Letters: Individuals should not journey except it is vital; We misplaced the foresight to do higher in Hawaii. Do not forgive and neglect concerning the Kauai boss’s feedback

Just because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated people can travel doesn’t mean they should travel. According to the CDC, non-essential travel is currently strongly discouraged.

I understand that getting our visitors back to Hawaii is vital to our island economy, but we need to be careful with the surge in COVID-19 cases on the mainland. Our heads of state say the rise in cases here is mostly local, mostly due to people relaxing the rules prematurely, but until we can really verify people’s vaccination status, I’m not sure we should push for more visitors.

The picture of Waikiki in the Sunday paper was a great example for most visitors who didn’t wear masks or social distancing (“Tourism is increasing but will it stay?” Star Advertiser, April 4th).

Visitors I spoke to about not masking believe they don’t have to follow the rules because they took a test or are vaccinated. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to care about us locals.

Mary Rydell


We have lost the foresight to do better in Hawaii

I agree with John Misailidis (“Mitigate the Impact of Tourism Before It’s Too Late,” Star Advertiser, Letters, April 2nd). We in Hawaii have been the victims of ill thinking, foresight, and law and regulation enforcement for far too long.

We are no further than so many years ago and we are still throwing ridiculous amounts of money that we do not have into the terminally ill railway project and no further in innovative thinking to expand our economy with new and possible ideas.

Take a stroll in Waikiki these days and wonder who allows tourists to return in droves without a mask. Who enforces the mask mandate that we supposedly have?

What is going on here? Our COVID-19 numbers are rising again after doing so well. Shame on us.

Mary J. Culvyhouse


Grandchildren won’t know old Hawaii

I remember old Hawaii. I liked old Hawaii. We roamed the beaches without fear, had unmasked barbecues in the park with our families, our children playing and on Sundays in praying churches. Isn’t it funny how we keep spending our grandchildren’s money on our national debt and a rail they can never afford to drive?

But the saddest thing of all is that they will never get to know old Hawaii. Nor will they respect and honor us as much as we respect and honor our ancestors. The Democrats have led us for years – maybe it’s time for a change.

Bob Brown


Calling the UI line is an exercise in frustration and disgust

The process of inducing unemployment is a farce and causes anger. My coworker recently called over 200 times. She had to listen to the entire two-minute game with four options before choosing option 1. The auto answer didn’t recognize “1” 90% of the time, so it had to repeat, repeat, repeat.

Then she received a message that “all agents are busy, please try again later” and the line was disconnected. She had to start over.

Why can’t this system take a phone number and call people back on the first try? Airlines do it, banks do it. A few weeks ago the newspaper reported that there were more than 200,000 calls a day. Naturally. A person literally has to call hundreds of times to even get on hold, and even then they often can’t get through. Disgusting.

Sidney Lynch


Get your B vitamin from healthy foods

Your short article on B vitamins (Star Advertiser, Healthy Living, April 5) surprised me. There was no constructive criticism of the information or the accompanying photo.

Among the little information about B vitamins was a photo of a pile of pills, which means that one must take dietary supplements to get these essential vitamins. The best sources of B vitamins are meat (including fish), whole grains, beans, and leafy greens. Let’s not perpetuate the American over-medication problem.

Admittedly, additions may be necessary in the case of a documented deficiency. Otherwise, you are investing in unprocessed whole foods and you will be consuming an abundance of B vitamins. Make every food choice nutritious.

Anne Wheelock


Don’t forgive and forget about the Kauai boss’s comments

With anti-Asian violence mounting across America today, the recent apparent mockery of Kauai Police Chief Todd Raybuck against Asians was shocking. March). From a government official here in Hawaii?

Derek Kawakami’s Mayor of Kauai poured salt on the wound and poured salt on the wound. It added insult to the injury.

My assessment of Kawakami sank. He portrayed the stereotypical image of Asians as being overly meek and unwittingly sparked further violence against Asians, which too often has met with impunity.

Wally Takeshi Fukunaga



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