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Posted: Saturday, March 17, 2012 11:45 pm

For many businesses in the North Shore community of Hanalei, the recent storms took more than a toll on roads and homes.

With the frequent and sustained closing of Kuhio Highway near the one-lane bridge that connects Hanalei to the rest of Kaua‘i, many businesses, some already coping with a tough economy, saw a sharp drop in revenue.

“We were closed for five days, which was huge. That’s thousands of dollars lost, and once you’re closed, people are slow to come back,” said Gritt Benton, owner of Yellowfish Trading Co. in Hanalei Center.

 Referring to the highway, Benton said, “It’s not only when it’s closed. People hearing it might close run away, and they’re shy to come back because they’re afraid they might get caught.”

With the highway closed due to the Hanalei River overflowing its banks, Hanalei was cut off from the rest of Kaua‘i, and shop and restaurant employees who live elsewhere could not get to their jobs, which also meant a loss of pay.

“My employees have missed shifts, so they’re without wages” for those shifts, Benton said.  “So it’s trickle down.”

Benton’s words were echoed by other business owners in Hanalei, including Melanie Kuebler, owner of the Spinning Dolphin Design T-shirt shop.  

“With this economy, just when you think you’re starting to come back, something like this happens,” Kuebler said.

   Narcine Conception said her Village Snack Shop was closed for four days because she and her employees were unable to get to the shop to open it.

   That wasn’t a problem for Scott Olson of the Pedal ‘n Paddle shop, because he lives in Hanalei, even though his house was flooded.  But he reported seeing many visitors who could not leave Hanalei sitting in their cars or looking for something to eat.

   That proved to be good for business for at least one restaurant, Tahiti Nui, which might be familiar to moviegoers who have seen “The Descendants.”

    Koko Kaneali‘i and Romey “Keola” Yokotake, musicians who entertain at Tahiti Nui (and who are seen doing so in the film) both said business there was good during the storms because many people simply were looking for a place to eat.

  They think a permanent solution to the flooding from the Hanalei River would be to raise the level of the highway, which is maintained by the state. “When the road closes, everything stops,”  Kaneali‘i said, but added that he doesn’t expect a solution to the problem any time soon.

   Several business people in the area said the effects of the road closures continue, because some visitors who think their vacations were ruined by the weather are in no mood to shop.

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24 comments:

  • kalolie posted at 1:19 pm on Wed, Mar 21, 2012.

    kalolie Posts: 1

    Just found all the comments and really saddened that this attitude exists. Also saw the You Tube video,Discover Kauai, which is pretty disturbing.
    I am one of those tourists you "haters" are talking about.
    My most recent visit to Kauai was in Oct. and stayed on the north shore. Yes, it is "paradise" and I am grateful I had a week to share in it & enjoy the beauty.
    I have nothing but respect for the Hawaiian culture, I'm sure you would all like us tourists to find our "paradise" elsewhere,but the fact remains, you need us.
    Interested in any comments you may have to my post.

     
  • bjduks posted at 8:02 am on Tue, Mar 20, 2012.

    bjduks Posts: 1254

    The locals value Life&are not into the baby killing machine called planned parents hoodedwinked!
    They do need to realize that they would all starve without the visitors&tourist! they too are transplants from different nations like all the residents of the USA!

    Those who live Rural,is that your choice? Then U are responsible for your own,not make it someone elses responsibility! unless U jes moved here in the last week or so!

     
  • wheeulz posted at 7:04 am on Tue, Mar 20, 2012.

    wheeulz Posts: 2420


    riverriim, how long must someone who moves to Hawai`i live there before he is no longer considered a "haole:foreigner"?

     
  • riverriim posted at 5:33 am on Tue, Mar 20, 2012.

    riverriim Posts: 339

    [quote]interesting said: "... you must admit - this was pretty funny: 'faster than a monk seal can steal fish from those nets' :)"

    Really? Humans own what is in the ocean? Who's stealing from whom?

    ---

    MichaelMann says, "...no other place is constantly calling itself "paradise."

    Really? Hawaii being a place, calls itself 'paradise' ? People born and raised here don't call Hawaii such. It's a marketing term and one used by haoles (ie, foreigners) and local TV jingoists like Guy Hagi.

     
  • marina52 posted at 3:00 am on Tue, Mar 20, 2012.

    marina52 Posts: 60

    Okay okay people I think we're getting away from the subject here. This is not a pregnancy issue stop slap bitching eacother. This about the tourists satying away cuz of the devastating flooding that has crippled this island and how the locals need them to survive and how they abuse the tourists with rude comments to them gosh if they by chance veer into a mack trucks lane..I myself because I have blonde hair blue have been told rudely to go back to California when backing out of a parking lot at Walmarts!! I am an American Kauai is part of America they are not more special than the mainlanders AT ALL if anything they are even more foreign since they mostly originated from the Orient.. The island has to have tourists to survive they should just swallow that pill and treat them with more respect.. They put the gas in u're truck and the food on the table.. If your not happy go to the politicians ex-governor wants to re-introduce the Ferry to bring in even MORE tourists! So who's to blame

     
  • MichaelMann posted at 8:08 pm on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    MichaelMann Posts: 463

    [quote]MichaelMann- I really don't know why you would think I would tell you to go back where you came from.I am not that kind of person.I understand why you would assume that. Again going back to listening and understanding.[/quote]

    Because EVERY TIME someone dares to challenge this notion of Kauai being some "paradise," or points out very obvious problems, they are always told to go back to where they came from if they don't like it here. I'm guessing you haven't spent much time in the TGI forums if you don't know that.

