Letters for Feb. 21, 2015

• Respect place names • Dairy meeting manipulated attendees • Wood-burning bill not fair

Respect place names

It was a pretty picture (Island Album on Feb. 13), but please, couldn’t the caption writer use the Hawaiian name, Konanae, instead of “Kong Mountain?”

Anahola’s majestic Kalalea formation, and the names of its three component peaks are all marked on reputable maps, such as those published by the U.S. Geological Survey. It is not difficult to find out their Hawaiian names.

Many of our archipelago’s beautiful place names have been, and continue to be, lost because some residents find it easier to replace them with neologisms, like Kong Mountain, than to take the trouble to learn what Hawaiians called these sites and how to pronounce their names correctly. If people who live here care so little for local history and culture, we cannot reasonably hope that our visitors will respect them.

The Garden Island can do so much more to stop the erosion of Kauai’s Hawaiian place names by using them correctly in articles and captions.

Me ke aloha

H.M. Wyeth


Dairy meeting manipulated attendees

I attended the meeting in Koloa conducted by Hawaii Dairy Farms, and I am frightened. Gathered at Koloa School were about 150 of my friends and neighbors. There were cookies, milk, sushi, fresh fruit and security guards. Why security guards? Have you ever attended a community meeting where guards were so noticeably present? When is the last meeting that you attended that had an incident that would prompt the necessity of security? What are the thought processes of the sponsors of the meeting? What did they expect? How did they intend to respond to what they anticipated might happen?

Those who attended the meeting were subject to the most subtle demonstration of divide and conquer. Adopted by the Nazi Party in Germany, the decade of the 1930s showed how fascistic control can manipulate people. To you who attended the meeting, you witnessed one of the most manipulated meetings you’ve ever attended. You were broken up into aimless, mulling groups, giving vent to your legitimate concerns that were recorded on large scrolls of paper that went where?

Was there a conclusion? Who had copies of your concerns? The entire meeting was a manipulated travesty and you all bit with cookies, sushi and milk.

People of Koloa, citizens of Kauai, wake up! You have just been victimized by an oligarch with more money than stars in the sky. The people who conducted that so-called meeting knew what they were doing. That’s how the fascists took over in Nazi Germany and the world got a Hitler!

The issue of the Hawaii Dairy Farm is a community concern. Debate, discussion and conclusions are essential. Manipulation and security guards are not. Meetings must have conclusions that are shared by all. If security is required, then it should not be so evident or intimidating. Conduct can be communal and peaceful. It has always been so. An agenda should be printed and reviewed by all and amended, if need be. He who controls the agenda controls the conclusions.

When people act like fascists and talk like fascists, then perhaps they are fascists. Certainly, the money is there to complete the picture.

The Hawaii Dairy Farm is a threat with implications beyond what our thinking is today. Please be aware and alert.

Monroe Richman


Wood-burning bill not fair

Regarding the TGI letter to the editor, “Bill 2573 would be hard on homeless, unfair to Hawaiians.” Author Kandra K. Akau, sorry to read of your situation. Hopefully, there are better days ahead for you and your children.

I agree with you that the expense for homeless to purchase gas stoves and propane tanks would be a burden, especially if one’s budget is tight or just not able to afford those things mentioned.

Also, this Bill 2537 would affect all of us here on Kauai. If there is another natural disaster like Iniki, we all wouldn’t be able to use wood burning or any type of fire to cook and keep warm. This Bill 2537 is to satisfy only one family. Not fair for people around them. Yukimura, Hooser and friends have no common sense and no survival skills. If there is a natural disaster like Iniki, do not come to us for help.

Howard Tolbe



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