Letters for Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Skate parks are for skating; show aloha

On Sunday, Oct. 3 around noontime,I took my kids to Lihu‘e to the skatepark to enjoy a couple hours there.

When we got to the park, my kids couldn’t even get out of the car. There were people smoking, people laying on the floor, people on bicycles. Anything except skating. They forgot what the park was created for?

My invitation today is for signs that can specify the purpose of that place and some rules.

We must show Aloha and respect to our keikis and show good example. This is our kuleana as residents of Kaua‘i and of this planet.

Ximena Hoffman, Kalaheo

Hold representatives accountable

One of my favorite proverbs says, “The beginning of wisdom is calling things by their true name.”

Regarding our County Council voting in favor of taking private property in Kilauea away from its rightful owner through the process of eminent domain, there’s only one principled way to perceive such an act. It is THEFT, and our council members should be excoriated as the thieves they truly are.

“Eminent domain” is just a euphemism created to obfuscate the principle of property rights that is the foundation of all freedom. The underlying principle does not become void based on any good intentions of the thief. If your car was stolen but the thief left you a less valuable vehicle in its place so you could still get around, would that negate the crime committed? Just like property taxes, eminent domain is an attack on the property rights of citizens by an oppressive occupying force.

The Kingdom of Hawai‘i was stolen from its people through an act of eminent domain by sugar barons. The Kingdom is currently under foreign occupation by an illegitimate U.S. federal government. Government has only one proper function and that is to defend the rights and liberties of its citizens. Elected officials and other government employees are to be held to the same standards and laws as they enforce upon their constituents. They should not possess special privileges which exempt them from being punished for their crimes. The democratic process does not negate the rights of the voters. Just because the majority of residents choose one criminal over another does not legitimize their crimes. The same principle applies to Kawakami and Ige’s illegal mandates and emergency declarations.

For those of you who feel some allegiance to the United States, it would serve you well to revisit the Declaration of Independence. Your rights are unalienable, being endowed by your creator, not your government. That government derives its power from the consent of the governed. Most importantly, when that government becomes destructive of your liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.

You are asleep at the wheel if you can’t recognize the current usurpation of the people’s rights at all levels of government power. The time has come to start holding our representatives accountable for their crimes and protecting the property rights of civilians.

Brady Stewart, Kapa‘a

  1. USAF Brat October 12, 2021 5:34 am Reply

    On-Point! Truth, Integrity, and courage. “Rise Up” Lahui!

  2. Gordo October 12, 2021 6:19 am Reply


  3. George, Kealia October 12, 2021 6:36 am Reply

    Congratulations Brady, you hit the nail right on the head. So many year same and the same people are rotating in the bureaucratic system without any result for the ordinary folks. They are either fully incompetent, or serving some other interest. How can one explain to the public the increasing traffic though Kapa’a , not doing anything to resolve it, but approving more rezoning of AG land and give the right to certain developer to build houses, most of them over the average price, and very small portion of them designated as affordable housing are given to the county. And I am not talking just Kilauea, there are more projects, north of Wailua- 53 acres in Kealia, Kawaihau, oceanfront resorts in Kapa’a . If all of those projects are realized, it means thousands more cars will completely congest Kapa’a traffic. Infrastructure is essential.

  4. Rev Dr Malama October 12, 2021 7:36 am Reply

    I concur Brady, that we must be honest and forthright in our thoughts, words and actions…..
    I believe in calling out the corruption of elected officials and holding them accountable but this is not possible when we the people are locked out and censored as tgi has done to me and the county mayor and council has done in order to take a permanent vacation to take trips abroàd,go surfing and skateboarding on our tax dollars and big business subsidies that include the us military industrial complex….
    We must educate and protest against the total economic disaster at hand that intends to destroy forever a once nearly perfect government,
    The Hawai’ian Kingdom…..
    The strategic plan in place with international law and our allies as it is written.
    “The meek shall inherit the earth” so onipaa! Stay the course, be sane and sober!!!
    Mahalo ke AKUA
    We are faithful and committed to our Queen’s unanswered prayer!!!!

  5. alien October 12, 2021 9:27 am Reply

    Skating is not like baseball, soccer ect…. Teach your kids to stand up for themselves and get in their and skate. People smoke, people are mindless a true skater ignors this kinda stuff and gets some.

  6. Doug October 12, 2021 9:45 am Reply

    Regarding the skate park, go a little further and try Kapa’a next time. I drive by there all the time and only see kids on skateboards on the track when I go by. It is busy on the weekends but probably well worth the extra time to get there.

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