Letter for Friday, August 23, 2019

Park maintenance could be better

The leadership has changed last year on Kauai. We have a new mayor and new department heads. So does the Parks and Recreation Department. It might be for the better, but the results will speak for themselves. Certainly not much has changed in the area of maintenance at Salt Pond Beach Park. The attendant who has been there for many years is still doing her nonsense things during her working hours all day.

While the park is in dire need of cleaning and repairs, the attendant rather spends most of her time on sorting the trash all day long. She stops at every trash can, she removes the filled and half-filled trash bags from the beaten-up aluminum trash cans, then with a long tong sorts out the HI5 redeemable cans and bottles into a separate trash bag. Then she takes them to her own car.

The other recyclables, like cardboard, glass and metal cans without HI5, are not separated, but removed from the plastic trash bags and dumped into the bins together with the miscellaneous trash at the parking lot at the entrance to the main pavilion.

The used trash bags are washed and replaced into the trash cans by her. It is quite inefficient and non-hygienic. Is our county so poor that they cannot afford plastic trash bags at Salt Pond Beach Park, but they can afford using new ones at other parks?

If the county had assigned the task of this unique HI5 recyclable-separation to the attendant during her regular working time, why not separate the non-redeemable recyclables, too, and deposit those at the green collection containers on Lele Road very close to the park? That’s a county project, too.

Perhaps the county should rotate its park supervisors to see what we see every day if the current one did not notice it yet.

John Kennedy, Hanapepe

13 Comments
  1. Major Lee Hung August 23, 2019 2:25 am Reply

    John needs a vacation.


  2. ruthann jones August 23, 2019 4:56 am Reply

    It looks like the ‘attendant’ isn’t doing their job and needs to be replaced by someone who will! They are redeeming the cans for themselves. Wonder who that person is related to?


  3. Kauaidoug August 23, 2019 8:30 am Reply

    Westside parks and Waimea river public restroom are neglected and an embarrassment to take visitors into them. Horrible, smelly, humbug.


  4. Debra Kekaualua August 23, 2019 10:12 am Reply

    mAhalo Mr. John for your correct outline of what has been at the salt pond park that to my knowledge has been in the “claim” processes. Crown Lands in fact with zero COK/state jurisdiction or any other manipulation that the gooberment regime and their continuing islands wide tactics to continue the slave trade as Robinson does on Niihau.

    The Game Over phenomena alongside of all the maneuvers like Lingles Superferry, Abercrombie video in the D.C., snickering that America can continue its Ruse, owning Hawaii-nei. It is the Kealoha stolen mailbox and the TMT that my opinion says, It is all a done deal. RICO investigations are at hand and warriors have cleared the way. We not going anywhere, but “THEY will be rounded up and sent via FEMA prison barges to REstore Alcatraz”. Z has the top 700 acres of this facility, so be forewarned and mark my words.


    1. Bill C August 24, 2019 5:15 am Reply

      Please,…. please go back on your medication.


    2. Tim August 25, 2019 5:39 pm Reply

      I’m sorry deb…. your comment is total gibberish. I think you may need assistance


  5. commonsense August 23, 2019 11:12 am Reply

    It’s not just the county workers at the parks that aren’t doing their duties efficiently, it is also the state park workers.

    Wailua Marina State Park on Kuamo’o Road has had someone living in their blue minivan for over three months. I believe that another van has joined them recently. This is a public park, not a protected homeless parking and living area. Up the hill at the Wailua River lookout across the street from Opaeka’a Falls, the grass is so high that people cannot see the river and the valley, so they climb on top of the rock wall to get a view and take pictures. This has been like this for over five weeks.

    I kindly ask that the managers in charge of these areas do their job and hold their employees accountable for keeping our taxpayer funded public areas clean, safe and something to be proud of.


  6. Local Eyes August 23, 2019 12:00 pm Reply

    Parks and Recreation has problems with personnel not doing their jobs.
    We have a beautiful walking/biking path from Waipouli to Kealia that locals and tourist enjoy.
    Grass and weeds are really over grown. Does not seem to have any maintenance done.
    What a shame for the County.


  7. MisterM August 23, 2019 3:17 pm Reply

    Hmmm. Stealing aluminum cans during “work” hours and reusing plastic garbage bags? I suspect the new bags end up at someone’s home…

    Time for someone to get a pink slip methinks.


  8. commonsense August 23, 2019 4:49 pm Reply

    Mayor Kawakami.
    Here are just a few of the problems listed for our island that not only affect visitors, but also the tax paying residents. These issues fall squarely back to you as mayor. Please call upon all county managers to fulfill their obligations and oversee their (our) employees. Also, follow through with the state agencies responsible for the state park operations. It’s getting old seeing the same thing over and over no matter who our leaders are.


  9. rk August 24, 2019 5:54 am Reply

    One word,NEPOTISM!


  10. Koconut_wireless August 24, 2019 7:30 pm Reply

    The unemployment rate is at an all time low. HOWEVER, show up to sports practice and some P&R county worker failed to finish his mowing job at our park. I mean REALLY?? it was a JOKE. It seriously looked like he was making crop circles for the aliens…no lines for our fields, half of it was only half mowed, and if another age group needed to use the fields they’d be out of luck. COME ON MAN, these are our KIDS the very ones we are trying to KEEP of drugs and OUT of trouble!!! THIS IS ON YOU! I am so VERY disappointed! Granted it was handled by his superiors and fixed before game day. BUT there are many of folks fighting to have THAT job. FIRE HIS BUTT and get someone in there that wants to work!!! BYE Felicia!!


  11. Karen Joy September 2, 2019 10:08 am Reply

    Speaking of Kaua’i county park restrooms, why is there No Soap??? The only bathroom facility I know of with soap is at Shipwrecks. Maybe Princeville has soap but I haven’t used that bathroom for a long time.. This is clearly a public health hazard. What do you think people do in those restrooms? Urinate and defecate that’s what! Many folks are at beach parks for picnics with families. Shame on this county for neglecting a basic public health need. Washing hands using only water without soap all you get is filthy faucets and wet germs.


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