Letters 1-27-14


Big Island police helpful, courteous

The Big Island is starting to feel like home for my wife and I. For the past two years we have spent a month on Hawaii dividing our time equally between the Kailua-Kona area and the Hawi and Kapaau area.

One of the many highlights for us has been how courteously we have been treated by Hawaii Island police. Arriving late at night last year we missed the Palani Road turn off coming from the airport and an officer kindly helped us go on our way correctly.

Recently, this year on our way to the airport for our departure, we were again pulled over by an officer and when he saw that we were in a rental car helped us put on the car’s headlights, which we thought were already on but were in the daytime mode.

Things like this strengthens our belief that there are only two kinds of people in the world, those who live on the Big Island and those who wish they could.

Last night, we booked our tickets for our trip to the Big Island.

Bill and Lois Brymer

West Vancouver, British Columbia

Let’s clean up the farmers market

As a 14-year resident of Kailua-Kona, this note is in response to the Kailua Village Business Improvement District plans article in the Jan. 11 edition of West Hawaii Today.

“The Kailua Village Business Improvement District is tasked with making historic Kailua Village a better place to live, work, play and invest,” the article stated.

The main thing that needs to be cleaned up is the farmers market. Every day I drive or walk past, it reminds me of a Third World country with all its ragtag tarps and sundry umbrellas. These torn tarps tied haphazardly to any available tree branch are one of the first impressions visitors see as they walk through the farmers market to find that coveted, inexpensive Hawaiian souvenir.

It is way beyond time to tear these filthy tarps down and make the farmers market a thing of beauty, showing off one of the many activities Kailua-Kona has to offer to all our visitors.

Karen Kloepping

Kailua-Kona