Letter for Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Haena park plan worked out well

I just want to reiterate TGI’s points you made on Aug. 18 in the article “Haena State Park as It Should Be.”

Thank you for taking the time to applaud the new Haena State Park project. I agree that it is a success! As you so clearly stated, “Gone are the frantic days of chaos that centered around trying to find parking amid a mad scramble of people and cars, and vehicles parked illegally. Gone are the days of far-too-many people coming and not enough going. Gone are the days of a sense of insanity in such a magnificent place.”

I hiked the trail to Ke’e Beach twice in the last month. Once I biked in, and once I drove in and parked at the lot. Both times entering the park was easy. The park attendants were friendly and helpful. The road wasn’t crowded. The hike wasn’t crowded. It felt like the hikers on the trail and visitors on the beach were honoring and respectful of the beauty and the rarity of this special place. The park feels “honored and protected, as it deserves.” It feels to me like it did 30 years ago.

A huge mahalo nui loa to the Hanalei Initiative Shuttle. I think it is really helping with regulating numbers of people entering the park and number of cars on the road.

Also, so much credit goes to the DLNR, DOT, Mayor Derek S.K. Kawakami and our County Council for all of the collective hard work and collaboration with the community.

Aloha to working together to reestablish a balance between visitors, local residents and respect for the reverence of the aina. I feel like she can breathe healthily again.

Kimberly McLaughlin, Hanalei

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