I’m a bit under the weather, so Koko and I had only a brief encounter with the natural world this morning. Still, we were out there long enough to watch the sky shift from starry black to violet, make eye contact with a pueo that landed on a telephone wire and enjoy the fragrance of mock orange blossoms wafting on the humid air.
So I’m not complaining, although I see The Garden Island today provides yet another account of a tourist insistent upon voicing his displeasure with Kauai.
It’s a little bit hard to feel sorry for this man, in part because even though he’d heard accounts of thefts at Kipu Falls he still left valuables in his rental car.
And then there’s his annoying way of referencing how much money he and his wedding party allegedly spent on Kauai — he pegs the total at a quarter-million — and the important people who were in attendance — higher ups of big companies like Smith Barney, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank — as if we could give a rip and that makes any difference in the overall scheme of things.
But Antonio “Tony” Dettori apparently feels his investment ought to have gotten him better service from the cops. He criticizes KPD mightily for failing to launch an APB or identify the alleged suspect based on a snapshot that shows the backside of a shirtless man who looks like thousands of other guys on this island.
“Something is amiss over there,” Dettori said.
“This case does not look good in the uncorrupted local eyes or the family and friends of all my guests; doesn’t bode well for Kaua‘i in general I think,” he said.
Then he gripes that the cops didn’t arrest the man he picked out of a photo lineup, even though the police had nothing to go on but Tony’s claim that the guy looked suspicious, and the second-hand account of unidentified tourists who allegedly saw the man walk away from Dettori’s rental car with something in his hand.
Sorry, Tony, but the law just doesn’t work that way. It doesn’t matter whether you’re visiting on Kauai or back home at Del Mar.
I can understand why visitors — or anyone — get upset when they’re victimized by the smash and dash crew or the boys siphoning gas from cars left at the end of the road. But I'm puzzled as to why this gripe is worthy of front-page coverage, even in The Garden Island.
Still, perhaps it does serve a purpose. When I see the shattered glass in the parking lot of my favorite beach, I often think, wow, are those guys really getting enough stuff to make this ongoing crime spree worthwhile? And now I know yes, thanks to tourists who refuse to heed the warnings, they are.
Speaking of favorite beaches, I’ve got a piece in The Hawaii Independent about a proposal for fencing at Larsen’s Beach that would result in the loss of a beach access there. It’s an interesting story, because it also brings up other longstanding issues, including liability concerns and the county’s often slack approach to recording public easements.
If you’re an advocate of beach access and/or especially like Larsen’s — which I believe is properly known as Ka`aka`aniu (and according to North Shore historian Gary Smith, Larsen’s is a complete misnomer because sugar man L. David Larsen didn’t have anything to do with that beach) — you might want to weigh in on the Conservation District Use permit that rancher Bruce Laymon is seeking to build the fence.
Written comments must be postmarked by Friday and sent to Samuel J. Lemmo, Administrator, Office of Conservation & Coastal Lands, Department of Land & Natural Resources, P. O. Box 621, Honolulu, HI 97809.
I find it puzzling that DLNR doesn’t accept email testimony. I mean, save a tree, get with the 21st Century, facilitate public participation, that sort of thing. Or maybe public participation isn't what the state wants.
And on that note, even though the Kauai-Niihau Island Burial Council is finally set to meet tomorrow after being without a quorum for lo these many months, the really hot topic — Brescia’s burial treatment plan — isn’t on the agenda.
Puzzling, that it's still not being dealt with, as meanwhile, construction continues…..