Letters to the editor: 08-28-19

Time for new Hawaiian nation

I am proud of our protectors and native Hawaiians who have taken a stand for our rights on Maunakea.

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We cannot stop now! It is time to form our sovereign Hawaiian nation. We must start a new homeland. The time is now for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs to buy Lanai. Billionaire Larry Ellison bought Lanai for $300 million. OHA has $400 million!

I am sure famous people like the Rock and Jason Momoa can use their influence to convince him to sell it to us for our native Hawaiian homeland nation — just think of his legacy in helping us.

And as we have proven on Maunakea, the illegal government of Hawaii will be powerless to stop us once we establish our government on our homeland, which will develop into a great nation. Please, protectors and all native Hawaiians, contact OHA and tell them the time to act is now — we must not fail. We must do this for our children, to honor our ancestors, and to protect the aina for all future generations.

Lanai shall be our piko for a great nation.

Kai Kaaina

Pahoa

Waikoloa needs traffic circle

My wife and I have had a home in Waikoloa Village for more than 10 years. We have often thought that a traffic circle at the corner of Waikoloa Road and Paniolo Avenue would really be helpful for reducing the likelihood of accidents as well as speed up traffic.

Now that the new shopping center is under construction on the south side of Waikoloa Road, we believe that it is imperative that we look at safer options for traffic flow. Traffic will be increasing. We support, at a minimum, a traffic circle perhaps similar to the one at the Shops of Mauna Lani area.

Gary and Barbara Zipkin

Waikoloa

Theater captivates again

Our community’s wondrous Aloha Theatre has again presented us with an intriguing production of a quality performance that should not be missed. “A Cage of Fireflies,” by Daniel Akiyama and directed by Dance Aoki, beautifully captures the loving, delicate, and sometimes complicated relationships between three Japanese sisters from Okinawa, living in Hawaii at the end of the 20th century.

The sisters, admirably played by Arlene Araki, Jeannie Kutsunai, and Pauline Nishida-Miller, charmed the audience on opening weekend with their sensitive portrayals. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the show and recommend it to you, but time is short, because it closes this coming weekend with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. Mahalo for our community theatre!

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Joel Gimpel

Kailua-Kona