Letters for Sunday, April 16, 2017

• I had a dream • Sorry for comments about prayer event

I had a dream

With all the news about revitalizing Lihue and the arguments for and against the proposal to move the Lihue Post Office, it’s not surprising this matter appeared in my nocturnal thoughts.

Lihue needs to be revitalized. Anybody who has driven through at night would agree. (Except during Christmas when the trees are beautifully lighted.)

Let me share my dream. The post office moved to the airport area where there’s ample parking space and, perhaps, drive-through service stations. It would certainly be more efficient in conducting daytime business.

What happens to the historic building? In my dream, I saw it being donated to the Kauai Museum. The Kauai Historical Society has office space and the museum has the opportunity to transform it into a cultural performing arts auditorium. Music, dance, lectures and other cultural activities would be held after business hours and on weekends when the county parking spaces are available across the street. This would be done with minimal renovations in accordance with historic building regulations. There are “ticket windows” already in place!

The parking problem would be solved and this historic building would be appropriately utilized. Can you think of a better way to educate our community with culture and history? Our talented dancers, singers and story tellers would have another facility to display their talents.

Disclosure: It took me over 40 years of living on Kauai to discover that the Kauai Museum is a “treasure” and should be visited by our residents. As a part-time volunteer docent, I see only visitors coming to this Kauai Treasure.

In the meantime, I’ll dream on …

Jim Jung, Kapaa

Sorry for comments about prayer event

I would like to sincerely apologize for some of the comments contained in my letter of March 10 (TGI).

The letter discussed the mayor’s prayer event. My letter contained some inaccuracies that I would like to correct. The mayor is an honorable person who has been supportive of the diversity of the island. I characterized him harshly and I sincerely apologize. The organizers of the prayer breakfast inspire many people and do not exclude anyone from attending their event.

Kauai Island Ministries, which sponsors the event, is a Christian organization. I am confident that we can all work together.

Humbly,

Dr. Hari S.S. Khalsa, Chairman, Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai

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