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Thank you for protecting Kahaluu

November 4, 2017 - 12:05am

Thank you to County Councilman Dru Kanuha and the fellow members of the County Council for agreeing to put in $600,000 into a plan to improve Kahaluu Beach Park.

As Karen Eoff put is so beautifully, “Kahaluu is the “gem of the west side.” Being born and raised here, it is sad how decrepit it has become with the storms, and just being so old, but the memories that this beach has brought to locals, as well as visitors, yearly is priceless! Giving Kahaluu a facelift is what it deserves, for what joy it has given to millions who have spent time there.

On another note, to the Kona Kohala Center, I say thank you. Thank you, too, Cindi Punihaole, Colleen Miyose-Wallis and everyone at the Kahaluu Education Center for all you do!

It was brought to my attention that Kahaluu also needs our help to be made into a protected area. Night fishing has escalated and has caused entanglements on many occasions over the years to wildlife here, including an amputation in 2010 of a turtle’s flipper. Just last month another turtle was entangled in fishing lines, but thanks to their staff, she was saved from drowning by dragging her to the beach and cutting off the fishing lines.

No fishing should be allowed in this area. Another horrific story was of a diver who speared an octopus right in front of children then started pounding it on the rocks. Young children don’t understand the cruelty of this and the parents approached the man, who stood there proud that he was terrifying the tourists and could have cared less that their children were crying at the brutality of what he was doing. He then proceeded to take selfies.

How sad. I wouldn’t want my child to see the brutality of this on my vacation or when just out for a fun day at the beach. Please consider this.

Let’s make Kahaluu a safe haven for our wildlife and for our keiki. Again, mahalo for dedicating monies to Kahaluu that has been around for generations and in such a sacred area of Keauhou-Kona.

Leilani Pacheco-Datta is a resident of Kailua-Kona

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