Wat Do You Want?

February 9th, 2010
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Dis should actually should be a Mumblin' Monday post but uh, let's just say I was in "recovery mode" and far from posting anything coherent.   :mrgreen: 

The past few nights on the news there were so many things locally that just seemed "wrong":

  • State delaying tax refunds:   It still falls under the 90 day refund policy - just barely - but if they can "delay" da refund, can we "delay" our payments?
  • Army "plans" to bring in super-ferry like military vessals:   So wat? Kama'aina can borrow? Or at least can copy da EIS?
  • Kapolei Parkway opens:   Good for traffic, bad for students. Can you say "let's play keiki Frogger?"
  • Brand spankin' new $700k command vehicle sits unused for years:   Heck, you can pay me half of dat at $350k and I'll be more than glad to do nothing for years.   :roll: 
  • Bars ask for smoking ban to be lifted for "bars only":   Why don't we just allow drinking and driving since obviously second hand smoke takes too long to kill innocent workahs and patrons?
  • HPD doesn't want to deal wit tailgaters (#1 cause of accidents according to KITV - gotta see da video) stating their time and resources are better used for speeders:   Hmmm, so wat does da traffic division do before pau hana time gunning down speeders going to work from da West side to town near Aloha Stadium (hint hint) cause they surah aren't enforcing car pool violators or tailgaters obviously?
  • Rail broke ground and is finally being built!:  Ok, so dis one not going happen but a person can dream right?

Personally, there are a few things I'd love to change or see get done:

  • How's about anoddah prison or two? We can help stir up da economy wit jobs building and running da prison. How we going do dat I dunno but it surah would be nice to see a few habitual and violent criminals off da streets.
  • Get students back to school:   If I had dis much "days off" back wen I was in school... I wouldn't have made my own "holidays".
  • Homelessness:   Wat can be said or done about dat? It's a lose-lose cause those who want to "get rid" of it are called insensitive having no compassion and those who want to help are told to keep 'em in their backyard if they like help 'em...... lose-lose....... no can win.
  • Wat if we had rail undahground going to da neighbor islands? We got rail AND a "SupahFerry"..........

A guy can wish can't he?

Wat do you want or wish to see happen in da 808? No scade fo' say - could be small could be big. No need be a law thing - it could something as simple as seeing Taco Bell pricing da same hea as da mainland.   :wink:    Which by da way have you noticed dat it's no longah da "just cause we in Hawai'i get 10 cents premium" on fast food any more? We got jacked and now paying anywea between 20 and 50 cents more!

Wassap Wit Dat!

You tinking outside da box or wat?

 
Braddah Lance Kwon

33 Responses to “Wat Do You Want?”

  1. islandgirl in nc:

    I would love to see more jobs and more affordable housing so my family and I could consider moving there! I would love my sons to grow up in Hawaii. I would also love to see more affordable flights to the islands from the east coast. Oh, and I would love to see a lifetime kama'aina card so I don't have to explain when I go home that, yes, I was born and raised in Hawaii, and no, I don't have a Hawaii driver's license anymore, so why can't I get a local's discount? :) Definitely also wish the cost of gas, food, etc was the same as the mainland, and shipping costs to Hawaii were more affordable. Happy Tuesday, BL!


  2. sally:

    What if: You had to establish residency (like 12 mos) in order to purchase real estate, then had to remain in that home/condo/hut/cave/hive for a minimum amt of time (24 mos) without leaving except for vacations (and not 6mos kine).

    Okay, maybe we wouldn't be able to gouge the rich foreigners but that might leave a more fair market for us local working stiffs.

    I not saying I got da answers, but you get the gist of it huh?


  3. sally:

    Since this subject came up last night:

    I'm not sure what the law is in Hawaii for Domestic Violence, some states have it where the assaultee does not need to press charges. If the act was witnessed, that is enough to charge the assault-er.


  4. sally:

    What if: the Juvenille Detention Home was actually a place of punishment and discipline, instead of a home away from home for JDs? When you go OCCC, do you call the guards "Uncle" and "Aunty"???

