On this last day of April, I’m ready to shout,“Mayday!” — not referring to May Day as Lei Day here on the beautiful Garden Island, something we’ve always enjoyed, but in the old, wartime sense, referring to imminent danger.
It was interesting to watch the recent mash-up between the big dogs — Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Kaua‘i state Senate President Ronald Kouchi, Mayor Derek Kawakami and Lt. Gov. Josh Green.
Although it appears too soon to lift the lockdown on Kaua‘i (we must take counsel from our public health experts on this), it is not too soon to talk about how to do it. We must restart our civic life as soon as it is safely possible. To do this, we must figure out how to reopen Kaua’i in a COVID-19 infected world while avoiding reinfection and another lockdown.
In March 2006, Nancy Arcayna wrote in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin that every time Hector Venegas hears the song “Hawaiian Lullaby” he is reminded of his daughter, Krista.
I was not here for (Hurricane) ‘Iniki, but have heard many stories about the power of the storm and the fear it caused as its winds bore down on our shores. I also heard heart-opening stories of how the community came together in the aftermath to support each other.
2020 vision and decisive action by our state legislature is needed now more than ever. Hawaii cannot afford to wait until 2021.
“Essentially, economists say, there won’t be a fully functioning economy again until people are confident that they can go about their business without a high risk of catching the virus.” New York Times April 6, 2020.