Daily Archives: February 16, 2017

Interesting interview with Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz

Vox.com has a good interview with Brian Schatz today (“A progressive senator explains why his colleagues are “too fussy” about decorum“).

Jeff Stein writes:

One of the most progressive members of the Senate, Schatz says opposing Republicans when necessary should take precedence over worrying about any impact on Senate “decorum” and rules.

“What a luxury to be in this gilded place, this literally gilded place, and worry about decorum,” he says in an interview. He adds, “We get too fussy about the perceived natural order of things and institutional prerogatives. All of that stuff has to go over time.”

While walking to his office in the Hart Senate Office Building, Schatz discussed the decline of cross-aisle Senate friendships, the fight over the censure of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and whether Democrats should filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The exchange has been edited for clarity.

We don’t often get to read this interviews like this with members of our Washington delegation.

Congratulations to Brian for drawing this kind of positive attention.

New wave damage at Kualoa Park

A letter in the Star-Advertiser this morning points to graphic evidence of the effects of sea level rise.

The letter by Paul Brandon includes a link to his YouTube video of Kualoa Regional Park on Sunday, following high surf and high tides. The drone video clearly shows areas between the shoreline and the parking area where waves surged during recent weeks and covered large parts of the lawn.

As former residents of nearby Kaaawa for nearly 30 years, this hits home.

Brandon writes:

As a regular walker in the park for the past 32 years, I have watched the coastline get chopped away bit by bit and watched the sand cover more and more of the lawn. This year, for the first time, the ocean overflowed the large lawn of the park during high surf a few weeks ago. There is every reason to expect that this phenomenon will occur regularly during high east surf.

Brandon fears we’re not doing enough to respond to climate change and sea level rise. I’m afraid he’s right.

Throwback Thursday: In our Kaaawa kitchen

As I recall, I got this t-shirt during the period of the late-1990s when I was cooking with habanero peppers.

These are among the hottest of the hot peppers available, and I would dice a pepper and throw it my cooking. It made for hot pasta sauces, hot curries, hot stir fry meals. The problem was that, in retrospect, the peppers were really too hot for the way I was using them. They overpowered everything. Meda finally pulled the plug when she said she decided she could not eat certain of my concoctions.

So the habanero has been banished from the kitchen. Instead, we’re growing and harvesting those little local red peppers. I have to admit that I don’t know the name for this variety.

Note part of my former Hawaiian Treasure Craft collection in the background. Unfortunately, I discovered that the humid, salty air blowing in from the ocean attacked the plain brown glaze on most of the pieces. I finally gave my collection away to save it. That was a difficult decision.

In the kitchen