    What if: HPD and Family Court and Social Services' left hands actually knew what the right hands were doing? We may not have those "15 prior arrests" kine keiki that grow up into same kine adults.

    What if: DUI and Drug related offensed had no second chances? Throw 'em in those extra prisons that BL's plan wen' build.


  5. sally:

    What if: we put the foreign homeless people on MAC flights back to their homelands? Wouldn't it be cheaper than paying for all their health care/shelter/food/clothing and then they set up villages in our parks?


  6. sally:

    I know OL is with me on my #5. ; )


  7. D:

    I don't think our city can sustain a rail system. Lets use the .5% excise tax the city is collecting and direct it to education.


  8. Scott:

    I saw that video about tailgating. Let's just say, for me, after living in Hawaii and other states I am simply not impressed by HPD, compared to the police forces in other states. The same sneaky behavior that permeates in Hawaii politics applies to HPD, I believe. Politics, croynism, favoritism, etc. are rampant in HPD I assume. Thus, this translates to a poor reputation in the publics eye.

    Homelessness....I've said it before and I'll say it again, is only getting worse. My guess is you'll never see Kapiolani Park, Waimanalo Park, and others return to their beautiful splendor. Homeless people are an invasive species to Oahu and unless you get a Mayor Fasi type of leader, they're here to stay.

    I've always been envious of the people that grew up in Hawaii in the 50's-70's (the MLC'ers), but Oahu 2010 is not an envious place to grow up, I believe. I miss certain things about Hawaii, but not the day to day living. No way.

    Peace out BL :)


  9. 9th Island Girl:

    Bring the lottery to Hawaii. Don't count on the funding for education, which is where a lot of states went wrong. Consider the funds raised like a "rainy day fund" that the state can dip into when the economy is bad, as it is now.


  10. Makiki:

    In response to #2 I have always thought that if you don't pay income tax here your RE tax should be substantially higher. Also, tax (substantially) any gains on RE transactions involving non-residents. Those 2 (making sure to close loopholes and no grandfathering) would make a substantial difference in RE prices and tax revenues.

    Granted I would fall under that (for now) but that's OK.

    Alan from Makiki


  11. Ocean Lover:

    @ Sally.......#5....."thumbs up"

    @ BL...........# whatevah...........I GOING BEE UNCLE? ;-)

    OL


  12. Ocean Lover:

    Oh......apologize for the "BEE" mention above. :oops:

    OL


  13. M:

    Good morning BL!

    I want to see gas and food prices go down and other basic needs.

    Stop the furloughs!


  14. NEO:

    BL-

    As far as what I would like to see in Hawaii is a return to the Aloha Spirit... Nevamine that stuff is more expensive, or that we goin' complain, complain, complain about Uncle Linda keeping our tax refunds and all of that stuff... What Hawaii needs more than anything is a return to the Aloha Spirit... it's gotta permeate every aspect of our lives, busy or what, always get time to say "eh, howzit, brah?" or "ho auntie, cute yo' keeds..." or pick one extra gardenia for a neighbor or something as simple as that. I think that if we just went back to helping each other out, truly "living aloha" we'd be in a lot better shape... It's like Uncle Jimmy Leahey says at the end of EVERY broadcast "now is the time to roll up our sleeves and help each other..." or to put it more eloquently...

    "and as we let our own light shine, we sub-consciously give others the freedom to do the same, as we are liberated from our fears. our presence automatically liberates others..."-Marianne Williamson

    NEO


  15. B:

    as D had said, i don't believe our city can maintain a rail system too. while I agree that a rail system may be necessary, I really don't think in the long term we can support it. our roads have suffered from years of neglect, UH and our public schools have decades of maintenance backlogs, aloha stadium suffers poor infrastructure maintenance to no foresight to renovate and expand it. just these items alone leads me to believe we won't be able to support something so massive.


  16. buddahbelly:

    Aloha All!!
    Legalize a lottery and mandate those funds only for education.
    It will be a hard sell but I think we need to increase the excise tax .5% to 5.2%. I know times are really tough but somethings gotta be done. You could always "sunset" the tax to expire in 3 years. I hope the Army gets their EIS approved, at that point it will open the door for someone to bring ferry service back. Once the State gets back on its feet we're gonna need many small things, and a ferry is just one component, to grow and maintain a healthy, diversified economy.


