Category: Editorials

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A Day Of Peace In Hanapepe

“Peace on Earth” seems like such a far-fetched concept, yet it’s something most of us yearn for. It’s baffling how something that, in theory, is so easily obtainable if we all just learned to agree to disagree, but is so challenging in reality because we have such a hard time accepting that not everyone has […]

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Marathon Continues To Grow

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Kauai Marathon and Half Marathon Aug. 31. This year’s sixth annual run featured nearly 2,000 participants from around the world, including more than 900 from Hawaii, of which almost 700 were from Kauai. I always am amazed by the athletic ability and endurance of marathoners, and give […]

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Something About Majestic Trees

I was saddened that one of my favorite trees on the island has seen its final days. The sweeping umbrella branches and gently rustling leaves of this monkeypod — that never failed to lift my spirits or lull me to sleep — were distressingly chainsawed limb by beautiful limb last month. Though I’ve been touted […]

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Seeking Safer Streets On Kauai

I love going for a jog or a walk at the beginning or end of a long day. It’s such a great emotional and physical release, and never fails to lift my spirits. Unfortunately, I find that the island is largely inhospitable to those on foot (or on a bike). Except for Kauai Path in […]

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Thankful To Escape Iselle’s Winds

Thankfully, Kauai escaped the predicted wrath of Hurricane Iselle almost without a scratch. I wonder what will happen to all those plastic water bottles scooped up from store shelves so fervently during the days preceding the tropical system’s arrival? It wasn’t long ago we used to rely on tap water (remember that stuff?) to fill […]

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A Good Reason To Leash Your Dogs

More Kauai wildlife has suffered at the hands of irresponsible dog owners. Leash-less pooches recently killed a baby monk seal while injuring its mother trying to protect her offspring. When we look at the cold, hard facts of this matter, it points to a life that was needlessly lost and a beautiful motherly instinct to […]

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New Workforce Housing On Its Way

Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs — messing up the scenery. Political signage is in full abundance this year, creating quite an eyesore to passersby. Now, I don’t mind an occasional tasteful sign here and there to let us know who’s running for office, but some of the campaigns this year are seriously out of […]

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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 […]