Letters for July 23, 2016

Letters for July 23, 2016

Please be sure to get the facts

I’d like to reaffirm my longstanding support for small farms and local food sustainability, in response to a telephone campaign from a Mainland group that is misrepresenting my position.

Voters in House District 14 have been receiving calls questioning my support for food sustainability. Here are the facts.

My platform includes “promoting locally grown food and value-added products.”

As a former county council member and managing director, I’m on record supporting the feasibility study and business plan for the KCC food production and education center.

I supported allowing locally-produced, value-added products to be sold at sunshine markets. I backed the use of SNAP (food stamps) at Sunshine Markets.

I supported funding for irrigation system maintenance, ranching, and both the Kauai Grown and Kauai Made branding programs. I backed the Kilauea Agricultural Park.

There is a lot of misinformation being spread this election season. Please check the facts at www.nadinenakamura.com. If you have a specific question, please email me at nknplan@hawaii.rr.com.

Nadine K. Nakamura

Kapaa

Let the aloha spirit guide us all

I am a resident of Lihue, but not a native Hawaiian. I do have sympathy for the letter in the July 21 paper by Timothy Oga of Hanapepe about hate crimes on Kauai. He makes some very good points. I was not born on Kauai, but I have a lot of empathy for the kanaka maoli here and on all the islands. My Kapu was Kahu Abraham Kauai, a great Kahuna of the ancient Hawaiian Tradition. And now I take my hat off to Kahu Puna Dawson, who is teaching me more about the Aloha Spirit.

We should all strive for more of the aloha spirit. It is hard when they take down the Hawaiian flag, it is hard when the traffic from Kappa to Wailua is at a standstill for an hour, or when a new billionaire comes to the island and puts up a big wall.

Instead, he should of thrown a huge housewarming luau and invited all of his neighbors: rich homeowners, locals, visitors, natives, Hawaiians, Kanaka Maolii and the homeless. That would have been the aloha spirit.

Mahalo nui for publishing a great paper and allowing us to express our manoa. Today, I just want to say, in the spirit of aloha, I love everyone on this island and wish them a happy day. Let’s see if that spirit can survive the traffic jams when I go out for errands.

Let’s all strive to keep Aloha Alive on Kauai.

Mary Rose Annette Gallagher

Lihue

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