  17. Michael:

    I want things to be the way it was before 9-11.

    Aloha Airlines still flying. Things seemed to have taken a worst since the closure. I will always wonder what if lingle had stepped in to save Aloha Airlines? superferry still sailing? Like dust in the wind. What if?


  18. Coconut Willy:

    Please, get the kid's back to school. They are the losers in this fiasco.


  19. zzzzzz:

    @Buddahbelly, I disagree on raising the GET. If they have to raise a tax to raise money, raise the gasoline tax instead. At least there will be some positive benefits--less traffic, less money leaving our state to pay for oil, less pollutions, etc. It's also less regressive than the GET, as many of the very poor don't own a car.

    Can anyone think of a single positive side effect of raising the GET?


  20. Braddah Lance:

    islandgirl in nc:
    I would love to see more jobs and more affordable housing so my family and I could consider moving there!

    E Komo Mai Back! Well, to da blog at least. :razz:

    Affordable housing..... wat dat?

    I would also love to see more affordable flights to the islands from the east coast.

    Is there such a thing?

    Oh, and I would love to see a lifetime kama'aina card so I don't have to explain when I go home that, yes, I was born and raised in Hawaii, and no, I don't have a Hawaii driver's license anymore

    As long as da card isn't pink and some "generic" logo, I'm in for dat Kama'aina card.
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    sally:
    What if: You had to establish residency (like 12 mos) in order to purchase real estate, then had to remain in that home/condo/hut/cave/hive for a minimum amt of time (24 mos) without leaving except for vacations (and not 6mos kine).

    Well at da least houses undah $700k should be left for da residents. If da high makamaka's like and can afford da uku million dollah houses, so be it..... cause "normal" folk surah can't.

    I not saying I got da answers, but you get the gist of it huh?

    But surah sounds like you "want" a lot of things. :lol: Nah, I know you always kokua and help "pad" da posts. :lol:

    I'm not sure what the law is in Hawaii for Domestic Violence, some states have it where the assaultee does not need to press charges. If the act was witnessed, that is enough to charge the assault-er.

    Da only thought dat comes into mind wen I hea dat kine is dat one wahine who was fighting in da car and lost her arm in da accident and then saying wasn't his fault. Ai-goo. :roll:

    What if: the Juvenille Detention Home was actually a place of punishment and discipline, instead of a home away from home for JDs? When you go OCCC, do you call the guards "Uncle" and "Aunty"???

    They call da guards Uncle and Aunty? WOW! Only in Hawai'i........ wait, they actually might BE their Uncle or Aunty. :roll:

    What if: we put the foreign homeless people on MAC flights back to their homelands?

    Wat if they just built housing from a defunct MAC plane like how they do wit da city buses?
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    D:
    I don't think our city can sustain a rail system. Lets use the .5% excise tax the city is collecting and direct it to education.

    E Komo Mai back D!

    You tink not enough users or not making enough money? And if it does end up being unsustainable it's not like we can just tear it down. Look at da short monorail in Vegas..... wat a bust dat is and no can do nothing about it now.
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    Scott:
    I believe. Politics, croynism, favoritism, etc. are rampant in HPD I assume. Thus, this translates to a poor reputation in the publics eye.

    Well let's hope dat da new Chief can begin to address those issues. From wat I hea', he's a real stand up guy..... and he came from da Juvenile Services Division dat I volunteer for.

    Homelessness....I've said it before and I'll say it again, is only getting worse. My guess is you'll never see Kapiolani Park, Waimanalo Park, and others return to their beautiful splendor.

    My fear exactly. :sad:

    Homeless people are an invasive species to Oahu and unless you get a Mayor Fasi type of leader, they're here to stay.

    Invasive species huh? Me likey dat analogy! It is so dang true! Once one pops up........ and as far as seeing a future ballsy politician? Maybe in anoddah 100 years. :sad:
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    9th Island Girl:
    Bring the lottery to Hawaii....Consider the funds raised like a "rainy day fund" that the state can dip into when the economy is bad, as it is now.

