Letters for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

• Don’t let traditions fade away • Neuter/spay key to controlling pet population • Donald the source of problems

Don’t let traditions fade away

I am in total agreement with Paul DeRocle’s May 30 letter in The Garden Island asking for more Hawaiian music to be heard and performed on all the islands.

I’d like to go a step further and ask that the traditional Aloha Friday be brought back. Somehow over the past 20 or so years that tradition has quietly faded away. No longer on Fridays do you see the women and girls wearing muu muus or the men and boys wearing aloha shirts. You used to go into any office and bank building, any store and school and you’d see the colorful Hawaiian attire being worn. The television news broadcasters always wore aloha attire on Friday. Walking in downtown Honolulu and Waikiki was a beautiful sight to behold just as it was in Lihue, Kapaa and Waimea on our island of Kauai.

Sadly it’s a bit like the local lei makers that used to line the sidewalks by the Waikiki hotels. The sweet smell of the colorful plumerias and white tuberoses that wafted through the air brought smiles to every person be it tourist or resident. It was Hawaii.

Some things can’t be brought back again but Aloha Friday should be alive and well and I for one will wear a muu muu every Friday and hope that many women and girls across the state will join me as well as the men and boys in aloha shirts.

Please don’t let these beautiful and historical traditions die and become lost forever. Every first time or repeat visitor to the Aloha State of Hawaii expects and longs to see these things and so do many of the residents. Let’s give it a try.

Gini Stoddard, Lihue

Neuter/spay key to controlling pet population

For as much tax money as the humane society gets, you would think they would spay/neuter like they use to.

If you think the society is full now, wait till all those fertile cats and dogs start having little ones. They use to do up to 30spay/neuters per day.

You do the math.

JoAnne Georgi, Eleele

Donald the source of problems

My wife and I live on the North Shore, and we enjoy our peace and quiet. But there was a rooster in the yard that wasparticularly loud and obnoxious. We called him Donald. He started getting into the garage and stealing our cat’s food. Hefought with the other chickens, and used bad behavior to attract attention to himself. We had to act. I used cat food as bait,caught him in a trap, and relocated him about a mile away. Our yard has had renewed peace and quiet ever since. Life withoutDonald is good!

Charles Herbert, Kilauea

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