Is the Hanalei Pier turning into the Kauai version of the Bermuda Triangle, where seemingly strange things happen, but there's no actual verification of events?
To wit is a front-page article in today's The Garden Island, which tells of a harassment offense, allegedly committed on Tuesday by two unidentified perpetrators, and condemned by an anonymous businessman who was himself not a witness.
Though TGI had no actual details on the events surrounding the crime itself, it posted this subhead, emphasis added:
Men charged with harassment for reportedly targeting tourists Tuesday
The newspaper then allowed the businessman to expound at length based on reports he'd reportedly obtained from unnamed persons who supposedly did witness the incident.
Despite the lack of solid information, both TGI and the businessman tied Tuesday's event to another incident at the pier May 30, details about which have been equally sparse and sketchy.
Both murky incidents have been pegged as race-based, haole-hating, tourist-targeting violent crimes, prompting the unidentified businessman to proclaim that “he is so unsettled by these two incidents that he plans to reach out to other Hanalei business owners to help him fund a private security guard to monitor nighttime activity at the pier.”
Private security guard?
As in a repeat of the wealthy Kauapea Road vacation rental owners who hired a security guard to patrol the public beach and harass people for being naked, camping or doing anything that might possibly offend their high-paying guests?
What's next? A lynching tree at Black Pot?
The businessman is also quoted as saying:
We all know there’s this unrest between the local people and tourists, and everyone kind of brushes it under the rug and says, ‘Oh, we’re not going to talk about it.’
So instead of actual talking about it, or addressing the ever-growing numbers of tourists, the absence of affordable housing, the escalating gentrification of the North Shore and the resulting diaspora, the answer is a private security force to protect white people from the natives?
What's next? A security check point at the bridge?