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• Close beaches on large surf days • Are you ready for the next war? • Help with my report on Hawai‘i • On Wailua Beach ahu dismantling
On Wailua Beach ahu dismantling
An interesting note about the dismantling of the alter in Wailua: No cultural practitioner could be enticed to take it down. The workers were paid a little extra, and did so with a heavy heart.
Personally, I will honor the sacredness of that area and never set foot on the bike path. I, too, believe it is cursed now.
To those who fought bravely to preserve the sanctity of the Wailua area, you are the heroes of the day. You are the powerful, as you occupy the space with the respect and aloha it has always deserved.
Honoring the ‘iwi kupuna.
Blu Dux, Kalaheo
Help with my report on Hawai‘i
I am a fifth-grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in Napa, Calif.
The reason I am writing to you is because my class will be working on state reports, and I have chosen your magnificent state: Hawai‘i.
In my report I will be writing about your state’s history, economy, geographical features, interesting places, famous people and state symbols.
I would appreciate if you posted my letter in your newspaper so that I can get all the information I need for my report. It would be helpful for my report if your readers could send brochures, postcards, magazines, souvenirs or other important information regarding your state.
Thank you in advance for your help with this.
Napa Valley Language Academy
2700 Kilburn Ave.
Napa, CA 94558
C/O Mrs. Hernandez
Mario Calderon, Napa, Calif.
Are you ready for the next war?
Congress is gearing up for war with Iran. Mazie Hirono is a co-sponsor of Senate Resolution 65, which calls for stronger sanctions against Iran.
The resolution does explicitly say that the use of military force is not authorized, but it is strongly worded in support of Israel. Basically, it is a signal to Israel that the US will support an attack on Iran.
Tulsi Gabbard is a co-sponsor of House Resolution 850 — Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013.
While preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons is admirable, it is not going to be accomplished by hitting them on the head with a stick.
War with Iran will be the result. Our corporatocracy wants this war so they can profit on the weapons.
Take a stand against war.
John Zwiebel, Kalaheo
Close beaches on large surf days
All of us have been shocked by the number of visitors whose memory of this beautiful island will be the death of a loved one by the ocean.
I wonder if all of the visitor education, which is essential and long overdue, might focus too much on spreading the information rather than trying to get the message noticed by those who are likely to challenge our big waves.
I think we need to create messages which target the athletic types, those without experience with oceans, (lakes just don’t rise up and swallow you), and those who think it is “just water.”
Ads, which depict the athletic lifeguards standing in front of towering waves saying, “We live here. We never go out in rough ocean. We never ignore big waves. They pound you into the coral reef and sand and can injure you, even kill you. Even expert swimmers stay out of water like this.”
In other words, show the macho visitor that our macho lifeguards are smart and stay out of the ocean.
You aren’t a wimp if you decide to just watch from the shore. We must figure out how to pierce the macho mindset, especially of those who feel their athletic workouts make them strong enough to handle it.
Why not develop warnings/closures like the ski resorts? If they think there is an avalanche hazard, they close off the areas with big signs and fencing. They mark dangerous trails with black diamonds, etc.
Why not post signs at places where people drowned with a red X for each victim like the old highway signs I saw in the 1950s, which showed where car accidents happened that killed people — like dangerous curves, etc.?
Why not have maps that show which beaches are safe in winter or summer?
Post signs at those beaches.
No one is going to watch the baggage claim video as they are eager to get their bags, go to the hotels and swim. Put it on the visitor channel, handouts at rental cars, hotel rooms (maybe on the bed) — and, of course, on the airlines.
Ski areas don’t like lawsuits so they are vigorous in warning and closing off areas. As a skier, you take notice because you realize mountains can kill.
But who realizes that about water/oceans, especially if they have never been in an ocean? People don’t tsay away from skiing because of risks. People will still come to Hawai‘i.
For example, the Na Pali Coast trail should be closed on days of heavy rain and wind.
Those trapped tourists were lucky.
Why were the trails open?
I hope we can develop stronger, more widespread and appealing messages for visitors.
Judith Fernandez, Kapa’a
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