Letter for Thursday, July 18, 2019

Locals should show some aloha

We recently returned from our annual trip to Hawaii and stayed, as usual, in Princeville. Because we were following all the Kuhio updates for the last few months, we were aware of the opening date for the road to Ke‘e Beach and the need for parking passes.

We purchased our passes as soon as they became available and felt we did everything requested. Imagine our surprise when we were “accosted” (no other word suffices) on Kuhio Highway just north of Hanalei.

Not a pleasant encounter having someone yell that we’re killing their dogs and ruining their property. I have never raced on your streets, never walked on your reefs, and never littered on the beach or otherwise. I respect the island as I would my home. I certainly have never killed any dogs.

You have an aloha pledge that we are supposed to say and adhere to. Great idea, but maybe you should show a little aloha to us, as tourists. We shop in your stores, eat in your restaurants, rent gear from your shops, and attend the local farmers’ markets. We spend a lot of money on your island and I’m sure all the residents benefit from this.

By acting as hooligans, you are going to drive tourists away. Maybe this is what you want. If so, I hope you enjoy all the raised property taxes and other increases you will have to pay as a result.

A side note to the police department: you must be crazy to think that allowing residents to ticket cars is a good idea. Why not hire someone to patrol the area around Haena State Park and pay them out of the fines. Everyone now say “aloha.” It goes both ways.

Peggy Sternal, Chicago

19 Comments
  1. Wowlaulau July 18, 2019 5:28 am Reply

    Let me be the first to say thank you for your comment…. Now beat it! Feel free to spend your annual trip else where.


    1. lolo July 18, 2019 4:05 pm Reply

      clown ^^


  2. rk669 July 18, 2019 6:14 am Reply

    So sorry,locals here just blame everybody else for their own wrongs!
    Please visit our Ghetto Again Soon!


  3. Kauaidoug July 18, 2019 6:42 am Reply

    Mahalo, visiting tourist, to exemplify what I say all the time that Princeville is not really Kaua’i because there are a lot of people who live or visit there who think their money, their big house with maids and gardeners entitle them. Thanks/ no thanks.


  4. tunnels July 18, 2019 6:44 am Reply

    Hey Peggy, your white privilege is showing and btw, Aloha also means goodbye.


  5. ARBITRARY July 18, 2019 6:52 am Reply

    hawaiians and transplants have no aloha


  6. Stephen July 18, 2019 6:54 am Reply

    Your observations are good ,but you are viewing them thru your eyes not of the local people who had to take a seat at the back of the bus( if they were ever allowed to get on in the first place) Our rights and customs as Native Hawaiian are disregarded and trampled on all the time. TMT is a prime example, our state has disregarded the Hawaiian people for money to desecrate our most sacred mountain. We are fed up and now are finding our voice. We feel we have to cater to the tourist who sometimes feel a sense of entitlement because they are spending money, tourist feel they should be able to go anywhere at anytime.
    If the tourist should stop coming , yes our economy will suffer, but a big majority of the money tourist spend go to people who don’t live on our island. They are only in it for the money. I don’t know about you if you do this ,but I feel tourist should learn about the culture as not to be insensitive to us and I believe EVERY TOURIST SHOULD SPEND AT LEASE 10% OF THERE VACATION DOING COMMUNITY SERVICE, CLEANING BEACHES OR MOUNTAIN TRAILS and invest a little of there time and maybe understand why this place where we have been blessed to call home is special to us.


  7. Yeah, but... July 18, 2019 7:08 am Reply

    Hi there Peggy! I agree that you probably don’t deserve that sort of treatment. Just remember that not everyone on the island is like that. I sure hope the rest of your trip was OK, sounds like it must have been.

    But please remember, you are “one of the good ones.” You would probably agree that there are far too many visitors who don’t adhere to the same standards you exemplify.

    Mahalo and aloha!


  8. Everythingisawesome July 18, 2019 7:40 am Reply

    Dear Peggy,
    Sorry for your bad experience. Please know that it is an unruly, vocal minority that is ruining paradise for everyone here. Unfortunately, few if any of them pay property taxes and they live off handouts from the government and naive charitable individuals so they likely won’t feel the repercussions of their selfish actions. Know that there are many beautiful souls here that still welcome visitors.


