I never thought anyone would actually buy a lot and build in Kealia Kai, but the McMansions are finally going up, offering that coveted ocean view — if you don’t mind lookin’ at the highway, too.
The first megahouse is visible coming and going, and when I initially saw it, I thought it was a pavilion, or community center. Then I remembered, oh yeah, they don’t have those in faux ag subdivisions. Now earth is being moved to create more supersized building pads.
A sight that did please me was a state road crew putting asphalt under the guard rail at Kalihiwai. I figured they must be doing it to keep the weeds away — and that could mean less Round-up sprayed along the roadside. One can only hope.
Less pleasing was that gnarly steep driveway being gouged into the hillside at the bend in Anini Road. I had to go check it out after Kaimi said it looked like another Pilaa-kine landslide waiting to happen, sending tons of soil onto the reef, and that’s a favorite local fishing spot, too. They’re exposing a helluva lot of dirt, just so somebody can literally claw their way to the top and build yet another house that will be oversized and under-occupied.
At least the public can see that dirt being moved. The “negotiations” between the Lege, Lingle Administration and Hawaii Superferry are all being done in private.
What’s the point of having public hearings if they’ve already hammered out in secret a bill they know the majority will approve? Kind of like, what’s the point of doing an EIS if you’ve already allowed the environmental impacts to occur?
Why don’t they do their wheeling and dealing in public, so we can know what’s really going on, instead of having to rely on canned comments made to the media?
Oh, right, because then we would know what’s really going on.
On the home front, Surfrider Foundation is collecting donations to help pay legal expenses for those arrested in the Superferry standoff. You can send checks to PO Box 819, Waimea, 96796. So far as I know, only Gilbert Nieto has gotten his surfboard back, and it wasn’t from the cops. Somebody took it home after Gilbert got arrested at the harbor , then tracked him down through the coconut wireless.
Those who attended the opening night of Linda Lingle takes on Kauai know it was riveting political theater. If you missed it, don’t despair. Local playwright and filmmaker Koohan "Camera" Paik, who created the oft-visited “Discover Kauai” video on You Tube, is planning to stage a repeat performance entitled “The Aina Monologues.”
Paik found the meeting “electrifying” and was intrigued by the rich cast of characters and many points of view expressed. She spent four days transcribing testimony from the meeting — the video can be found on Lingle’s website — to glean the best bits, and will be holding auditions on Saturday afternoon.
“I want it to bring us together as an island, not separate us,” she said. “It’s just so relevant. That’s what’s pushing me forward.”