Every single day of the week, the Agribusiness Development Corporation (ADC) dumps millions of gallons of water polluted with pesticides and heavy metals into the ocean in areas where Kauai’s Westide residents fish, surf and recreate with their families.
I will never forget the first time I laid eyes on Mark Zuckerberg and his family’s land on Kauai, but more noticeable on the first encounter was the infamous wall that surrounds it and the brown, visible structure that looks like a doomsday complex to me (why else that color?).
Earlier this year there have been several articles in both The Garden Island and Honolulu Star-Advertiser addressed by Susan Kanoho and Lee Cataluna on subjects dealing with “How much is too much (tourism)” and “How do we manage our natural resources so that our visitors (tourists) can have a quality experience they expect in Hawaii.”
A brass placard posted on the inside of the base of the Statue of Liberty portrays a quote from Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, “The New Colossus.” It reads as follows: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
When bills are introduced to protect dolphins, whales, bees or birds — it is a given that the chamber will be full of testifiers. Likewise, if there is a measure before any legislative body that purports to regulate fishing, or hunting, or dogs or cats — you can be sure it will be standing room only.
It’s been a week since a poet friend of mine stated matter-of-factly that it will not be long until newspapers — paper editions, that is — will be a thing of the past.
I grew up on Oahu from age 10 to age 30. I began coming to Kauai in 1966, lived in Wailua Homesteads for several summers while working on a banana farm there, and now have the good fortune to own a home near Haena. I read with interest the forum article by Mr. Randy Weir about the impact of TVRs (transient vacation rentals) on housing and rental prices (TGI March 2, 2019).
I believe that we became Americans in July 1868 when the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution took effect.