to recycle.
3). Recycling – we see that you have a few places on
the island as collection points. It would be an easy step for each hotel to
have a collection place for pop cans, plastic and glass bottles. They know that
vacationers will buy these products.
4). Educate the islanders on
5). Get your youth involved in being proud of their island and
help to take care of it. This would be easy to do through the schools.
realize that not all vacationers will be environmentally conscious, but maybe
there can be an awareness campaign to help protect Kaua’i. We were told that
some of the youth don’t have enough to keep them busy and so they tend to party
(this was in response to questions asked about vandalism. I was dismayed to see
the Whaling Wall in Kapa’a had holes in it where someone had used it for target
Since your publication is presumably read by islanders and
visitors alike, you reach a large readership on the island. We hope that your
readers would take notice of a letter such as this or an article on this issue,
and we encourage you to include this in your paper.
Here in Edmonton, we
pay for deposits on cans, bottles and juice boxes. We also pay for garbage
removal and recycling in our utilities. Everyone accepts that it is necessary,
and we want our environment to be pleasant, too.
Please get the word out
to the people on your island, whether residents or visitors, that this is an
important issue and if action isn’t taken very soon, there won’t be a paradise
there any more and visitors won’t come. Take care of your wonderful home.
We find our holiday, although modest, to be very expensive. We’d love to
come back again to visit Kaua’i, but we may have second thoughts if the garbage
problem is not dealt with.
Frances and Roy Helland
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