Letter for Sunday, August 25, 2019

Worker deserves respect for her efforts

I am horrified at the continuing abuse of the “maintenance worker” at the Salt Pond Beach Park by a small coterie of nasty park residents. Let me be clear: this group has painted graffiti on park’s coconut trees. This group urinates in the parking lot rather than travel the distance to the restrooms. This group actually asks my husband why he picks up a rake and helps clean where he sees messes: “Why are you doing that? Are you on the payroll?” This group is answered by my husband: “Because I am a Hawaiian. Because all of us share this ‘aina and this is how we do it. If you live here you are responsible.”

This is a small group of powerless men who have found a target in an older local woman who they perceive as weaker than they are.

I lived in that park for 10 years. This is my family’s beach. I have lived through several park caretakers. And yes, there is no doubt that that the county could do a great deal to improve the park’s facilities (all of which are outside the job possibilities of one incredibly diligent woman).

Over the years, so many visitors have befriended this lovely woman and sung her praises. Over the years, we have watched her solitary efforts to tame the beast that is the making of inconsiderate park residents who have agreed to disrespect both this kupuna and the ‘aina that they claim.

Inette Miller ‘Imaikalani, Kalaheo

  1. Steven McMacken August 25, 2019 4:08 am Reply

    Inette, I hope you have forwarded your concerns to someone in authority. Maybe then something will be done about the deplorable situation you have described so eloquently in your letter.

  2. ruthann jones August 25, 2019 4:37 am Reply

    ‘You lived in that park for ten years’? Maybe that is part of the problem! I am guessing folks that urinate elsewhere on the property are trying to avoid the nasty restrooms. If that ‘elderly’ local can’t do her job,
    again, please give another worker a chance!

  3. Jeannette Kinzer August 25, 2019 8:00 am Reply

    Thank you!! I wrote about wonderful Simplicia who cleans at Salt Pond in my first letter to the editor when I moved here 5 years ago. She is an unsung hero!! I will bring her your letter tomorrow, she doesn’t usually know what’s in paper. Mahalos!!

  4. commonsense August 25, 2019 8:28 am Reply

    Ms. Miller,
    I agree that this woman should not be picked on, mistreated or targeted as someone not doing their job. However, our tax dollars are paid to support services for the public such as park maintenance. If this person is not fulfilling the job disruption duties, then someone else that is able to perform these duties.

  5. Makani B. Howard August 25, 2019 9:51 am Reply

    Bullies, all of them!

    They are probably the same ones who drive around with the Hawaiian flags on their cars raising a ruckus out there. They are always causing trouble for people and doing drugs and making tough to bring your keiki to the beach there.

    1. Ka'aona Kipuka August 27, 2019 8:55 am Reply

      Assumptions. Did you physically see them doing drugs or are you just making accusations with little to no actual evidence. I bring my daughter to Salt Pond pretty regularly and have absolutely no trouble at all…I think some of you go out of your way to find “trouble”…I would be careful with that scenario…It may not end well on your behalf…If you catch my drift…

  6. Debra Kekaualua August 25, 2019 10:05 am Reply

    Key words “disrespect”, “claim”. Kanaka have spent 125+ years at war with the regime that continues to pit americanizations with those that have all the ancestry needed to dismiss evilians that causes strife, hopelessness and even suicide activities. Kapu aloha, Aloha aina, truth and integrity against the largest hui of terrorists in existence. It is the publishing of these kinds of forum letters Tgi without ops for any sort of dialogue with readers or the community. Why is it that so? Maybe Mr.B editor can write an “our view” so as to stimulate necessary dialogue that shows what has occurred, continues to occur, and is going to be stopped. All I keep seeing and hearing are the church-going hypo-critters registered u.s. rigged gig voters who no longer have the rolling ball. GAME OVER score winners Kanaka-3 and Terrorists ZERO.

  7. manongindashadow0711 August 25, 2019 11:18 am Reply

    Inette. You missed the point of TGI letter, “Park maintenance could do better job.” written on August 23, 2019.

    It simply sates, ” worker should clean the restrooms for campers and beach goers to use. Before doing her/ his personal collection of recyclable HiFIVE for her/his gain. The camp fees and taxpayers pay the worker(s)
    to do their job.
    Would you use an unclean bathroom/toilet?

  8. Poloka August 27, 2019 2:06 pm Reply

    Thank you for your letter Innette.
    Everyone here in Hawaii should read Innette’s book GRANDMOTHERS WHISPER.

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