Work together to solve problems
I was very disappointed to read the anonymous letter in the May 3 Lahaina News under the heading of "Improve security at Lahainaluna." Not only did this unnamed individual disparage the security staff but every teacher at the school as well. I also noticed that the writer pointed out cases of bullying but did not say what he or she has done to help the situation. Finally, in a case of hyperbole, the writer states that his or her generation is bringing an end to the world?
I am not writing today to say that Lahainaluna is perfect. What I would like to say is that in order to bring positive change to any situation, we need personal accountability and collective effort. Instead of finger pointing and exaggerating, I think we should be looking for ways that each of us can help. The community, students and staff and alumni are what make Lahainaluna such a special place. All of us working together will make sure that it continues to be for many years to come.
Bullying at school is everyone's problem
In response to the letter about the lack of follow-through with Lahainaluna High School security and bullying, mahalo nui loa to the student for writing in about her concern. Hopefully, it will inspire others to take a stand and promote change.
I do not believe that safety as a whole or bullying problems on the Lahainaluna High School campus or any school campus can solely be blamed on the actions of security. Any problem we have on campus (bullying, drugs, inappropriate clothing or behaviors, truancy, etc.) cannot be blamed on one or two people. It is a collective problem - the parents, students, teachers and staff, principals and administration, Department of Education institution itself, state funding, decomposition of culture and values. It is essentially EVERYONE's problem, and somehow, someway, everyone has contributed to it.
The values we teach our children - not reporting problems, not holding others accountable and maybe the lack of support for others - are just a few ways people have contributed to rising dilemmas. If we have parents lacking role modeling positive behaviors, teachers not reporting problems, and administration not supporting people or programs that can bring about positive change, well, no wonder we have problems.
I believe the student who wrote in is absolutely right about what is happening on campus. I am proud of her for standing up and truly being "pono." I think many of us have forgotten about what it really means. We have overused and abused "being pono" in our islands. So many people put their own personal agendas in front of their true kuleana at their jobs, in relationships and to themselves.
As a person who has worked in a school, I have seen my fair share of corruption, neglect, personal agendas, lack of safety for keiki and general degeneration of values. As a parent, I am scared. I hope that many more students, staff and teachers, parents, community members and administration will start to support each other, stand up for what is right and make changes for the common good of our keiki. This will be hard, because it will take motivation, lack of fear of retaliation, putting aside personal agendas, renewed hope and effort, but it can be done. For us to succeed, it must be done.
NAME WITHHELD BY REQUEST
What happened to the other driver?
Mahalo to the Hula Grill employees for spearheading a fundraiser for Cristina Gigiolio. Now that is the true spirit of aloha!
However, we were wondering whatever happened to the other girl who was involved in that horrific head-on collision? Did she sustain life-threatening injuries, too? It makes you wonder, because her name is never mentioned in any of the articles that reported this accident.
If you wouldn't mind printing more information, I'm sure all of us here on the West Side would appreciate the information, so we can keep her in our prayers, too!
BLAKELY JAMISON, West Maui
Is this how the council conducts business?
I just got information that one person on the Maui County Council went to another council person's office yesterday and issued a threat: if that person did not vote in favor of the first person's agenda item, then that second person would get a negative vote on another agenda item.
And this was said in the hearing presence of at least two other people. Is this what we really want in the operation of our county business? No can la dat! Shame-shame!
GORDON C. COCKETT, Lahaina
Roosters belong on farms
This letter is in response to Dr. Woodman's letter called "Roosters not a noise nuisance."
I will agree that yes, roosters are God's creatures. And, yes, that the sound of roosters crowing is a far better sound than the sound of traffic, horns and emergency vehicles. And yes, I feel very blessed that I live on this beautiful, serene island that is my home.
Where I disagree with you, Dr. Woodman, is that roosters, God's natural alarm clocks, belong on farms with farmers who, in fact, get up at the crack of dawn if not sooner to tend to their farming duties. And these farmers usually live on acreage where their nearest neighbor is an acre away - rather than only ten feet away!!
Here in the residential community, and on an island that's primary income source is the tourist industry, people here in town work 24/7. When I've worked a long late shift, or my husband has worked a long shift, and we face the same shift the next day, or we finally have a day off, the absolute LAST thing I want to here is a blasted rooster crowing at 4:30 in the freaking morning!!! It is rude and not neighborly at all! And these roosters don't stop. They crow ALL DAY LONG!!
I live in a residential community for a reason. If I wanted roosters, I would live on a farm.
LAURA BLACK, Lahaina
The story of the whale egg
Some years ago, I met a naive, buxom blonde at a cocktail party. She asked me how whales reproduce.
I told her with a straight face that whales came from eggs laid in the bottom of the ocean. She swallowed the story.
I decided that my story was too good to waste. I constructed a believable whale egg in my shop. It was about three feet diameter by four feet long. It looked like any regular egg, but larger, since it would have been laid by a whale.
I placed the whale egg on display in Blackie's Bar with a pseudoscientific verification that it was an authentic item. I thought that few people would believe the story, but I was wrong. Some doctors, lawyers, professors and teachers believed the whale egg was real.
Later on, the buxom blonde lady bought the egg at my charity auction and had it shipped to her home in L.A. It is now on display in her living room. My whale egg is now part of history.
There's always someone to believe a wild story... isn't there?
ARSENE "BLACKIE" GADARIAN, Lahaina