Safety a priority at Canoe Beach
Whale season is coming to a close, canoe season is under way and school will be out next month. Hanakao'o Beach Park, also known as Canoe Beach, will be the gathering place for ohana, canoe clubs, visitors and residents alike. It is a place where locals congregate on hot summer afternoons, or legions of paddlers and their ohana join together in spiritual competition on regatta day. This might sound like an idyllic situation, except for the hundreds of paying thrill craft customers disrupting the scene, buzzing back and forth along our near shoreline waters and on and off the beach.
This is not acceptable to Na Kupuna O Maui. This is noise pollution and an extreme danger because of the multiple conflicting users of our nearshore waters. People are swimming, paddling, fishing, snorkeling, boogie boarding and diving. Tutus are splashing in the shallow waters with their mo'opuna, while at the same time, paying customers, day in and day out, are being transported in powerboats from the beach to the jet ski platform or parasail boats idling offshore.
King Kamehameha III School students and the community worked hard this year to raise $65,000 for the new playground.
Na Kupuna O Maui realizes this is big business, with plenty of money added to the state coffers for these activities. But we have one big question: what is more important - the almighty dollar or the safety of our people?
Na Kupuna O Maui wants to preserve Hanakao'o as a commercial-free zone. This small, but treasured, slice of shoreline is where our community gathers for cultural purposes. This area was once rich with opelu, where our Hawaiian fishermen would come to gather from these traditional fishing grounds. This is where we come to lay back, talk story, paddle, swim and play - not to get anxious about our children, or our friends or our neighbors, getting run over by a careless powerboat operator. This is not about an accident waiting to happen. This is about avoiding another fatality; and, make no mistake, Na Kupuna O Maui will hold the authorities accountable for any accidents that may occur.
For over a year-and-a-half, the worries of Na Kupuna O Maui have impacted our enjoyment of Canoe Beach and our ability to exercise our cultural rights. We have led awareness rallies, written letters to newspapers, launched a petition drive and corresponded with our local county and state politicians, including the governor and lieutenant governor.
There has been no response from the Department of Land and Natural Resources - as directed by the governor - and Na Kupuna O Maui is frustrated and fearful. We are taking action. We demand that Canoe Beach, also known as Hanakao'o Beach, be set aside for the people.
We are addressing our concerns to the Aha Moku O Maui Council, a panel enacted by state law (Act 212) to advise the state on indigenous resource management practices specific to various moku (districts).
PATRICIA NISHIYAMA, Na Kupuna O Maui
Keep healthcare jobs on Maui
It is scary. I know; I have done it: changing jobs. "What if it is really hard and I can't learn it? Can I do the job at all?"
As I have done it, I know the answer to it: you can do it! It is both challenging and very rewarding.
Banner Health will not be throwing people out on the streets and taking their jobs from them. Yes, some of you may have to go through additional training. Who cares - they pay you while you train. Maybe you are bored with your job anyway?
When we stop sending patients to Oahu, we will absolutely need every employee we have and then a whole lot more to run a large hospital. Those of you who are studying nursing on Maui, this includes you!
Go to www.youtube.com/ watch?v=zrdyx5p5xs4&feature=em-share_video_user. These people want to help us. Please watch this video someone sent to me.
Shame on HGEA for fighting against a new hospital! It is the union that is costing us our Maui healthcare jobs! HGEA sends these jobs to Oahu, along with our patients who must go there for care.
Watch for my next letter. I will tell which politicians let our community down. I will tell you who played the "We need a Task Farce" game. We already had a "Task Farce," which Senator Baker then ignored. It's a political game where the union runs the government by endorsing certain candidates, who then vote the way the union wants. These politicians pretend to care about us.
JAN SHIELDS, Kahana
Thanks for supporting Ho'omau 2013
We would like to extend a very fond mahalo nui loa to all of the people who helped us tremendously with Ho'omau 2013. It was a huge success!
Your positive support, numerous donations, hard labor, love and affection made it possible for us to raise funds for our Hawaiian Language Immersion Program.
If we have forgotten anyone, it was not our intention; we do apologize in advance. Mahalo ke Akua!
