LETTERS for the Dec. 17 issue
Goodbye to the Tiki Bar at Kaanapali Beach Hotel
To make way for a new restaurant, the Kaanapali Beach Hotel is retiring its famous Tiki Bar, a charming Hawaiian-style hut that this year would have celebrated its 40th anniversary.
The bar, unfortunately, has been demolished.
I have fond memories of the Tiki chatting with visitors and sometimes locals and even writing.
Some weeks, I’d stop by after a long day and feel as if the day was starting over. I’d sip a glass of red wine and occasionally write my Lahaina News column.
In 2016, Red Sox fans watching the World Series on a small TV were challenged to jump into the pool if the Red Sox won their first championship since 1918. They won, and the fans made a welcome splash.
The bar was a favorite of both visitors and locals. The Tiki Bar was known internationally because of the longtime bartender with an upbeat attitude — Dale Sorensen. Celebrities like Julia Roberts and Charlton Heston were welcomed.
People who never knew Dale (even from other counties) would ask for him to enjoy his upbeat attitude and hear him say his patented, “Alright, yeah.”
Mahalo, Dale and KBH, for 40 years well done.
For a profile of Dale, go to normbezane.com.
NORM BEZANE, Kaanapali
Hawaii electorate is influenced by Socialism
I was so very delighted to read the intelligent letter to Lahaina News that was written by George Peabody, a resident of Molokai — an island that knows how to get matters done in order to maintain the great islands and traditions of Hawaii.
Of course Biden will never concede his fraudulent election, as Mr. Peabody eloquently brings forth justifiably.
It is quite evident that since the early 1960s, our educational institutes have been infiltrated by the Marxist thought by teachers professing to the students to follow the path of Marxism/Socialism as opposed to teaching the ability of an individual to “think” as an individual. Ergo the media on CNN and other channels dominated by young educated people that have been “brainwashed” and profess a PRAVDA type agenda in the news and schools. They put forth Marxist ideas that they learned through their indoctrination during the past 60 or more years.
Having dealt with this manipulative Marxist/Socialist propaganda over the past 55 years, it is evident to me that the Hawaiian electorate is so sadly manipulated that it is difficult to believe that Hawaii does not agree with Mr. Peabody.
I’d love to see Peabody run for governor, just so the average Hawaiian can see how they have been manipulated by the corrupt Democratic Party that seeks to control — as opposed to represent — the people of the United States.
May God bless America, and may all people feel free to say “Merry Christmas!”
RICHARD BODISCO, West Side
Trump should consider the consequences of his actions
President Donald Trump’s failure to concede has set off faulty thinking from fringe groups who reject an abundance of evidence showing the voting was fair and absent of wrongdoing.
Matter of fact, the most fraudulent actions seem to be the false claims of fraud by Trump and his fellow Republican supporters.
Moderate Republican governors have validated the fact that Joe Biden has received more than 270 electoral votes — enough to declare him the victor. Trump has already spent millions in voting recounts and come up with nothing. To continue his lying rant brinks on sedition.
He and his supporters should seriously consider the consequences of what they say, especially if it leads to violent behavior.
GARY KUBOTA, Lahaina
A compromise solution for the presidential election process
The debate has started again as to whether the U.S. Constitution should be amended in order to change the presidential election process. Some promote eliminating the Electoral College in favor of a direct popular vote for president, while others believe the Electoral College should remain unchanged. Just as compromise solved the initial problems of the framers, so it is that compromise can solve this problem.
The solution is to change the electoral votes to electoral points and reward each candidate a percentage of points based on the percentage of popular votes received in each state.
This would eliminate the “winner take all” system, thus allowing for all the votes to count. Voters are more apt to believe their vote counted when a percentage of popular votes is taken into account, rather than the “all or nothing” system currently in existence.
Further, this new system would integrate the desire for a popular vote for president with the need for the individual states to determine who actually gets elected.
For 2020, multiplying the percentage of votes each candidate received (in each state) times the number of electoral votes (in each state) results in the following: Biden, 267.23; and Trump, 252.33.
Multiplying the percentage of popular votes each candidate received (nationwide) times the total number of electoral votes (538) results in the following: Biden, 274.92; and Trump, 253.40.
JOE BIALEK, Cleveland, Ohio