Malala Yousafzai took a bullet in the face for trying to continue her education. She did not choose the bullet but she took the risk. She knew the Taliban had targeted her. She endured extreme security measures to get to her school.
We did it! We succeeded when the rest of our country could not and were, for a moment in time, COVID-19 free. We justifiably rewarded ourselves over the last few weeks, with dropping our guard (and our masks) and socializing with those we love.
At the Hawaii County Council Committee on Public Works meeting on Tuesday, I was surprised to see so much attention on Bill 179 Appendix L — Factory-Built Housing, which has been a part of Hawaii County’s building code since 2012.
Among the PhD signatories to the recent claim of “science” and “data,” (“We Expect Better” published June 25) most have been front-line aquarium trade defenders for decades, some generating many thousands in grant and taxpayer dollars to “mitigate the damage of this destructive extraction.” At least one is a licensed aquarium collector. Another, Ivor Williams, presented a status report on Maui some years ago. He took three minutes to dismiss the case for banning the aquarium trade, calling that approach “emotional.” He took two hours to describe all “the work” being done on “data management” of the trade. DLNR sponsored the visit. Mitigation funding exceeds reported gross revenue of trafficking in reef wildlife.
We can learn a lot from the pandemic shutdown. Mostly what to not do. A one industry economy is unreliable, especially one as fickle as tourism. Cruise ships are going to be empty floating ghettos for a long time. Hotels will at least attract business travelers. Local business can support good restaurants. We need some other sustainable independent wealth generators.