Letters to the Editor: June 5, 2020

Kupuna grateful for community’s support

On behalf of the seniors living at Hualalai Elderly Housing, mahalo nui loa to the Kona community for its support of their low-income seniors.


For the last several months, canned good donations, along with fresh produce and breads have been donated to all three phases of the complex.

In particular we would like to thank Nancy Albright/Kona Elks; Diane Quitiquit/Alii Park Place and Mary Reynolds/Makoa

Wahines, who went above and beyond to help during this epidemic. The generosity shown was so appreciated, but perhaps a bit more, was the compassion and concern for your kupuna.

Jan Benlein

Coordinator, Community Cares Food Distribution

Don’t bring world’s troubles here

We are not concerned with what happens on the mainland. The Big Island is a place of peace. A respite for all of the locals. It is the last place on Earth for peace. Sort out your troubles elsewhere. But please do not bring the troubles of the world here.

Anika Hubert


Time to get creative

This is not meant to be funny or sarcastic though it might be. So, when I suggest we ask Elon Musk to come and lay pipe from Los Angeles to Maui, I’m serious. It wouldn’t be too difficult for him, I mean really, he makes rockets man.

Can you image traveling to Hawaii in two hours if you don’t stop at an underwater glass restaurant aquarium? Watching mini submarine races “I’ll have the fresh fish please…awe that one.” We could have an underwater marine campus with housing.

Who wants to get on a packed plane with a hacking sneezer or sticky-fingered kids running up and down the aisle anymore? No jet fuel, no delayed flights, no lost luggage, no weirdos next to you and No sharing an uncleaned toilet. All magnet and solar powered with no pollution. Sounds too crazy good right? Science fiction-like. Yeah, I know but so was the computer and the mai tai.

To get it started, we could put all the out-of-work photographers, DJs and wedding planners on snorkels and shovels. A second shift of fire dancers, caterers, bakers, musicians and video makers.

Then a third shift of pastors, officiants, dress and lei makers. Why not? There is no other work (jobs) for these fine folks for the next five years at best.

It’s no joke, drastic measures are needed now, so let’s get creative Hawaii.

David Baldwin, photographer


Election resource available online

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Candidates for public office in Hawaii were asked to participate in VOTE411 by submitting a candidate statement and campaign information. This information is now available to the public at www.VOTE411.org for information on candidates and the election. This helpful website is a “one-stop-shop” for election information in Hawaii. This is a nonpartisan resource as the League of Women Voters does not endorse or oppose candidates for public office.

Piilani Kaopuiki, president

League of Women Voters of Hawaii

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