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Letters for Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Living and giving on Kaua‘i

Dr. Bulosan, your March 28 tribute to women and especially to your Grandma and Aunty, was so moving. I could feel the truth spoken from the depths of your heart. Mahalo nui loa.

I, too, was blessed by living close to grandparents, uncles and aunts (mainland for “Aunty”). Those were the days I could get off the school bus at any one of their homes. My favorite aunt loved me unconditionally, and listened attentively to me during my rebellious teenage years. Like you, my aunt’s impact on my life is astronomical.

One of the many reasons my husband and I chose Kaua‘i to live in the second half of our lives is because of the palpable love on this island, from the strong bonds among those who grew up here to the many visitors who come to celebrate milestones of love. I am especially grateful to live where we respect our elders and honor them for their longer life experiences.

There are so many opportunities to serve our kupuna! I volunteer for one of them, NourishKauai.org, where I help to compile the organic vegetables delivered fresh from local farms, along with Hawaiian-grown meats and seafood, and help to distribute the resulting meal kits to kupuna all over our beautiful island. I feel so blessed to live and to give on Kaua‘i.

Thank you, Dr. Bulosan, for making your Grandma and Aunty proud by embodying the characteristics of the whole person you so generously attributed to women in your letter to the editor.

Marian Head, Kapa‘a

Kaua‘i could be cleaner

Great tourists from the U.S. and many nations come to visit Kaua‘i. Likewise, the great Native Hawaiian culture and a mix of many fantastic people, including very nice homeless people, make up Kaua‘i.

Recently, some pictures were shown to me of what a mess the public bathrooms are at Waimea Canyon State Park. This represents a health hazard and is disrespecting of all, including tourists, who bring much wealth and joy to Kaua‘i.

Some attention by Kaua‘i should be made to cleaning up these public bathrooms. Cleanliness is next to godliness.

Will Davis, Lihu‘e

Applause to PETA

There are serious problems in the world that deserve our attention.

Cruelty to animals is one of them (“Prosecutors have better things to do than hassle slaughterhouse,” March 25). That’s why I applaud PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) for calling out slaughterhouse workers who repeatedly shot cattle in the head.

Such abuse is cruel and unnecessary, and PETA staffers are “working their okoles off” to stop it.

We should all be compassionate and strive to alleviate animal suffering. The best way to help animals is to stop eating them. And when everyone goes vegan, prosecutors won’t have to worry about cruelty to animals in slaughterhouses.

Sincerely,

Jade Napierala, Mililani
Source: The Garden Island

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