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• High rates
• Roadside trash
• Hotel rates
I hope someone can respond and tell me why Kaua‘i still has the highest electric rates. What happened to all the money we as consumers were supposed to save with our electric utility cooperative? We on Kaua‘i should be paying the lowest rates of all the islands because with a co-op, profit is supposed to be taken out of the equation. We are the only island with a co-op. The other islands have private suppliers who are still tacking on their profit margin, yet we on Kaua‘i are still paying the highest rates. What’s up with that?
Kris Van Dahm
If the aina is indeed precious, then it is the responsibility of all of us who call ourselves Hawaiians to show respect for the flesh of the land.
Being Hawaiian is a state of mind and heart, not a color of skin. Those who would discriminate, and polarize, creating an ‘us against them’ population, undermine the very spirit of Aloha.
When we trash the ground with the excessive packaging material of a consumer culture gone mad along with cigarette butts and all the other discards of gluttony, we dishonor that which we had sacred and ultimately ourselves as well.
I call upon all Hawaiians, regardless of politics or ethnicity to raise the level of consciousness and honor the aina.
The Garden Island Paper stated that the average price of a hotel room on Kaua‘i is $180 per night! (Oy vay)
Wow! With $180 I could go to Wal-Mart and buy a tent, ($35) sleeping bag ($9.95), air mattress ($2.67), backpack ($19.95), bicycle ($69.00) candles ($3), cooking utensils ($5), portable stove with butane cartridge $9.95 and still have $12.00 left.
You could stay in the tent as long as you want. Every night after one night you would save $180.00, so if you camped out 11 days you would save $1,800.00 in hotel bills. Be creative there are many places to pitch tents and live a free lifestyle. (I do) Riding a bicycle you would save on car rentals and gasoline and see the Island unstressed and save another $50 a day. The visitors would then feel the mana of the Aina and know and learn true aloha. It’s not just the huge savings its the experience that will make you. Upon leaving the Island they could donate their camping gear and bicycles to needy families and of course write it off.
James “Kimo” Rosen
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