Editorials for Thursday — August 07, 2003

• Michael Veith

• Ni‘ihau fishing

Michael Veith

News from Spokane of the untimely death of Michael Veith brought a wave of sadness across his adopted home island this week.

Veith either drowned or suffered a heart attack while competing in the swim leg of a triathlon at his home town of Spokane.

During the administration of Mayor JoAnn Yukimura Veith served as a well-liked County Finance Director. His upbeat attitude, along with his high level of professional expertise in finance and down-to-earth friendliness to all make him an exceptional administrator.

His reputation for excellence was recognized by the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Lawa‘i, which he led for a period in the 1990s.

Veith’s visionary goal was to make hydrogen power a reality in the daily life of residents of Kaua‘i, as well as the rest of the world. He was convinced that using this clean energy was doable on both a residential and commercial level, and he spent his last years of life developing hydrogen energy projects through his own energy company.

Michael Veith will be missed, and remembered as an exceptional man, by his many friends on Kaua‘i.

Ni‘ihau fishing

The state Department of Land and Natural Resources is on the right track in proposing fishing regulations that will protect the food supply of Ni‘ihau residents.

A hearing tomorrow begins debate on how best to go about protect the fisheries of the island, upon which the village of Pu‘uwai depends for food.

Part of the plan is to have Niihauans fill out monthly catch reports and keep from sending dried fish to friends and relatives living in Kekaha, Pakala Village and other Kaua‘i towns on the Westside. These sections of the proposed law are probably impractable.

A close look needs to be taken before the law is sent for approval. Direct input from those who fish and dive Ni‘ihau should be taken into consideration.


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