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Japan tourists no longer coming to Hawai‘i
I am coming straight out and saying it is a crime that the super-awesome Hawaiian falsetto singer and slack-key guitarist Gary Haleamau is forced out of his own Indigenous back yard to prosper in Las Vegas to make a living. Japan tourists simply fly over us and venture to Las Vegas to experience the great Gary Haleamau, who is known worldwide for his extra-super-awesome tune “Pohakuloa.”
Tons of Hawaiian hula halau have also been forced out of their own Indigenous back yards to prosper in The Land Of The Sun. Japan has been super-awesome hosts to Hawaiian hula halau, Hawaiian musicians and Hawaiian contemporary musicians and has kept the Hawaiian culture alive and well.
I bow down for Jesus Christ to the Land of The Sun, for these great people have done an extra-super-awesome job in appreciating the Hawaiian culture. No use for Japan tourists to visit Hawai‘i, for Japan has more Hawaiian style than our decrepit state of Hawai‘i.
To all the promoters of music venues in Hawai‘i, you got to bring back the great Gary Haleamau to prosper in his own Indigenous back yard. Hawai‘i also has to do a much more superior job in promoting Hawaiian food, for it is extra super awesome. To all of the residents of Hawai‘i, we got to appreciate the super awesome and authentic Hawaiian culture. It’s a crime that the Hawaiian culture is forced out of the state of Hawai‘i. Enough said. Case closed!
Dean Nagasako, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island
Kaua‘i lifestyle under theat by over-development
I’m alarmed by the cry for over-development on Kaua‘i proposed by many of our leaders. Heavy traffic in Kapa‘a is unacceptable, and yet there is a call for large, re-zoned land acreage to accommodate affordable developments.
We are already abusing the natural environment, air and water, with pollution. There is no regulation now, re., car emissions, as there was several years ago by DMV — ironically, when the air was relatively clean.
Councilman Luke Evslin has put out a call for more affordable housing. Yes, that does sound noble and considerate. However, this response must be regarded more in depth. For the last two years the county has been expanding the highway in Kapa‘a, but it’s still a construction zone for dodging lane changes.
I ask the questions to all residents: Do we want to solve the traffic problem by continually building an extended network of highways when the traffic continues to expand? Will non-residents be allowed to buy an affordable house? Could they be rented out to newcomers? Will affordable housing keep growing as qualified families grow?
In addition, Evslin proposes to expand affordable housing in Lihu‘e by increasing the infrastructure for more townhouses and condos there. Yes, we do need affordable housing for long-time, qualified residents, but not radical zone changing for developments.
Going crazy upzoning large acreage to build developments is not pono. We need to mahalo our ‘aina, plant more trees, non-GMO food crops, heal our reefs and protect nature. Our lifestyle on Kaua‘i is being threatened by over-development. That is a big price to pay.
There has been a call for expanding the airport to accommodate more tourists. Luckily, due to resistance, I’ve heard that it is being reconsidered. Let’s stay on top of that! Loving Kaua‘i.
Gabriela Taylor, Kapa‘a
Election time is here again
I didn’t vote before. I was 18 years old when I first voted. I missed some years because of other things to do. I try to vote by popularity. On the issues. By popularity I mean what the people are thinking. That kind of things. I didn’t know people on Kaua‘i liked Chinese food. I’ll vote for the person if she’s smart. Sharon Har, for example, I would have voted for her, but she’s in a different district.
I think Kai Kahele was a pilot. But would I vote for him? I don’t know yet. Because I remember voting for Trump, not Biden. I think Nancy Pelosi is a good politician. She’s from California. She was one of the few outspoken politicians in favor of the CARES Act. (Coronavirus Aide Relief Economics and securities Act). Her house got trashed in San Francisco because of a few late checks made out. I’m not sure if I voted for Mazie Hirono. I forgot. I think she’s popular on all the issues. Nancy Pelosi. National news.
I’ll vote for whoever becomes popular at the primary election. Whoever they talk about. Joe Biden started his career in Delaware as a senator in 1984. Life-long politician. If he runs for office again, I’ll vote for Joe Biden. Still yet not decided.
Dean Sabado, Honolulu
Gabriela Taylor; In order to get votes, most candidates say they want “affordable housing”, whatever that means. But, on the other hand, most candidates say they want to maintain the rural status of Kauai and don’t want to see it overdeveloped like Oahu. We already have gridlock on our highways, and our infrastructure is overwhelmed. If private organizations want to build affordable housing, like Habitat for Humanity, then so be it, as long as our tax dollars are not used and traffic and key infrastructure concerns are address satisfactorily. Otherwise, let the market dictate housing, and let’s keep Kauai slow and sleepy. Isn’t that the charm of Kauai and why we live here?
Mr. Sabado, if you vote by popularity but can’t recall who you voted for, that doesn’t really seem like the best use of your vote. Voting for representatives is a precious priviledge to be used wisely.
Patrick H Flores, Nampa, Idaho
Runway at the Lihue airport is only 7500 ft. Doubt it will expand to 12,000 ft. Too short runway. That’s the problem. Wrong angle is the main runway. Otherwise I saw the layout of the land. It fits to 16,000 ft if the runway was angled more towards the left. Kapa’a bound direction.
I think Kai Kahele will come close. He played for uh hilo baseball after high school. Then he joined the army national guard. Where he was stationed to guard the airports in Kandahar, Afghanistan. He came back as a pilot for one of the airlines.
That’s his story. U.S. Congress House of Representative for Hawai’i. Democrat. In a nutshell.
Dean, Please give humanity a break. Do NOT vote this time around. Pelosi a good politician? Mazie Hirono popular? Where? No place except here. STOP!
Politicians say they do not want to disrupt the rural lifestyle of Kaua`i. Wonderful goal. But how does gated communities and $5M housing developments fit into that formula?
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