Letters for Sunday, April 9, 2017

• Creative lab a wonderful asset • Junk yard a hazard • Land disputes not surprising

Creative lab a wonderful asset

Dear Mayor Carvalho, I want to thank you and Sue Kanoho, Susan Tai Kaneko, Randy Francisco, Georja Skinner, Sen. Ron Kouchi and Michael Palmieri for bringing Creative Lab Hawaii Transmedia Ideation Weekend to Kauai last month.

I found it to be a very valuable program for Kauai content developers. The executive director and the coaches were tremendously knowledgeable, passionate and compassionate about helping creative artists further their goals and dreams.

I personally gained some information that influenced me to make some decisions and choices that I believe will steer me closer to the fulfillment of my career goals. I observed other attendees also gain practical knowledge and inspiration for continuing in a field that, heretofore, has not been supported on Kauai.

Opportunities like this weekend are very scarce in Hawaii and especially Kauai. I hope going forward, Hawaii and the Neighbor Islands will continue to fund this kind of career development. Hawaii desperately needs diversification for the main industries of tourism and real estate.

Not everybody can or desires to work in those fields. And, of course, as we have witnessed many times, there are always downturns in every industry.The wonderful thing about content development for film, television, theater, publishing, the internet, gaming and other such platforms, is that it is an investment for the future. These are green, sustainable industries and attractive to the upcoming new generations of island residents.

Please, I urge you to continue to fund Creative Lab Hawaii and other such programs that will help our islands to flourish.

Nadya Wynd, Kapaa

Junk yard a hazard

Department of Land and Natural Resources:

We want you to address and remove the collection of dead cars, garbage, rats and vagrants on state land located on KuhioHighway in the Wainiha area (closest cross street is Alamihi Road).

This is not only a health hazard and has been written up before, it has (to local residents’ embarrassment) been a featuredarticle about Wainiha having a landfill in the local paper, The Garden Island.

As we understand it, this is a state problem to address. Our research has shown that while the state donated the land to theBoy Scouts some time ago, it was given back because it could not be maintained.

This area is across from a beautiful bay, close to the Hanalei Colony Resort and other local residents and businesses.

Kirby Guyer, Toby Searles, Wainiha

Land disputes not surprising

Regarding the dispute over ownership of Coco Palms land: Considering that the great stones from the heiau at Wailua weretorn out to form the basis for the Kuhio Highway, it’s not surprising that previous generations did not try to assert their claimto the lands now claimed by both native Hawaiians and the Coco Palms hui. Perhaps the hui needs to quiet title before goingfarther. They also might contact Mark Zuckerberg for suggestions.

Suzan Brooks, West Des Moines, Iowa


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