Letters for May 27, 2016

• Plane crash — Ku‘ia • ‘Carnival’ a showcase of talent • The poor don’t always have to be with u

Plane crash — Ku‘ia

Editor’s note:

The following letter was written by Alan Fayé of Princeville about brothers Phillip and Marshall Cabe, who died in Monday’s Skydive Kauai plane crash at the Port Allen Airport that also took the lives of pilot Damien Horan, 30, and skydiving instructors Enzo Amitrano, 43, and Wayne Rose, 26. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

On this past Monday morning, Susie and I were listening to KKCR Hawaiian music with Sandy Swift, choosing great Hawaiian music. Of course, we always listen to KKCR Hawaiian music every morning.

At 9:45 a.m., we got a phone call, from Susie’s son, Michael Cabe, my stepson. Michael had taken his two sons to Port Allen Burns Field for a skydiving experience. We knew that the take-off time was 9:30. Michael said “the plane crashed and burned.”

Whoa … NO NO NO!!! We jumped in the car to go to Wilcox Hospital. I kept KKCR music going and hummed along with Sandy. About Molowa’a, Sandy came on with her “Hawaiian” word for the day: ‘Ku’ia’.” She said it related to a bad area near Miloli’i. She said it portends “bad events.”

“MY GOD,” I thought. “Susie, today is ‘ku’ia day”! OMG.

This was last Monday, and another plane crashed off Makaha on Oahu.

We lost both Phillip (27) and Marshall Cabe (25) that day; two of the most wonderful grandkids anyone could ever wish for. They lived with their mother in Lawton, Oklahoma. Michael was treating them for their college graduations and birthdays. They were to be with us for two weeks, with many adventures planned.

Au’we, poho … and … no can get it.

Alan Fayé, Princeville

‘Carnival’ a showcase of talent

When I was a little girl, my mother would hum “Love Makes the World Go Round,” and this simple tune would immediately transport me to a different world.

It wasn’t til last weekend’s performance of “Carnival” at the Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center that I learned its origin was this classic 1961 Broadway musical. Daphne Sanchez, the show’s female lead, was enchanting Her voice was so clear and true, she conveyed the theme with angelic purity.

Beorn Chantara was her equal as he played a down-and-out puppeteer who could only communicate his emotions behind the masks of his puppets. He and his sidekick, played by Taj Gutierrez, each sung three voices (those of their human characters and their puppets), which was nothing short of amazing. Other standouts included community theater favorites Richard Porto, Averie Soto, and Wil Welsh, but this play was more than the acting and singing: Esther Manning’s creative costumes, the whimsical sets, the live orchestra, and Greg Shepherd’s expert direction brought the production to life.

It’s been many years since KCC produced a musical, and I hope you see it before it ends. The show plays for only one more weekend, with shows Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $8 for kids under 12 and are available at the door.

Mary Alexander, Kapaa

The poor don’t always have to be with us

“The poor will always be among us,” a Christian was telling me recently, using these words from the Bible to justify doing nothing about it. But it’s not true, especially today with our automation technology. We produce enough food for everyone, but a third of it is thrown away due to the inefficiencies of a market system which manipulates scarcity for profit.

And we have enough homes sitting empty to shelter all of our homeless. Again, the system won’t permit it. Must we accept poverty as a natural law decreed by some deity, or one more instance — like stoning women to death and condoning slavery — where God got it wrong.

I understand why the kings and high priests who wrote and rewrote the Bible every century kept that part in. Convincing people they were meant to be poor, born to be slaves, worked to the advantage of the rulers (who were busy amassing all the wealth for themselves).

Today, not much has changed. When 62 people have more wealth than three billion, and the Walmart heirs are worth $85 billion, then it makes perfect sense that millions of children go to bed hungry. Nelson Mandela said, “Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

There’s the truth, and then there’s heavenly fiction. So please finish the sentence. “The poor will always be among us … as long as 1 percent of the people continue to hoard all the wealth.

Steve Saylor, Princeville

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