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May be time for a tier change
With Kaua‘i cases increasing in the double digits every day, I wonder when it will be deemed time to take a step backward to Tier 4.
We have now lost three Kaua‘i residents to the pandemic. There are, as of Friday, 87 active cases. And school has just started, with children under age 12 unable to get vaccinated. These children can carry COVID home to their families, their kupuna.
I applaud the administration’s efforts to get everyone vaccinated and the availability of testing. I do wish that there were signs in the airport indicating testing availability and that all hotels and resorts advised their customers to be tested.
For the sake of businesses, I hate to suggest that backward step. However, for the sake of our residents, it may be a way to help curb the extreme upward swing of the numbers.
Donna Gould Carsten, Kapa‘a
Some ideas for future of Coco Palms site
Coco Palms sold for $22M. That is Great!! So, what now?
Are we going to wait for another 29 years before we can honestly see what will become of Coco Palms? And, what became of, and where are all of the previous owners and developers who gave us the hopes that Coco Palms would be rebuilt? If you ask me, there were, and may have had been, too much politics and too much of nothing.
Councilwoman/mayor/citizen JoAnn Yukimura said it best: Coco Palms is not a good hotel site anymore. Agreed. But why?
Let’s see. In those past eye-sored 29 years of the despaired hotel, many things have changed. The population increased from 35,000 to over 73,000 people. The traffic is not what it used to be, and without an overhead bridge there are no easier ways to get to the beach. The building codes and regulations throughout those years changed, and with the additional fourth-lane highway fronting the hotel, the traffic and the traffic noise may be just a bit too much. And, too, being in a flood zone area, is it, or will it be, OK to rebuild the hotel without the exceptions of or changes to the codes?
There are many options and avenues where and what the 43-46 acres of the hotel could be used for. Many people have said to tear and flatten it, make it into a park where people can picnic and go to the beach. Or make the existing dining room and bar areas into a restaurant where people could hold a wedding, anniversary, birthdays, or all sorts of functions, or simply just to have a nice luncheon or dinner overlooking the lagoon. Use or tear down portions of the existing rooms and make them into a museum to show off the many good things Coco Palms had and did. Have the history of Lyle Guslander, who managed the then-24-room hotel in 1953, hired a blue-eyed blonde from Pennsylvania named Grace Buscher,who he later married, and how she loved the Hawaiian traditions and the people but managed and kept that hotel very Hawaiiana.
Do what they did long ago with the lagoon, and probably build a stage for entertainment and, again, probably have Larry Rivera performing and officiating weddings and singing the “Hawaiian Wedding Song,” or even have shows of some sort for the tourists to enjoy, as well have a snack shop on a playground along with what I just said and suggested.
There are so many things I am sure the developers and owners can think of that would make the people of the island happy again with Coco Palms. Rebuilding it as a hotel or tearing it down are probably not the best ideas. The hotel had some significant and important things that made Coco Palms the most prestigious hotel on the island. Have the public put some inputs of the Coco Palms. Whatever it will be, don’t let it become a hotel again. It’s useless.
I am glad someone bought the hotel again after all these years, but like JoAnn said, it’s not a good hotel site anymore. This is my opinion, which may or may not be of any value.
What do you all think?
Ray Domingo, Lihu‘e
Responding to Mr. Domingo’s commentary, like the article about the transient housing project in Koloa application made in 2006, how long does a governing body procrastinate without rendering a decision? What a disheartening example of local leadership.
Patrick H Flores, Boise, Id.
Five the palms back to the people! No hotel, I’m with you, Ray!
Reinstate mandatory testing to enter the State, including the vaccinated. It was working. It’s obvious now that residents are the cause of the spike. Sorry Derek, self control is not an option with residents.
So glad the cases are rising!
You get what you communist sympathizers deserve.
Time for a replacement for mayor Cowardcommie
Do you even know what communist means? Lets hear how any of this has anything to do with communism
Ownership of production is in the absence of money, state, or social class.
Military owns it by stealing it. Or just taking it.
Is this the sort of content for which we wait for the moderator to approve postings?
You really are a sick person, wishing others dead. You have a disease of the mind worse than any virus on this earth, the disease of evil. Our Mayor has more integrity in his little finger than you have in your whole body.
Keep it like it is: a ruin and a reminder of man’s folly. Mother Nature can’t be ignored. In a way, it’s already a shrine to man’s arrogance and stupidity.
“snack shop next to a playground”, you’re kidding…
Chronic disease starts in childhood, at the snack shop by the playground.
Ray, opinions rarely matter…..
Actions with intent on the other hand can usually produce results, either good or bad is the question?
I pray that the Hawai’ian Kingdom government is restored to it’s former near perfect State under GOD.
This is the only right thing to do and the key to organization that is able to accomplish this is:
2) health care
3)Housing for all
(Not necessarily in that order as some people will need one before the other)
We have a Strategy and are achieving the goals set forth 127 years ago by our Queen’s unanswered prayer….
More and more people are becoming aware of the Hawai’ian Culture and how resilient we really are.
Mahalo KE AKUA
WokeEwoke’s comment is so bizarre and funny, I’m honestly not sure if it’s for real. Usually I can tell when someone is spewing nonsense just to get a reaction, but in this case…I do wonder who these “communists” are and where they live. I’ve never met one, but then I’ve only been here 44 years. Oh wait, am I a communist because I collect Social Security?
Hey, Mr. Domingo. Maybe you can sing the Hawaiian Wedding Song there , too! When it (Coco Palms)get develop.
Just a thought!
Nobody “bought” Coco Palms. The current owners paid to “protect their investment” so no one could grab it for, say, $1 if no one else bid. It happens all the time in real estate
Andy, I think the lender bought it out of its own foreclosure action.
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