Category: Editorials

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We Need Help With Housing Crunch

I recently joined the throngs of people scrambling to find a new place to live after discovering my home of five years was sold to a Mainland investor who intends to inflate rent, as “it’s simply a matter of economics.” Those of us who live and work here, however, know it’s so much more than […]

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Replying With A Heartfelt ‘Yes!’

The first of three summer “supermoons” radiated its brilliance in the night sky June 12. But what might have outshined the large, glowing orb was my heart. The love of my life, Gabriel Zingaro, asked me to marry him on that special eve. Of course, I said “Yes,” and my days have felt as bright […]

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Delivering The Gift Of Sheer Joy

My life changed in a wonderful way Sunday, June 29, at 2:16 p.m., when Kylie Rose Kekai’olaliuli Luat entered the world — and I became a grandpa for the first time. She is the daughter of my daughter Dawn and her husband Kalei Luat. (Longtime readers may recall reading about Dawn’s birth back in 1984 […]

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Double Duty For Firefighters

Thanks to the Kauai Fire Department, whose firefighters were already busy extinguishing the blaze at Coco Palms, for putting a prompt stop to the flames behind my home sparked by firecrackers on Independence Day. I think the enthusiasm to celebrate the birth of America on Kauai is great, but when it endangers people’s lives and […]

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Help For Our Feathered Friends

The plight of Hawaii’s rare, native birds breaks my heart. Their twills and tweets as they dash among the ohia trees in Kokee enchant me, and I find the hardships they face with continued habitat destruction and the introduction of non-native plant species discouraging. But what brings me a glimmer of hope are the many […]

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The Only Way Iraq War Could Turn

I can’t see any way that America can get out of Iraq without the serious involvement and cooperation of the Arabic Sunni Saudis, the Persian Shia Iranians and the Sunni Turks — a treaty among those traditional regional rivals allowing Sunni, Shia and Kurdish homelands in the former Iraq would be a good start, and […]

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Island Fever Fix; Wilcox Goes Solar

Island fever sometimes sets in for me, and I miss the culture and activities that more-populated places have to offer. Admittedly, I crave the entertainment, food and fun that Kauai doesn’t often provide. That said, I am happy places such as Kauai Beer Company are there to satisfy those cravings. These are the kinds of […]

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Going With The Flow; Pet Activities

I’m happy to say that the environmentally friendly biz FloWater has returned to the island. Young entrepreneur and Kauai native Wyatt Taubman re-installed FloWater refill stations at Ching Young Village Center in Hanalei and at North Shore General Store in Princeville Shopping Center. Island School is another soon-to-be location. The stations allow people to fill […]

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Things That Go Bump On Our Roads

Grrrrr — that’s the polite version of what I say to myself as I dodge potholes on my way to various activities across the island. I don’t mind a few bumps and bruises on the roadways every now and again, but these are the same obstacles I’ve been avoiding for several years. I know there […]

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Time To Prepare For An Emergency

There’s something about the South Shore that I find endearing. Maybe it’s that I can be driving in a downpour heading toward Koloa one moment, and approximately 10 minutes later, be greeted by Poipu’s bright-blue skies. But even though the days are almost always sunny Southside, that doesn’t mean the cactus-strewn neighborhood is immune to […]