    A lottery is cool. Plus whoevah wins it nevah collects anyways....... "something" always happens to them. :shock:
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    Makiki:
    In response to #2 I have always thought that if you don't pay income tax here your RE tax should be substantially higher.

    Exactomondo! Or at least a surcharge or something, if not then give da kama'aina a shmall kine tax break - either way no can be same for BOTH.... no fair eh?


  21. bamboohouse808:

    Might be a little idealistic, but I would like to see more "aloha" going around. Still get some. But it seems like the "ainokeas" and "pilaus" keep growing and growing. Being around more "aloha" would make a lot of other stuff(cost of living, traffic, etc.) easier to take.


  22. rayboyjr:

    :D :D :D :D :D Good Morning Everyone!!! :D :D :D :D :D

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... sign of the times, huh??? ... if it's not one thing, it's something else ... always get some head-scratching, blood-boiling or eye-brow lifting thing ... to fill up other otherwise dull lives :roll:

    ... I don't know what to say already ... about some nut-cases we have running our State ... anyway, it seems they just do ... whatever they want ... without regard to us - the tax paying public ...

    ... what I want to see ... is a return of the true Aloha Spirit ...

    ... da older folks, retirees and MLCers??? ... always seem to all have plenty Aloha Spirit to share with everyone ...

    ... da 30-40ish gang??? ... still get Aloha Spirit ... but sometimes hard to come out, yeah ...

    ... da 20ish peeps ... man sometimes who knows if it's still there ... many do ... but I don't know about the rest ...

    ... da next generation ... still get hope ... to restore the Aloha Spirit ... at least, I hope ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...


  23. Bre:

    I'm with islandgirl in nc, I wish there were cheaper flights to Hawaii. As I have said before, we aren't going this year because of the high airline prices. :(


  24. matt:

    People always complain that Hawaii's expensive...and it is, but not abnormally so. prices are no more expensive than SF and even gas, when you consider the distances you drive there, isn't out of whack. up here, gas might be ten or twenty cents per gallon cheaper, but consider how much we have to drive to get anywhere. I have one of the shortest commutes I know of and I still drive around 25 miles, roundtrip. most people who commute are easily double or triple that. Plus, many have a 5 (or more) dollar toll to cross a bridge.

    what I want for Hawaii is expanded industries. too many eggs in the tourism basket means all the young adults move away or stay away if their field doesn't have to do with demanding malihini. Bring me back, BL!!


  25. rayboyjr:

    @bamboohouse808 ... eh, shmaht minds thinks alike ...

    ... more like fricken fed-up minds think alike ...


  26. BananaFysh:

    There's too much "it's all about me" and "ainokea" attitudes nowdays.

    Almost everywhere you go, and whatever you do, there's someone displaying this anti-social behavior. Might be small stuff, like not holding the door open for the next person, because "it's such a bother" or answering your cell phone during the movies, but it's there.

    Then it goes all the way to "big" stuff like "I no like you Honolulu people come to MY island and take MY opihis! No SuperFerry!" or "You ain't building a new prison in MY neighborhood! Ainokea if we need a new prison / landfill / rail system / road / Safeway / WHATEVERS, you ain't building it BY ME!"

    :roll:

    So like a few posters had mentioned previously, it goes back to Aloha Spirit too. I think Hawaii has gotten to a point where we don't know all our neighbors, so there's a sense of isolation from your neighbors and everyone around you.

    Take all this aggressive driving going on now - would you tailgate and flip off someone if you knew them? Probably not, right? Here's the thing to me - when you look at connections here (even through this blog!) you realize that we are MUCH CLOSER to each other that you would think! So why act like a lolo, when, chances are, you might know the other driver?

    I dunno, I think some people living here need to re-check their attitudes. No one posting here, I'm sure. ;)


  27. B:

    yep everybody need to up the " aloha spirit", the entitlement/ainokea attitude needs to change. just the other day, my friend jump out of the car to help push a stalled car. the two bruddas never say anything, no tanks eh, nothing. wassup wit dat.


