Sunday, July 3, 2016

Musings: Y'Hear?

You'll be reassured to learn the guys behind the Coco Palms renovation aren't just a couple of shady, fly-by-night developers. They're fashionistas. Or what passes as such in Hawaii.
Yeah, Tyler Greene is “surfer chic” and Chad Waters is “tropical meets casual.” Style tips: Maui Jim shades — bet you never would've thought of that — and an upscale (thirty-eight whole dollars) leather computer case.

What really caught my eye, though, was how the two met — on Craig's list, where Waters was seeking capital for real investment. Heck, isn't that where all the high-grade developers get their dough? In amongst the “mom son breeding season” (gack) and “MAKE $$$ WATCHING 5 COMMERCIALS A DAY!!!” ads? 

But then, it perfectly suits their “casual” approach to business, which means “no physical headquarters” where pesky collection agencies and process services can track you down when all that flaky financing goes to shit.

Hopefully they'll at least get some of the rat-infested buildings torn down before that happens. And thank you, planning director Mike Dahilig, for not handing them a construction permit just yet.

Next up for planners: Mark Zuckerberg's farm dwelling agreement. Uh, really? As in FarmVille-style? 

The election season is heating up, with folks holding sign, attending fundraisers and endorsing their favorites:
Poor Dustin. He doesn't seem to realize there already is a hotel in Haena, besides the Colony Resort. Add up all the vacation rentals — the ones he's never spoken against — and it's equal to a couple of hotels — with none of the supportive infrastructure or union jobs. Clever, yeah? So clever he never noticed.

More poor Dustin: He doesn't seem to realize that Neidine — Nadine to the rest of us — and Fern are running for the state House, which means they'd have zip authority over Black Pot park, Kapaa development or the Hanalei Ridge project. That's the county's kuleana. But hey, Dustin knows the first rule of an akamai activist: never let the facts, much less the truth, get in the way of a good smear/slam.

I liked Kauai Souljah's endorsement for Fern:
Yeah, you, too, could be slinging drinks at the Nui. Now that's what I call quality living for everyone.

Of course, all this local election stuff could well be moot (or mute, as Dustin would doubtless say):
Nothing's worse than the dreaded term oil. Except, of course, chem trails:
Ya know, I really haven't seen much of that soft, passive, feminine energy manifesting around the globe. Still, only truly craven conspirators would value that over big-body machismo.

Oh, and just in case Maui voters are wondering whom to avoid, here's Dustin's endorsement for the Valley Isle:
Speaking of Maui, one of its most obnoxious citizens, Karen Chun, is unhappy with Mina Morita, former director of the Public Utilities Commission. Mina has been blogging intelligently about Gov. Ige's questionable appointment of Tom Gorack to the PUC and everything it represents:

[I]t is a great opportunity for a civics lesson to understand the separation of powers, the hierarchy of laws, the delegation of authority, the role of regulation, the making of policy and, ultimately, figuring out how far a State agency can intrude into a business transaction between two private parties under the guise of protecting the public interest and whether facts, logic, reason and the rule of law will prevail or succumb to an abuse of power.

Come Tuesday and in the following days, we will see whether the rule of law will be pursued or ignored in two possible venues.  The first would be the Senate asserting its constitution given duty and right to retain its powers of advice and consent.  The second is the right of any individual to start a quo warranto proceeding (Chapter 659) to petition the court to order Tom Gorack to state the authority under which he can claim to be a PUC commissioner.

Mina's reasoned thoughtfulness prompted this response from Karen:
Yup. She would. Because the rule of law means nothing to anti-everything folks like Karen, who operate under the belief system that the ends justify the means.

Which brings us to Ashley Lukens, director of the lying, fear-mongering Hawaii Center for Food Safety. She's all giddy about her latest chance at indoctrination:
It's a tad ironic that Ashley's a passenger on the Peace Boat, considering her raison d'ĂȘtre is waging war on GMOs and conventional agriculture.

