Letters for Monday, February 4, 2019

Let anyone with talent play in AJA

Since AJA Baseball has again started I would feel remiss if I did not once again expand on thoughts about the fine league.

First, Tom Shigemoto and his volunteers who keep baseball going on Kauai must be thanked for all they do. Since I coached a summer baseball team for 10 years at UCLA I know how much work it is to take care of the equipment, practice, raise money for what it takes to participate, and see to it that there are at least nine players and two umpires there on game day.

The one big exception between our league and the AJA (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) league was that any player who had the ability to participate could play, white, black, red, yellow, brown, male or female; only ability mattered and nothing else. And, in this non-discriminatory world that we are trying to make, this is the way it should be.

TGI’s Nick Celario just wrote a fine article from an interview he had with Kirby Yates, who now pitches for the San Diego Padres in the Big Leagues.

The odds of any player from high school or college making it to the majors is in the millions, and for two brothers from a small island of 70,000 (Tyler Yates also made it to the Bigs) is probably historical — a Sports Illustrated happening. If a newspaper or baseball magazine does pick up on this story, wouldn’t it have been nice to give Kauai winter baseball some credit if that league would be open to anyone and the Yates brothers wanted to play?

Tom, you can only make your league stronger and without discrimination if you allow anyone with the talent to participate. In their wisdom Japan let foreigners play and it has made them far stronger, just as the the NL and the AL have been strengthened with players like Suzuki and Otani playing in them.

For me, there is no downside for letting any boy or girl with the ability play baseball on Kauai and, since the Japanese were smart enough to keep baseball going, it is the only baseball that can be played in the high school off-season.

Glenn Mickens, Kapaa

Lihue Airport needs longer runway

At present, the Lihue Airport has a 6,500-foot runway. This is not much runway to work with. The standard size international runway is 12,000 feet. Honolulu International Airport’s runway is 12,300 feet.

If somehow they could manage to find additional space with the runway, that would be excellent. Maybe more toward the mountain side, Nawiliwili side of the end runway, where Kauai Marriott is located, if there is enough room or space on that side, build more land for the airplane to land on. It will be like the old days, a sharper turn into the runway, but longer length of the runway.

Also on the other end of the runway, the runway angle to the main runway, if there is enough room, use more of the runway extension. Try to fit in 12,000 feet of runway land on the existing land it is on now. I think they could do it. How much will it cost the state? They should try to push for this project on Kauai. I think it will be a good addition to the airport.

Dean Sabado, Honolulu

  1. Charlie chimknee February 4, 2019 6:25 am Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    We can remember the sharp right turn over Carter’s Point, (Mokole) especially during plane wrenching bumps and twists on stormy days and frightening dark nights , and being able to see bird nests in the bushes we were so close to scraping the bushes and soil off the “in you face” pass and turn over Carter’s Point at the left hand entrance to Nawiiiwili Harbor.

    I’d say most of us who enjoy life would prefer the safer and newer approach to LIH.

    Besides a longer runway can only bring more over crowding visitors “who will love KAUAI to death” (in the words of Chipper Wichman.



  2. Ginger Doll February 4, 2019 9:09 am Reply

    Who wants to look forward to the day when planes bring 500 passengers here?
    Before Kauai builds a 12,000 ft. runway it needs a much larger airport to handle more passengers and baggage. The new airport will need more space for car rental companies to supply more SUVs for more tourists.
    Kauai will need more hotels to provide lodging for the increased number of visitors.
    More highways.
    More taxes.
    More and more of the same. When does it end?

  3. tunataxi February 4, 2019 9:38 am Reply

    We need a longer runway like we need a hole in the head.

  4. Debra Kekaualua February 4, 2019 9:47 am Reply

    So Glenn “with talent”? Who or what determines “talent”? There is a huge very rich kauai hui of keiki that are on a diagnostic spectrum autism or physical malady that THEY do not stand a chance with your standard. Maybe it is time you go back to the council chambers and keep beating on the dead black horse. You and several other warrior do far better at COK interventions, than praising your once awesome baseball status. Just Saying.

  5. Debra Kekaualua February 4, 2019 9:59 am Reply

    Mr. Sabado, If you were a kauai resident you would know that our runway is already longer than it should be. The U.S. military seems to think the runway is more than adequate. The F-22 Raptors do “touch and go” training and the Navy specifically has gotten the ok to do land sea air war game practicing on every island. What more could you hope for? We continue under some form of U.S. martial law, complete with Hanalei caravans as well as FEMA ship prisons, staging offshore. We pule that Finally, this activity will be dismissed and Hawaiian Kingdom laws be mandated to remove every U.S. corporate faction, militaropolitico, eleven military base closures and all contractors or civilians that rave that they are american, leave with only one suitcase and their vehicles, especially their killing machines like the oops-type missiles that wasnt an oops at all.

  6. Craig Millett February 4, 2019 10:03 am Reply

    Lucky us, two absurd letters in the same space!

    1. Pete Antonson February 4, 2019 3:04 pm Reply


  7. Uncleaina February 4, 2019 8:17 pm Reply

    I think we should have a 38,000 foot runway that goes between Lihue and Kapaa! It’s called a 4 lane highway!

  8. Jake February 5, 2019 3:05 am Reply

    Agreed Glen.

    I have no idea, in 2019, something like this is allowed to continue.

    But after all, it’s Hawaii,….the most openly racist State in the Union.

  9. Doug February 5, 2019 10:15 am Reply

    We don’t need an improved, larger airport either………are you nuts???!!! It will be bad enough when Southwest starts flying in here, let alone expanding the airport…….Lihue = the next Honolulu…….not!

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