Letters for Monday, April 6, 2015

• Hospice doing wonderful job • County of Kauai lacks the aloha spirit

Hospice doing wonderful job

On the first Saturday of each month, Kauai Hospice plans a question and answer session, free of charge and open to the public. The intent is to begin the conversation all of us need to have, regarding end-of-life issues (death and dying, grief counseling, health directives, palliative medicine and much more).

The first of these sessions took place this past Saturday in the intimate and comfortable conference room of Kauai Hospice, located on Pahee Street in Lihue. Drs. Weiner and Plumer (co-medical directors) along with Caroline Miura (grief counselor) provided answers, suggestions, reading material and a large amount of information as the result of questions, which came from the small group attending. Hospice is a wonderful organization and we are very fortunate to have hospice on Kauai.

Mickie and Michael Diamant, Koloa

County of Kauai lacks the aloha spirit

In October, I made plans to visit Kauai with six members of my family: airline, vacation rental, rental car, boat trip, garden tour, luau. All done well in advance for a relaxing vacation. Now it is gone. The County of Kauai has decided that we cannot rent the house that was legal and available last October, when we reserved and paid for it. With less than three months before our vacation was to begin, it is too late to secure another available booking, so we have a carefully planned vacation with nowhere to stay. 

We would have spent close to $20,000 on Kauai and its businesses. It is surprising that the economy of the county is so vigorous that it can so casually turn away the tourist dollars that we, and others like us, would have brought to the island. This would have been our 15th trip to Hawaii, and our seventh trip to Kauai, but that will not happen now. Neither will we be recommending the island to anyone as a tourist destination, as we have done in the past. 

Now, I will spend several sad hours undoing all of the exciting preparations I made last October. One of the most difficult tasks will be to inform our young grandchildren that their Christmas gift of a first vacation in Hawaii will not happen. Aloha, Kauai County.

Janet Chandler, Burney, California

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