Letters to the editor: 05-08-19

Working for a better future

I’m a seventh-grade student at WHEA school and my school science project is about global warming. This topic has made me very anxious about what is happening in our world. I just learned that the sea level might rise 1-4 feet by 2100. I’d be 95 years old so this will happen in my lifetime.

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I am upset that more adults aren’t doing something about this. We just talk and talk but soon we’ll have to swim! I am trying to figure out what I can do because I don’t want to be a part of the problem but a part of the solution.

It will probably mean we have to change how we do things. More solar panels, more bike riding (which could be a lot of fun), and planting more trees as a start. Let’s join together and save our earth!

Kaden Bruce

Kailua-Kona

Kamehameha learned from Cook

Dennis Gregory’s May 3 column, “In Honor of Kamehameha,” reminisces about the arrival of Captain Cook on Jan. 17, 1779, at Kealakekua Bay and what Kamehameha would have witnessed and participated in. However, Kamehameha was not at Kealakekua Bay, he was on Maui accompanying Kalaniopuu and his military forces as they waged war on Kahekili, ranking chief of Maui and his army. Kamehameha would not encounter Cook at Kealakekua Bay again until Jan. 24, a week after Cook arrived there.

On Nov. 26, 1778, Captain Cook arrives on Maui for the second time within a year, on his first visit to Hawaii earlier in the year, he stops on Kauai and Niihau. Hawaii Island chief Kalaniopuu visits Captain Cook onboard the Resolution while he stops at Wailua, east Maui. That afternoon, Kamehameha’s brother Kalaimamahu convinces him that they should remain aboard the Resolution and pilot the two British ships to Hawaii Island. It’s a gamble, not knowing if he will be abducted or returned to Maui.

Sailing alone with Captain Cook and his haole crew, one can imagine what he is experiencing. He witnesses firsthand how western vessels are sailed and the technology they employ, he watches them navigate with instruments, and he is exposed to western arms. He is eventually reunited with Kalaniopuu on Maui. The lessons learned will serve him in the future and he will use that experience to solidify the Hawaiian Kingdom under one ruler.

Kalepa Baybayan

Kailua-Kona

Don’t parrot Trump lies

The AP News in Brief April 6 reports that Trump now does not want Robert Mueller to testify to Congress. The short article ends with a paragraph repeating Trump’s Twitter claims, both false, regarding the conclusion of the Mueller report.

The article does not correct these lies with the information that the Mueller report found clear evidence of obstruction of justice, and that this likely led to the investigation not being able to assemble evidence of collusion that was strong enough for indictment because of the obstruction of justice. But, yes, there is evidence of collusion. West Hawaii Today needs to exercise editorial integrity in not parroting Trump’s lies.

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Gens Johnson

Kailua-Kona