Letters for Sunday, December 26, 2021

Light the tree trunnel for the holidays

Too late for this year, but wouldn’t it be great if the Tunnel of Trees was lit up for the holidays? Perhaps a civic or service groups (or even KIUC with a mobile solar array and batteries) could consider this for a future year. It would be quite a sight.

Tom Knapp, Koloa

Quarantine, testing is only solution

As our daily cases rise with the omnicron variant, I always look to see how many cases are visitors vs. residents and they are consistently primarily residents who appear to be too selfish and uncaring about the community or their ‘ohana to do the right thing after traveling, like quarantine and test.

You know who you are and this applies to each and every one of you who is contributing to the case count rising on Kaua‘i.

It is totally self-serving behavior that you cannot take a test three days out or procure an accurate home test to use and try to stop this current surge instead of just merrily going on your way after traveling because you don’t think these guidelines should apply to you or that anyone will catch you.

‘Tis the season to stop, think and take a good long look at your actions.

As for our visitors — yes, I believe they should be testing as well, and wish they would all come with accurate home tests or take a test after three to five days as well.

And a big mahalo to all of you who have the integrity and have been doing the right thing all along. If more of our small and special island operated this way we would not be in the situation that we are in now.

Petrina Blakely, Kapa‘a

8 Comments
  1. nobody December 26, 2021 8:10 am Reply

    Petrina,
    I too find it frustrating when people won’t behave the way I want them too.


  2. Re pettyna December 26, 2021 7:11 pm Reply

    Let me give the the gist of why that doesn’t work.
    1. The other household members can move freely in and out around the island and may or may not be spreading covid.
    2. Testing protocol is shoddy at best due to the time frame. Rapid tests and multiple test would be required.
    3. Get healthy and deal with it. You older scared folks are robbing the youth of
    Their lives for the safety of yours.


  3. sheila December 27, 2021 6:51 am Reply

    Great idea about the Koloa tree tunnel…. but we also need to remove the ginning grass too…. so the good ground cover can grow…


  4. RG DeSoto December 27, 2021 8:27 am Reply

    Petrina Blakely: “there’s a virus loose in the community, and it’s all your fault!”
    RG DeSoto


  5. james December 28, 2021 7:07 am Reply

    Does the case count really mean that much anymore? We could have 1000 new cases per day but if none of them end up in the hospital, then what’s the relevance of the case count? We need to focus more on hospitalizations and deaths when looking towards policy changes, mandates and restrictions. I always disliked the comparison to the flu, but if folks get infected, have only mild or even no symptoms, then the flu comparison seems more appropriate. Let’s face facts; we are all going to be exposed to Covid at some point given the highly transmissible nature of Omicron. If we protect ourselves with vaccines and boosters, then, chances are we will only suffer mild or no symptoms. Those who choose not to may get more sick but that’s their choice and shouldn’t effect our overall policy. It’s time to get back to normal and simply deal with this situation as long as hospitalizations and deaths don’t get out of control. What’s the alternative; another lockdown and ruin the Island’s economy maybe for good this time? Test if you want, isolate if you test positive if you want, but what’s the point? We are all going to get exposed. The only real choice at this point is to protect yourself and your family as you see fit and don’t worry about what others are doing or not doing. Let’s deal with this individually, not with government mandates, and move on with our lives.


    1. Tooindependent December 29, 2021 10:12 am Reply

      James great comment. One of the first to not spuel the constant letters and comments of “fear Mongering” over the pandemic.


  6. David Sigala December 29, 2021 12:37 pm Reply

    Be Happy. Eat Well. Live and let live.


  7. Nani Higa January 18, 2022 7:24 pm Reply

    Tree Tunnel–
    I love the drive through the tree tunnel and how the sunlight makes you feel so special to see the beauty within the trees as you are moving thru the Tunnel. I have not traveled all over the world but travel enough to feel the hunger to be home on Kauai. I praise the people who take good care of the tree tunnel and keep it’s natural beauty in check. The tree tunnel is one of the magical drive thru to enjoy, and the Lord made it happen for all of us to see it’s beauty.
    My question is ” Why would you want to light up the trees?
    We don’t want to ruin the tree tunnel but continue to enjoy its beauty and appreciate how bless we are to have a natural tunnel of trees to share with all the people who visits the island of Kauai.
    Come on, I know people mean well by doing things that they think would be different.
    On Kauai we are so blessed to have such beautiful places to enjoy and to shared like me and others. Let us help to keep Kauai as “Beautiful” Always.
    Mahalo
    Auntie Nani Higa


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