Editorials for Thursday — July 17, 2003

• Kalalau campers

• Judy Drosd

Kalalau campers

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources effort in removing unpermitted campers from Kalalau Valley is one that benefits legal campers, as well as present and future residents of Kaua‘i.

Unfettered access for weeks at a time can mean destruction of archaeological sites and native plants in the remote valley. In addition, the isolated valley is a natural for illegal marijuana growing, which takes a concentrated effort, and more time than a legal permit allows.

The valley has become overrun with illegal campers, with complaints from legal campers of food theft and other problems.

While it is easy to understand campers desire to enjoy the wonders of Na Pali for seasons at a time, these campers need to know they are hurting others by their actions, and harming the environment of one of Hawai‘i’s last wilderness areas fairly easily accessible from local towns.

Judy Drosd

Congratulations to former Kaua‘i Film Commissioner Judy Drosd on being named as the head of the state’s new Arts, Film and Entertainment Division.

The post encompasses the Hawai‘i Film commissioner office.

As head of Kaua‘i County’s filmmaking promotion office, Drosd brought a regular stream of Hollywood feature films to Kaua‘i, providing hundreds of jobs for local cast and crew, and filling hotel rooms in the years following Hurricane ‘Iniki when our visitor industry isn’t what it is today.

Her interest in digital communications technology, as shown in the three conferences she staged on Kaua‘i that gathered leaders in this field from across the world, will also be a big plus in helping to bring more creative work to Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i.

Governor Linda Lingle made the right, and best, choice in choosing Drosd to fill this position.


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