Two more bits of national attention for Hawaii.
First, the New York Times: “Loss of Inouye Means Loss of Clout for Hawaii.”
Reporter Jeremy Peters goes through the standard tracing of earmarks that flowed to the islands during Inouye’s long tenure, but then he mentions the unmentionable issue of Hawaii’s political vs. strategic importance.
Mr. Inouye, who lost his right arm in combat during World War II, also persuaded the United States military to leave its bases in Hawaii open, even though the state is no longer as vital for strategic defense purposes. The Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marine Corps all maintain installations here.
“There were several times that there was talk of Pearl Harbor being shut down, but he protected us from that,” said Jeanne Ishikawa, who attended a memorial service for Mr. Inouye on Oahu over the weekend. [emphasis added]
Then the Wall Street Journal laid out suggestions for a four-day visit to Honolulu (“Take Monday Off: Honolulu“).
Here’s writer Julia Flynn Siler’s capsule description emphasizing a local-haole conflict which, she says, “is never far from the surface.
Hawaii may seem like a tropical idyll, but its long history of conflict between locals and foreigners—who are known by the Hawaiian term “haole” (pronounced howl-eee)—is never far from the surface. Part Polynesian, part Asian, part military base, part honeymoon destination, Hawaii’s capital of Honolulu, located on the southeastern side of Oahu island, is arguably the most foreign of U.S. cities, as well as one of the loveliest.
Unfortunately, her Day 4 itinerary skips from Sunset Beach all the way to the Nuuanu Pali, without even a mention of Kaaawa, the Crouching Lion, Uncle Bobo’s, or the delights of nearby Kualoa Ranch.
Nor any mention of the rapid loss of the rural character of the area that will result if developments being proposed, including the expansion of Turtle Bay and the Mormon’s development of Malaekahana, are approved and go forward.