Letters for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Film looks at whale beaching

I phoned a friend the morning of Oct. 13, and was shocked by some alarming news. Breathlessly, he told me that he was at Kalapaki Beach where 10 pilot whales had beached, but despite efforts of an impromtu team of volunteers attempting to push them back into the ocean, five stranded whales died.

An autopsy will be performed to look for the cause of death. I’m recommending an award-winning film, which sheds light on massive whale and dolphin beachings/strandings in the Atlantic Ocean. Please inform your friends. Both education and action are needed to deal with this ongoing tragedy.

Free film: “Sonic Sea,” Sunday, Nov. 5, 6:30 p.m., Kapaa Public Library.

The 62-minute documentary film begins with a mystery: the unexplained stranding and mass mortality of several species of whales in the Bahamas in March 2000.

As the mystery unfolds, the film explores the critical role of sound in the sea, and the sudden, dramatic changes human activity is inflicting on the ocean’s delicate acoustic habitat — changes that threaten the ability of whales and other marine animals to prosper, to function and, ultimately, to survive.

The leading contributors to ocean noise come from commercial, industrial and military sources: shipping, seismic and sonar. The film highlights scientists who have studied this problem and offer solutions for a quieter ocean, and underscores that the ocean’s destiny is inextricably bound with human destiny.

For those who are interested, the Navy will be holding a pubic meeting Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Kauai Veterans Center near the airport.

Gabriela Taylor, Kapaa

Money promoting Hawaii is unnecessary

I agree with the person who said Hawaii should lower the amount they spend to promote tourism and use that money to improve and maintain parks. Also to improve the lives of people who live on the islands.

I am a tourist and visit Kauai once or twice a year. I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t know about Hawaii and the benefits of adding it to your vacation list. But if people get there and the parks are unkempt and the people who live there feel the tourists are more important than them, it won’t be a pleasant experience.

I understand tourism is a large income source for Hawaii, yet I believe promoting it is unnecessary at this time. Making life on the islands better should be moved to the top of the list. Use your financial resources wisely.

I would love to see my tourism money go toward improvements for all. I shop local and want the beautiful people of Kauai to want me to visit.

Elizabeth Gray, Indianapolis

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