Editorials for Friday — August 01, 2003

• Performing Arts Center

• Kilauea training

Performing Arts Center

It can cost upwards of $1,000 to chill down the Kaua‘i Community College’s Performing Arts C enter on a weekend night because the center’s cooling system is part of the entire campus system.

Apparently, the funding for a proper cooling plant was spent on repairing the center following Hurricane ‘Iniki in 1992. The center was then only partially built.

Raising funds to keep performances coming at the center is underway, but in the long run the University of Hawai‘i system, through state funding, will have to install an independent cooling system.

The pinch right now comes due to constraints in the state’s budget, and Kaua‘i Community College out of necessity needs to focus on its students before it can afford to approve what is considered a community outreach.

While this situation should have been addressed years ago, before it became a crisis of sorts, the community needs to get behind KCC and lobby for state funding for the cooling system.

The center has become the top venue on Kaua‘i for a wide variety of stage events. It has the potential to be a lot more, with classrooms where cinema training and other creative projects could be undertaken. Efforts should also be taken to maximize the use of the center for education.

Kilauea training

The formation of the Kilauea Community Emergency Response Team is a step forward in preparing for the next hurricane that strikes Kaua‘i.

By having a locally-based team ready to respond to disasters within their own town, aid can be given to local residents much quicker than waiting for the National Guard, police and fire departments that might be several towns away, or unavailable due to blocked roads or just being too busy with the disaster work in front of them.

This can-do type of program also brings a community together, and is reminiscent of volunteer fire companies found in many small towns on the Mainland.

Medical help the Kilauea team could offer might one day save the life of someone who lives in or around the town during an emergency situation.

Princeville is reported to be the next town to set up such a team.

The effort is being supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Kaua‘i Police Department, American Medical Response, Airport Crash Fire and the American Red Cross.

The volunteer effort is free of charge to Kilauea.


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