Letters: church tower, bike paths, beach access, beverage tax, underage drinking, Russian vodka, etc.

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Kaʻahumanu Church in Wailuku needs help restoring the church tower

Ka’ahumanu Church is set to launch a fundraising campaign on March 3 at 10 a.m. to raise funds to restore the church tower which has been in need of care and maintenance for many years. The kickoff will begin with the presentation of a check for $10,000 from Pastor Marocco and Kings Cathedral.

Ka’ahumanu Church is located in Wailuku Historic District 3 and is integral to the history of Maui and Wailuku, which predates missionaries and the church.

For the past two years, even during the pandemic, the church has been blessed with work done by Architects Hawaii. The congregation has also applied to the Hawaii State Legislature for a GIA/CIP grant and continues to research and apply for other sources of funding.

How can I help you? Share our story. Contact our state representatives. Share your stories, ideas and thoughts with us. Contact Kahu Wayne Higa at [email protected] for more information. —Wayne Higa, Kihei

Kula bike paths need maintenance after storms

I enjoy a cycle path where I only spend a short time on the upper Kula road. It seems the county has given up on maintaining this road, including the bike path that has been so carefully surveyed, cleared and paved.

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We all know there’s been a terrible storm over the past two months, but this is getting ridiculous. In the bike path, there are piles of debris forcing cyclists to hit the road; garage bins blocking the entire lane (7 days a week) that force users to hit the road; an open one-lane section requiring users to take to the road; and drivers who eagerly enter that lane from the other direction without yielding (even though they can clearly see a driver occupying the lane but are happy to force you off the road as they yell at you for existing) .

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I’ve been riding for over 20 years and I’ve never seen such disregard for cyclists. —Lori de Crinis, Kula

Promoting Russian minds is inappropriate now with the invasion of Ukraine

I was in the Safeway store in Lahaina (this week) and saw a very large promotion/signage very prominently in the front of the store, promoting Smirnoff Russian Vodka. This is highly inappropriate at this point given Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine. — Gary Korabeck, Lahaina

Upset that Humane Society is sending animals off the island for adoption

A friend went to the Humane Society for a small dog that I found for him after his dog recently passed away. After finding a perfect match and going to adopt the dog, they tell her the dog has a 24 hour wait. He returns [a day later] and they tell her that the dog is still in the building but they are arranging an off-island adoption.

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So they use my contributions to the Society to spend money and send the dog who knows where when there is someone standing there to adopt him. Two days, two different stories. They play with people’s emotions when it comes to pets. I tried emailing the CEO, good luck with that. They will also never receive another gift from me. —Cary Math, Kula

UH research proposing 10 cent drink tax is ‘utter nonsense’

I read the dime a drink research article by the University of Hawaii. I would really like to know how they calculated this and who should pay for it. If they calculated from wholesaler sales, the only way to go, they would have to charge $2.40 for a case of beer. In retail, this would increase the price to the consumer by an additional 10 cents and in a restaurant by an additional 40 to 50 cents per beer.

If you’re trying to figure out how much a bottle/glass of wine is calculated it gets a bit more complicated and when you look at hard liquor, where you have everything from 2 ounces to 1.75 liters of a bottle (anywhere between 1-50 glasses per bottle), it really raises eyebrows.

Basically, I think the numbers are made upside down. Let’s raise $58 million. How would they know how many drinks are served and how many times the 10 cents are added or multiplied to the consumer? Complete nonsense at best. —Bernard Weber, Kahului

Kudos to County and Community Organizations for Seriously Addressing Underage Drinking

I am so proud and excited that Maui County has taken the initiative to seriously address underage drinking!

Congratulations to our Maui County Council, Police Department, and all caring organizations – like Maui Family Support Services, Maui Youth and Family Services, and the Maui Coalition for a Youth drug free – for giving respect to our children and making our community safer.

The Social Host Ordinance is an effective and courageous civil tool that helps landlords recognize that they have an important responsibility to ensure that their property is safe for all children and is not used for the drinking of young people.

Our amazing middle school, high school, and college kids from Maui, Lana’i, and Moloka’i tell us that house parties are where most underage drinking occurs, with destructive consequences, such as drunk driving, physical fights, sexual relations. assaults, legal problems and alcohol poisoning.

Yes, we need more education, like Maui Economic Opportunity’s Underage Drinking Prevention Program, but we also need to create a safe environment. Life is hard enough for our young people, who are under the pressure of alcohol advertising, the need to conform or prove their worth, and face an uncertain future. With the Maui Social Host Ordinance, we recognize that our children cannot do it alone and that adults must ensure that Maui’s youth are seen, valued and protected, even at parties.

As a former teenage drinker, retired Hawaiian public school teacher, and perinatal addiction professional, I can attest that underage drinkers have a harder time building meaningful lives for themselves and, eventually, for their children.

I care about the long-term effects of alcohol on children: on their developing brains, on their normal growth and sexual development, on starting illegal activities early, and on creating trouble and heartache between them. and their parents, schools, coaches, kumus and other beloved ones. friends. It’s going to be a really good year with Maui’s social host ordinance in place. —Laurie Tanner, Kihei

Speed ​​bump needed where children play along Kokomo Road in Haʻikū

Aloha to all who use the playground and other areas along the route of Kokomo,[quiressembleplusàl’autorouteallemande)Pourallerde50à70millesàl’heureonpeuttoujoursgérerlespetitsralentisseursenbasdelarouteetpuisc’estàfondderattraper10minutesn’importeoùPourquoinepasajouterundosd’âneàl’endroitoùlesenfantsjouent?Lalimitedevitesseestde30maisvousserezdépasséetsaluéd’undoigt[whichismorelikeGermany’sAutobahn)Togo50to70milesanhouryoucanalwaysmanagethesmallspeedbumpsatthebottomoftheroadandthenitisfullblasttomakeup10minutestowhereeverWhynotaddaspeedbumpbywherethekidsplay?Thespeedlimitis30butyouwillbepassedandwavedatwithonefinger[quiressembleplusàl’autorouteallemande)Pourallerde50à70millesàl’heureonpeuttoujoursgérerlespetitsralentisseursenbasdelarouteetpuisc’estàfondderattraper10minutesn’importeoùPourquoinepasajouterundosd’âneàl’endroitoùlesenfantsjouent?Lalimitedevitesseestde30maisvousserezdépasséetsaluéd’undoigt[whichismorelikeGermany’sAutobahn)Togo50to70milesanhouryoucanalwaysmanagethesmallspeedbumpsatthebottomoftheroadandthenitisfullblasttomakeup10minutestowhereeverWhynotaddaspeedbumpbywherethekidsplay?Thespeedlimitis30butyouwillbepassedandwavedatwithonefinger— Ron Deppe, Ha’ikū

Parking and beach access ‘to be removed, little by little, every day’

Parking and beach access are slowly being removed, bit by bit, every day. New ‘No Parking’ signs near Baby Beach on Kealakahi Place in Sprecklesville may not be legal. First the public parking lot was blocked with stones, and now the street parking is abolished; all for the comfort of residents.

Maui residents pay money to live on this island with the understanding that there should be equal access to these beaches. I can understand signs that say “No parking after certain hours” if the goal is theft and crime prevention. However, daytime beach access parking should not be prohibited when space is available. — Katie Brown, Pa’ia

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