The bike path is a jewel that should be treasured

I have read the negative comments about Ke Ala Hele Makalae, the multi-use path, with considerable dismay. I and my wife are owners at Pono Kai in Kapa’a. Part of every year, we live less than 100 feet from the path. For years we walked and hiked along the coast following the old narrow gauge railway bed and cane roads and trails from Kapa’a to Anahola. The creation of Ke Ala Hele Makalae was viewed with trepidation by owners and the resort at Pono Kai. The resort hired night security personnel. There has been no increase in any mischief by people walking the path, some of whom come to enjoy the south end of Kapa’a Beach Park, not far from our lanai. The path is used by hundreds of local residents including many keiki and kapuna. The initial 6 month trial of dogs on the path was a success. The great majority of dog owners are respectful and caring for their dogs and they clean up after them. We view this path as an asset and treasure here on Kaua’i. A path going to or through a shopping area or through town would be sad distortion of the purpose of this path and a betrayal of aloha.