  28. Koreankanak:

    Aloha spirit needs to be reinstilled. Courtesy while driving has gone out the door. No one thanks you for letting them in, drivers still trying to turn left while talking on the cell phone, and even pedestrians crossing the street while on the phone. AUWE!!!


  29. visitor:

    @ bamboohouse808 & Banan/fysh - Don't want to be the pessimist, but I don't think we'll ever get back to the "good old days in Hawaii." The demographics and the social makeup have changed too much. Back when, even with ethnic differences, it was a more homogeneous community. Most everyone was the same social economically. Today there's too much disparity. No more old time communities. Today there're wide differences between the "have's and have not's." Also, so many now were not born and raised here, so they bring their ways, expectations and culture here. And with the "me" attitude...too hard to blend.


  30. buddahbelly:

    Howzit zzzzzz, yeah raising the gas tax is okay too. I just think the legislature just needs to man up and get something going to get the state out of the hole. No matter what income generating method they choose, someone's not going to like it. We just gotta stop digging the hole deeper, bite the bullet, and move on.


  31. Braddah Lance:

    Ocean Lover:
    @ BL...........# whatevah...........I GOING BEE UNCLE?

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    M:
    I want to see gas and food prices go down and other basic needs.

    Me too. More so da food prices cause EVERYBODY gotsta eat.

    Stop the furloughs!

    Unfortunately, I no see dat happening for a few years.
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    NEO:
    As far as what I would like to see in Hawaii is a return to the Aloha Spirit...What Hawaii needs more than anything is a return to the Aloha Spirit... I think that if we just went back to helping each other out, truly "living aloha" we'd be in a lot better shape.

    Rogah dat!
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    B:
    while I agree that a rail system may be necessary, I really don't think in the long term we can support it. our roads have suffered from years of neglect, UH and our public schools have decades of maintenance backlogs, aloha stadium suffers poor infrastructure maintenance to no foresight to renovate and expand it. just these items alone leads me to believe we won't be able to support something so massive.

    Excellent points! Nevah really thought of it dat way but makes sense cause if no can even take kea of da things we have/had and it was for da "long term", how we going take kea da rail?
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    buddahbelly:
    It will be a hard sell but I think we need to increase the excise tax .5% to 5.2%.

    I get some land in Kalapana fo' sell too. :razz:

    You could always "sunset" the tax to expire in 3 years.

    You trust da powers dat be to "honor" dat come 3 years?

    I hope the Army gets their EIS approved, at that point it will open the door for someone to bring ferry service back.

    :grin:

    Once the State gets back on its feet .....

    With or without slippahs?
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    Michael:
    I want things to be the way it was before 9-11.

    Hmmm, interesting. Wen you really tink about it, dat kinda started it all no?

    What if?

    Too bad we no mo' one "flash sideways" ("Lost" reference)
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    Coconut Willy:
    Please, get the kid's back to school. They are the losers in this fiasco.

    Amen.
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    zzzzzz:
    @Buddahbelly, I disagree on raising the GET. If they have to raise a tax to raise money, raise the gasoline tax instead. At least there will be some positive benefits--less traffic, less money leaving our state to pay for oil, less pollutions, etc. It's also less regressive than the GET, as many of the very poor don't own a car.

    While I oppose any taxes being raised right now if it had to be "fair", your gas tax increase would seem about right and then again it could/may help prevent those who don't maintain their cars or have no insurance to stop driving.

    Can anyone think of a single positive side effect of raising the GET?

    Uh, we can still use our pennies? :razz:


  32. BananaFysh:

    @visitor - Yeah, I think you're right about having the "old-time values" lost forever. But it kinda depends on who you choose to be around.

    If you tend to stay around locals, I think the old-time spirit is there. It's when you stick "transplants" in that the dynamics start to change. I work in an office full of transplants, and their values are so different.

    They really seem to lack respect and "accountability" - they don't seem to get that Hawaii is a VERY small place. They think they can act stupid without repercussions. For some of them, it takes a while for them to learn that their stupid actions have consequences.

