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This letter writer poses a good question: How many more people can the Islands of Hawai'i take? So far the natural resources are depleting. Native birds and plants are disappearing. Do people realize that Hawai'i is the number one place on earth where native birds and plants are becoming extinct the fastest? Not to mention the native people?

If you plan to move to Hawai'i be careful. Your existence there may help make native plants, birds, and people become extinct. Read his letter below:

How many more people can isles take?

"Imagine a pristine tropical island, with white sandy beaches as far as the eye can see and waves playing along the coastline, inviting you in to surf, snorkel and swim, while lush green landscaped mountains await you with breathtaking scenic vistas and hiking trails.
A world power notices business opportunities and the strategic military location of the island, then takes control of it, and entrepreneurs come in and build hotels to beckon tourists. What was once a place of beauty becomes a developer's paradise, with hotels, high-rises, condos, tract subdivisions and freeways emerging.

Inching along the freeway becomes almost unbearable. Is rail transit the solution? It might be and possibly not, as in many cities where motorists chose to drive their cars rather than ride the rail, which became an eyesore and added billions of dollars in debt to their communities. To keep electricity rates down, will a windmill farm be constructed in the waters off Waikiki? When will we reach the last straw? After Diamond Head is leveled to make way for new high-rises, and the leftover dirt is used to fill in the Ala Wai canal to construct the Hawaii Raceway Park East?

Ron Rhetrik

Seen at http://starbulletin.com/2004/11/20/editorial/letters.html


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Nov. 22nd, 2004 01:11 pm (UTC)
I have come to Hawaii to visit relatives. I may come again to see friends, for a purpose.

I will never come to be a tourist, to eat the resources in gluttony.

And, knowing the impact of even the most conscientious person, I'll never move there.

Nov. 27th, 2004 09:29 am (UTC)
Wow. I'm susprised because oftentimes many people rave about how excited they are to move to Hawai'i.
Nov. 27th, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
My aunt and uncle (who moved back to Alaska after living in Hilo for 10 or 12 years) and my mother, who lived in Hilo for the next 10 years (taking care of my grandmother) have been pretty explicit about the destruction caused by tourism and immigration (my aunt and uncle moved to Hilo from Alaska in the late 60's because it was the only place they could find jobs that they could affort to move to). After my grandmother died, my mom moved to New Hampshire.

When I was a kid I lived on Guam, and explicitly saw the destruction overpopulation and introduced fauna were doing there. Native birds and animals were going extinct and jungle was being pushed back for housing and commercial development. I grew up with some awareness of the limits imposed with living on an island - something most people who live on continents just don't get.
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