Letters for Saturday, March 10, 2012

• Mahalo Tropic Care • Tropic Care an amazing experience • Lihu‘e Elderly Gardens smart meters • ‘Smile! Not going broke your face!’ • No ferry or new bridge, what do you expect?

Mahalo Tropic Care

We live in the Aloha State, and recently our island has been the recipient of aloha by way of Tropic Care.

This fantastic service provided medical, vision and dental care to many on Kaua‘i.

The military personnel were courteous, respectful, professional and efficient while doing their good works.

Many of these people traveled long distances to provide Kaua‘i’s people with this free care. I cannot praise them high enough. Mahalo to these wonderful men and women.   


Sherry Olkonen, Kapahi

Tropic Care an amazing experience

I would like to send out a big mahalo to the military personnel, Department of Health, County of Kaua‘i, volunteers, and the various media outlets for bringing Tropic Care Kaua‘i‘ to the people of our Garden Island.

I attended both the All Saints Church and KCC sites and each time received excellent service.

Although the waits were sometimes long; the services I received were better than expected. I received medical care, nutritional advice, a new pair of glasses, and dental care for free.

All of which would not be possible, had Tropic Care Kaua‘i not been offered to myself and the many others that were able to take advantage of these services.

It was interesting listening to stories from the military men and women who came from all over the country.

This was truly an amazing experience, and hearing from other Kaua‘i residents who also have no or very limited health care coverage made this an even better opportunity.

The best part was Tropic Care Kaua‘i didn’t turn anyone away based on income, medical insurance or lack of, or residency. If you were on Kaua‘i, you were welcome to receive care. I hope everyone had a chance to take part in this very important training exercise that was offered to Kaua‘i for the past 11 days.

Francine Grace, Lihu‘e

Lihu‘e Elderly Gardens smart meters

Six smart meters were installed on Feb. 24 at Lihu‘e Elderly Gardens homes on private accounts.

KIUC said it was for the photovoltaic system there. But a PV system only requires one meter.

KIUC lied to us again.

Ray Songtree, Hanalei

‘Smile! Not going broke your face!’

As we continue to go through the challenges of dealing with the deluge of too much rain impacting our environment and causing a variety of inconveniences, bringing extensive damage to property, and exacerbating anxieties and woes galore, it is also time to reach out and kokua (help) one another when, where, and how it may be possible!

In Kekaha, we’ve gone on “automatic pilot” time and time again, to start up soup kitchens and deliver food as needed; to establish systems to provide care and services from neighborhood to neighborhood throughout the town; and to coordinate our efforts to maintain a sense of “cohesiveness” in living aloha, especially in the face of tragedy and turmoil.  

As our communities here on Kaua‘i continue to grow, it is important for us to foster that sense of “togetherness”. It is important to reach out to one another.

It is important to establish common goals and promote community pride. Island living is akin to being in a canoe: To get anywhere or to accomplish anything will require some unity and some shared kuleana (responsibility) among those present.  

In that process, it would not hurt to be kind and compassionate in dealing with one another.

Like the local folks say: “Smile! Not going broke your face!”

Jose Bulatao Jr., Kekaha

No ferry or new bridge, what do you expect?

An island community, a rock in the middle of the Pacific decides they do not want a ferry boat or a modern day bridge, what do you expect?

Fast forward to the current Garden Island floods, with visitors and locals stranded  in Hanalei with no way to escape. The Hanalei bridge is closed, helicopters are not flying, cars are stranded and the bus has cancelled service, even walking and bicycling are out.

How about a boat? Now, that’s an unique idea for an island.

Just imagine if the Super-ferry had not been scared away, I am betting they would be shuttling passenger from Hanalei to Nawiliwili and points between.

I still cannot get over an island in the middle of the Pacific that declines ferry service and a modern day bridge, being stuck could easily had be avoided, after-all it’s not rocket science, just common sense.


James “Kimo” Rosen, Kapa‘a


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