Lazing in that luxurious place between sleep and wakefulness, after a pleasant dream, the dog next door barks, which causes Koko to bark, which causes my eyes to fly open to pink light streaming through the window. Preparing to walk, a shower arrives and we return to the prone and wait, emerging to find an orange sphere rising from a smoldering bed of dusky scarlet.
Gray fringe drifts toward the mountains, carrying rainbow fragments, drops drip from trees, sparkling like jewels, sunlight reaches out and touches the dark slopes of Makaleha, bringing them to life in a sheen of green-gold.
Yes, morning is always the best part of the day.
I’m not sure which is worse, that the Kauai cops are force-feeding people propaganda about marijuana, or that The Garden Island, via KPD lapdog Paul Curtis, is dutifully and unquestioningly reprinting it.
I’m talking about today’s article, which has Officer Mark Ozaki claiming that people “hooked on the ‘new,’ more-potent, quick-growing strains of Kaua‘i marijuana are breaking into homes and vacation rentals seeking money to fund their habits.”
Since Paul obviously didn’t ask, I will: Hey, Ofc. Ozaki and Chief Perry, could you please provide some hard data to back up that wild claim? And while we’re at it, if so many people are getting hooked on Kauai-grown weed, which grows from seed to maturity in 28 days, no less, uh huh, yeah right, what does that say about the effectiveness of Green Harvest?
Meanwhile, the real story, which Paul buries, and then minimizes with a DEA website comment about how “drug legalizers use ‘medical marijuana’ as a red herring to advocate broader legalization of drug use,” is that the cops stole a man’s registered medical marijuana during Green Harvest.
Ironically, the article ends with this:
“I’m not trying to scare you guys but I guess it’s good if I do,” said Ozaki, adding a simple but powerful message: “Don’t be an easy victim.”
Yeah, Paul, don’t be an easy victim. Cuz ya know, there’s a sucker born every minute. And Ofc. Ozaki, you might wanna stop popping the pain pills (how come you consider them legit, but not doctor-prescribed medical mj?) and quit lying to the kids.
In other real news, KIUC has agreed to buy biodiesel from Kauai Farm Fuel. Now this is true alternative energy that’s locally produced from used cooking oil. The oil used to be illegally dumped or shipped to Oahu until Adam Asquith started picking it up from restaurants and turning it into a better grade of diesel fuel than petroleum, with the help of his wife, Bonnie.
What’s good about this story, which I reported a while back for the now defunct and archiveless Kauai People, is not just the way Adam turns trash into treasure, but how he turned his concerns about peak oil and the need for alternative fuel into both positive action and a successful small business. Way to go, Adam.
And way to go, southsiders who are ripping out naupaka taking over Poipu Beach, with very good results.
Now, if Caren Diamond tried that on the North Shore, she’d be arrested. Perhaps the southside oceanfront landowners are less rabid. Or maybe it’s because the clearing there is being done by a retired county worker, who is also a local boy, with the assistance of current county workers.
At any rate, since the state has passed legislation that prohibits landowners from deliberately planting vegetation that prevents beach access, it would be great to see this clearing effort extend all around the island. The highest wash of the waves determines the public corridor, so vegetation in that corridor needs to be removed.
Hey, I just got an idea. Why not put the cops to work on that version of Green Harvest? They'd be doing something useful, and they wouldn't have to annoy us with their low-flying helicopters.