A couple of weeks ago, I was out on a bicycle ride in the country, passing through a place called Lidama, about 10km east of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
We were just passing a bridge, and as we came to a stop, I noticed something unusual: the sign on the road was missing.
The bridge was shut down.
What I found out was that it was because the island’s mayor, Hideo Yoshida, was closing the island of Kauai.
It had been a popular destination for visitors to the island for more than a century.
The island has a population of over 300,000 people, but there’s been no major flooding since a major typhoon struck in 2013.
The mayor, who was a former mayor of the small Hawaiian town of Kaipo, was trying to help save the island by shutting down its water system.
He was determined to make it impossible for people to access the island water.
A couple of days later, after I’d been to the islands tourist attractions, I started getting messages on social media from people who had also been impacted by the flooding.
Many were trying to reach out to me on Twitter, asking how they could get in touch with me.
It’s been over three weeks since the island shut down, and so far, I haven’t heard from anyone.
I’ve been able to look up the island on the Google map.
The sign on my bike read: “I’m not sure if this is the best place to go, but I’m looking forward to hearing from you.”
I got in touch.
I told them that I hadn’t seen the sign in a while, and that I would keep checking in.
When I was done, the island went back online, and my phone started ringing off the hook.
I called the mayor and told him I was really interested in speaking with him, but that he needed to get more information before making a decision.
Hideo Yoshido’s office confirmed that the island had been closed and said that the city had been inundated with calls and emails about the decision.
The city of Kona is about 300km west of Kili’i.
He said he had decided to close the island because of what he saw as the government’s failure to protect the island.
The decision was taken to save the life of the mayor.
It was a huge loss for the island, and he was trying his best to save it, he said.
But that decision was made on the basis of the information provided by the government, which included warnings from local authorities about potential flooding.
I think that the government has failed to act in a timely fashion.
The mayor said the decision was based on a recommendation from the Department of Environmental Management (DEC) that the community’s drinking water and sewage infrastructure was not safe for the residents.
We had no information that we would need to reopen, he told me.
“There was nothing from the water or sewage management department to show that they were ready to reopen.
We did not receive any updates from the mayor about what the status was.
We had no assurance that they had even been able, in their efforts to prevent flooding, to actually fix the problems.”
He said that he felt like he was the only one in the city that had been left out of the process.
“It’s hard to talk about this,” he said, pointing to the lack of communication from the city.
“I don’t think that it’s right that they should take the initiative in a situation where the city has a huge number of people that are already affected.
I mean, it’s really sad.”
“What I’ve learned is that I’m not alone in not being able to reach anybody.
I’m talking to the mayor’s office and his staff, I’ve heard from people on the island and from the local people.
I haven and have not been able really to get a response.
I don’t know how much longer I can continue to be silent.”
The mayor said that it wasn’t only the town of Kealakehame that had a water system that needed to be restored, but also the entire island.
There are some communities on the islands that are completely uninhabitable, and some of the most populated areas are in the north.
“The situation here is that we’re not sure whether we’ll be able to continue to have a drinking water system and sewer system for the people of Kai’i,” he told The Huffington Post.
“We don’t have any information from the DEC about the water infrastructure that we need to restore.
So we’re very worried.
There is no information on what will happen if there’s another major storm.”
Kai’ii Island, about 30km from Kili’,i.
The village of Kani’i in the island nation of Kaua’i, was flooded