For those of us concerned about the increasing presence of pesticides in our food, water, land and air - there have been two recent and newsworthy developments here in Hawaii.
On my drive home a few weeks ago, I heard a radio story about the 2018 Recovery Champion Awards for breeding the endangered native bird, the ‘akikiki, or Kauai creeper. Conservation work can be challenging, and ever since rapid ohia death was found on our island, a thread of fear has spread through the conservation community. But hearing about those ‘akikiki birds and the awards recognizing friends and colleagues with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project, the San Diego Zoo Global and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave me hope.
Waimea may be one of the best examples of “Silent Spring,” written by Rachel Carson and published in 1962. “Silent Spring” describes corporate damage to the environment by spraying pesticides and corporate cover ups. In Waimea, chemical companies spray 17 times more restricted-use insecticides per acre than on ordinary cornfields in the U.S. mainland, reports the Center for Food Safety.
A resolution to save the residents at the Courtyards at Waipouli Apartments was a good start by our County Council. Now the real work begins. The resolution begins the process of settling on a “fair market value” of the complex, which will be done through independent assessors.
Why did I spend two weeks crossing the border, daily, from San Ysidro, California, into Tijuana, Mexico? That is the question I have been asked many times.
On June 6, 2019, The Garden Island reported, “Study clears water for swimmers,” in response to a press release from Department of Health. DOH Director Bruce Anderson said they could “assure the public that recreational waters in Waiopili Stream and nearby beaches do not pose an imminent health threat to swimmers.”
The Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community against a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City.
Kauai County has begun the second year of a search for a new fire chief—to replace Chief Robert Westerman, whose retirement became effective in January. At its April 1, meeting, the Fire Commission confirmed that it “… is at step one of its hiring process.”
This is an opinion letter in response to a recently published Hawaii Department of Health report on May 22 (“Mahaulepu and Waikomo Watersheds PhyloChip Source Tracking Study, Hawaii”) and associated The Garden Island article (“Study clears water for swimmers”) published on June 6 of this year.
Who knew that a day devoted to the fathers in our lives could be such a hectic day on the island of Kauai? Many fathers here on island spent their special day that only comes once a year combating a fire to keep us — the community — safe and able to celebrate with our loved ones.