Limiting vehicles the only solution
Regarding Larry Larruda’s letter (TGI, Jan. 9).
You wish visitors were here for only a “day,” as you stated in your recent letter. I would say it’s more like five to 14 days. You also went on about “shutting down illegal B&Bs/vacation rentals” as to deter people from visiting in the hopes that these establishments would then be used as “long-term rentals.”
Looks good on paper. However, once these tenants get situated, how will they commute? Carabao, bike, moped, donkey? No! They’ll use a car, just like the tenants would if it were still a B&B/vacation rental. So what did we solve? Nothing!
The only way to solve the traffic problem is to limit the influx of transplants that usually ship their vehicle(s) here, and to cap the amount of rental vehicles that each agency can operate with.
We don’t need to waste money “widening” any roads (because that’ll just turn into more vehicles). Also, some people have suggested utilizing the “cane haul roads.” Once again, sounds good, however, most of or possibly all of it belongs to a private owner or a conglomerate, so now it becomes a liability issue.
My understanding is that Bette Midler owns the Wailua bypass land area and allowed the county to utilize the area as well as local ranchers to control the vegetation. That doesn’t mean that other owners will follow suit.
So back to square one, the infamous “Kapaa crawl.” It’s to the point that I don’t even bother going that way. I go all the way around. Yeah, it may be out of the way, but at least I’m moving. No copy me, heh, I no like more “traffic” going that way. Au’rai!
Ka‘aona Kipuka, Lawai
New taxes won’t solve road woes
We are so lucky to live on a small island where so many people, locals and transplants alike, have good, common sense solutions to problems that have faced us for many years.
These problems did not start yesterday as each new mayor and council want us to believe. Traffic, solid waste, low income housing, roads paving and homeless people have been on going for years with little to no pro activity taking place to alleviate it. Why have these “leaders” not been capable of seeing that the mass of the people will never abandon their vehicles for buses, bikes, walking or any other means of transportation and make our island vehicle friendly?
Yes, Steve Kyono or someone in authority had the vision to build the Kapaa by pass road (took nine months to build and finish!!) and put in the contraflow witch have worked well. But why did we not continue in that direction by adding more lanes and paving in our cane haul roads to give tourist and residents alternate ways to get around our island?
Two recent outstanding letters in TGI by Ruta Jordans and Larry Arruda have emphasized what citizens have been saying for years with no action being taken. Jordans said “Past time to open the cane roads” and Arruda’s said “An alternative to traffic congestion and homelessness.”
Since we spend thousands of dollars hiring consultants who have not solved a thing why not listen to free advice from your citizens, many who have experience in these matters.
Citizens who read these writer suggestions wholeheartedly agree that they should be used but why are the decision makers not taking action?
The suggestion that this new regressive excise tax is the answer is not true. Instead of solving the problem by first finding out where the funds are going, appropriated for these projects, we simply go the easy route by raising our taxes where it is hidden from the people if by property or by an excise tax.
Hopefully our new mayor and council will take positive action to see that these long unaddressed problems are physically eliminated and stop the talking.
Glenn Mickens, Kapaa