Letters for Sept. 22, 2015

Letters for Sept. 22, 2015

Show respect for ‘Sachi’s Bench’

Aloha, Kauai neighbors!

My daughter Sachi Pace loved Waimea high and the kids in Silver Lining Performing Arts and KPAC. Then she went away to become a systems analyst for a San Francisco bank while volunteering at the Embarcadero YMCA to teach reading to children and aerobics to senior citizens.

In 1998, my 24-year-old daughter knew she was dying of leukemia and she suggested I build her a memorial.

“Make it of black diamond granite, just like Baban’s stone, and put my life story on the back, just like you did for Uncle Osamu,” she whispered as she drew a simple Parsons Bench. “Put the Enoki family crest at the top, and my bicycling team motto around it.”

“Where would you like us to set up this bench?” I asked, but she was too tired to answer.

In 2002, Sachi’s Bench was erected on the upper Waimea Canyon Lookout in Kokee with her life story engraved underneath, where kids love to get down on the ground to read it. Every time I slowly crawl under it to read her story aloud to our friends, I feel her giggling up in heaven.

Recently, we have heard of a young man dressed as a Hawaiian warrior standing on Sachi’s Bench, speaking to groups of visitors and collecting money in a lauhala basket. We do not know this person, so we assume that his use of Sachi’s Bench as his stage is trespassing on private property. We also assume that his panhandling of visitors’ cash is his source of income.

We hope he will stop doing this, and we hope no one will ever do it again. Please, everyone, let’s treat Sachi’s Bench with a little more respect.

Beatrice Pace

Honolulu

Macy’s has been a friend to many

It is a sad thing to hear Macy’s plans to close many stores. That used to be Liberty House before it was Macy’s. Liberty House was a lot like Macy’s. The prices were higher than most clothing stores. If you wanted to buy denim jeans, Liberty House would have them for about $38 each. Friday nights would be the busiest times. Weekends were packed and anyone wanting to shop there was always treated well by clerks.

During the Christmas seasons this was the most exciting time for high schoolers. During the 1980s, fashion on how to look and dress like Michael Jackson, Jon Bon Jovi, Modonna was the in thing. Today, these names in pop music are no longer heard, but by a few lounge-goers still yet sipping to her moment’s delight.

It is sad to hear this news, but I do hope they can make a run at it. It was everyone’s favorite stop over on a Friday night, when there was no football in play. Basketball is what I meant. It was the most thrilling time for a lad. Times have changed, but I hope Macy’s will remain.

Dean Sabado

Honolulu

Macy’s has been a friend to shoppers

It is a sad thing to hear Macy’s plans to close many stores. That used to be Liberty House before it was Macy’s. Liberty House was a lot like Macy’s for fashion and design. The prices were higher than most clothing stores. If you wanted to buy denim jeans, Liberty House would have them for about $38 each. Friday nights would be the busiest times. Weekends were packed and anyone wanting to shop there was always treated well by clerks.

During the Christmas seasons this was the most exciting time for high schoolers. During the 1980s, fashion on how to look and dress like Michael Jackson, Jon Bon Jovi, Modonna was the in thing. Today, these names in pop music are no longer heard, but by a few lounge goers still yet sipping to her moments delight.

It is sad to hear this news, but I do hope they can make a run at it. It was everyone’s favorite stop over on a Friday night, when there was no football in play. Basketball is what I meant. It was the most thrilling time for a lad. Times have changed, but I hope Macy’s will remain. Thanks for the shopping memories of old.

Dean Sabado

Honolulu

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