Letters for Saturday, June 23, 2018

Mahalo Makana North Shore Urgent Care

Today, “Summer Solstice Day,” I had the good fortune of urgent care for my wife, Susie. With her heart racing and acute weakness, I brought her to this very beautiful facility only 5 minutes drive from our home in Princeville.

The doctor, nurse and admissions lady were so capable of making it easy to have Susie admitted for examination; it was a blessing. The in-depth exam warranted an ambulance ride to Wilcox Emergency Room. AMR and Makana personnel had a major challenge getting Susie on the gurney and into the ambulance.

We North Shore folks are so very fortunate to now have this facility 24/7 for our unexpected emergency! They’ve been open only about a week!

I had stopped in yesterday to find out if I could bring Susie in, if needed. I met with Executive Director Matt Jenkins. “That’s why we’re here,” he answered.

Alan Fayé, Princeville

  1. Sarah Bakewell June 23, 2018 11:44 am Reply


    Kauai lost a good man on June 20, 2018. Eddie Soltren, born in Puerto Rico, moved to The Bowery in NYC with his Mother and brothers in his early 20’s. Not fond of cold weather, and offered a contracting job in Honolulu, Eddie jumped at the chance. His brothers soon followed, packing all their personal belongings in trash bags and moving to join their older brother in the contracting business. They never turned back. Moving to Kauai soon after, Eddie and brother, Luis, started Soltren Construction. Brothers Hexie and Ramon joined them. Eddie met his wife, Nancy, and settled down.
    They built one of a kind “Puerto Rican Doll Houses”, and I was fortunate enough to have them build one for me in Wainiha Valley! They were a dream to work with–Luis running the crew, Eddie doing all the finish carpentry, Hexie and Ramon doing the painting. Always a lot of laughter on the job site, along with a fast-paced work ethic. Their attention to detail and quality–and knowledge about building in the intense mountain climate , was impressive. It was Eddie who looked out for everyone with a big heart and an insistence that everything “be done right”. He was a master carpenter, in the true sense of the word. To watch him work was like watching the most amazing dance between a man and his materials. When not working he was out fishing–his passion. I was told he was one of the best fishermen on the island. And, always brought fresh fish to share with everyone –never expecting anything in return. I know I am not the only person who will miss Eddie on Kauai–his bright smile, contagious laugh, and good heart will remain with all of us. And, his houses still stand.
    Sarah Bakewell
    Honolulu, HI

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