Letters for Thursday, January 4, 2018

Siren system confusing

With today electrical technologies, why can’t the state of Hawaii alert system update to a loud voice system? It would be a lot easier for people to know what the threat/alert is. The system we have is confusing, with too many different wailing sounds.

Let’s switch to the loud voice system throughout the whole state of Hawaii, Gov. Ige and Hawaii Civil Defense Service.

Howard Tolbe, Eleele

Landlords don’t need to overcharge

Greed! A serious problem in our country. To cure it we need to start at home. Your page one article on rents on Jan. 2 was a fine example of the problem. Landlords, do you really have to charge that much? Or are you being greedy? Think about it. A reasonable rent. Help with the mortgage, taxes etc. But the rent monies shouldn’t be lining your pockets with gold. Kanaka waiwai?

Patty Kaliher, Kauai

  1. Jake January 4, 2018 6:26 am Reply

    Patty, you would be better served, with your time, planning how to move to Texas, Oklahoma, Thailand, Costa Rica, Belize, parts of Mexico. Stop fighting, or complaining, about “Supply and Demand”……It is the most powerful force on the planet. Just pick up and move where you can buy a 3 BR / 2 BA for $150K. Landlords are not the problem. The median price for a house on Kauai is $750K. No one is lining their pockets with gold, when you include property mortgage, insurance, property taxes, and maintenance. The land of rainbows and unicorns is not the Hawaiian Islands.

  2. Steve Martin January 4, 2018 7:39 am Reply

    Aloha Patty Kaliher…. I have news for you…. Housing prices are high here. It’s got nothing to do with greed. When people have $2500 and up mortgages one thing is for sure. They are not going to rent them out to take losses just because people can’t find affordable housing. The demand to live in paradise is rampant and most people who want to move here know up front it’s not going to be reasonably cheap to make the move. Best case scenario for those who can’t afford it … Research the world and find a place to live within their means.

  3. Shannon January 4, 2018 8:12 am Reply

    Greedy landlords? Says someone who obviously has no concept of actual costs. $500,000 dollar house which is cheap for Hawaii, at least $2500 mortgage monthly, then insurance, property taxes, sewage, permits to rent it in the first place, and that toilet that broke that you call the landlord to fix right away? add on repair costs.
    Most landlords have mortgages because otherwise you sell the house and take the money and run instead of the headaches of being a landlord. And no, I’m not a landlord, never have been. I just own a home and know the costs.

  4. RG DeSoto January 4, 2018 9:23 am Reply

    Patty, would you work for $2.50 per hour or would you prefer $30 per hour? Is it greed to want to maximize your income or just good sense?
    Rational rental unit owners will charge what the market will pay…that’s not greed, just good economic sense. When the rental rates are driven up it is because of the interaction of supply and demand. Excess demand over supply will cause prices to rise.
    The key here is the county’s obstructionist land use & zoning regulations which restrict the supply of new rental units and are largely responsible for the very high rental rates on Kauai. You should recognize where the real problem is…the county & state, not “greedy” landlords.
    RG DeSoto

  5. numilalocal January 4, 2018 2:04 pm Reply

    Not all landlords overcharge though there are certainly those who do. Having said that, let’s look at some numbers: my monthly mortage, RPT and insurance costs me about $1900.00. If I was to rent out my house, shouldn’t I be able to make a reasonable profit to address wear and tear and damage? Not every tenant leaves a dwelling unscathed and it costs monty to make repairs. Rental costs are driven by the cost of purchasing a house or apartment

  6. Sunrise_blue January 4, 2018 4:31 pm Reply

    Threat of natural or environment warnings and causes or war? We’re all at risk in Hawai’i. Including Mr. Tough guy himself. A better system. How about one that works? Siren should be at strategic points over Hawai’i. And a lot. And not blow this out of proportion.

  7. Sunrise_blue January 4, 2018 5:02 pm Reply


    You’re right on landlords. Greed. But look at the politicians you have on Kaua’i. They all spell failure. What mortgage? They represent the bottom income civilians. At best decisions in corporate settings like Hawaiian air executives and their families, are only for qualified paid personnel. MARK Dunkerly. Why bother with County council or mayor? To the executives, avoiding the county government makes perfect sense.

  8. Sunrise_blue January 4, 2018 5:17 pm Reply

    Come on. Pop warner and high school football players are our future leaders. They’re failures. Mayor. Kouchi. Kagawa. Kawakami who.

    Hawaiian airlines has to be top notch. They make it happen. Most former football stars from the 1960s were and are failures. Location. Economy.

    Landlords should not collect more. Tourism is Hawai’i. What else is in our economy.

  9. Sunrise_blue January 4, 2018 8:00 pm Reply

    What if they visited Las Vegas? For every 100,000 people who come to Las Vegas to play, 250 come to stay. National Geographic, December 1996. By William R. Newcott.

    30 million annual visitors, 94,000 hotel and motel rooms in 1996.

    This is where a lot visitors from Kaua’i visit. Including you. Right?

    Anyway, more means better. Visitors or business on Kaua’i.

  10. David Presley January 4, 2018 9:39 pm Reply

    Yeah, I don’t thinks it’s greed. I work all over the world. Desirable places cost a lot. Anywhere. It’s a free-market economy and a democracy and that is just the way it is. I don’t know of any miracle solution. The world changes, everywhere and for everyone. Kauai is no different. Best we could push for now is a reduction in the number of flights permitted to land. Restrict the number of visitors, roll it back. Nothing else is going to work. Let’s be honest about it though. Never going to happen. People want those tasty dollars, mmmm good.

  11. Sunrise_blue January 4, 2018 9:56 pm Reply

    Ok. I see. Different view points and not that much internet users. Tough luck. But still the same, I think politics are lose. Kaua’i election 2018′.

  12. manongindashadow January 5, 2018 3:37 pm Reply

    Sunrise_blue. One word to you…..”ANGRE!”

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