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Tuesday, August 28, 2012


The Alamihi Crab Syndrome (watch Israel Kamakawiwowoole sing about this crustacean) derives from the early Hawaiians and the exasperating tendency of pulling down anyone who is on the verge of success, as crabs do in a bucket when one tries to crawl out.  It is said that this practice did not exist until Captain James Cooke brought the first bucket.  Of course this social disease applies to any culture and is more popularly known as the crab mentality.  The State of Hawaii, in particular, has perfected this scheme, for nothing magnificent now has any hope of happening.  

In the 1970's, Hawaii Geothermal Project Well A became the hottest downhole resource in the world.  We produced 3.5 megawatts in our first attempt to tap the energy from this potentially vast underground resource.  A consortium of rain forest people, Pele worshippers, marijuana growers, newly arrived anti-technology settlers, general environmentalists and a few sincere local opponents effectively stopped what could have developed into, perhaps, a 500 MW grid using undersea cables to supply electricity to Oahu.

It was just about exactly twenty years ago that Rene Mansho (left) terminated mass transit for Honolulu.  This was a one-lady crab staying in the bucket.  This one act crippled the future of Honolulu, where the future is now.

Since then, we have killed the Superferry, largely neutralized a major wind farm on Lanai (and disillusioned David Murdock to sell the island to Larry Elison of Oracle), will find a way to stall the undersea electric cable project, ended any development of Kakaako Makai, and we appear to have derailed the latest rapid transit system.  Just wait till Lockheed Martin announces their OTEC project for Honolulu (although all signs indicate that the unavailability of financing might never get this effort to even the complaining stage) and lots of luck to Moana Surfrider for succeeding in building a 26-story addition on the beach at Waikiki.

Compare the above to:

1.  South Korea:

Universal Studios will build a $2.7 billion theme park in Gyeonggi Province (37 miles southwest of Seoul).  Paramount Pictures and MGM will also construct resort parks in Incheon.  Eight such Seoul developments are expected to be in operation by 2012, and fourteen when you count the rest of the country.  They hope to attract lost of visitors from China and Japan.  HAWAII, WHAT ARE WE DOING?

2.  Vietnam

China Beach (picture 100 yards of beach extending for 19 miles, a distance from Waikiki to Pearl Harbor and back to Waikiki) along a five-star mega resort, with five more being built, including a J.W. Marriott and a Hyatt, plus a casino and two golf courses.  Another way to look at the length of China Beach is from Waikiki to Wahiawa.  This is the type of attraction Hawaii will need to compete against into the future.

I suggested Hawaii hosting the 2020 World Expo.  This one did not even gain any status to be placed in the crab bucket.  I have hopes for the Pacific International Ocean Station, proposed by Blue Revolution Hawaii.  If we ALAMIHI this best hope for the future of Hawaii, then...there is no hope for Hawaii.

How do we get our State out of this rut featuring manini* thinking and a crab mentality?  How can we with vision fashion a sustainable and progressive society?  I wish I knew.

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Definition: small-time; minute; minuscule; stingy; stems from true, Hawaiian definition: small, striped surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus)
Hurricane Isaac at 80 MPH, made landfall with the eye passing New Orleans perhaps 50 miles west of the city, but has considerably slowed down.  This is almost a worst case condition, for that noon to 3 quadrant is blowing water into the  levees all the way east to much of the state of Mississippi coastline, and the reduced speed means a lot more rain.  There is severe danger posed by tornadoes and considerable flooding with up to two feet of precipitation.  However, Katrina was worse.  No deaths mentioned yet. The strengthened levees held, although there is a section which was not high enough.  More than half a million are without power in five states.  While the great flood of Louisiana will continue today to dampen the action at the Republican National Convention, Mitt Romney should gain TV attention by Thursday.

Typhoon Bolaven weakened into a tropical storm, turned a bit eastward and stormed right through South Korea.  Typhoon Tembin will follow essentially the same path also as a tropical storm.   There were several deaths and considerable flooding with power blackouts.


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