What could be more stunning than Waialeale, totally free of clouds, a navy blue hulk against a shell pink sky? Well, maybe purple cumulus clouds edged in orange neon rising from a sea that looked like smoky glass, and felt like warm silk when I dove in.
I really don't want to dive into covering murders, but I did a bit of checking around after reading the comments left on my recent post about the jail term handed down to ex-cop Joseph Genaro Bonachita. He broke into South Park creator Trey Parker's Kauai home while stalking Lauren Kagawa. She was found dead in her driveway on Aug. 17, 2009.
I learned the Office of Prosecuting Attorney's “cold case unit” is continuing to investigate her death. Sources also confirm the 27-year-old woman showed no signs of being beaten or choked, as some commenters alleged.
KPD closed the case in March 2010, with Assistant Chief Roy Asher saying an autopsy and toxicology report attributed her death to a combination of prescription drugs and alcohol. Still, her body was dumped in her driveway, just one month after she had secured a restraining order against ex-boyfriend Bonachita, saying he had choked and sexually assaulted her, and she feared for her life. Back in 2010, Asher said the cops didn't know who left her there, so apparently a few stones remain unturned.
Who knows. Maybe one day we'll find out what really happened. Meanwhile, the OPA's cold case investigators are still working on the island's other unsolved murders.
On a brighter note, Forbes has named Kapaa one of the prettiest towns in America. Yes, you heard me. Our scruffy little Kapaa, in the national limelight. I loved the description by National Geographic Traveler writer Andrew Evans, who apparently was wowed after Kamika Smith of Smith's Tropical Paradise took him on a tour:
“It’s a very Hawaiian town with traditional ukulele makers and fish taco trucks parked under the palm trees,
Yup, nothing says Hawaiian quite like a fish taco truck.
Speaking of things "Hawaiian," Civil Beach and Huffington Post launched their HuffPost Hawaii site today. If you check out the blog roll on the left, you'll find a post by me: Truth a Casualty in Kauai GMO-Pesticide Debate.
Because nothing quite says Kauai like a good feisty scrap.