But hey, she's the perfect person to be talking about “the role that colonialism and agriculture play in shaping [Hawaii's] social, economic and political landscape.” After all, the anti-GMO movement is the epitome of neo-colonialism, what with wealthy, white, well-fed elitists telling others how to eat, farm and live around the world.

And CFS is desperately seeking to replicate the Hawaii missionary model, replete with off-shore funding, an unwavering ideology and die-hard disciples preaching fervently about Monsatan and lost shill souls.  

You'd think Islanders would be wise to this strategy by now. Because all this phony self-righteousness is a guise for their true intentions: grab control of water and land, and thus power. Oh, and kick down some kala while you're at it.

Which leads to this, from the excellent Risk Monger blog:

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Damn, you're good, Joan!

Anonymous said...

I do not get how anyone can believe in Chem trails. They are obviously contrails.

Makaala Kaaumoana said...

Fear mongering can be profitable. Fools give money to people who spread fear and lies thinking they can make a difference. That's the big mystery to me.

Anonymous said...

Anybody but Nadine.tired of same old faces..l

Anonymous said...

Never understood the mentality that the ONLY people fit to govern have to be born and raised on Kauai. Anyone care to enlighten me on why being born in one place gives superior knowledge on civic duties, responsibilities, taxes, governance, legislation, health and safety? Is Kauai so complex that only someone born on island can figure it out? I'm not trying to be disrespectful. Please don't take it that way.

Anonymous said...

Nadine is a fresh face,from private business and terrific mother to having entered and aced her first council election coming out number one, was asked to be and excelled as the Executive county manager, and is now running for her second elected office.Certainly she should be elected over Fern for her abilities ,experience, knowledge and is the right person to represent the north shore and east side you.

Anonymous said...

People take pride in things they had no hand in.
So many people on Kauai make so little money and are so disenfranchised, that being born here is one of the few things that they have pride in. Its a certain form of power that can be used as a source of pride or to alienate and diminish others. Many on the current council use their birth place in a racist way in divisive politics.

Localism is the same in NYC, many beach towns, Paris - it just means that people will think of anything they can to make themselves seem more important than others. It is especially prevalent in those who have not had opportunity for much travel in the world.

Birth place, money, skin color, good looks, guns, clothes, political views, education, all the same - just things we humans use to one-up each other.

Mark Barbanell said...

3:44 Kauai is an inbred local old by corrupt place where everyone knows everyone else's business so the intelligent local folk just vote race/local imagining that their cousin.uncle, brother in law etc will do what's right and diss all the new people. It doesn't matter is the mayor is caught doing anything he can do no wrong. Or if a hired accountant finds a bunch of problems in things like the mayor using county funds for personal use. Or how about the council chair Repozo. That slimeball was the dirtiest cop ever implicated in sexual abuse of a prisoner and noted for his corruptness. And the bright folks of Kauai voted him in. It's plain old racism as is the vigilante vacation rental snitches. How may locals own TVR's. None to nil. This place has a history of the have and have not's. The have not's do what they can to do the have's a disservice. Racism. That's the driving force here. I see stink eye every day from perfect strangers. Have at me all you whining fools. I have seen nothing but shit talking in here. Well here's some aimed at you and you and you who constantly bad moth everything. You're unhappy people. Do something constructive for a change. I admit i read this stuff to see what the sideline quarterbacks are saying for a laugh. It's sad though.Yeah lets vote based on faces 1:59 That's real bright. Just for the face change? really? Try to come up with a meaningful comment and let us know why your same old faces need a change. Shallow and negative. The one of you who goes sneaking around looking for people doing wrong. You know who you are. You really have nothing better to do? Reslly?

Anonymous said...

Reslly? I'm sorry but I'm a stupid local boy. What does reslly mean? Kala mai.

Anonymous said...

