I have to heartily agree with Mr. Peter Goostev, who wrote in the April 4 Tribune-Herald about the noise of overhead helicopters in a neighborhood like ours.
This issue has been going on for years, and as I see it, no one in government wants to do anything to help us. The Federal Aviation Administration is aware of the complaints, but will give you a reply like, “Get a description of the aircraft, and if it is flying unsafely, we can do something about it.”
Local officials can’t seem to pass an ordinance that would prohibit these overflights from circling over our homes and creating the kind of noise that they do. We on the ground have worked hard to have our homes, but all quality of life has been diminished because of the greedy tour companies intent on wowing the tourist with yet another waterfall, to the dismay of the residents below who have to hear the barrage so many times in one hour.
It would appear that the only ones who can put an end to this are the dear tourists, who could say, “I’d like to see the volcano, but no need to circle over the homes near the river just to see a waterfall.”
We want to send a shout out to the county for all the good work that has been done to put a new shine on historic downtown Hilo.
In the run up to this week’s 50th anniversary Merrie Monarch Festival, Hilo’s downtown is looking better than it has in years.
We have a newly renovated Mo‘oheau bus depot and restrooms that serves hundreds of residents and visitors every day. The parking lot near the depot not only got repaved, but new stripping added 19 much needed eight-hour stalls for the folks who work and shop in downtown daily.
The fish pond at Kalakaua Park got cleaned and has a new lease on life. Trees are trimmed, banners are up on the street, interpretive signs have been put back in place, and new safety devices are in place at some of our busiest pedestrian crossings.
There is always more to do, but this is a chance to stop and appreciate what has been done.
Thanks to Mayor Billy Kenoi and to the many county workers, contractors and volunteers who helped spruce up downtown. Thanks, too, to the great team of committed volunteers who make the Merrie Monarch happen every year.
On behalf of the board and membership of the Downtown Improvement Association and the business people who call downtown “home”… thank you for all you have done!
Downtown Improvement Association President
Mayor Billy Kenoi doesn’t deserve a $22,000 raise. He’s barely been visible since being re-elected in a “squeaker” over Harry Kim. Remember when Kenoi was … at every event under the sun before the November election?
Meanwhile, Kim has been everywhere, leading the fight against Act 97 (geothermal).