Gov. David Ige reportedly scolded state senators who visited the Division of Well being to acquire first-hand details about touch tracing staffing and operations, accusing them of being “neither respectful nor suitable.”

I might opine that apparently from media studies that the Well being Division has misled the general public about its skill to control touch tracing. Such conduct is significantly extra disrespectful and irrelevant.

Well being Director Bruce Anderson and state epidemiologist Sarah Park must be assigned circumstances to touch hint.

Cyrus Siu



Closure of neighborhood gardens shortsighted

The latest COVID-19 shutdown contains neighborhood gardens (“Oahu seashores, parks and staff sports activities can be halted another time,” Megastar-Advertiser, Aug. 7). Those that have registered lawn plots will now not be capable of legally generally tend their crops and get entry to meals they have got invested money and time into rising.

This, in fact, is a time when many of those gardeners is also out of labor and want the meals from their gardens greater than ever earlier than. Desiring to do extra searching for meals may just in reality building up the chance of COVID-19.

Indisputably, suitable bodily distancing, dressed in of face coverings, and now not congregating in teams all make sense and must be enforced. Alternatively, closure of the gardens is shortsighted.

Alan Titchenal

Diamond Head


Handi-Van carrier isn’t good enough for COVID-19

On this time of pandemic, in a global of combined messages, I in finding myself utterly perplexed. At the one hand, we have now the mayor and his minions not easy that we put on mask and social distance. Those requests had been made with the concept it could offer protection to seniors with underlying prerequisites, which come with myself and my spouse of greater than 25 years.

Lately we contacted Handi-Van to prepare transportation to an area grocery retailer. We had been stunned to be informed that Handi-Van crowds its vehicles, which makes social distancing not possible. Handi-Van additionally calls for that every one passengers put on a masks. What are the ones with respiring difficulties to do? What about the ones on oxygen, which makes mask or face coverings impractical?

On account of this misdirected teach of concept, my spouse has now not left house since March.

In different jurisdictions around the nation, vehicles pick out up as few a unmarried passenger at a time and a few be offering unfastened rides throughout COVID-19. Issues should trade so our seniors aren’t held captive by means of antiquated laws.

Charlie Doremus



Older surfers want nearer get entry to to sea coast

Seaside parks are last once more; auwe! For many people browsing elders, the last of sea coast parking rather a lot is inhibiting our surf get entry to.

On account of our complicated age and our longboards, it may be relatively a schlepp from side road parking in some beach-area community to our selected surf spot. For our children, with their 8-foot gliders, they are able to very easily arrange an extended stroll to a brief surf. And the grandkids, with at all times and effort on this planet, with mild little forums, no downside.

However take into accounts us uncles! We have now canine, cats, children, grandkids, jobs, volunteer responsibilities and other halves, all looking forward to us when we’ve had a couple of waves and a bath. We’re now not going to laze round at the sand.

To cite Phil Edwards, “The sea coast is solely one thing that you simply go to get to the surf.”

Please, patrol the seashores, however unlock the automobile parks.

Henry Trapido-Rosenthal



Open Ala Moana park for early walkers

I’m 73 half years previous and, for the closing 5 years, I’ve been riding to Ala Moana Regional Park at five a.m. to stroll five miles round Magic Island. I move dozens of alternative senior electorate who come to do the similar, respecting bodily distancing and retaining to themselves, most commonly dressed in mask.

It’s thus very unhappy to have this taken clear of us with the closure of the park. This strolling workout for this crew of most commonly senior electorate is a life-saving workout. Staying at house and dropping your mobility and versatility even for 2 weeks could have severe penalties.

Discovering different puts to stroll throughout this time requires crossing streets, bypassing homeless other people looking to sleep, navigating asymmetric terrain and a degree of discomfort and threat.

If most effective the park might be open for strolling between the hours of four:30 a.m. to nine a.m. Please.

David Easa



Imagine renaming the city of Captain Cook dinner

The craziness of cancel tradition is one thing I don’t beef up. The rewriting of historical past is a deadly trail. Alternatively, in mild of all this, I believe one little bit of historical past must be thought to be: town of Captain Cook dinner.

For the previous 45 years, with the Hokule‘a and the Polynesian Voyaging Society, it’s transparent that Capt. James Cook dinner must now not be venerated for merely crusing into Kealakekua Bay whilst en path to discover a northern passage again to Europe. It’s been established that the Polynesians had explored the Americas lengthy earlier than Cook dinner arrived — in all probability even up to 500 or extra years earlier than.

So in mild of adjustments taking place now, some to proper wrongs and others out of defiance, I consider that the tale of Cook dinner’s “rediscovery” is unsuitable and that we must honor the real tale of Kealakekua Bay and West Hawaii. A method could be to rename town of Captain Cook dinner to one thing extra suitable.

Ned McMahon

Captain Cook dinner


Mother or father corporate must bail out Younger Bros.

I used to be stunned and dismayed to learn the Megastar-Advertiser give a 2d (inside a couple of weeks) unfastened misleading “commercial” for bailing out Younger Brothers (“Younger Brothers wishes a lifeline From the PUC to stick afloat,” Island Voices, Aug. 13).

It additionally was once lately reported that Younger Brothers’ mother or father corporate earned an enormous benefit. It’s felony to invite for a bailout when there are such a large amount of small companies and people preventing for survival and short of help. That will be like a circle of relatives with two companies had a slight loss in a single small industry whilst the opposite, some distance better industry, had an enormous benefit — leaving the total monetary state of affairs of the circle of relatives financially sound. But the circle of relatives pleads for help on the expense of serving to the various households and small companies suffering to slightly live to tell the tale in those tough instances.

Bob Karman

Hawaii Kai


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