Resily, Mark?
The self absorbed dude who survives off his 'outside the VDA' TVR's that he bought years ago with his cocaine profits made off the backs of us local racist folks? Resily?
We forgave Mel. We'd forgive you too if you weren't still such a prick.

Anonymous said...

I smell a money laundering operation. Inflated egos, installing their vision of cool over the gulible locals!

Anonymous said...

I figure the point that some transplants fail to see (like 3:44) is that B&R is a point of view that is difficult to come by if you've not lived here all your life and experienced the negative changes that have been brought here by the newcomers.

Anonymous said...

Reslly Mark! I guess everyone here knows your history, but you sure sound like a whiny biotch that can't have his way.

Anonymous said...

Nadine is a diamond in the rough! She has served Kauai from the Council and as the Managing Director of the County. I personally feel that Nadine has not reached her peak potential yet. When elected to the 14th House District, she will fly solo and show the people what she is capable of.

We'll see you in August and November!

Anonymous said...

@7:49 am: only newcomers bring negative change?

Anonymous said...

@7:49 am

So true! But not all newcomers bring negative change.

Anonymous said...

12:40pm yes and it includes Bynum and Hooser

Anonymous said...

Bynum and Hooser and their buddy Ashley Barbara Lukens make run of the mill Carpetbaggers look like fine people.

Anonymous said...

Born and Raised on the "Pale Blue Dot" is the only thing we all should be proud of; not some little part of it. That is just "small thinking".

Anonymous said...

Kauai is not the microcosm of the Nation as some people think it is. A lot of people need to understand what or how Kauai developed with the ethnic backgrounds of each nationality. Somebody once said that the reason we all get along with each other is that we all hate each other the same. Our ancestors instilled pride in us to be proud of your race. For a while one had to marry their own race. That did not last long. Our ancestors instilled tradition in us so we could teach our children and their children who we are. Our ancestors taught us to respect the elders, respect the land, respect the teachers... Our ancestors taught us values. Today with the red vs. blue there is no respect for the other person, there is no pride. People like force one another to take their side of the issue. They have different values and styles. Why is there a need to propagate hatred and disrespect for us?

Anonymous said...

8:28 @ 7/5. Well-written observation of what is happening on this island. Grew up on this island and we didn't hate each other equally ethnically because hate was not in our vocabulary. We may have misunderstood each other's culture but were tolerant (so much not so today). Differences were settled amicably without the need of many ordinances and resulting lawsuits we have now. What has changed is newcomers have chosen not to adapt to local ways but rather change them. That has led to the many confrontations (red vs. blue) on this island over many issues.

Dinkydao

Anonymous said...

@ 8:28 "What has changed is newcomers have chosen not to adapt to local ways but rather change them."

Can you kindly give an example?

Anonymous said...

Hooser's anti-fireplace Bill

Anonymous said...

"smoked meat(goat, deer, beef, pork)" were made to preserve the catch. like the way the Indians did to bison. what happened to the bison is what some nationalities did to the locals. sad, but they had their reasons. just like the reddies, they have their reasons. easy money, just fuck the bluedies. get the results .... make us fear gmos. some people don't change. go on face book to show off their intellectual minds. not too bright some of them. but they communicate with each other. they think they making Kauai a better place....no mo hope smoke dope

Anonymous said...

@11:40. Grew up on this island. There were beach accesses all over the island. Used to fish all over the island - Larsen Beach, Lawai Kai, Mahaulepuu, etc. Where have they gone? Never saw anything like seasonal kapus on fishing because fishes were abundant. Best fishing grounds were excess mill water discharges into the sea (including the ditch near Gillin house). Neighbors used to settle problems with barking dogs, cats, smoke, etc. People were cooperative and caring then. What works on the mainland does not work here because the islands are unique.

Dinkydao

Anonymous said...

this blog is for "perfect" people only---those who don't agree will be stoned with words that make one feel stupid and foolish for even voicing their opinion. a hui hou and best wishes to all you perfect people----can't we all agree to disagree with respect?!!!