    If number of years means nothing, then why did you make the earlier statement that the people commenting here obviously have been here less than 10 years? Are you saying it was an error to make such a comment?

    [quote]There is a high pregnancy rate, unfortunately.There are a lot of forces that have molded that to be true.How things look now is a reaction of an activity that has already happened in the past.[/quote]

    Like what? How? Please explain a connection.

     
  • wheeulz posted at 9:55 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    wheeulz Posts: 2420


    You call someplace Paradise
    Kiss it good-bye.

    -- The Eagles

     
  • rubitsu posted at 9:40 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    rubitsu Posts: 7

    MichaelMann- I really don't know why you would think I would tell you to go back where you came from.I am not that kind of person.I understand why you would assume that. Again going back to listening and understanding.

    10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100! These are all just numbers of years. It means nothing. HAWAII has been here for Thousands.

    "Paradise" Its Everything! Its also Nothing at all. Michael Rubio Jr.

     
  • rubitsu posted at 9:17 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    rubitsu Posts: 7

    Yes you are correct. There is a high pregnancy rate, unfortunately.There are a lot of forces that have molded that to be true.How things look now is a reaction of an activity that has already happened in the past. This is always true. Every Action causes a Reaction. interesting- No, personally your comments are not viewed as mean. I see you more as a mediator.

     
  • MichaelMann posted at 8:55 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    MichaelMann Posts: 463

    rubitsu, what is special about 10 years? I've lived here for 8 years. Not sure what those extra two years are going to change. As for what country I am from, the United States. I'm not claiming that no other place has problems like Hawaii does, but by the same token, no other place is constantly calling itself "paradise."

    If I'm misinterpreting what is meant by "paradise," then please explain what you mean by it. There are different types of utopias, but they're all characterized by a state of perfection of some sort. If you mean "paradise" only in the sense of the physical beauty of this place, then I am much more likely to agree that this is paradise. If you mean something broader, and particularly in a sense that people have achieved some kind of perfect state of being in terms of how they live and interact with one another, their environment, etc., then I stand by my comment that this is most certainly NOT paradise.

    And before you tell me to go back where I came from...no.

     
  • interesting posted at 6:24 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    rubitsu, in my view, he has a valid point with the young ages of many of the local girls who become pregnant. there seems to be many young teen mothers. and if i am not mistaken (and please correct me if i am) is there not a pretty high teen pregnancy rate on kauai?

    i think we all realize there are many places with such problems. i hope this comment is not viewed as being "mean" towards kauai

     
  • rubitsu posted at 4:56 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    rubitsu Posts: 7

    I have listened and understood the comments that have been directed to me. I have came to the conclusion that the writers of those comments have been on Kauai for less than 10years. That means you have no experience in writing on any of these topics. I apologize, This is the United States! Yes, there are Drug, pregnancy, and a bigotry problems from both ends. MichaelMann- What country are you from? You just explained a national problem. Please don't bring up things that are being desperately worked on right now. Change happens all the time. You probably just don't see it or choose not to see it.When you explain history make sure what you write is correct. Please don't play with words if you don't know how to use them you might hurt yourself and not even know it. Paradise and Utopia,are 2 different words meaning 2 different things. I do not think you know what you think it means.

     
  • marina52 posted at 1:14 am on Mon, Mar 19, 2012.

    marina52 Posts: 60

    To RUBITSU I say you just can't argue with STUPID! The orginal Royalty who controlled the islands had control but sold out cause they wanted to be part of so called CIVILIZED SOCIETY! They didn't care about the Hawaiian natives they sold land to foreigners for PEANUTS! All the BIG WIGS of the industries that were supporting these islands were run by the so called WHITE HALES. The employed slave labor from asia like your grand-parents to make them rich they sucked the land dry and took off. It was up to the islanders to make the islands self sufficient but that ain't happening so the influx of money spending tourists. Planned parenthood is that a joke I see very young girls(or the grand-parents)pushing strollers on the beach. Average 3-4 families living in one dwelling and yes driving those huge gas guzzling trucks I ask I can they pay for a decent education when they have to work 3 jobs care for 3 kids and requench the truck! Tourists are treated badly the flooding may change that!

