Letter for Friday, January 24, 2020

Princeville fountain a waste of money

Regarding the story “‘Friends’ fight for Neptune, Group rallies to protect Princeville fountain” (TGI Sunday, Jan. 19):

The community which is forced to maintain this exorbitant annual cost should be able to vote on the option to repair and keep maintaining it or install a more sustainable, economically feasible entrance feature that better represents Kauai’s past, present and future.

Art is always objective.

Some have become used to seeing the fountain and value its presence.

Personally, I think the fountain is in a word, “gauche.” Perhaps better suited in Miami or the Bahamas? Visitors stop and take pictures of the fountain because its there. It represents no part of Kauai or Hawaiian history or culture, and I feel it has always cast a divisive message to those who enter Princeville at Hanalei.

Princeville is and may always be a resort destination, but as a North Shore resident for over 20 years, Princeville for the past 10, I have never understood the homage or any connection to the Roman religious god, Neptune. I can appreciate the great effort it took to create and install the fountain, but can easily think of numerous ways to allocate $275,000 year after year to create a more tangible and positive benefit to the community’s residents and visitors.

Simon Beatty, Hanalei

  1. Ginger Doll January 24, 2020 7:43 am Reply

    Why not invest the $275,000 a year into affordable housing to reflect Kauai’s past, present and a more hopeful future?

  2. curious dog January 24, 2020 9:16 am Reply


  3. Sue January 24, 2020 10:39 am Reply

    Don’t you mean that art is always “subjective”?

    I do agree, though, that monstrosity is a waste of money.

    Why not spend that money on something else, like a park for the kids?

  4. onehapa January 24, 2020 7:48 pm Reply

    WOW! $275,000/year? Plant a tree!

  5. garbage on display January 25, 2020 3:08 pm Reply

    take that worthless piece of junk and drop it to the bottom of the ocean already

  6. Ellene Grace January 31, 2020 10:51 am Reply

    The $275K is for the entire entrance to Princeville. The road from Kuhio highway to passed the fountain, power, water, lawns and garden, maintenance. The fountain alone is $3.87 per month per Princeville2 homeowner. God of the Sea. We do live on the Sea. Once the fountain is restored it will be more beautiful.

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