A bad idea
Turning the Banyan Drive leases over to the county ranks right up with turning Hapuna Beach Park over to the county: It’s a really bad idea.
How well would the county take care of Hapuna? Just look at the years of undone maintenance on our decrepit, decaying county parks. The only things well-maintained are the county executive offices.
The mayor wants to keep the money generated from the leases to “improve” Banyan Drive. Nowhere does he say all the money from the leases would be spent just on Banyan Drive.
Same goes from the fees from Hapuna.
This is just another money grab by the county to hire more union workers.
Who’s the “brains” behind this? This bill started out as a way to give the county the Banyan roadway (which it already owns), then it went to the wrong committee and ends up as a transfer bill.
This should be a major clue as to how they’re gonna screw this up. The Department of Land and Natural Resources may be incompetent, but the county’s record makes them look good (admittedly, that is a very low scale.)
Auwe! I am both disgusted and disappointed that Rep. Faye Hanohano’s racist and bigoted comments were aimed at a civil servant — those she has sworn to protect, defend and represent (Tribune-Herald, March 1).
She deserves to make more than an apology. She should resign in shame and spend the rest of her days making amends for the hatred she spewed that day. Where is her integrity?
There are a lot of us “Haoles, Japs, Parenges and Pakes” who also claim this state as our birthright or our adopted home. We are no less “Hawaiian” than those with mostly mixed ethnic ancestry that claim “native” blood.
Perhaps she should embrace Honolulu Museum of Art Founder Anna Rice Cooke’s dedication statement: “That our children of many nationalities and races, born far from the centers of art, may receive an intimation of their own cultural legacy and wake to the ideals embodied in the arts of their neighbors … that Hawaiians, Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Koreans, Filipinos, Northern Europeans and all other people living here, contacting through the channel of art those deep intuitions common to all, may perceive a foundation on which a new culture, enriched by the old strains may be built in the islands.”
There is no place in America or Hawaii for racism like hers.
Charlene Miller Aldinger