BY MAYOR CARVALHO – Aloha! Twenty years have passed since Hurricane ‘Iniki made its fateful visit to our beautiful island home. Thankfully, this profound event is but a memory for most of us, with the physical scars from ‘Iniki long-healed throughout Kaua‘i.
And while there are few material reminders of ‘Iniki’s destruction today, we must never forget the monumental effort of an island coming together, with resources generously provided from near and far, to overcome adversity and restore our beautiful Kaua‘i to its physical and spiritual magnificence.
To everyone who lived through the events of September 11, 1992 and played a role – large or small – in the rebuilding of our island home, I would like this opportunity to sincerely thank you. Through the efforts of many loving hands, we have learned that the spirit of Kaua‘i will never be defeated and will surely live on through any adversity we may face.
Recently, we have been in discussions with persons who hope to address the historic Coco Palms property – one of the few physical reminders of ‘Iniki left on Kaua‘i today. It is with great hope that, as we acknowledge the 20th anniversary of the hurricane, we work to realize the possibility that this remaining scar may be healed in the near future.
Mahalo again to all who not only survived our most devastating hurricane, but went on to rebuild our community with pride and hope for a future filled with promise, and a Kaua‘i that will endure for generations to come.
Me ka ha’ aha’a,
Bernard P. Carvalho, Jr., Mayor, County of Kaua’i