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• A new approach for property tax relief
• Na Pali wonders
• Anglers and boater
• Alarm over ruling
A new approach for property tax relief
Many of us have been attempting to resolve the issue of rising property taxes.
The passage, by the voters, of the 2004 Ohana Charter Amendment clearly demonstrated that the people were feeling the devastating result of huge increases in land and home appraisals and the ensuing massive increases in their property taxes. We acknowledge the need to pay property taxes, but the increases should not force Kaua‘i’s people from their homes.
Solution: It is time for a new approach.
One method would be to increase the Homeowner’s Exemption. As your assessments increase, your exemption will increase. A Floating Homeowner’s Exemption.
Efforts to bring meaningful solutions to very real concerns will continue.
Na Pali wonders
As a first-time visitor to this beautiful garden island, I have to say what an awesome experience to see the magestic Na Pali cliffs! Liko’s “Na Pali Kai III” Capt. Mike and crew of Kaipo and Mindy made our trip up the coast so informative, interesting and intriguing. Seeing this extraordinary site is a must! The snorkeling, crystal-clear water and Aloha shared with us was one adventure I’ll never forget. Mahalo!
Anglers and boater
On August 7 I observed some people fishing for “uwama” (a once a year school of fish that locals fish for) at areas near catwalks off boat harbors and piers.
This one incident happens at Kukuiola Small Boat Harbor. People and their poles set along side the catwalk fishing for this fish. Then without warning, a boater sped in to the harbor along the catwalk where these poles and people where set (almost ruining these people’s fishing poles).
Needless to say, there were alot of exchanged words coming from the locals and one of the boaters.
Don’t these boats have a loud speaker? (In fact I know they do. Because I’ve heard them announce their agenda and welcomes on the loud speaker while departing the harbor at Port Allen.
Alarm over ruling
I am deeply alarmed at the recent rulings concerning Kamehameha Schools. Princess Bernice knew that outside influence would handicap her beloved Hawaiian children unless they became educated. It is a travesty that the courts of 2005 paid homage to “political correctness” and ruled the way they did.
In Hawai‘i, the teenage suicide rate is highest among Hawaiians. For this reason alone, the hope and education of Hawaiian children must become a concern of every resident. We cannot afford to lose any more Hawaiian children to hopelessness and despair.
Most of us come from outside. We have reaped the benefits of Hawai‘i’s beauty and plenty. Do we really need to force our children into this wonderful school that was created for so clear a purpose? To rob the Hawaiian children of thier promised education and hope is a moral outrage. Shame on any outsider parent who would force their child to take the place of one of our precious Hawaiian students at Kamehameha Schools.
No matter what the courts say, keeping Kamehameha Schools Hawaiian can become a voluntary act of conscience.
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