Your Views for March 19

Regarding statue

The statue of the net fisherman (Tribune-Herald, March 17) to me represents the symbiotic relationship between humans and oceans, albeit probably not perceived as such by fish.


While the idea and the symbols fit into Japanese culture, the modernity of the art does not. Liliuokalani Gardens is traditional Japanese tranquility, whereas the statue implies activity.

Put it where it is most at home: Wailoa River State Recreation Area, near the boat landing where fishermen dock their boats.

The abstract parts of the statue match the abstract necessities of technological navigation. The more traditional aspects of the statue remind us of the significance of fish and fishermen in our midst.

Ask the fishing community what they think.

Sigrid Yoakum

Mountain View

Bad call

I just finished reading the letter from Nan Sumner-Mack (Your Views, March 18). Her letter struck a chord with me.

I think the Hawaii County decision to reject this sculpture and have it removed was a mistake.

When I first saw the sculpture, I thought: “How weird.” I really didn’t like it.

However, it made me think about the relationship between man and fish, and how our stories mold our culture.

To me, this is great sculpture. It makes me think and want to find out more.

It made Nan Sumner-Mack want to find out more about the Hawaiian heritage, mythology and culture. And then it inspired her to share with others what she had found. That seems like a very good thing, a positive thing.

Hawaii County should reverse its decision. It was a bad one.

Richard Solie


More on trash

This is yet another letter regarding the trash/rubbish along the sides of our roadways.

Sure, some flies out of truck beds, but most doesn’t. Vehicles, old tires, TV sets, pig carcasses in trash bags, and all types of furniture don’t, and they’re way more unsightly.

It’s disgusting that folks load up their vehicles, but instead of taking it where it belongs — and is free to toss — they dispose of it all over our beautiful island.

Come on, people, grow up and do the right thing. That’s what decent human beings do.


Jennifer Tanner


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