The New York Times travel section has published a piece that could lead to increased deaths by drowning — or gagging on the overblown rhetoric.
Writer Bonnie Tsui describes how, while staying in “the little north shore town of Haena,” she went daily to “Tunnels Beach” where she “tailed two spear fishermen” going after mahimahi. Bet they loved that....
She also describes a swim at the notoriously dangerous Polihale:
We swam in that heaving body of aquamarine, and what I remember most is the profound feeling that the ocean water had weight — that the powerful, muscular waves that lifted me could reverse their force at any time, pounding me into mush on the sand or sucking me far out to the horizon. It was humbling, and not a little frightening. Daring to risk was part of the thrill of swimming out there.
Ya, until you find yourself enroute to Niihau, with the water safety guys risking their own lives to save you. Twelve people drowned on Kauai last year, and another three this past January alone.
Yet people like Ashley Lukens, director of Hawaii Center for Food Safety, continue to make like agricultural pesticides are the primary threat to health and safety:
Our message is: say what you spray and give us space. We must protect our vulnerable communities from pesticide drift NOW. Of course the industry minds the "inconvenience" of an informed community. #toobad
I don't speak for the industry, but I can safely say they and every other person involved in commercial agriculture would welcome an informed community with open arms. It's a community misinformed by CFS that makes us all nuts.
Speaking of misinformed, Tsui's article attracted this comment urging people to use “mineral-based” sunscreens:
Just one drop of chemical-based sunscreen (the majority of sunscreens) is enough to kill coral within the volume of six olympic-sized swimming pools.
Uh, if that were the case then Hawaii wouldn't have any coral left. Still, the state House has advanced a bill to ban the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone in response to a study that linked it to deformities in coral larvae and an acceleration in the rate of coral bleaching.
In its coverage of the bill, The GardenIsland featured one of its regular sources, marine biologist Katherine Muzik, pushing raspberry oil, which she claims “has an amazing SPF 50 ... and it helps smooth wrinkles. It’s safe and organic.”
However, that claim has been dismissed as "absolute nonsense" by medical experts, the Daily Mail reports. And the study on raspberry oil also seems to have been misinterpreted, with the product actually providing an SPF closer to 6.75 to 7.5.
Continuing on the topic of the misinformed, a walk and talk is set for Saturday to supposedly educate people on the Ala Loa — an ancient coastal trail. Organizer Aggie Marti-Kini is quoted as saying:
We want to bring awareness to the Ala Loa and to the fact that it is our legal right to be walking on that trail. We had people threatened because they were going to go down spearfishing like their father and grandfathers before them, or people that tried to access the trail to pick the limu. It started happening more frequently with everyone.
The problem lies with several wealthy landowners in the Koolau area who don’t believe that the Ala Loa Trail exists, before going on to claim it crosses Mark Zuckerberg's property.
Actually, I'm pretty sure these landowners believe the trail exisits. The questions is, what is its actual route? I've heard everything from along the coast to Koolau Road. So while Aggie, Hope Kallai and Richard Spacer claim to know its alignment, they don't.
And that question likely won't be resolved until there's legal action to flesh it out. Native Hawaiian Legal Corp. was planning a lawsuit several years ago, but it never came about. Why?
Meanwhile, the issue is complicated by the fact that some claim the trail crosses land owned by Mark Zuckerberg, Waioli and Patricia Hanwright — property that is now very expensive and home to major albatross nesting sites.
TGI headlined the event as “spreading mana'o.” Possibly. But if participants keep claiming to know the route of the trail, it's more likely spreading manure.
Finally, a group called Humane Watch is fighting against the disingenuous tactics of the Humane Society of the United States with this ad planned for the Super Bowl:
As Joni Kamiya, the Hawaii Farmer's Daughter, noted: We need one for the Center for Food Safety!
Yes, something along the lines of, "We don't actually get involved in real food safety issues, like the recent food-borne hepatitis outbreak in Hawaii. We just fear-monger and talk trash about GMOs and conventional ag because it's an effective fund-raising tool, and we must do our part to keep the Kimbrell family employed and traveling in style."