Issues Over Opala
Editor, There are so many issues that our people along the Leeward Coast have to battle with, and one of the major issues is the landfills that are located within our community.
I know. I live next to the PVT landfill — it’s my backyard. We breathe it, smell it, hear the noise of trucks every morning at 6 a.m., put up with all the dust and wind factors … But what about our stream that is located right next to this landfill? What about the runoffs?
My community does not deserve to be ignored by our own elected officials and by the Department ofHealth and the State ofHawaii. We deserve to have open community hearings regarding any changes or permit extensions to this PVT landfill that is located just about 5 to 10 feet from many Nanakuli residents.
Whatever happened to the saying “For The People”? These landfills do not belong only on the west side of the island on the Waianae Coast; every community should start looking, and I suggest that every community take care of its own trash and opala. Why is there just one community impacted?
This is discrimination against the people along the Waianae Coast. Homeless shelters and service provider agencies are located within this area.
No one wants to kokua. I wonder why?
Ask yourself who owns this private landfill.
Money talks, and people don’t matter anymore. Landfills make big-time bucks off people’s livelihood.
Aloha Pumehana, Patty Kahanamoku Teruya
Chairwoman Nanakuli-Maili Neighborhood Board