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Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Hawaii is, indeed, a special place.  However, special is sometimes bad, if not terrible.  To begin, we:
  • are the most isolated population on Earth, being 2390 miles from California and 3850 miles from Japan
  • are the only state that grows coffee, now on most islands
  • supply one-third the world's supply of fresh pineapples (frankly, I find this hard to believe)
  • are the widest state in the nation (130 land masses across 1600 miles)
  • have in Honolulu the LARGEST CITY in the world (this is tricky, but has to do with the previous item)
  • have Ala Wai Golf Course, said to be the busiest in the world (I suspect, though, that this is not the case anymore, as I can walk on just about anytime after a very short wait--and effectively pay only around $4.50 for walking nine holes, but no more than 20  times/month)
  • have only racial minorities
  • are the worldwide leader in harvesting macadamia nuts and orchids (..hmmm...)
  • have:
    • Iolani Palace as the only royal place in the U.S.
    •  Haleakala Crater on Maui as the world's largest dormant volcano
    • Mount Waialeale on Kauai as the wettest spot in the world (683 inches in 1982)
    • Parker Ranch on the Big Island remains as the largest contiguous ranch in the USA
    • Kilauea Volcano (right) on the Big Island as the most active in the world
    • South Point on the Big Island as the southernmost point in the U.S., where supposedly, there is a constant wind of about 30 MPH that blows 24 hours/day and 365 days/year (this I don't believe, as I've fished there and felt no wind)
    • the largest collection of large telescopes on Mauna Kea, which is the tallest mountain in the world when measured from the base (seafloor):

                    But Olympus Mons on Mars is even higher.

Maybe more important than anything else, we are the most honest, with Alabama.  According to the National Honesty Index, run by Honesty Tea, our two states scored 100%.  Honolulu was the ONLY city that rated 100%.    Click on that link for details.  The worst was  Rhode Island at 83%.  Hawaii Five-O was rated #3 for honest fans.   

We are also special:
  • As the worst state for doing business (however, even in this study, we ranked #1 for quality of life).
  • While $245,340 is the average cost of raising a child up to the age of 17, it  costs $430,000 in Honolulu.  And that does not include college!  But we were only the second worst, as New York City led at $540,514.   The national average in 1960 was $25,000, which is equivalent to nearly $200,000 today.
  • We pay 300% more for electricity (38 cents/kWh versus 12.5 cents/kWh).
The Huffington Post had 18 worst reasons about Hawaii.  I won't list all, but, here are a few:
  • traffic
  • cost of living
  • shark attacks
  • vog (volcanic fog, which should be VAZE, for volcanic haze)
  • you'll never get dressed up again
This was sort of tongue in cheek, for the posting ended with 98 beautiful photos of Hawaii.

My greatest fear is the next oil shock, for that could thrust Hawaii into a prolonged economic depression.  We are too dependent on tourism, and the departure of Senator Dan Inouye means that military spending will begin to disappear.  If there is no global warming and we have time to slowly develop our renewable resources, Hawaii should be a great place to live by the Year 2100. 


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