     
  • MichaelMann posted at 11:59 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    MichaelMann Posts: 463

    [quote]After all you are in "Paradise"![/quote]

    This is NOT "paradise." This is Kauai--a beautiful place, but not a utopia. It is hyperbolic rhetoric like this which keeps problems from getting fixed. If this is "paradise," there must be no problems. It must just be that you are looking at the situation the wrong way if you think there are problems. That is utter nonsense. There is a serious drug PROBLEM here. There is a serious teen pregnancy PROBLEM here. There is a serious bigotry PROBLEM here. If you refuse to see problems for what they are, you are not going to be able to deal with them as they should be.


    [quote]Educate yourself about the history of Hawaii. Know exactly how all of us managed to live with one another while still maintaining our cultural way of life.[/quote]

    What part of the history of Hawaii is it that you believe is relevant to the points I brought up? Does it explain the low school achievement? Blaming tourists/transplants for everything? 10 cars/house?

     
  • interesting posted at 6:38 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    all reasonable and fair comments, rubitsu, as you well know i am sure

    and i for one hope you comment here more

    still, you must admit - this was pretty funny: "faster than a monk seal can steal fish from those nets" :)

     
  • rubitsu posted at 6:13 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    rubitsu Posts: 7

    I would like to consider myself a local of Kauai. After I read the 9 comments, I felt obligated to write this comment. "WE", if I may speak for everyone on Kauai do not seek SYMPATHY! Thank you very much. "These People" that you refer to are more complicated. Educate yourself about the history of Hawaii. Know exactly how all of us managed to live with one another while still maintaining our cultural way of life. Your not going to get it just by observation."These People", have obtained a greater understanding of planned parenthood in the strength of their own families. Sometimes things that are unplanned happen. Education and a strong sense of work ethic is needed everywhere in the United States. Not just on Kauai.I see examples of it all the time.Remember to always look into yourself before you criticize someone you have no useful knowledge. Be Quiet, Listen, and understand. After all you are in "Paradise"!

     
  • interesting posted at 4:51 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    [quote]MichaelMann said: "(I don't exactly see locals engaging in planned parenthood or refraining from driving their monster vehicles. Most of the houses in my neighborhood look like used car lots from all of the vehicles parked outside.) "[/quote]

    -- totally

    but the ~ "hey, i am a X-generation resident..this is my blood lines home" does carry some weight i think (with me at least)

     
  • interesting posted at 4:49 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    [quote]marina52 said: " faster than a monk seal can steal fish from those nets! "[/quote]


    rofl

     
  • outofhere posted at 3:27 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    outofhere Posts: 412

    To MichaelMann....you are right on in your assessment!

     
  • island boyee posted at 12:16 pm on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    island boyee Posts: 18

    Blocked off away from the rest of the world .... hmmm like the old days in paradise!!! some would pay $$ to get away!!! Some treasured time can be found in the most disastrous of times guess its the way you look at it. I dont hear the Old locals grumbling it was always a way of life beyond hanalie you prepare your self and live daily. Leave the roads as is so paradise wont change like the rest of Hawaii!!!!

     
  • MichaelMann posted at 10:15 am on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    MichaelMann Posts: 463

    I find these attitudes about the "temporary inhabitants" annoying and stupid. Those who hold these attitudes don't want any real business here, and the overall level of education and work ethic among them wouldn't even allow a transformation of the economy to something other than service-based. So these people have pretty much made their bed. They are wholly dependent upon tourism. Now, an intelligent person would then do everything they could to nurture that if that's what they actually wanted. Not so here. They happily bite the hand that feeds them, and say it's justified. Here they belittle tourists every chance they can find, tell them not to stay too long, order them to pay respect, blame them for crowding and congestion (I don't exactly see locals engaging in planned parenthood or refraining from driving their monster vehicles. Most of the houses in my neighborhood look like used car lots from all of the vehicles parked outside.) Always someone else's fault. I have no sympathy.

     
  • marina52 posted at 9:59 am on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    marina52 Posts: 60

    I find it funny that the islanders complain ALOT about the so called temporary inhabitants called tourists sayng they don't they don't give a damn about Kauai but look at them now what would this island be if not for the tourists who buy property and use services that make JOBS for Kauaians. Remember we didn't sell out to "white man" Hawaiian royalty wanted to be like the so called civilized British + main landers they sold their land faster than a monk seal can steal fish from those nets! So whos crying now?

     
  • numilalocal55 posted at 8:59 am on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    numilalocal55 Posts: 286

    Koko and Keola's suggestion to fix the highway to keep it from flooding has been discussed for decades. But the grouches say "NOOOOOOOOO can't do that." And then the same people complain when the road closes: they whine that no one will help them (why can't they help themselves?!?). Can't have your cake and eat it too people. Time and change march on and while I too, as a local, bemoan all the crowding and congestion, there's little I can do about it. Mother nature always has her way in the end.

     
  • kauaiisfun posted at 5:27 am on Sun, Mar 18, 2012.

    kauaiisfun Posts: 93

    Kauai is a tropical paradise. Everyone should know it rains alot. No control over it. BUT you do have control over the bridge/roadway that separates Hanlaei from the rest of the island.

     

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