Letters for Sunday, June 20, 2021

• Build another lane on Kuhio Highway • It’s COVID-19 pneumonia that kills • Officials should have seen rental-car shortage coming • Federal Reserve must help average Americans

VOICES: Draft solid-waste management plan needs work

A public (online through Microsoft Teams) hearing is scheduled on June 17 (info at kauai.gov/iswmp) on Kaua‘i’s draft Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan. Comments are accepted at solidwaste@kauai.gov through July 19. Here’s my comment: The ISWMP often ignores ‘aina.

VOICES: Napali is a paradise once more

At midnight May 6, 2021 (actually it was 0-Dark-30, Friday morning of May 7) I sat in front of my PC awaiting the countdown. I had earlier roused myself out of bed to a chattering music alarm so that I could purchase three of the coveted 900 non-resident passes for some student interns doing their clinical training on Kaua‘i, to allow entry into Ha‘ena State Park so that we could spend the day hiking Hanakapi‘ai Trail and relax later at Ke‘e Beach.

VOICES: COVID challenges brought out best of Kaua‘i

After more than five months, the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall COVID vaccination clinic has closed its doors. From December through May, starting with 200 vaccinations per clinic and peaking at more than 700 vaccinations in a day, a total of 32,194 vaccine doses were administered to Kaua‘i residents.