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Be careful while in Hawai'i

I cannot stress enough how dangerous it is in Hawai'i nowadays. Of course nowhere is safe but the Hawai'i of today is far more dangerous than the Hawai'i of yesterday. Specifically the 1970s and 1980s where drugs were not a huge problem. Now it is. Assaults are also on the rise. Anyway this letter writer states it best. Read on:

Danger stalks visitors to Waikiki

I've been to Waikiki the past few years; staying at the hotels and walking at night on Kuhio and Kalakaua avenues, just having a good time away from home. But recently it's been an adventure.

My other half is not comfortable anymore walking the streets away from the hotels at night. We seem to see a lot of homeless people asking for change or looking in garbage cans. Thugs walk the sidewalks looking for trouble. You can tell the type just by the way they block the sidewalks walking five or six side by side and not letting you go through.

This past week I was jogging in Kapiolani Park at about 8 p.m. and saw a bunch of guys chasing a local Asian guy around the park wanting to beat him up.

During all this time, not once have I seen police officers walking the beat or going through the park at night. Are they undercover, or do they just park their vehicles on the sidewalk and enjoy the view?

Can you imagine the tourists who visit here not knowing the trouble they might encounter at night? You play the game of luck, you may have great time here or you may never come here again.



Kirk Kobayashi
Honolulu

Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2004/10/04/editorial/letters.html

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Please. Be careful when you are in Hawai'i or just visiting.

Cross-posted to hawaiilokahi and to abouthawaii

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de_wynken
Oct. 4th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
thanks for adding me, added you back, that was a nice surprise.

so is that true? I've had some friends that lived on the islands, they mentioned some things, but I didnt think it could be dangerous, per say.

Although what civilized people consider danger and what I consider danger are two wildly different things..
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