Letters for Thursday, Aug. 10, 2107

• Hospitality on Kauai second to none • Funding needed to take care of Kauai’s transportation woes

Hospitality on Kauai second to none

My husband and I live on Maui and recently traveled to Kauai for a mini holiday.

While in Hanalei Beach, I accidentally left my cell phone in the bathroom by the Hanalei Pier. Fortunately, someone turned the phone into Pat’s Taqueria food truck.

Morgan from Pat’s Taqueria left a note in the bathroom as well as on my car to say that my cell phone was at Pat’s Taqueria. I never claimed the phone after an hour or so, and since she had seen pictures of my rental car on my phone she figured I was still in the area. She also saw a photo of me on my phone and she actually spent time looking for me and found me on the pier just getting ready to dive into the water.

I was so grateful and surprised that someone would take the time out of their busy schedule trying to locate me in amongst hundreds of beach goers. A big shout out goes to Morgan at Pat’s Taqueria!

On a different note, Rainbow Jo’s coffee truck in Lihue was also extremely friendly and helpful in recommending places to go and see on our way to Hanalei, not to mention their incredible Chunkey Munkey coffee frappuccino and wonderful bagels.

All in all, my husband and I wanted to let the people of Kauai know that the spirit of aloha is alive and well on the Garden Island.

What could have been a very unfortunate event turned into a very wonderful moment.

Mahalo to Pat’s Taqueria and Rainbow Jo’s for your excellent show of aloha!

Visitors and residents alike should frequent these food trucks, not only for their food but for their incredible aloha hospitality.

Mel Lindsey & Gary Woodward, Lahaina, Maui

Funding needed to take care of Kauai’s transportation woes

To our state legislators:

Mahalo and aloha for working on transportation issues that affect us all. We on Kauai have many transportation issues thataffect our lifestyles, where improvements are most necessary. Having funds to address issues here on Kauai are just asimportant.

We have 73,000 residents and over 27,000 visitors that are challenged daily on roads that have barely expanded toaccommodate the congestion we face. Over the past 50 years our population has increased from approximately 25,000residents and visitors to over 100,000 people.

The number of lanes heading into and out of our towns from Lihue to points north and west have remained the same. I wouldappreciate consideration of tax increases on our island to address our concerns and not those of a rail system that has beenchallenged in so many ways.

The Oahu rail system and its routes do not really benefit neighbor island travelers. If we are to travel to Honolulu, we wouldfor the most part still need to have a car for the stops we would need. I suggest, if indeed a neighbor island visitor comes toOahu and chooses to use the rail, at that time he or she would pay a surcharge for such use.

Neighbor island residents are challenged, we have the same needs, the same concerns, the same planning issues. Funding, ifit were to go toward transportation fixes, should directly deal with problems found continuously on respective islands. Mahalofor your time and consideration.

Andy Melamed, Kapaa, Kauai Lifeguard Association marketing and events director

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