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Letters for Sunday, June 9, 2019

Best to limit house sizes

Thirty years ago I attended an exchange program at UH Manoa. Last year, I went to Hanalei to vacation with my family.

What I saw on both Oahu and Kauai was disturbing to me. There has been so much development. So when I recently read Sue Wilson’s letter, “Home doesn’t belong on ridge,” I figured I’d write, too.

I spent 15 years making a film (“One Big Home”) that follows the efforts in my town (on Martha’s Vineyard island) to limit house size. We learned that there is no downside to setting reasonable limits on house size. The jobs remain, property values are maintained, and the landscape remains more in tact.

As a former carpenter, I can tell you that many, many tradespeople prefer building smaller homes that fit into the community.

Thomas Bena, Chilmark, Mass.

Queen’s Bath changes meant for safety reasons

I am writing in response to the recent article on Queen’s Bath, “Gateway to Problems,” by Jessica Else (TGI June 1).

I am on the Princeville neighborhood committee attempting to find solutions to those problems. It was not mentioned that the main recommendation of the committee was to limit parking and reserve just three to six spaces for local fishermen who could obtain a temporary sticker at the PHCA (Princeville Hanalei Community Association) office.

This would restore parking to its original intended use. This would not restrict anyone from walking or being shuttled in. This would hopefully slow down the “out-of-shape” or less-serious visitors (including, we would hope, families with small children).

There is also a far greater reason for doing this. Local people save tourists’ lives. I have personally witnessed this in dozens of cases when tourists are given lifesaving advice. Maintaining a mix of ocean-experienced locals and tourists is an essential ingredient in ocean safety.

Unfortunately, this is seldom happening. I can see the trailhead (and unsightly fence) from my window. The reason residents are avoiding QB is, first, it is crowded, there is no parking, and thus they are discouraged from coming. I believe locals are more respectful of the closed signs, whereas this has not slowed down visitors at all.

C. Ian Miles, Princeville

Overhead walkway needed in accident area

Regarding TGI story, “Eleele teen hit by a vehicle.” This accident was at Mahea Road and Kaumualii Highway. It said that the teen was attempting to cross the highway when a vehicle hit him. It also states that the teen wasn’t in a crosswalk.

However, by 6:30 a.m. it is fully lighted (now that we are in the summer months). So, what is the reason for the driver not to see the teen?

My next question is, since when is it OK to hit/run over a person not in a crosswalk?

This accident could have been prevented if there was an overhead walkway in that area. How many more accidents or possible deaths have to happen before HDOT and Kauai County get an overhead walkway before school starts up again?

Howard Tolbe, Eleele
Source: The Garden Island

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