Mahalo to Na Kumu a me Na 'Opio o Ke Kula Kaiapuni O Maui Ma Nahi'ena'ena, Na Leo Kalele, Na Leo Kako`o, Na Leo Pulama, Princess Nahi'ena'ena Elementary School, Punana Leo O Maui, Island Air-Molokai and Kapalua, Ka 'Ohana Alipo, Ka 'Ohana Faustino and Da Friday Night Gang, Ka 'Ohana Hamakua, Ka 'Ohana Kane Keahi, Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Kaunoa Enterprises, LB Farms LLC, L&R Farms, and Na Hoaloha 'Ekolu
We would also like to take the time out to thank all of our community supporters. Your gracious donations have been most greatly appreciated! Thanks to Darryl Fujiwara; Louise Rockett; Honu, Lahaina; Tropic Water, Lahaina; Lahaina Pizza Co; Tutu Patty Nishiyama; and Mark Vieth and Lahaina News.
PRINCESS NAHI'ENA'ENA KULA KAIAPUNI O MAUI PARENT GROUP
Mahalo to MauiGrown Coffee Company Store
Women Helping Women greatly appreciates and would like to express a big mahalo to MauiGrown Coffee Co. Store for their generous and continuous monetary donations from their donation jar in their store, which has helped support in a small but big way our programs for the past several years.
The donations from MauiGrown Coffee Co. store have assisted those in need and in a domestic violence situation with food and essential items during the holidays.
The mission of Women Helping Women is to help victims of domestic violence, who can be from any background and any ethnic origin; to end domestic violence through advocacy, education and prevention; and to offer safety, support and empowerment to women and children, victims of domestic violence.
For more information, you may call (808) 661-7111 in Lahaina, (808) 242-0775 in Wailuku or our hotline at (808) 579-9581.
Again, mahalo nui loa to the MauiGrown Coffee Co. Store!
JANE EMERY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TASK FORCE MEMBERS
Don't let bureaucrats gut the Constitution
I noticed that the pretentious potentates trying to take our guns away are now trying to destroy our Second Amendment gun rights, and turn us into victims of criminals, by destroying our U.S. Constitution by organizing a U.S. Constitutional Convention, also known "Con-Con," among our states.
So, the subversive elements who hate our country will have a chance to gut the Constitution to pieces. They want to destroy our country and our enduring Constitution, which has proven to be the most liberty-minded in history and has repeatedly saved our country from enemies throughout history.
I wish to urge all Americans to contact their state representatives and say no to a "Con-Con!"
ED NEMECHEK, Via E-mail
Community helped school install new playground
The King Kamehameha III School PTA has done it again. This year, the small-but-mighty group of President Evette Green, Vice President Kari Alexander and Secretary Laura Hussey raised enough money to put in a much-needed new playground.
The PTA raised the money with a Fall Fun Walk, golf tournament, Dance-a-thon and movie nights.
We really want to thank the kids and families of King Kamehameha III Elementary School and all the companies in the community who supported us. We really could not have done it without everyone.
The PTA wishes to thank the following companies that donated to our playground: Sandra Akina; Maui Oil Company; Kobe Steakhouse; Gazebo; Sea Breeze Clothing & Curious Ltd.; K-Deck Canvas; Diana Abilay; Maui Accommodations; One Napili Way; Reginald Ballantyne III; Debbie Arakaki; Karen Condo; West Maui Irrigation Nursery Supply; 808 Boards; Killet Enterprises; Peelua Grading and Backhoe Services; Ace-it Driving; First Hawaiian Mortgage; Lahaina Plumbing; Timothy, Michelle and James Heile Trust; Mind's Eye Interiors; Keith and Karen W. Benedict Trust; Maui Coffee; Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunrise; Lahaina Music; Expeditions; UFO Parasailing Inc.; Glenn Y. Kadohiro, D.D.S.; Hawaii 3 R's; Goodfellows Brothers; Joline Dorner; Alexander & Baldwin; Union 76; Maui Tacos; Location Foundation; and the hundreds of friends and family who filled the children's envelopes! Thank you!
EVETTE GREEN, KARI ALEXANDER & LAURA HUSSEY