Letters for Friday, October 21, 2011

Which is sadder?

Thank you for the article about the closing of Kipu Falls. It is interesting to read the Island perspective of its closing.

The man who drowned on the 25th of June was our guest. Our memories are of his pregnant wife inconsolably walking down the driveway with a knife in her hand having to be talked out of suicide. 

Describing it as a “tragedy” does not put the right tone on that part of the event.  Having seen the Tourism Bureau whisk her onto a flight back to the Mainland and having to pack up both his and her belongings and send them to the new widow are the memories that come to my mind when I hear of Kipu Falls. 

On roadsides, you see memorials to victims of traffic accidents. One, two or three people died and we see a memorial. Many, many people have died and Kipu Falls.  They have a fence and barbed wire.

It is sad that locals will have difficulty swimming there now. It is sad that it took so many lives to erect the fence. Which is sadder? I guess it depends on who you are.

Charles De Vogelaere, Po‘ipu

Abide by mission statement

The Locavore event has been one of my family’s very favorite occasions on this island. We totally support our local farmers, buy local produce and only purchase island beef and pork and appreciate the hard work these farmers do.

The mission statement of the Garden Island Range and Food Festival is: “Bringing local talent together supports the development of compatibility, tranquility and reliance on the local quality of life on Kauai and its communities.” I fail to see how Pioneer fits in with that statement.

It is a travesty to allow Pioneer Foods to be a sponsor of this event. This is dirty money. Pioneer represents all that is not local and is contributing to poisoning the earth with their GMO research.

If Pioneer continues to be a sponsor my family can no longer attend this event. I ask the Garden Island Range and Food Festival producers to take another look at who they are including. Surely those of us supporting the mission statement above would more than willing to make up the difference in money if Pioneer is omitted from the sponsors.

Eleanor Snyder, Lawa‘i

Hanapepe Art Night

As a frequent visitor to Kaua‘i, I love Art Night and agree 100 percent with Anius Hopman’s recent letter.

Art Night is about the local Hanapepe galleries and businesses. Period. This is what makes this weekly cultural event so unique, enriching and charming. This is what draws visitors like myself to it. And most importantly, the Hanapepe businesses really depend on this night to survive.

Keep Hanapepe Art Night as it originally was intended to be.

Gary Saylin, Davis, Calif.

Concerns about

Kapa‘a Highlands

This Saturday, Oct. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Kapa‘a Library, the developer for Kapa‘a Highlands will be discussing his proposal. It’s a super dense subdivision of Kapa‘a off of Kapunni‘i and Olehena, just behind the middle school.

They are talking about putting 800 homes on 97 acres, which averages about one house per one-tenth of an acre, or one house per 4,000 square feet. Granted, there are 683 town houses and 16 two- to three-acre lots. This is extremely dense and would probably be the highest populated area on the island.

I came from an area in California that was about as dense as this and it had several issues — narrow roads, no parking, traffic, schools, shopping and a negative impact on housing prices.

I would love to see the area developed — but 700 townhouses? The only upside I can envision is the increase in local property tax revenue.

If you are concerned , I encourage you as well as other community members to participate this Saturday.

Daniel Tuers, Kapa‘a

Mahalo from Lihu‘e Library

The recent Friends of Lihu‘e Public Library Fall Used Book Sale was a resounding success, raising community support for our Lihu‘e Library.

Our thanks goes out to the many readers, large and small, young and young at heart, who came to the sale and bought good books at great prices.

A very special Mahalo goes to Ms. Lynn McCrory and PAHIO Development for underwriting the Books for Kids Program.

We are grateful to The Garden Island Newspaper, KONG Radio, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, FM 97.7, Wala‘au and the coconut wireless for help announcing the sale; and to all the many volunteers who generously helped haul, sort, display and sell books at the fundraising event.

All proceeds from the Friends of Lihu‘e Library Used Book Sales go to support the programs and services of Lihu‘e Public Library.

Check out the new Friends of Lihu‘e Library website at www.lihuelibrary.com, where you can read and subscribe to the blog and check out the calendar.

Mahalo nui Kaua‘i for your support.

Carolyn Larson,

Lihu‘e Library Manager

Lihu‘e

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