Letters to the editor: 07-10-19

KCH there until the end

I have been amiss in not writing this letter before this and wish to apologize. I am sure you can understand when one has to deal with the death of a loved one.


My brother was treated at Kona Community Hospital on May 5. Unfortunately, after their emergency department personnel tried their best, they were unable to help my brother. He passed away at 1:18 p.m. but I know that he felt no pain because of the loving care and attention he was given by their staff.

I was there the entire two hours watching with amazement how they worked as a team to try to achieve a successful end. At the time, there was a minimum of at least six people working on my brother. The doctor kept working on my brother through the entire two hours to try and get him back so that they could do a procedure to enable my brother to be sent to Honolulu for special surgery to help correct his heart problem. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be.

My heartfelt and forever gratitude goes out to the staff who worked on my brother.

Sandra Coit


Parade made great ride

Mahalo to the organizers of the July 4 parade at Kailua-Kona. It was well organized and coordinated, which made it a fun event!

I have to also say that the crowds of people had so much aloha for the parade entrants with their shaka signs, cheers, clapping and the keiki waiving their flags and looked like they were having more fun than all of us entrants.

Super great event and looking forward to next year.

Jeffrey Coakley


Turn empty island into money-maker

Over the last several years, it seems that the State of Hawaii has always had an issue with building new prisons for the rapidly growing convict population and has to send convicts to the mainland to serve their time.

Why has no one ever introduced Kahoolawe as a possibility? There is nothing there, it’s been cleaned up, so why not make use of it? Build the prisons there. As a matter of fact, we could build several prisons there and rent prison cells to mainland states.

It would be a money-maker for the always financially strapped state of Hawaii. There would be no cry of “not in my backyard” because nobody lives there. There is room for several prisons, one could be for Hawaii prisoners and the others for mainland prisoners. We could even build a supermax prison for the very worst and violent because there wouldn’t be a chance of escape. The worse the prisoner is, the greater the cost to the state or federal government incarcerating them.

This could be a possible financial bonanza for the state for a place that is deserted.


Tombo Lono