Letters for Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013

Kapaa the beautiful?No telling whatsharks will do

Kapaa the beautiful?

I was wondering if I read the recent article in The Garden Island news correct, it said, “Forbes Magazine named Kapaa as one of the nation’s 15 prettiest towns, the only town west of the Rocky Mountains to make the list.”   

Are they talking about my Kapaa town?

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy living in Kapaa and it is my choice to live there, however it is anything but pretty — unique and different, yes, but not pretty.

Everyday I walk and ride my bicycle through Kapaa town with overgrown bushes on the sidewalks making pedestrians move into street, litter on the shoulder of the roads, traffic congestion and some of the worlds ugliest architecture I have ever seen.

Have you ever heard the expression people tell friends about the not so good looking girls they want to fix you up with, they say she sure has a good personality, meaning she really isn’t eye candy so to speak.

I do admit Kapaa has a great personality. The expression goes, “beauty is in the eye of the beholder!” Maybe Kapaa could be named,  “Miss Congeniality.”

Behold Kapaa!

James “Kimo” Rosen

Kapaa

No telling whatsharks will do

While recently hearing and reading about our recent shark attacks I am reminded of how dangerous and unpredictable sharks can be.

 Twenty years ago, my new husband and I toured the waters around Tahiti. The boat stopped and let us walk around the atoll near the island.

 He was wearing flippers and had a speargun with him. I was walking a little ways ahead and looked back to see my husband, when my  I saw him he jumped up onto the reef and started walking backward. He had attracted a shark that took a big bite out of his flippers and then actually jumped up on the reef after him!

 I was horrified and saw this drama being played out. This attack was the most interesting thing that I had ever seen in nature and now, after reading  about the awful attacks on our islands in the past months, I can truly say that sharks are unpredictable. Thankfully I did not become a widow on my honeymoon.

They are beautiful creatures and deserve our admiration and respect, but also they must share their ocean with us. This is a real concern to Hawaii so please be careful.

                           

Alexandra Dorn

Kapaa

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