It's hard to know which is more nuts — that firefighters had to rescue 121 people from Hanakapiai, or that there were 121 people in Hanakapiai on a marginal weather day in the off-season.
So does this mean we typically have 1,000 people tromping through that supposed “wilderness valley” on a sunny day in summer, carving their initials in the bamboo along the way?
We already know that some 20,000 permitted hikers go past Hanakapiai to camp in Kalalau every year, with thousands more in there illegally and an untold number taking day hikes. Is it any wonder that most locals now avoid the trail like the plague?
I was thinking of how the state spent all that money to blast rocks off the pali that might fall on visitors in Kalalau Valley. But then it allows the hordes to descend on Kee and Hanakapiai, even in crummy weather, so they have to be airlifted out — with the county picking up the tab for Air 1 rescue.
Now that's really nuts.
The Star-Advertiser linked to a video clip of Rich Greenberg, the guy who tried to cross a river he knew had risen dangerously high with his two adolescent kids and a 3-year-old on his back, only to watch the 12-year-old get swept downstream:
“It is only through an act of God and their heroic actions that our family was saved,” he said.
Yeah, and think of the risk to the rescue team, making all those trips in and out of the valley in that tiny little helicopter, just so some folks can claim “an epic adventure.” And with 20 percent more tourists expected in coming years, we can expect even people putting themselves in harm's way in our over-used and under-maintained parks.
Speaking of more nuts, Kauai Rising has launched a petition drive, trying to get a charter amendment on the ballot that will establish an administrator of public health to protect us from "the hazards of GMO agriculture, testing and toxins".
The proposal is rife with fantastical, undocumented statements that will never stand up in court, even if by a miracle it gets on the ballot and then passed by the voters. Why do folks waste time and energy on foolishness instead of engaging in actions that could actually result in positive, meaningful resolution to the myriad problems on this island?
And finally, equally nutty is the latest letter to the editor from Glenn Mickens, who refuses to believe anything bad about Auditor Ernie Pasion, despite clear evidence to the contrary. I'm not sure why TGI keeps printing his silliness.
But if they persist, they could at least balance it out by covering the mess that is the auditor's office. Heck, I've already done all the research and reporting for them. It's really not fair to let the paper's readers labor under the impression that Glenn might be telling the truth.