Letters for May 28, 2015

• Kauai doesn’t lack housing • Action takes teamwork • Newbies should learn island culture

Kauai doesn’t lack housing

The developers of the Hokua Place project in Kapaa claim that we have a “25 percent housing shortage.”

I’d like to know exactly what that means. Twenty-five percent of what? I would really appreciate if someone could explain that.

What does a housing shortage mean anyway? Does that mean that there are people out there waiting for a house to become available to buy, or just one that they can afford? And if the former is true, then whereare those people living now? And when that house becomes available for them to buy, what happens to the vacancy that is created by their move? I seriously doubt if the new homes will help our homelesssituation. Unless the homeless have a secret bank account somewhere.

I just googled MLS Kauai and found no less than 477 homes presently for sale on Kauai. And that does not include condos and townhomes. So how can anyone claim there is a housing shortage? Or, am I missingsomething?

Or is this the current mindset to increase the population on our already overpopulated island with our already overtaxed infrastructure?

It’s bad enough that more hotels and time shares are planned, which will already make things so much worse, must we provide more homes so more of those visitors can move to paradise. While we still may be aparadise. Or are we?

Larry Arruda, Kapaa

Action takes teamwork

I would like to take this time to thank Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr. and his administration, namely communications specialist Sarah Blane, for allowing me the opportunity to address concerns that the community brings to my attention through our column, “Da Shadow’s Corner.”

I would also like to thank Deputy Engineer Lyle Tabata of Public Works, Director of Parks & Recreation Lenny Rapozo, Fire Chief Robert Westerman, Assistant Police Chief Michael Contrades, Finance Director Ken Shimonishi and all county departments and divisions, for responding to my questions and concerns in a timely and respectful manner.

The mayor has kept his promise to have “Action with Aloha.” We must all work together in the best interest of our community, and do our share to keep our island safe and beautiful – that is our responsibility. When we work together, lots of things are doable. Together we can!

Jerome “The Shadow” Freitas, Sr., Kealia

Newbies should learn island culture

Time and again, The Garden Island newspaper disses truthful factual writings for insights provided by those who haven’t been integrated here in Hawaii-nei. Rarely to never have they provided truth or knowledgethat applies or is worthwhile, nor do they have a clue about their surroundings.

We remaining generational residents are forced to listen to undereducated people who are not from these lands spewing rhetoric that TGI embraces.

I am not afraid to face-to-face anyone that I opine about, for or against. It is also time that TGI does its part to change the pattern that has existed since I wrote the “free ride to the airport, first through the canefields” letter, posted and requiring TGI to start reviewing policy changes.

Debra Kekaualua, Anahola


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