Letters for Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Come see Seussical the MusicalGod gave us free will to chooseImpression of a dairy farm II

Come see Seussical the Musical

KPAC students from Kapaa, Kauai, and Waimea High schools invite you to Seussical the Musical! Featuring a live orchestra, lots of singing, dancing, and professional sets and costumes. Seussical stars Horton the Elephant (Semisi Osamu), The Cat in the Hat (Ethan Whatmore), The Who-ville Mayor (Logan Baptiste) and his Wife (Sera Shimomura), The Sour Kangaroo (Keri Silva), Mayzie LaBird (Lorinda Sasan),

Gertrude McFuzz (McKenna Pascua), The Butter Battle General (Majael Cantu) and many more.

King Kaumualii Elementary School fourth-grader Isaac Dubey is the only elementary school student in the show. Come see this talented little guy in his big role as Jojo, the Who-ville Mayor’s son.

Seussical is a story of friendship, courage and imagination. Director Robert Carrasco, musical director Dennis McGraw, choreographer Sarah Carrasco, set designer and KPAC alumnus Jarhett Gaines, costumer Barbara Green, and makeup artist Rocky Pascua have collaborated to bring us this show.

Seussical will play April 4, 5, 11, and 12 at 7 p.m. and April 6 and 13 at 3 p.m. at the War Memorial Convention Hall. Tickets at the door are $10 for students and $12 for adults. Save $2 by purchasing a ticket from a cast member or from Jim Saylor Jewelers, Kapaa; Vim ‘n Vigor, Lihue; North Shore Pharmacy, Kilauea; Progressive Expressions, Koloa; Scotty’s Music, Kalaheo; and Wong’s Restaurant, Hanapepe. For more information, call 651-2417.

KPAC is a State of Hawaii Department of Education gifted and talented program.

Tracy Murakami

KPAC advisory board member


God gave us free will to choose

I would like the opportunity to reply to the letter by Leilani Sim-Godbehere, (TGI, March 29). Ms. Sim-Godbehere, you are right, without a moral compass, anything goes. And that was the point of my letter. What you clearly did not understand is that a moral compass comes from within.

People calling themselves “conservative Christians” repeatedly prove they are anything but Christians. We were warned of people like this, false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.

What this clearly means is that some people would shield themselves with the Bible while doing the work of Satan. Another example of this is people who wrap themselves in the American flag while harming America from within through political or financial means to profit themselves while undermining America’s interests. How do we spot the people we were warned about? When they claim to want good that harms people, or try to take away choices from people.

God gave people free will, which means God wants everyone to choose their own paths. If you try to take away a person’s free will, whom do you serve?

If you praise Jesus, but ignore or twist his teachings, do you really follow or even respect Jesus?

If you believe in a god of war, bloodshed and anger, which god do you really believe in?

If you think you need a shield and armor, instead of an olive branch, then who do you really serve?

Dennis Chaquette


Impression of a dairy farm II

In my first dairy farm letter published on March 14, this writer gave a personal opinion concerning the dairy farm meeting held in Koloa. As stated, I attended in hopes of finding positive reasons for backing such agricultural endeavors. I accepted the argument that odor would not be a problem for distant neighbors with a few minor questions. I was dissuaded when I heard the milk would cost more than the going rate for milk supplied today. I was also dissuaded when told it would be bottled on Oahu, not Kauai. What dissuaded me the most, along with the audience, was the “fly abatement” remedy: the importation of wasp; another invasive species! In the March 28 TGI, it appeared that wasp may not be the only “abatement” solution. Quote: “they ( dairy owners) are still considering different biological controls, including beetles and chickens, as well.” Are not these imported “beetles and [fly-eating? ] chickens” nothing more than additional invasive species? Do we need more chickens? It appears that this dairy farm proposal is still in the infant stage in need of maturing into a full-grown, adult project.

Just in case “responder BorninHawaii” is reading, here is my solution for bringing positive agricultural investments to our island: Do your homework. Make sure you have a responsible plan with solid answers. Also, residents need to check the track records of parties involved to see how well they followed best practices and the laws of the land when they participate in development projects; especially those involving our environment here on Kauai. You will be surprised to see what you find. I was.  

John Hoff



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