The rain lulled me back to sleep and then the next thing I knew, pink was streaming in the windows, so Koko and I went out under a lavender sky. The rain kindly let up long enough for us to walk, but has now returned, which is a good thing, because the first round failed to dampen the dry spots under trees.
Ran into my neighbor Andy, who wanted to correct an assumption I made when I wrote in earlier post that Kauai's WWII prostitutes got only a fraction of the money they made.
In fact, he said, some of the women got quite wealthy, and the Honolulu jewelers and others who catered to the trade felt the pinch when business tapered off after the war. He said the women often serviced 12 men an hour in the mornings, which is when the military guys were free to visit the cat houses, then rested in the afternoons and headed over to the plantation camps for a second shift at night.
They even offered a kama`aina discount. Servicemen paid $3, but the price for locals was only a buck.
Although prostitution was never legal in Hawaii, officials long looked the other way because there was such a huge imbalance between women and men, due to the influx of male plantation workers. Apparently officials weren’t so much concerned about keeping the workers happy as ensuring they didn’t come after their own wives and daughters.
It seems that "look the other way" approach has long characterized the way Hawaii does business.
Also ran into farmer Jerry, who said to Koko: “Hey Cinco de Mayo dog. Your countrymen are celebrating today.”
Yes, like all self-respecting small poi dogs, Koko has a hefty dash of Chihuahua, and who knows what else: red-nosed pit bull, miniature Pinscher and chocolate lab are just a few of the guesses people have made.
I’m not sure which of her many breeds account for her desire to chase chickens, which she indulges at every opportunity. The other day she nailed a young rooster by the beach and left it lying belly up, legs twitching in what I thought sure was a death shudder, a mouthful of feathers blowing in the wind. I was talking to a friend on the cell phone, and lamented her senseless carnage, but he assured me, no worries, those roosters are tough.
Sure enough, once I’d captured Koko, I saw the rooster — still lying in the death pose — lift his head and look around, and the next day when I returned to the beach I went to check and it was gone.
A question that keeps arising is whether the Superferry is gone for good from Kauai, or plotting its return. Brad Parsons noted an interview that Chad Blair conducted with new Superferry CEO Thomas Fargo in the May 2 issue of Pacific Business News. The article isn’t on-line, but Brad provided this excerpt:
Q: Any chance Kauai service may resume soon? Fargo: We are “monitoring” the situation “very closely” and we are going to “do what the community asks us to do.”
The question now is whom within the community will HSF be listening to? In the wake of last week’s temporary air cargo shutdown, Dick Botti, president of the Hawaii Food Industry Association, began pressing for resumption of service and urging folks to push the Council to pass a resolution asking for the boat’s return.
However, Mr. Botti is not a member of this community, and it’s unclear how much weight such a resolution would carry — considering it could even get passed — since the previous resolution asking for the ferry not to come prior to an EIS was totally disregarded.
Will the business community be making such a request? I wonder, since it doesn’t seem like farmers — the one group who supposedly would benefit from such service — are eager to use the service, based on comments made in recent news articles that followed the blip in air cargo service.
In short, the flower guys need refrigeration and other operations, even Esaki’s, which is a large produce distributor, don’t have a spare truck and driver to send over to Honolulu, since the ferry doesn’t accept unaccompanied cargo.
So who else is there in the business community to make a strong stand for service? And how many regular folks here on Kauai are just dying to have it?
Or maybe it doesn’t matter what people want at all, and Hawaii Superferry will just continue to do whatever suits it as officials look the other way. Hasn’t that been its MO all along?