A better way to eliminate rodents
I was recently on the mainland and heard about a project that should be looked into for our islands. It was how people were working to get rid of rodent overpopulation at a landfill. They were installing owl boxes and having success. Owls hunt at night so chicks should be safe, rodents come out at night so owls had plenty to eat.
We really need to think outside the box when confronted with environmental problems. Dumping tons of poison on islands to get rid of rodents seems dangerous and irresponsible for our oceans and birds living on the islands.
The method used on Lehua island, which was not a complete success, reminds me of the saying, “It doesn’t take a sledgehammer to turn off a light switch.”
Linda Bothe, Kalaheo
Not feeling the love anymore, Kauai
Kauai, you have broken our hearts.
We first came to Kauai 30 years ago, and fell completely in love. Since then, we have visited 17 times, always for two to three weeks. We came, first with children, now with grandchildren, and developed a deep attachment and aloha aina to this beautiful place.
The last 15 visits have all been to the unique, spiritually cleansing, and spectacular North Shore. Like most non-natives, we have felt a responsibility to respect and take care of this special place.
So, it is with shock and great sadness that we learned of the plans to significantly curtail our access to the North Shore past Hanalei. We have seen so many sunsets at Ke‘e Beach, our kids and now grandchildren have swung from those ropes into the Lumahai River, we have spent such wonderful times at Tunnels Beach.
Now, all this will be sorely restricted, both financially and logistically. We are supposed to buy $11 tickets and take buses from Princeville? Really?
This is such a mistake. I understand that people who live up that way would prefer to keep people like us out, but that paradise does not just belong to them — it belongs to all of us. What happened to the core Hawaiian concept (indeed law) that all beaches must be open and easily accessible to the public?
We have been up that way innumerable times over the years, and never have we had trouble finding a legal place to park. If indeed that is an issue, the answer is to open more spaces, especially near Ke‘e Beach, not to keep us out.
On a more general level, I am afraid this is a symptom of the widespread hostility against part-timers like us, which is obvious to anyone who, like me, reads this newspaper regularly. I certainly understand some of the frustrating issues, especially the traffic situation in Kapaa, but be careful what you wish for.
Like it or not, tourism is now the core industry of Kauai. Alienate visitors, make them feel unwelcome, and the economy of the island will suffer deeply, which means a loss of jobs and significant tax revenue.
Honestly, our love has been shattered. Rather than feel like honored and welcome guests, we have now been made to feel like undesirable pests. I don’t know if we will ever return to this land we love so much.
Robert Minkus, M.D., Chicago