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The blue of its ocean and the green of its trees is the face of Kaua’i. The people and its community is the soul of Kaua’i. What good will it do to develop this sacred nature? Kaua’i is where true aloha spirit is found, and where people can kick back and relax. In general, I cannot fathom the idea of developing Kaua’i.
Coastline property is up for sale on Kaua’i. A lot of the people in the community certainly don’t want the remaining unspoiled property to be developed into a resort. Neither do I! The occupancy rates of Kaua’i’s present hotel rooms are not even up to 100% so what is the point in building more rooms? It would be of no use if only tourists get the priority of Kaua’i’s pristine beaches. There is definite need to protect what natural coastline Kaua’i has left. If the land were to be developed there would be no sanctuary for the wildlife of Kaua’i. What would sustain the indigenous species and plants?
Those interested in developing the land claim that the economy is lagging and in need of a jump-start and that by developing the land Kaua’i will have more jobs. I can understand that since Hurricane Iniki struck in 1992 the economy has suffered tremendously. Many residents found themselves moving to the neighbor islands and to the mainland for jobs. It is my belief that Kaua’i is trudging up the hill to prosperity. There are many jobs available, the only problem is that there are not enough skilled workers to fill these vacancies.
When I turn on the radio and listen to people blabber to Ron Wiley about building more roads to solve traffic problems, I just laugh. It is common knowledge that the population of Kaua’i is far below 100,000 inhabitants. This brings me to the question of, how many cars are there on the island of Kaua’i? Definitely not enough to build more roads. I would think more roads would contribute to more traffic. The real need is improvement of existing roads, which is in progress. I especially liked the idea of the new intersection that connects Rice Street and Kuhio Highway. No matter how many more roads are constructed, traffic can never be eliminated.
Is there a need for more development? Little improvements have large impacts in the small community of Kaua’i. There is no need to build another tourist resorts when the existing hotels are not at full occupancy. The idea of constructing more roads to solve traffic problems is just silly. Kaua’i is doing fine with the new Chiefess Kamakahele School was just built.
Kaua’i is progressively doing well with the improvement in the road system. I know that change is inevitable. Kaua’i will have need to innovate and improve itself in keeping up with the time, but let it be in small steps, with little changes. Kaua’i should, as Governor Cayetano said in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, “retain its rural lifestyle, unique visitor appeal and special way of life” I agree!
Shauna K.S. Manera, Lihu’e
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