There are other serious health issues here

COVID-19 is not the only serious health issue facing our community.

The world, the state and our island are worried about the possible spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. The media has many in a frenzy over what I believe will soon pass. Our elected officials on Kaua‘i have other health concerns that need as much attention as the coronavirus and can be just as dangerous to the general public.

Human excreta and the lack of adequate personal and domestic hygiene have been implicated in the transmission of many infectious diseases, including cholera, typhoid, hepatitis, polio, cryptosporidiosis, ascariasis and schistosomiasis, and yet “the Angel at the bus stop,” or as some refer to her, “the lady in purple,” had been living fronting the Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center the last three-plus years. She cannot walk. Therefore she relieves herself of bodily fluids and wastes within five feet of the bus stop. How she gets rid of her urine and fecal waste is the problem. It accumulates and begins to reek.

Eventually, the county will get the biochemical water truck down there to disinfect every time she is taking away in an ambulance or arrested. She was again taken away by paramedics again last week.

She is always released from the mental wards and jails and returns to the same spot, like her own personal “Groundhog Day.”

Why are these shrinks releasing her? How is someone who defecates, urinates and showers in front of the public and oncoming traffic sane? How is someone who lives at bus top 24-7 sane when she’s been offered free housing by many in the community, including a pastor I personally know?

All these medical professionals who say she is fine need to get their heads examined and should have their medical licenses revoked.

El Aina Danine, the lady in purple, is a health threat to the community. Along with myself, two terms of mayors and County Council have driven by her the last three years on a daily basis, along with two different chiefs of police. When she is arrested our judges release her without prejudice and she is back creating a health risk within inches of a county bus stop.

Folks, not only is this a health crisis. What happens should she die on county or state property?

Her family could easily sue for wrongful death. All they would need to do is find a good defense attorney like Micheal Green, the best defense attorney in the state and, presto, easy payday.

I have had this discussion with many of our elected officials. I tell them we live in a sue-happy society and that Kaua‘i County always rolls over and plays dead when they are sued and settles for an easy six-figure payout.

The coronavirus is not the only serious health issue facing our community. There is truly a health crisis that can be prevented with the proper people in elected office. Public urination and defecation within inches of a public bus stop is a huge health risk to the population at large for many infectious diseases.

El Aina cannot continue to sit out there day after day, week after week, month after month, year after year, smothered in her own human wastes.

What if this was your friend, relative, wife, aunty or sister? We as a community must do better, not only for her health and our health but for humanity’s sake.

Elections are in November.

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James “Kimo” Rosen is a resident of Kapa‘a.

8 Comments
  1. Charlie Chimknee March 12, 2020 4:41 am Reply

    Mr. Rosen, you got it right, this woman, in spite of convincing doctors, who Apparently graduated at the bottom their class, that she is OK, normal, as in it’s normal to live under an umbrella at a bus stop…for 3 years…when in fact she’s nuts, and the authorities are committing abuse by neglect of her true needs which is to not wallow in her own filth, especially sharing her filth with children at the bus stop.

    If they can Quarantine Corona virus patients, why not her?

    She is a Disease threat to the community, and could be Or is a typhus or cholera threat to the community. Try to stop those diseases…!

    Mr. Rosen, you mean a Plaintiff attorney, which you Can hire to get her literally off the street.


  2. WestsideResident March 12, 2020 8:14 am Reply

    The establishment has ignored many important issues for decades, here in the islands and across the nation.

    Now that an anti-establishment president leads our nation, the establishment is doing its best to keep the status quo. So expect more of the same if the establishment takes back control.

    I encourage the author to vote out the establishment party and career politicians here in the Islands to make Kauai great again.


  3. Rev Dr Malama March 12, 2020 9:23 am Reply

    Very blunt and to the point but we are a society that has allowed civil and personal rights to supersede common sense and healthcare….. yes, for the most vulnerable!!!
    There are other people who need shelter and medical care on our streets, beaches and parks that are being caught up in “lack of jurisdiction” claims of our public officials but make no MISTAKE, this coronavirus is an epidemic that will not discriminate against who is local enough…..
    Perhaps our Council members are now aware of the scrutiny of their everyday lives and will use the PANDEMIC EMERGENCY MILLIONS TO WRITE BILLS TO ACHIEVE PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY, INCLUDING ESTABLISHING EMERGENCY SHELTERS AND MASH UNITS THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND….?


  4. Kauaidoug March 12, 2020 10:56 am Reply

    REALLY?


  5. Pete Antonson March 12, 2020 2:24 pm Reply

    Check your program Sport! The trump/fox virus mythology Play reversed it’s “This will soon pass” course near the end of Act I.
    Try to keep up!


  6. Kimo March 13, 2020 9:34 am Reply

    Mr. Rosen, Welcome to Liberalism at its finest. Liberal judges, liberal Congressmen/women, liberal County Officials., and on and on. Can you say….. San Francisco, Baltimore, Detroit, New York, Portland, Seattle, etc, etc. What is the common denominator to their civil erosion? Democrats in control. Thank you very much.


  7. Roxanne Reed March 14, 2020 10:23 am Reply

    Exactly. I’m here in California. Anyone who even thinks of voting Democrat needs to just look at Democrat-controlled areas and decide if that’s really the outcome they want.


  8. behappy March 17, 2020 7:20 am Reply

    We live in a sad state when anyone is allowed to live as she does. She obviously needs to be in a mental institute guarding both her health and that of the public.


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