Letters for Jan. 7, 2015

• Uncle Louis lived aloha • Rant, rave from recent visitors

Uncle Louis lived aloha

Aloha, Uncle Louis!

Ten years ago, my family and I visited Salt Pond for the first time and met Uncle Louis. He introduced himself and, while my grandchildren played, we talked story of Salt Pond, Hanapepe and the Westside. He was passing out shirts to any keiki who needed one.

Meeting Louis and talking story helped to explain the meaning of aloha to me, because Uncle Louis lived it!

We have been coming to Kauai for many years. Meeting Uncle Louis has always been one of our fondest memories. I lost my mother in early November, so I can truly feel the grief of Louis’ family. He will forever be at Salt Pond for us to visit.

Aloha, Uncle Louis, you will be missed!

Dennis Ryan

Soulsbyville, Calif.

Rant, rave from recent visitors

Dear editor,

In the Seattle Times there is a Rant and Rave column in which readers have an opportunity to voice their experience of one or the other, so here goes.

Rant: After a very long day traveling to get here, my husband and I were desperate to kick back and enjoy some of that world class aloha spirit that welcomed us here in Kapaa last year and the reason we came back.

The first hint that it was missing came at the airport when we were told that there were no cars available despite our prepaid reservation. So we rolled with the news and took a taxi to Kapaa. Hungry and tired, we walked to town for dinner and were abruptly turned away at the door by every place we tried, five in all. What a bummer! That warm aloha was nowhere to be found in Kapaa town. We thought about leaving.

Rave: Fortunately, our flight reservations prevented our hasty departure. The next morning we wandered back to town in hopes of finding a breakfast. We noticed the Ono Family Restaurant was open and decided to give it a try.

What a relief to be welcomed by the aloha spirit the moment we walked through the door!

Not only was the food superb, but we realized how the spirit of aloha was alive and well here, transforming our experience of place giving us an appreciation for that intangible something that makes Kapaa memorable for us.

Roxanne Hamilton

Mike Pinoges

Kenmore, Wash.

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