Letters for Jan. 14, 2015

• Development will create traffic woes • Compost pit in need of restoration • ‘Jesus Bandit’ must be caught

Development will create traffic woes

Before the Hawaii State Land Use Commission is yet another large development plan, called Hokua Place, proposed by Mr. Greg Allen and his investors. They are requesting from the LUC a change in the zoning of the area behind and below Kapaa Middle School. The investors want this ag land changed to urban zoning so that they can build 800 homes in this already congested area.

Is there not already terrible traffic problems through Kauai’s limited Eastside roads? Eight hundred new homes can easily equate to 1,600 more cars, adding to the traffic woes, schools that are already filled to capacity and construction waste dumped in the landfill that’s just about tapped. Don’t forget about Coco Palms and the two other resorts set to construct on the Eastside.

Please Kauai residents, take a moment to write to the two departments that will decide a future fate for Kauai. Request that the zoning remain in agriculture. Do not approve a change in the zoning to urban.

Emails need to be in by Jan 22. Title your email letter, “Hokua Place EISPN comments.” In your letters, state the reasons why this development will create so many more problems for Kauai.

Hawaii State Land Use Commission: luc@dbedt.hawaii.gov and Hookuleana (the EIS company): info@hookuleana.com.

Thank you for your time and efforts in making a difference for Kauai’s future.

Robin Oaks


Compost pit in need of restoration

We’ve been using the public compost/woodchips at the Hanapepe Refuse Transfer Station for 20-plus years as weed control and soil amendment in our yard, instead of spraying harmful herbicides. For the past six months or so, the compost pile hasn’t been replenished, it’s down to some chips among old, exposed machinery and leaking oil barrels. We’ve asked the employees there about the chips. They said the public gets 10 percent of what’s chipped from the green waste, Thronas owns the rest. I thought that with the new year, the pile would be replenished. I went today, it’s even lower with more trash in it. Can someone please address this issue, so Kauai residents can again utilize clean compost, helping keep the Garden Island green?

Kerin Lilleeng


‘Jesus Bandit’ must be caught

The “Jesus Bandit” is back on Kauai. He is wanted by KPD.

He was photographed at 4 p.m. Jan. 10 in high definition, at the far end of Secret Beach near the light house. After a positive ID was confirmed, KPD set up a trap. KPD responded quickly and with plenty of manpower. KPD came very close to getting the Jesus Bandit.

The bandit then ran straight up the cliff to the homes just west of the light house. He vanished from view at that point.

There are thousands of residents on Kauai who would like to see the Jesus Bandit caught and given the care he needs.

And prowling around at night, entering people’s homes while they are sleeping is very dangerous to the families and the Jesus Bandit.

Folks in general are really creeped out by this guy. We all need to work together, to locate this guy, and call the police. We can do it together.

And hopefully, The Garden Island paper will run some pictures to make ID easy.

Let’s solve this issue ASAP before it gets any worse. He is very easy to spot wearing soiled, white robes, with a satchel type belt. He looks like a figure right out of the Bible.

In closing, we here in Kilauea town want to give a big thanks to Chief Perry and his hard working men.

Being a policeman can be a very tough job at times, as you all know.

Leo McCarthy



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