It’s time for healing.
While George Floyd’s life was tragically destroyed, we are now risking destroying even more lives.
From thanking first responders, we are now choosing to put them at risk with our violent protests. From wanting to open up our economy and lives, we’re now shutting and burning down neighborhoods. From flattening the curve, we are now launching it into a second pandemic.
And, typically, minorities and the poor will be the hardest hit.
Cops have already been arrested and charged. The message has been heard. But the good cops are risking their lives protecting people.
The longer this goes on, the closer it gets to your family.
The Bible says, “Let all … anger … and evil speaking be put away from you. … And be kind to one another, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
Cartoons miss the mark
A good political cartoon can capture a moment in the history of a nation with intelligence, insight and humor, but a bad one falls with a thud and makes you sick to your stomach.
Lately, too many cartoons in this newspaper have been doing the latter.
‘Friend and mentor’
It is with great sadness and grief that I noted the passing of Walt Southward. He was a friend and mentor while I was an active member of the Hawaii Island Contractors Association.
My condolences to Leilani and family. A hui hou, Walt.
Cruisin’ for nonprofits
The Hawaii Classic Cruizers Inc. and Kamaaina Nissan partnered to host the First Annual Poker Run, titled “Give our Keiki a Chance at Life.”
Classic/vintage vehicles, motorcycles from various motorcycle clubs, and many other street vehicles participated in this all day event on Sunday, May 19.
Starting points were at Kamaaina Nissan in Hilo and Kona Auto Parts in Kona. Participants from across the island made stops along the designated route while collecting a hand of poker cards.
Final stop was at Kona Auto Parts, where participants enjoyed food, music and door prizes. Donations collected exceeded $3,000.
Big Island Substance Abuse Council and the YMCA Family Visitation program were the recipients of the donations. Monies will be used toward programs that benefit our keiki in East and West Hawaii.
A check presentation was made to Hannah Preston-Pita, CEO of BISAC, and Wendy Botelho-Cortez, CEO of the YMCA, and Mike Miyahira, YMCA Board Member.
A big mahalo goes out to the folks at Kamaaina Nissan — especially Joseph Hawk, who took the lead — the Hawaii Classic Cruisers committee, the drivers of the classic/vintage vehicles, the motorcycle riders and everyone else who participated and made this a memorable event.
Everyone is looking forward to the Second Annual Poker Run in 2020!
Martha Rodillas, president
Kalen Koga, vice president
Hawaii Classic Cruizers Inc.