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• Food drive meets need on Kauai • Attorneys shouldn’t stop to name calling • Happy ending to fake necklace case
Food drive meets need on Kauai
Hunger is a very real and serious concern on Kauai. Thousands of people don’t have enough food to make it through the month, and they come to our pantries for help, each and every week.
As churches and nonprofit organizations, we organize volunteers and raise money so that we can distribute free food to the families, keiki, kupuna and others who need assistance. They depend on us, and we depend on the Hawaii Foodbank – Kauai Branch for the food that we give out.
HFB-Kauai has had an extremely positive impact on our food pantries since it opened its own Puhi warehouse in July 2010. We now have a steady, dependable source of quality food. We can always get fresh fruits and vegetables, along with dairy products, meats, canned foods and other packaged items.
Meanwhile, our costs have gone down dramatically because HFB-Kauai does not charge us for juice, dairy and many other items. HFB-Kauai also does regular “ohana drops” that distribute thousands of pounds of free food.
We know we can count on HFB-Kauai to be a strong and growing part of this community for many years to come. Because of its sound fiscal management, it is the only food bank on Kauai that is funded by the United Way. It is also the only food bank on Kauai that is registered with Feeding America, a national group that requires its members to meet high standards in accounting and food safety practices.
We trust HFB-Kauai and deeply value our relationship because of their quality food, good service and ethical business practices.
We hope that you will support us and our missions to feed the hungry on Kauai by also supporting the Hawaii Foodbank — Kauai Branch. You can volunteer at an agency or the Puhi warehouse, host a food drive or donate food and money to the foodbank or participating agency. We especially need cereal, milk, rice, peanut butter and bread.
Mahalo for supporting the spring food and fund drive on April 19. Together, we can all make a very big difference in the lives of those who are hungry.
Liz Kua, Westside Christian Center
John Burkhouse, Church of the Pacific
Pat Hillegonds, St. Michael’s
Winona Mitchell, Kalaheo Missionary Church
Mark Whitson, St. Catherine Parish
Attorneys shouldn’t stop to name calling
When I read the article addressing the issue of the stance of the attorneys in their claims that all of the so-called “red shirts” were “eco-terrorists,” I really couldn’t stop laughing.
The tagline afterwards, that the formidable Marjorie Bronster and the equally formidable “four-time Attorney of the Year” would be representing the chemical seed companies, and you have a wonderful “David and Goliath” story.
Babies and children marching peacefully with their parents are “eco-terrorists.” I expect more from “four-time Attorney of the Year.”
I feel it is so sad that two such prominent attorneys can be bought so obviously by outside influences to our state and not side with the people who helped to pay their paychecks for many years.
Local style is not to bite the hand that feeds you. Even if you don’t work for them anymore.
When the people become “terrorists” in your eyes, it’s time to re-evaluate your moral compass. Did the two of you become lawyers to get sacks of money? The people will prevail. Rock on with your bad self.
It would behoove an intelligent attorney to not bring up issues of “terrorism,” and “behavior” during the 2491 incident because there is plenty of mud and evidence to sling in the other direction.
Frankly, it’s disappointing for two such illustrious lawyers to stoop so low. If I were a judge, I wouldn’t give this claim the time of day and put it right back where the lunar eclipse shines.
Happy ending to fake necklace case
In 2009, I wrote a letter to the editor telling how I had been sold a $900 Niihau shell necklace on Kauai. When visiting the Kauai museum, I learned it was not Niihau, it was a fake — I had been frauded. The shop owners were unwilling to admit this. We then filed a complaint with the State of Hawaii Office of Consumer Protection.
We continued to Maui, where we met members if the Kanahele family of Niihau who were demonstrating shell jewelry making at the Ritz Carleton Celebration of the Arts Festival. They were very kind and examined my necklace, agreeing it was not Niihau.
Then, to my great surprise, Kaleialoha Roback and her daughter presented me with a beautiful Niihau necklace! I was speechless! In that moment it became my best vacation ever — but here’s the rest of the story.
In December 2013, we received notice that the courts had filed judgment against the place that sold me the Niihau necklace, prohibiting them from such sales, imposing a civil fine with additional fines if they violate the judgment, and providing me a refund. I am donating my refund to the Hoomana Ia Iesu Church on Niihau in gratitude for the spirit of aloha the Kanahele family showed in the gift of love they freely gave to me.
My husband and I are happily returning to Kauai in January knowing that the state of Hawaii will enforce state laws which protect Hawaiian culture, and artisans as well as unsuspecting tourists.
Bonnie Pierce, Etowah, N.C.
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