    What's kinda sad to me, is when people born and raised here emulate the actions and attitudes of some of these rude, stand-offish newcomers. I guess it's a "monkey see, monkey do" thing. (not all newcomers are bad - there are some really nice ones out there! Too bad a bunch of the junk ones work in my office :( )

    Morons. :x


  33. Braddah Lance:

    bamboohouse808:
    Might be a little idealistic, but I would like to see more "aloha" going around. Still get some. But it seems like the "ainokeas" and "pilaus" keep growing and growing. Being around more "aloha" would make a lot of other stuff(cost of living, traffic, etc.) easier to take.

    Rogah dat!
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    rayboyjr:
    ... da 20ish peeps ... man sometimes who knows if it's still there ... many do ... but I don't know about the rest ...

    Each generation stay different/changing cause as technology grows, humans lose touch being "humans".
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    Bre:
    I'm with islandgirl in nc, I wish there were cheaper flights to Hawaii. As I have said before, we aren't going this year because of the high airline prices.

    There's actually quite a few "low" prices I seen but you have to check da sites out directly. Da "base" has gone up about $20-30 but wat I've noticed recently is dat flights to LA has skyrocketed! It usually was da cheapest to fly to LA then weaevahs but now even SF air is cheaper than LA.... WWD!
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    matt:
    People always complain that Hawaii's expensive...and it is, but not abnormally so.

    I believe da cost of living is da disparity between an earned wage vs expenses dat makes it so "expensive". imho, I tink mainlanders earn more in salary than Hawaii workahs so I've been told from friends living there. Da products and goods are jacked up in Hawaii so while da "cost" for a mainlander might be around da same price if a mainlander were to visit Hawai'i, a mainlander's dollah "stretches" more hea than a local's does if we visited da mainland.

    Plus, many have a 5 (or more) dollar toll to cross a bridge.

    Yeah, dat's one thing I'm glad we don't have.

    what I want for Hawaii is expanded industries. too many eggs in the tourism basket

    Well we've given up pineapples to grow coffee and while we have good all around weather for agriculture, we don't have da land nor da watah to sustain it. There are a bunch of "new" industries like seaweed and wind farms but not nearly enough to offer da number of jobs tourism can offer.

    Bring me back, BL!!

    I sent da SupahFerry last week...... nevah come yet?
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    BananaFysh:
    Ainokea if we need a new prison / landfill / rail system / road / Safeway / WHATEVERS, you ain't building it BY ME!"

    Da age old complaint yeah?

    I think some people living here need to re-check their attitudes.

    Problem is....... no one tinks their attitude needs rechecking. :roll:
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    B:
    just the other day, my friend jump out of the car to help push a stalled car. the two bruddas never say anything, no tanks eh, nothing. wassup wit dat.

    Unreals dat kine. You know wat I normally say? As I walk away I just say sorat loudly, "No worries.... you're welcome." Done it a few times already and I get dis face back at me...... :shock:

    I once pulled my truck ovah on da H2 during rush hour, crossed four lanes to push dis old man's Nissan Maxima..... uphill! Manong was a little scared cause he nevah know wat fo' do and people was giving him stink eye for holding up traffic. Luckily anoddah braddah jumped out of his truck and da two of us pushed him to da shoulder. Da kickah was dat people could see we were pushing da car out of da way and yet frickin' lolos kept driving around us and nevah even like stop so we could cross da lanes quickly! :mad: Unrealz I tell ya. :roll:
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    Koreankanak:
    Aloha spirit needs to be reinstilled.

    Maybe at least a course in Manners 101 eh?
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    visitor:
    Also, so many now were not born and raised here, so they bring their ways, expectations and culture here. And with the "me" attitude...too hard to blend.

    Interesting perspective! I can see wat you mean how Hawai'i has changed because we are da "originators of da blend" - it's a shame we're blending da bad parts as well now. :sad:
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    buddahbelly:
    No matter what income generating method they choose, someone's not going to like it. We just gotta stop digging the hole deeper, bite the bullet, and move on.

    Preach on!
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    BananaFysh:
    I guess it's a "monkey see, monkey do" thing. (not all newcomers are bad - there are some really nice ones out there! Too bad a bunch of the junk ones work in my office )

    Too bad we no can "monkey see monkey do" da Aloha Spirit eh?