Letters: Casinos Can Increase Hawaii’s Economic system; We’re blessed to stay in stunning Hawaii. Be pleased about your mother and father and kin
I must agree with Tyler Gomes: It is time for Hawaii to step out of its comfort zone and kickstart the economy (“Proposed Kapolei Casino survives a close vote to move forward,” Star Advertiser, Dec 23).
It is time to have casinos on all the islands. Hawaii people love to play. In addition, we can no longer depend solely on tourism.
Hawaiian homelands must be used effectively to generate income and affordable housing for the Hawaiians who waited and died without getting a homestead.
Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the nation and is dependent on imports. What do we have to lose?
What Tyler Gomes envisions will be good for Hawaii’s growth.
HPD does not enforce rules at family gatherings
My neighbors have shown how easy it is to break COVID-19 Tier 2 regulations with the help of the Honolulu Police Department.
Big, loud party? Do not worry. Just tell HPD, “Hey, we’re family!” Two hours after one call to the COVID-19 hotline and three calls to HPD, a police officer who walked away from the party and reported on his radio: “You are family members.”
Don’t worry, Mayor Caldwell, all of us, Aunt, Uncle, and Keiki can party the whole holiday and HPD will go away without bothering to write a ticket. All an ohana, right? This is on the watch of Susan Ballard, Honolulu Police Chief.
Oh, I have to close my windows to sleep tonight and pray for our health workers who are further burdened by this negligence.
Nonprofits deserve praise and support
I’d like to thank the staff, boards of directors, and volunteers from nonprofits here in Hawaii. I’m afraid a lot of people just expect nonprofits to provide the services they need on a never-ending continuum. I fear that many of us do not realize or are unaware of the hard work and sacrifice that these service providers and their agents make on a daily basis.
I fear even more that these nonprofits do not have enough resources to continue to do their best or make important differences. Please allay my fears and donate now to your favorite charity.
We are blessed to live in beautiful Hawaii
We have the trade winds trading COVID air with fresh, clean breezes from afar.
We have the ocean that allows us to see a horizon from our safe islands with exotic lands beyond.
We have every religion in the world among us that reflects our souls, surrounded by a leu of different paths to God.
We have lovely, graceful, and lovely wahines and strong, handsome Kane with soft hearts playing the strings.
We have mountains to climb our heiau and chew our luau.
We have the streams that fill our artesian wells to wash our keiki, feed our taro, and water our animals.
We have our many minorities from every continent who make up our only majority.
We have most of the world’s languages forming a symphony around us.
We have Aloha, that is the felt but invisible cohesion among our peoples.
We have a merry christmas
We have Hawaii.
Be grateful for your parents and relatives
With this pandemic and a questionable future return to normal, my sister Pat, 81, and I (80) are persistent and blessed as we enjoy our children and grandchildren. My sincere wish to the young students, including Pat’s and my college graduate grandchildren, is to be attentive and grateful to their parents and relatives as they stand behind them all of their precious lives.
There is a saying: “Parents are child protection and shelter.” In the meantime, let’s have faith and patience in this world to demonstrate KFC: kindness, forgiveness, and compassion.
Lead tourism on a more sustainable path
Hawaii had more than 10 million tourists a year before the pandemic. There are far too many. Tourism should be geared towards a more sustainable path.
Too much tax money is being spent promoting Hawaiian tourism around the world. The 2020 budget for the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), funded by taxpayers’ money, is $ 86.7 million, which has been reduced to $ 48.6 million for 2021. China, Taiwan and other parts of the world.
Hawaii is wasting tax dollars promoting tourism because the tourism industry is doing enough of it itself. The HTA money was to be used for purposes that benefit Hawaii, such as reducing scheduled vacation days for class teachers in public schools.
A hopeful 2021
With the end of a turbulent year 2020, one wishes a “Happy New Year!” Seem more heartfelt than ever.
What are your hopes and dreams for 2021? Let us know in a letter (max. 150 words) or an essay (500-600 words). Email to [email protected]; or send to 500 Ala Moana Blvd. # 7-210, Honolulu 96813, c / o Letters. The deadline ends on December 30th at 5 p.m. A collection of these runs on January 3rd.