Letters for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Blessed by all the musicians

As a long-term “visitor” to the Garden Island, I have found Kauai to be a place filled with wonderful cultural experiences. I have enjoyed outstanding theater at WIT and Kauai playhouse, as well as some fine productions in our island schools.

The Kauai Voices chorus and the Kauai Chorale both offer super programming. In addition, all across the island there are many smaller venues providing great music and entertainment. The Kauai Concert Association brings outstanding entertainment and culture as well to this island in the middle of the ocean!

But I must say I was profoundly moved this week by the concerts presented by the instrumental music program at Kauai Community College. Yes, I attended all three (all free by the way). On May 4 it was the Kauai Youth Honor Band and the KCC Wind Symphony, with a great guest director, Warrant Officer Stephen Talbot.

The Saturday night, May 11 concert included the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School Jazz Band, the Kauai High School Jazz Raiders, and KCC’s Jazz Ensemble, and a fantastic guest jazz trumpeter, DeShannon Higa, as well as three amazing vocalists. The Mother’s Day afternoon program was the KCC Symphony Orchestra.

All this comes together and, masterfully, I might add, because of Sarah Tochiki. What a gift she is to our schools, to the college, and to the musical life of this island! And now she has embarked on yet another ambitious program to provide free string lessons for the children of Kauai. As Sarah always reminds every audience, KCC is the only community college in the entire University of Hawaii system with a full instrumental-music program. We are blessed indeed. And we are blessed, too, by a super KCC Performing Arts Center venue.

What Sarah and all her dedicated musicians from a fifth-grader to a 90-year-old offer us is a true music experience. My only regret in this whole week of concerts was that KCC PAC wasn’t filled for each and every performance. If you have never heard our KCC musicians, I hope you will do so. Your heart will be singing and your toes tapping!

By the way, she warmed this Wisconsinite’s heart by including a wonderful piece called “Cabeza de Queso,” written by her late professor from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. In case your Spanish needs a boost, that’s “Cheesehead,” a handle Wisconsin wears proudly.

Rex Piercy, Hanapepe

Kauai taxpayers shouldn’t face parking restrictions

I just heard on the news that Kuhio Highway west of Waikoko will not be open until the middle of June. When Ke‘e Beach opens up, shouldn’t every single parking space be made available to Kauai residents only? And shouldn’t all adult passengers have to show proof of Hawaii residency? Mainland people should take the shuttle. As a Kauai taxpayer, why should I be subject to severe restrictions in visiting a state park in favor of out-of-state visitors?

Annie Leighton, Kapaa

  1. kauaiboy May 22, 2019 6:14 am Reply

    Annie Leighton makes a point. My suggestion? Open up parking at Ke’e beach to Hawaii State residents only to start, and monitor how many parking spaces are used during the first month. If all spaces are used daily, keep the restriction in place. If 75% of the spaces are filled as a daily average, make 75% the spaces available to Hawaii residents and 25% to non-Hawaii residents. If half the spaces are filled as a daily average, make half the spaces available to Hawaii residents and half to non-Hawaii residents. Makes sense, yes?

  2. james May 22, 2019 6:25 am Reply

    I agree we have some amazing musicians for a small Island in the middle of nowhere. But, let’s broaden the perspective beyond KCCC. We have bands, trios, duos and soloists who perform at a multitude of venues, bars, resorts, restaurants, shopping malls, parties, festivals and street fairs all around the Island on a daily basis, in addition to having several open mics and other types of musical happenings. Life is better with live music. Please support live music on Kauai in all forms, as well as the businesses who support live music. As Rex pointed out, music rewards us and makes life a little better.

  3. Jake May 23, 2019 5:50 am Reply

    Miss Annie, you sound like the textbook definition of a Millennial…….Repeat after me: “Me, me, me,….now, now, now,….I’m on fire, put me out”.

    Ah, next time, try writing a letter that sounds ……..juuuuuuuuuuuuuust a little less “entitled”. Also, try using “I” a whole lot less.

    Is there ANY Tourist Attraction or Beach in the Hawaiian Islands that ONLY has resident parking? SMH.

  4. RG DeSoto May 23, 2019 10:31 am Reply

    Way to go Annie…nothing like a little tyranny! Papers! Would you prefer to live in a fascist or communist society where papers are demanded whenever some thug decides?
    RG DeSoto

  5. Charlie Chimknee May 23, 2019 6:50 pm Reply

    Aloha Kakou,

    Annie for the most part seems that any Monday thru Friday people who live here and are able to take time off from their 2 jobs will be few and far between; while the welfare recipients will be enjoying a week day lounge and swim at Kee Beach, and a short hike on the Kalalau…while the island’s workers keep working to pay the taxes to get and keep the roads and beaches and trail open on the North Shore, formerly called the Hanalei District.

    If people have to show papers how about their 1040 Fed Tax Return. STAMPED: PAID IN FULL…


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