Legacy from Richard Smart
And I mean all of the people of Waimea; those whom I’ve known for many years and others who are welcome additions to our community.
When I reflect over the past twenty-five years, which is from 1960 and on, I realize that there have been some amazing changes in our little community. First of all, there is the expansion of growth along the South Kohala coast with three hotels and others contemplated. I’ve always looked upon growth as meaning healthy progress and particularly expansion which will include jobs and livelihoods for people, not to mention recre ational facilities and extensions of many different activities in many different fields…
Of course, any growing community always has the newcomer who wants no further progress after he has arrived. In other words, the feeling of “Don’t change a thing”, is very prominent. Some people don’t realize that the alternative to progress is retrogression, or to put it bluntly, ghost town. We have a few ghost towns in our State and I don’t think anybody enjoys living in them. When people raise families, they want their children to grow up where there is happiness and prosperity and not stagnation and depression.
Naturally, we are all very protective of the particular things that we learn to love about our community and let us hope that these things can always be held in respect, even with growth, prosperity, and all that they bring. Our town has a lovely heritage, a gentle but stimulating climate and many of the things that worldwide travelers can appreciate. There is a homeyness that is hard to achieve sometimes where satisfying tourism is the chief goal.
Let us hope that in the future our friendly town continues to grow in a sensible manner, retaining its love for the past but meeting the present and the future with a spirit of aloha. I hope that everyone who lives here can wake up in the morning, look out their windows and say I’m glad to be alive and I’m glad to be living right here, and if my neighbor doesn’t feel the same way, I want to make that neighbor realize some of our blessings.
At this Christmastime, may I wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season full of family and friends, laughter and Christmas Cheer, and a happiness of just being alive.
Written in 1985
The Waimea Gazette