Think About It: Kauai Concerns - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News Now, Local Programming

April 23, 2018

Think About It: Kauai Concerns

The question now for Kauai's north shore and other areas there is "what's next"? Where will the money come from to better situate roadways and drainage systems before the next big storm? How will engineers design systems to better prepare for overflowing rivers- whether through building berms or providing stronger and more consistent egress for drainage. And how quickly can design, funding, and building be implemented?

 

The incredible outreach of neighbors and others to provide food, clothing, water, and shelter immediately after the deluge on Kauai this month shows what a great and connected community there is on the Garden Island. It's not just the topography on our westernmost island that's so lush and rich, it's the quality of the people themselves; giving and sharing while facing adversity with ingenuity and through immediate action. But now it's time for officials to make sure quickly that shelters do not become islands themselves, that vehicular access is more readily available through re-design and perhaps re-direction of some waterways.

 

Kauai has felt the brunt of some of our worst storms over the past 40-years and bounced back with a resiliency that is to be admired. But Kauai should not be left alone like some poor, third world entity looking for help. Like all of our at-risk islands, Kauai needs planning and funding now, today, from Lihue to Hanalei and beyond, to help ensure that while nature works on its own schedule, people in charge must quickly provide the best answers and plans to minimize damage and trauma via intelligence, local and federal funding, and decisive action. Think about it…

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