Hawaiians should be priority at Coco Palms
I think Coco Palms should be bought by the state for a park and cabins built, rented like Kokee, with people who have Hawaiian blood from Kauai having a priority to rent them at affordable rates.
It should have a Hawaiian fishing-village theme. With area for fishing-net repair. The little zoo that used to be there could maybe be brought back as a petting zoo. A communal barbecue area besides the ones at the cabin.
At least one of the tropical-like pools should be repaired for use. Our hard-earned taxes should be giving us a nicer, affordable beach access in a more secure place with a pool besides a tent.
If it’s ever the right time for the state to do what’s right for the people, especially after it became a state and they took a lot of lands and sold them out from under Hawaiians without their knowledge to basically lawyer carpetbaggers, this is the time. If imminent domain for the better good of the community should be used, this use it.
Sandy DeCamp, Hanalei
County on right track with park
The Hanalei Watershed Hui supports the County of Kauai taking the time to repair and restore Black Pot Park correctly.
This treasured community space is valued for its history and loved for its role in everyday life and special occasions. The flood of 2018 has caused many changes in the landscape of this park, and although a master plan was produced, that plan did not include many aspects of the park that exist or need to exist for tomorrow.
We understand it is difficult for folks to not have access now, but if the work that needs to be done is to be done safely and efficiently, people and cars cannot be sharing the space. We think it is smart to complete the projects that will provide the most access and varied uses of our park before reopening it to public use.
The Hanalei River boat ramp will provide much-improved access for our local fisherfolk, and organizing boat-trailer parking and improved camping and lua facilities will benefit both the community and the environment.
We call for patience and support of our county Parks Department as they navigate the complex issues of planning and implementing the many uses of this Kauai treasure.
Maka‘ala Ka‘aumoana, Executive Director, Hanalei Watershed Hui
Four lanes needed fronting Coco Palms
As I was driving slowly past the defunct and derelict Coco Palms in Wailua recently, I had a realization: now is the time for the state to acquire the land and enlarge the highway.
It’s been nearly 30 years since the hurricane damaged the buildings, and many reconstruction plans have fallen through. There have been several tourism booms, visitor numbers are at an all-time high, and it still isn’t viable. The location is not desirable anymore, given the proximity of the highway and being located in the tsunami zone.
The building nearest the highway is gutted and falling down, and now the property is in foreclosure yet again. Clearly the property is not worth what the developers want to make off of it.
At the same time, Kuhio Highway needs to be enlarged to four lanes in this high-traffic area between Kuamoo Road and the Wailua bypass. The highway has been limited by the proximity of the Coco Palms, but it’s clear that now the needs of the state highway should take priority. Imagine a four-lane road with shoulders and turn lanes at the busy intersections, all set back from the potential erosion of the beach.
I urge the state highways department to begin the process of eminent domain to claim the land necessary for a modern road fronting the old Coco Palms. Once that is secured, we as a community can work on turning the rest of the property into a historical and cultural park.
Mahalo for your consideration.
Andy Kass, Kapaa