James Kimo Rosen is the Blogger-n-chief
of dakinetalk blog and lives on the cosmic
island of Kaua'i with his spiritual advisor
Obama Da Dog!
This blog also appeared as an opinion article in the 01-28-16 edition of The Garden Island News!
How can anyone deny global warming and climate change?
The heat is scorching hot. I never wore a hat outdoors until this past year. The sun actually burns my face. I thought this was only me, however I talked with many who have said they have never before witnessed a hotter and more humid year on the Garden island or anywhere in Hawaii. Most people in Hawaii never had the need for air conditioning because of the awesome tradewinds that act like natures air conditioners. Not anymore...
I believe the heat has fried the brains of those in power. How can an island that increases in population, tourism and the amount of motor vehicles sold daily not have the need for new roads?
The Kuhio hwy in Kapaa and Wailua is the same road it was in the 1960's.
There are many reasons for this. Money is always a factor, the other major factor is global warming and climate change making us less attentive and unable to think properly.
Many of my neighbors that are lifelong residents purchased air conditioners for the first time in 2015. The drive home from Lihue to Kapaa took over 90 minutes for a drive that should take 20 minutes.
Every year is going to got hotter and hotter. Every year there will be more motor vehicles and more humans.
More roads are definitely needed. The solution is simple. A toll road from the east side to Lihue and back. The road could then be a money maker for the state, county or even a private investor. The main road (The Kuhio Hwy) would still be in usage so people would have a choice!
How many would pay $5, 6, 7, or even 10 dollars to get to your destination traffic free and stress free?
Every cab driver and commercial driver I spoke with said, they would pay the price in lieu of sitting in the horrid heat of traffic.
It's not 1960 anymore. I can save the county and state a lot of money in the hiring of consultants to see if new roads are needed. Here's your answer, YES!
In the meantime, help, help, I'm melting...
|James "Kimo" Rosen ~ 1976~ Santa Barbara~|
Photo courtesy of John Franssen
Editors note, The photos below were created with photos I took on an iPhone using an app called PIP!