Letters for Sunday, October 19, 2014

• Mason Chock a good leader for Kauai • Mother Nature’s Plan • Larry Rivera should have been listed, too

Mason Chock a good leader for Kauai

Mason Chock is one of the most authentic people I have ever met. A pure Kauaian, having been born on the island, Mason Chock brings to the political stage an intimate knowledge of Kauai, its history and its people. He is relatively young, but very experienced, has wise mentors and is an avid learner. He is not content just with what he knows, but is always open and willing to learn. His presence reveals a vibrancy, intelligence and vision that is sorely needed in the Kauai political arena.

Mason works well with others and has been a leader, having learned, practiced and refined his skills with Leadership Kauai, whose stated mission is to “ensure a source of qualified and committed leaders on Kauai through effective leadership programs.”

A vote for Mason Chock is a vote for the future of our aina and, during these challenging times, we need a person with Mason Chock’s vision and energy to help guide Kauai into a future that will enable our aina to provide a secure and viable environment for generations to come. I trust that those of you who read this will seriously consider voting for a man of Mason’s integrity as a dynamic and valuable addition to the Kauai County Council!

Richard (Diamond) Moll

Princeville

Mother Nature’s Plan

Climate changes are everywhere

Hawaii is one place getting its share.

Volcanoes, snow, hurricanes too

Mother Nature is showing her

force through and through.

Madam Pele is showing us who’s boss

I just hope it’s not a terrible loss

Spewing her lava all around

Making her path all over the ground.

Then there’s snow on Mauna Kea’s top

Temperatures up there sure did drop.

Snow in Hawaii — are you sure?

Well, if you go on top you’ll be

saying brrrr.

And then there’s Ana — who’s that you say?

Well, the soon-to-be hurricane is headed our way.

She hasn’t decided quite what to do

Too bad we can’t tell her just to shoo.

Whatever happens to our beautiful state?

We can handle whatever is put on our plate.

Mother Nature has a plan — why, you ask?

Well, it’s simple you see: We’re up

to the task.

So once again, keep your things handy

Have your batteries, food and

maybe some candy.

Stay safe, don’t be foolish, you

know what to do:

Have your blankets and clothes

and don’t forget shoes.

Aloha is what it’s all about

Maybe look in on your neighbors,

give them a shout.

We can all do this, you know we can

After all you see it’s in Mother

Nature’s plan.

Barbara Poor

Hanalei

Larry Rivera should have been listed, too

Referencing the plea for a “Sold-out attendance” in the “Let’s make history with our support of the KHS on Nov. 1” article in the “Our View” column (TGI, Oct. 11), I find it very sad that the name of one of “Kauai’s Living Treasures,” Larry Rivera, was not included in the list of entertainers. Larry, along with members of his family and his dancers, will set the tone for the evening by entertaining the gathering crowd prior to the start of the buffet service.

It’s important for us to acknowledge those entertainers who are Kauaian and show them the respect that they most definitely deserve. Grace Guslander, former owner and manager of Kauai’s most famous and beloved hotel, Coco Palms Resort, certainly recognized Larry’s musical talent as composer and singer of many of Hawaii’s well-known songs. Grace regarded him and his family as the premier entertainers of the hotel, and for as long as the hotel remained open, Larry was there. To this day people from the Mainland, Canada, our Neighbor Islands, even Japan come to see Larry wherever he is appearing.

The Kauai Historical Society is indeed fortunate to have Larry Rivera as the opening “musical greeter” for their guests. He truly is Mr. Kauai and his name should have been included in the list of entertainers.

Gini Stoddard

Wailua Homesteads

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