Letters for Friday, July 7, 2017

• Museum fundraiser a good one • Don’t forget the repellent

Museum fundraiser a good one

The Kauai Veterans Museum held a fundraiser last Saturday to raise funds to replace the antiquated display cases that house the artifacts donated by the island’s veterans and their families. Many dedicated volunteers spent months planning and orchestrating this function and many community businesses donated goods and services to the event.

To all of them, a big Mahalo for all of their hard work. The evening included an interactive reenactment of MASH, a Broadway type show saluting the military, two dance bands dinner and silent auction. To all who attended, Mahalo for sharing the evening with us and for supporting your Veterans Museum.

With all the rhetoric about how much the sacrifices made by veterans, current military, and their families are appreciated, I would have thought where would have been some coverage of the actual event.

Unfortunately, to date, there has been nothing in the paper about the event or the ultimate goal for the funds raised. This evening was the beginning of efforts to modernize the museum to protect historical items. This is an expensive and ongoing project that can’t move forward without the generosity of our community.

We need to preserve history for future generations. Media can do a lot by keeping this project in the forefront of public consciousness. Begs the question, will they? Only time will tell. Let’s appreciate veterans and all military every day, not just on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans’ Day.

Debbi Johnson, Lihue

Don’t forget the repellent

Just saw an article about the hula halau traveling down to Tahiti. Well, I hope they all remember to use mosquito repellent/protection so that nobody comes back with Dengue or Zika or some other disease.

Masa Shirai, Lihue


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