Letters 2-1-14


An idea for former Keauhou Beach Hotel

Some folks continue to wonder about the happenings with the “used to be” Keauhou Beach Hotel.

I say, why not convert that still very useful complex into a convalescent home for those of Hawaiian ancestry. After all, the complex is there and is still in very good condition while being located in and around a partially sacred area with a great proximity to the ocean.

The landscaping of the area for the Kamehameha Schools outreach programs would fit in perfectly with a rest home’s need for open space. Lets think about it before it is too late.

Hugo von Platen Luder

Holualoa

KVBID improving areas of village

Mahalo to Karen Kloepping for her recent letter to the editor, which ran in the Jan. 27 edition of the West Hawaii Today, discussing her thoughts on the farmers market located on private property on Alii Drive.

While we agree more can be done to beautify private property in and around the village, the mission of Kailua Village Business Improvement District focuses on public space enhancements.

Since KVBID began services in 2008, the physical appearance and general ambience in and around Kailua Village has noticeably upgraded. KVBID crews are cleaning public sidewalks, planters and streetscape on a daily schedule. We work closely with the county Public Works Department to systematically identify and correct street light outages, degradation of roadway surfaces and sidewalk hazards along with ongoing graffiti removal.

In addition to producing a calendar of 2014 special events and festivities designed to add vibrancy for residents and visitors, KVBID has recently engaged a lighting designer to develop a thematic heritage lighting plan that will help showcase our historic landmarks and illuminate shadowy areas.

Economic development stalled across the country during the recession, yet landowners have made remarkable private investments throughout Kailua Village, including significant hotel renovations, new commercial centers, banks and office buildings, new restaurants and even a new road — Maa Way. Presently, a new hotel and a new church building are under construction.

There is still much to be done and we continue to plan for improvements.

Eric von Platen Luder

President

Kailua Village Business Improvement District