Letters for Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017

• Dairy support raises concerns • Councilmember on Waioli board

Dairy support raises concerns

Mahaulepu is one of the most pristine beach areas in all of Kauai and it is enjoyed by people from all over the island. Kauai Councilmember Derek Kawakami and District 16 Rep. Dee Morikawa recently announced their support for the industrial dairy in the Mahaulepu Valley in spite of predicted problems of odor, flies, and polluted water.

This is certainly an issue which they can hang their hats on and one which will clearly delineate them from the people who run against them in the 2018 election.

Also, the Feb. 9 TGI stated that “several lawmakers” were supporting the plan for the dairy in Mahaulepu. Since when does two equal several?

Linda Estes, Koloa

Councilmember on Waioli board

I see from the website of Waioli Corporation that Councilmember Derek Kawakami has recently become a member of their Board of Trustees. This is a major conflict of interest due to Kauai County budgeting $70,000 of taxpayer money to build a fence that is intended to protect Waioli’s 541 acres at Lepeuli, and their neighbor Patricia Hanwright’s land. It will also block a state-owned historic ala loa trail there.

Councilmember Kawakami needs to choose whether he wants to serve the public interest as a councilmember, or serve Waioli Corporation’s private anti-access interests.

Richard Spacer, Kilauea


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