The pandemic has decimated Kaua‘i’s economy.
Preventing Kauai County from putting into place strong rules protecting our communities health and safety from the risks of expanded COVID infections is the objective of HB1286.
There is a lot going on this week with a mix of good and bad, policy and politics.
Last year was a terrible year. Who can disagree? So many things we wanted to get done got shunted to the side because of COVID19. But now we must catch up.
Under Mayor Kawakamiʻs independent travel policies, Kauaʻi has the lowest COVID incidence in Hawaiʻi.
Speaker of the House, Scott Saiki, has submitted HB 1286 for legislative approval. This bill essentially calls for a unified Safe Travels program statewide. It removes the power of individual mayors to opt out of the Safe Travels program and it also appears to disable the Governor’s ability to enact emergency legislation in regard to travel and COVID.
I awoke the other morning angry and thinking about the ongoing desecration occurring at the bottom of the hill. I’ve been driving by that place every day for the past 40 years. Since 1992 it has been a total wreck. The weeds grow tall, the buildings sit in what seems like a perpetual state of semi-demolishment, and every few years there are fires.
After months of hyping conspiracy theories and pressuring election officials to falsify results, Donald Trump incited a mob to storm the US Capitol and stop Congress from certifying the presidential election. If this does not warrant conviction in his upcoming Senate trial, what possibly could?
Recently, I volunteered as the Kaua‘i North Shore Lions teed off for their annual golf tournament to raise money for scholarships for students in our area. Scores of community members came together at the Princeville Maka‘i golf course, which once again provided the perfect setting. The tournament raised more than $53,000—the most in its history.
The state auditor recently completed a long-awaited audit of the operations of the state Agribusiness Development Corporation, declaring: “We found that ADC has done little — if anything — to facilitate the development of agricultural enterprises…the ADC has yet to develop an agribusiness plan…ADC did not follow the state procurement process…the ADC has yet to provide the necessary leadership to facilitate the transition of agricultural lands…after almost 30 years since its creation.”