Wear your Mask!
Last week I took a truckload of recyclable material and trash to the two deposit sites in Kapa‘a. At the recycle station, next to the football field and diagonally across the street from the police station, there were eight people and only one wore a mask. All but one stood next to one another in an attempt to deposit their glass, plastic and paper in the small openings provided in the bins.
I then drove up the hill to the transfer station. I was greeted by a sign that said, “NO Mask, NO Dump.” All ten or so people that I saw and interacted with wore masks and acted responsibly.
The majority of individual I know who recycle are environmentally sensitive and generally publically responsible. Yet, during this pandemic, where a virus can cause death and long-term disability, following public health guide lines seems secondary to recycling glass bottles, tin cans, cardboard, plastic and paper.
Both recycling and health behaviors are important, but during this deadly pandemic please remember to wear your mask and keep your distance if you are out in public.
Douglas Wilmore, Kilauea
What’s with NOKA?
As a former business owner of Kapa‘a I was under the impression that there was a sign ordinance in place on Kaua‘i!
If not then I would suggest the Kapa‘a Business Association should have some restrictions in place. There are several very unattractive signs here in Kapa‘a, ones that suggest that we have a new name for a part of the town. Is this acceptable for a private citizen to do so?
I am referring to the NOKA signs that are on both sides of the highway. Also one that says NOKA BEACH . There is also one that names the street NOKA LANE to the public swimming pool.
As a resident of Kapa‘a for over 30 years I find this very distasteful and woulld hope that our elected officials can have these signs removed. I would hope that moving forward stricter guidelines are established to prevent an eye sore such as we have now.
Marjorie Lewis, Kapaa