Letters for Sunday, May 21, 2017

• Remove Princeville resort zoning from General Plan 2020 • Firefighters displayed compassion • Interfaith gathering promotes diversity

Remove Princeville resort zoning from General Plan 2020

My first question, where are they going to get the wai or water from?

Five-hundred new luxury resort units in Princeville? Are you kidding me? How about 500 new affordable housing units instead!

How about 1,000 less vehicles on the North Shore plugging up the highway into and out of Lihue airport from the North Shore? It’s already difficult to even pull out onto Kuhio Highway.

Are you going to open the Princeville Airport to commercial small plane flights again? You will have to do that to alleviate the traffic!

Anini or Wanini Beach reef is already dead from the fertilizers and pesticides flowing down from the golf courses and condominiums. There are no fish there anymore, at least ones that you can actually eat!

Stop selling off our island to Mainland people! Take care of your Kauai people who live here already. Stop the greed!

There are way too many resorts as it is and we don’t want Kauai to turn into another Maui or God forbid, another Waikiki! People come to Kauai because there is less “resort” type facilities and more open beautiful green garden and forest spaces!

Please keep Kauai country! It’s where us locals live too, you know!

Mahalo nui,

Aunty Aggie Keaolani Marti-Kini, Anahola

Firefighters displayed compassion

In the midst of all that Wednesday, as the fires were quelled on the hillside above, two firefighters in Waimea town took the time to rescue a kitten that had sought refuge under the hood of a truck parked across the street from Gina’s.

Perseverance and ingenuity; they got it out and I returned it to its place of origin under a porch at Waimea Plantation Cottages.

Mahalo, firemen.

The Rev. John R. Leech, D. Min., Vicar of Tombstone (visiting)

Interfaith gathering promotes diversity

Thank you for your stories covering the National Day of Prayer (TGI, May 3 and May 5). The event went well and one of the stories offers the opportunity to clarify something about the Interfaith Roundtable of Kauai, which sponsored the first ceremony in which many speakers representing a variety of faith traditions offered prayers. (The Kauai Island Ministries sponsored the second ceremony which is an all-Christian event.)

As to why there are two separate ceremonies held at the same location, back-to-back, one of your stories quoted a representative of the Kauai Island Ministries, “We feel like Christians didn’t want to pray to Buddha.”

Just to be clear, those of us involved in the Interfaith Roundtable don’t have to pray to Buddha or say anybody else’s prayer, unless we want to. At either our regular monthly meetings or special events such as this one, when appropriate a person can offer a prayer from their tradition, if they choose to.

When somebody from another faith offers a prayer, normally the rest of us listen in respectful silence. As part of our monthly meeting, we try to schedule a person who can explain the history and beliefs of their particular tradition for our understanding.

And, yes, some Christians do and always have participated in these interfaith gatherings. I find this approach to be very educational and leads me to greater appreciation for the wonderful diversity we enjoy in this country. It also inspires me to reexamine and deepen my study of my own Buddhist faith.

Feel free to drop in on one of our meetings held on the last Friday of each month, noon to 2 p.m., at Lihue Hongwanji Temple. You can also find out more on our website: interfaithroundtableofkauai.org.

Al Albergate, Princeville

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