Letters for April 8, 2016

• North Shore workers need places to live • Thank you for support of event

North Shore workers need places to live

My lunch cook needs a place to sleep. He lives in a hammock or in his tent depending on the weather. He wants to find a room. We often have one or two employees without housing. They live in tents or vehicles or at county parks. They are just enthusiastic, young restaurant workers. They are proud of their jobs and their skills. They are proud to be on their own and to be taking care of themselves. The only problem is they can’t find a place to stay.

It’s not a surprise that we have problems like housing on Kauai. Our resident population is 67,000, yet on an average day there are 18,500 visitors here, giving us a total population of 85,500.

It’s like having a family of five in your home but every day there is a sixth visitor. Your visitor does none of the cooking, laundry or cleaning because he pays you to do it. He’s sharing the bathroom, the bedrooms and the living room and things get a little crowded.

I won’t go into specifics or blame. I’m just saying that because of our real population, including visitors, there are not enough places to sleep. There are at least two more North Shore restaurants slated to open this year, if they can find the staff. Our housing shortage will go from bad to worse, to say nothing of our labor difficulties. If you have a room for rent on the North Shore please call.

Tom Pickett (808) 639-4689, Kilauea Bakery & Pau Hana Pizza

Thank you for support of event

We would like to express our gratitude and appreciation to the larger Kauai community for their support of our recent event “Imi Naʻauao – 2016” and ʻOhana Wa‘a (an umbrella organization that includes the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Na Kalai Waʻa Moku o Keawe, Na Kalai Waʻa o Kaua’i, the voyaging canoes Moʻokiha (Maui), Iosepa (BYUH), Kanehunamoku Voyaging Academy, and others from throughout Polynesia and the Pacific).

This event is a wayfinding/voyaging workshop that began in 2008 to support the training of crews for the voyaging canoes of ʻOhana Waʻa. In addition, this event also hosted Hokuleaʻs sister voyaging canoe, Hikianalia. Hikianalia was open to the community as well as schools to showcase the integration of traditional and contemporary skills, knowledge, and technology.

We were able to host over 75 participants from Oahu, Maui, Hawaii island, Kauai, and even Japan and Germany. Participants were able to fine-tune their sailing skills, review and refine wayfinding skills and practice and learn new protocol.

The community was also invited to a film presentation of “Papa Mau,” a documentary of Mau Pious Pialug who spearheaded the resurgence of Polynesian wayfinding. The producer and director of the film, Naʻalehu Anthony, was aon hand to answer questions concerning the film.

We would like extend a heartfelt “Mahalo Nui Loa” to all in the community that allowed this event to be such a success.

Dennis Chun, Secretary/treasurer, Na Kalai Waʻa o Kauai

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