Which is why you have clueless twits walking on a section of the Path that further desecrated a sacred area — and cost a sickening $1.9 million for that quarter-mile segment alone — and though they “love it,” they're still bitching.
“They need a bike rental business right there at the end of the beach,” said Canadian visitor Debbie Dykes, pointing to Wailua River.
“They shouldn’t allow so many cars,” opined South African surfer Amy Oakes, who plans to spend five months here with her boyfriend, taking up space, using up resources and spending as little money as possible before moving on.
The Garden Isle is so beautiful, with so many mountains and beaches, but the number of cars on the road ruin a little bit of the island’s vibe, Oakes said.
Gee, Amy, sorry if we're disturbing your idyllic vacation as we go about our lives and jobs, our view of Wailua Beach now ruined by that stupid fake pohaku wall that borders the Path you're traipsing on.
I think some of us might say the island's vibe has been ruined more than a little bit by culturally insensitive development and the ever-increasing hordes of tourists, whose sunscreen stink can now be smelled on even the most remote beaches and trails as they seek always to find someplace new, different, “secret.” Only to discover many more just like them wherever they go.
Don't get me wrong. I don't hate tourists, and I'm fully aware that they're an “economic driver” of this island— just like the toxic seed companies, military base and ice dealers. (Btw, check out this Huffington Post article about Hawaii's dirty little GMO-pesticide secret, which gives Kauai a serious black eye.)
But I wonder why Kauai and state "leaders" have this idea that more tourism is always better — even though locally, we're told, the visitor count was way up last month, meaning more resource demands and impacts, but their spending was way down. So how is that benefitting us again?
Meanwhile, Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. keeps building his outrageously expensive, disconnected, unplanned path to nowhere — a perfect metaphor for his administration — even as the new landfill, adolescent drug treatment center, park maintenance, affordable housing, agricultural boosterism and zoning enforcement languish.
Main thing, the tourists are happy. Even if they're not.