Letters for July 23, 2014

• Restore Coco Palms to its proper place in history  • Electric company providing low-cost Internet • Military a good place to defend Hawaii • A poem on the world’s problems 


Restore Coco Palms to its proper place in history

Since Hurricane Iniki, at best, the Coco Palms site says KAPU and no one is being respectful. The supposed caretakers of current continue, even after the fire, to run a version of  “movie tours” per Kuamoo Road signage. Also, there is bigger signage that says no trespassing, will be prosecuted, but the backside for decades has said “E Komo Mai” in invisible writing. 

It is obvious to me that the koa doors that went missing, or the access to start this fire, used the E Komo Mai entrance. There are many Kanaka Maoli who have strong opinions of knowledge that most people cannot begin to appreciate, and some of these same people have been arrested for trying to protect “inadvertent” Kupuna Iwi. The entire property and riverside surroundings remains beyond special in the ancient sense (archeologically profound) and awareness of those that keep watch today going back to the 400s in time. 

Restore the kalo and/or as Kaneiolouma or Kamokila village. I know several dozen kane Maoli O Wailua B&R that would be motivated, by the right resources to help. 

Debra Kekaualua 



Electric company providing low-cost Internet

I suggest you read this piece in Salon: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/24850-comcasts-worst-nightmare-how-tennessee-could-save-americas-internet.

This explains how Chattanooga’s local electric company is providing low-cost, high-speed Internet to all subscribers over their electric lines. KIUC should take note.

Jay Politzer



Military a good place to defend Hawaii

This morning while traveling on Kaumualii Highway, I was following a vehicle with many decals operated by a young man and young men as passengers. There was one decal that got my attention. It stated “Defend Hawaii” (with an assault rifle). If these young men really want to truly defend Hawaii, why don’t they join the military? 

Howard Tolbe



A poem on the world’s problems 

Today we, as a species, set foot on the moon. Today we still war. We can do better for everyone. I wrote this on our tree farm above Lawai and have been urged to share it more widely.

Gaza Invasion to 20 July 2014

Gentle Aloha,

dear other earthlings, we meet

on this edge, 45 years past Eagle

landing on our moon,

then without a garland of irony

announcing arrival in

the Sea of Tranquility

a giant leap for

mankind, a small step for a man.

How we grovel now feckless

in the hopeless gore

of warring,

we flail and fail


some subjugating, dominating,

others retaliating, resisting

the insistent goal

of total defeat.

How unholy this baptism by total

immersion in


bodies broken and

rebroken until the will is gone;

despair of the vision of the wedding


peace and justice, bride and

groom, crawl bloodied and maimed,

reaching for the moon …

Michael Anthony Ceurvorst



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