July 8th, 2005

You Make Me Laugh

Typical mentality of a newcomer to Hawai'i

This mentality of a newcomer to Hawai'i amuses me. He has only been living on O'ahu for three years yet he feels as though he is entitled to tell people on O'ahu what to do. Amazing LOL For the record... Hanauma Bay is more polluted than it has ever been. One would know this if they had lived on O'ahu for over 20 years


In the interest of "'ohana" and "aloha," I am rephrasing my response and writing slowly. I have only lived here on O'ahu for three years, but am a regular visitor to Hanauma Bay, and as I did wherever I lived, I quickly found out the peak hours and avoided them, unless a friend was visiting and was under a time constraint. Even then, the wait made the experience all the better when we did finally hit the water.

As a former "non-terrorist-seeking" security guard at the bay for almost one year, my job was to assist the much under-appreciated park attendants, mostly with parking and video issues. Ten minutes that might save your life and definitely enhance your visit was generally too bothersome for most "kama'aina," who all were experienced watermen, and tourists who flew here all the way from "America."

Much like avoiding downtown during rush hour and the mall during Christmas season, I made use of the various Web sites, guide books and, particularly, the park staff to enhance my visits and knowledge.

While some people would never dream of subjecting themselves to a 30-to-60-minute wait for one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, they will wait for hours at other tourist attractions and restaurants without question.

Sure there are lines and days of poor visibility, but the purpose is to enjoy the beautiful nature preserve and what it holds. If you do not have the time to wait, maybe you do not have the time to enjoy what it holds.

Without fail, after coming back onshore, generally with some debris I found floating along, I also bring my experiences, which are always slightly different and exciting. My friend makes fun of the names I cannot pronounce, the fishes, turtles, rays, etc., but wishes he had the time to join me. I am invariably asked, "How was it?" Rain or shine, high tide or low, it's always fantastic.

Perhaps a little more consideration to Hanauma Bay itself, its staff and volunteers would help with the lines and come up with some solutions instead of the regular op-eds all complaining. How about being thankful for something so wonderful?

Michael Lyons | Honolulu

Seen at http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/current/op/letters

More on the Akaka Bill: I like it when Hawaiians speak up: Ikaika Hussey

Ikaika Hussey: His group wants Hawaiians to have a chance to speak out about revisions

I've never heard of Ikaika Hussey but I do know a Hussey who graduated from Kamehameha Schools. In this article his group, Hui Pu, is demanding action. Me likey! More Hawaiians should be criticizing OHA. After all they are sell-outs including Boyd Mossman who is one of my relatives but like I've told people before... it doesn't matter if someone is Hawaiian or not or if they are related to me... if they are eating all of the poi and not leaving any for the kids so to speak then they are not "right on" hehe Anyway Ikaika Hussey seems "right on" to me. Thank you, Ikaika Hussey:

Group wants Akaka Bill hearings: Hui Pu criticizes OHA for not discussing changes to the bill

A group opposed to the Akaka Bill demanded yesterday that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs hold hearings on every island so that the newest version of the controversial federal Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act of 2005 can be discussed publicly.

The recognition bill sets up a process for the federal government to recognize and interact with a "native Hawaiian governing entity," which has not yet been formulated, that would govern native Hawaiians. It is known as the Akaka Bill for U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, who introduced it.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye said the bill could be debated as early as the week of July 18. Senators could vote on it no later than mid-August, when they must take up Supreme Court nominations and appropriation measures.

The controversial bill has many different groups supporting and opposing it.

OHA Chairwoman Haunani Apoliona could not be reached for comment.

Ikaika Hussey, a spokesman for the opposition group Hui Pu, asked yesterday that OHA convene hearings on the bill, which has undergone revisions in the past five years.

Hussey said, "We the people have not had a clear presentation from the congressional offices on this bill, on our soil, nor have we had an opportunity to express our opinions."

Hussey said that OHA should "notify the U.S. Congress that no vote should be taken on this measure until such time as the people have had a chance to address the legislation at public hearings."

The group also criticized OHA for using its resources and Web site for the promotion of the bill. The group said OHA is using a poll on its Web site "to manufacture consent" for the bill by only allowing people to vote for the bill and not to reject it.

Hussey said, "This is reminiscent of the 1959 statehood vote, which offered our people two options of integration under U.S. rule" and not the choice to reject it.

Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2005/07/08/news/story9.html

Cross-posted to hawaiians