Your opinions for September 30


Complementary questions

The State Ministry of Transport canceled work on the environmental impact study for the extension of the Daniel K. Inouye highway (saddle road) about a month ago. West Hawaii Today reported that this was due to lack of funding to complete the EIA.

However, I received an email from DOT which was sent to the members of the Saddle Road working group stating “that it has been determined that the continued preparation of the EIA is no longer feasible due to the negative effects related to archaeological and historical resources and to rights of way and construction costs.

I find this statement very disturbing. DOT was in full swing to have a finalized decision / EIS package by the end of 2021, which was mentioned in the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program in January 2021. There is got a red flag a few months ago when I found out they needed to get Section 4 (F) clearance but was assured everything was still on track.

About a month ago, I found out that the DOT had decided to cancel further work on the EIS. I can understand their reasoning for financial reasons. The project must be fully funded before an EIA decision dossier can be issued. The latter is on hold due to the pandemic affecting car rental surcharge income.

There are, however, a few details that still bother me. The DOT intends to seek grants from the Federal Highway Administration to fund the Saddle Road extension project, but this makes no sense as the project cannot go ahead without a completed EIA and an account. decision rendering.

The elephant in the room remains, however. The most significant issue is that of the unknown archaeological issues that played a role in this decision, as mentioned in the email to members of the Saddle Road Task Force. Keep in mind that the DOT was working full steam ahead to finalize the EIS by the end of 2021, but instead turned around and canceled the project instead.

I hope the DOT publicly discloses the unknown archaeological issues of this highway project.

Aaron Stene


Find your passion

All three in five workers think calling their work hours a “9 to 5” is pointless. Almost half of all those who work say they finish their work after hours. Using logic, these workers should be tired of working eight hours almost every day and stressed about finishing their work outside of working hours, desperate for a break from their grueling occupation that they are not satisfied with.

Only 45% of people are satisfied with their job, with only 20% being really passionate about their job. Of course, some 9 to 5 workers really enjoy their jobs, and I don’t discriminate against them; they can have family to take care of and they have to do what they have to do.

However, to those who are not passionate about their job, why be chained by doing a job that does not satisfy you when you could land a job that you are passionate about?

From the perspective of a high school student trying to find out what he wants to be in the future, I know how important passion is.

I was placed in an elective that did not fascinate me: auto mechanics. Having a lack of prior knowledge and little or no interest in the subject, it would have been very easy for me to fail the course if I did not have the right frame of mind. So I took the steps to switch it to audiovisual media, because I like videography.

Being passionate about a topic leads to potential success and a sense of accomplishment. The same logic should apply to the field of work. What do you accomplish by doing a job you lack enthusiasm for? You will not succeed in any goal because you will not be focused and have a positive mindset.

A spark of passion leads to a positive mindset, and a positive mindset leads to success, and success leads to satisfaction. I know people start from scratch, and I know people work 9-5 early on, but when an opportunity to capture your interest presents itself, don’t pass up a potential path to success.

Caleb Busque


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