  9. JB July 18, 2019 8:44 am Reply

    spot on! the north shore “locals” are self entitled hooligans. They act as if they own the north shore. It is a shame the law enforcement lets them get away with their behavior.


  10. Patrick H Flores July 18, 2019 9:06 am Reply

    Thank you for your candor in your commentary Peggy, it would be hilarious if it weren’t so dishonest the protesters blaming all their problems on visitors. Who abandons all the junk cars all over this


  11. Ka'aona Kipuka July 18, 2019 9:11 am Reply

    Oh Peggy!!! You’re hilarious what part of Chicago do you hold your comedy show in. I’ll stop by when I’m in town…No “all residents” don’t benefit from those establishments you spoke of. Because most of them are owned either by “transplants” (non-locals) who continue to exploit our island for their personal/financial gain. Or by mainland companies who have absolutely no affiliation with the island other then just having some business interest here to again use it for financial gain. The islands of Hawaii to the outside world has turned into just another way of making money…They see it as an amusement park. And the sad thing is that a good portion of the money doesn’t even stay here. It goes to mainland interests or to other countries. And then you wonder why we’re frustrated with the way things are… ALOHA!!! and “thanks” for your patronize…


  12. Makani B. Howard July 18, 2019 9:34 am Reply

    I agree with you, Peggy. These people on the north shore are nuts. They do want run people off. They seem to think that since they had the run of the area to themselves for a year, that it should remain that way. The police aren’t helping as they are nowhere to be found. As word gets around, we will have fewer tourists, and these “hooligans” will get their way. Maybe the rest of us on island should do the same and block our streets too? LOL


  13. Jake July 18, 2019 12:00 pm Reply

    Don’t forget about the fake Locals Only sign the hooligans put up at Lumahai Beach and the fake parking ticket stickers they’ve been putting on everyone’s cars at Haena Beach Park. Oh yeah, also how they slashed the tires on the woman’s car from Oahu.


  14. It was them, not me! July 18, 2019 2:16 pm Reply

    Any hate speech directed at any person of a different nationality, different culture is actually a threat to you because you can say, “Oh, it’s them! “ “Oh, those Locals!” Or, Oh those White People! “ ! Oh those Gays!, Oh those Christians! Oh those Republicans! , Oh those Democrats! Oh those Men ! Oh those Women! Oh those Clingons! Oh those Humans! Well guess what. You’re next. You’re also a them. And I’m a them. We’re all them to somebody. We better wake up to that idea, because if they haven’t gotten you already, they are coming to get you.


  15. Sheeples July 18, 2019 6:21 pm Reply

    Seeing that you are from Chicago, you must be used to being screamed at by non desirables(aka the 90 to 99 percent). There must be some non gentrified neighborhoods when you accidentally flaunt your entitled boomer White privileged tactics and are firmly accordingly tongue lashed. Please stay in your safe Whole Foods Grocery isles and return to your gilded enclave. We are just trying to survive.


  16. tunataxi July 19, 2019 8:28 am Reply

    Return as usual..this will pass and things will return to normal unfortunately you were here for the opening


  17. hutch July 19, 2019 10:25 pm Reply

    Peggy, sorry for all these morons. Most of them are welfare cases who like to boost their self-esteem by dumping on people who are actually successful, unlike themselves, who spend their lives smoking weed, surfing, listening to reggae, and getting into fights with other morons. Unfortunately, they go with the territory, since they can’t make it anywhere else.


  18. Kauai Guy July 22, 2019 11:15 pm Reply

    Peggy sorry for your negative experience. I’m not sure if will make you feel any better but I was actually born here as a “haole” raised from birth by a local family. My family is Pacific Islander and I’m the white sheep of the family. So for me I see the racism here especially moronic and this TMT issue is just bringing it to the surface. If you decide to come back and should you have a negative experience just remember you are very likely much better off in every way than these racist people. Most of the people here are decent are annoyed just the same by these low brow behavior.


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