Letters for Oct. 28, 2014

• Kudos to youth for community service • Expect traffic to get far worse in Kapaa • Question for the Hawaii Dairy folks

Kudos to youth for community service

I just want to take a moment to commend the youth of “On the Edge” and the Bible college students of Calvary Chapel, Lihue, for their beautiful example of stewardship in action.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, they took Waimea by storm and offered free window cleaning and grounds care to the businesses along Kaumualii Highway in Waimea town. They would not take any donations and simply said, “We’re doing this in service to you.”

God bless all of them and their youth leader, Caleb Chaney, for their beautiful example of living out the Gospel message.

Chantal A. Duarte

Waimea

Expect traffic to get far worse in Kapaa

Today, the planning commission will hear a design review for Coconut Beach Resort, which hopes to build a mega resort in the open field between Marriott Courtyard & Kauai Coast Resort. The 20-plus acre timeshare resort will include close to 440 units and over 500 parking spaces along one of the few open ocean spaces left for locals and tourists to enjoy what’s left of the Royal Coconut Coast, a designated scenic corridor included in the Kauai General Plan.

Though this field has always been designated for resort development, the impact of such a high-density resort without supporting infrastructure in place will cause an overload of traffic problems for those constantly commuting this section of Kuhio Highway.

This project has been on the “books” for several years, dating back to the development of the Waipouli Beach Resorts in 2006 where the same developers promised between $3.5 to $5 million in infrastructure improvements to Kuhio Highway.

My only question is can we “afford” another mega resort without infrastructure improvements prior to buildout and who will ultimately pay for them?

Deborah Nantais

Kapaa

Question for the Hawaii Dairy folks

How can shipping milk twice be a) cost effective and b) sustainable? We don’t have processing here on Kauai, so the raw milk must be shipped, refrigerated, in a container across to Oahu. Driven to the processing plant, emptied from a container. Then, homogenized, pasteurized, packaged, put back on truck to a container, then back across the ocean to us — refrigerated.

What’s the carbon footprint for that?

Logistics alone is enough to make the Kauai dairy questionable. And jobs? Most of the work will be done elsewhere off-loading, processing and packaging. On Oahu. EIS, pollution, flies, odor, environmental risk, opposition from the community is serious as well. Logically, how can shipping raw milk elsewhere and then shipping back a processed product be cheaper or sustainable? Why not put the dairy near a processing plant which would reduce the energy needed, reduce contamination risk and reduce labor needs?

Besides, I keep imagining the steel vats that house all that milk being driven to Nawiliwili, sailing to Oahu, driven somewhere else, drained through hoses, packaged and sailing back to us. Really? Fresh? Cheaper? Jobs? Sustainable? How can that be?

Cheryl Ann Farrell

Koloa

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