Letters for Friday, January 29, 2021

Consider closing Anahola Road permanently

Recently the county or DHHL blocked through traffic on Anahola Road at the entrance to the beach park. I assume because the small bridge over the ditch is damaged and unsafe to cross. This has resulted in considerably less traffic. In the past it seems that Anahola Road was used as a through access with motor bikes, four wheelers and trucks racing down the road to the highway.

Many years ago Aliomanu and Kalihiwai roads had through access. After the bridges washed out they were never repaired. Those residents living on either side of the rivers have access to the highway.

I have discussed this with many but not all residents in the village, and the general consensus is most are happy with the road closed. I am requesting that the county or DHHL consider permanently blocking through access on Anahola Road and restore the peace, safety and ambiance to the village community. Everyone will still have assess to the beach from both sides.

Eric Dillingham, Anahola

Senate Bill 178 shows cluelessness

Just in case you haven’t heard…

I have to wonder, amidst all the election propaganda and vaccine hype, why The Garden Island hasn’t made mention of a single word in regards to SB178 heading to the state Legislature this coming Friday, Jan. 29. See capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=178&year=2021.

Requiring permits for all drivers on Kekaha and Polihale beaches for the next two years? Whichever anonymous party that coerced Kouchi into presenting this has no clue how Westside Kaua‘i operates, or how to treat our respectful residents and beach-goers, for that matter.

Norma Jean Baker, Kalaheo

  1. nobody January 29, 2021 9:33 am Reply

    Whichever anonymous party that coerced Kouchi into presenting this has no clue how Westside Kaua‘i operates, or how to treat our respectful residents and beach-goers, for that matter.

    It is sad to see this. It was even sadder to see the mess we all created. Calling our residents respectful. Nope.

    Maybe we should write this bad behavior off to the pandemic and try again before creating more rules, permitting , restrictions. “Respectful residents” would need to stand up and not let this happen.

    1. Norma Jean January 29, 2021 4:23 pm Reply

      Ron Kouchi is concerned with driving on Kauai’s sacred West Side dunes and beaches. So concerned, that he has helped and continues to profit from the biggest and ever growing dune on the island, the Kekaha Landfill (ie. Garden Island Disposal). It’s the same sand beach that stretches from Kekaha to Poli Hale, ending at the cliffs of the Napali Coast. A section where the state profits tens of millions of dollars a year. Complete with airport landing strips, missile launchers, and land based battle ships, all carved into the sand dunes of this sacred beach between Kekaha and Poli Hale. The state, its representatives, and authorities should be the last ones lecturing and overlording the people on how to best preserve our island. Regardless of the issues that in reality do need to be addressed.


      We??? Seems like you’re pretty talented speaking for nobody.

  2. Andy January 29, 2021 1:08 pm Reply

    It’s already against the law to drive on the beach- a piece of paper isn’t going to change that one way or the other. You need a permit to camp right now. Are you going to require TWO permits?
    YOU CANNOT WALK THE BEACH. It is five miles long and over 100 degrees in the shade WITH NO EXIT and NO SHADE!!! Requiring people to walk it is A DEATH SENTENCE.
    Exactly what would “new legislation” say that isn’t in the law currently. NOTHING.
    Nothing seems to be broke now. People lying down on the beach
    need to put up a flag if they don’t want to get run over- which is currently the only problem.
    The answer to all our problems is to bulldoze the state legislature.

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