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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TOPLESS SUNBATHING AT WAIKIKI

How's that for a provocative title?  With all the sewage potentially damaging the image of Waikiki Beach, I thought something less smelly was worth a shot.   Note the signs don't say why the beach is closed. Today I elaborate on three Hawaii headlines that titillate and confound.

First, yes, there are no laws prohibiting topless women in Hawaii.  Jamie and Tess Meier, University of Hawaii students to the left, were arrested at Waikiki beach, but for protesting without a permit.  Certainly, too, breast-feeding is perfectly fine.  Hawaii tries to believe that men and women are equal, which mostly explains why elected public officials have shied away from peering into this area.  The law is drawn at genitals, which cannot be exhibited by anyone to the general public.

Mind you, I've been to Ala Moana Beach (right) and Waikiki Beach hundreds of time and I have never seen any topless females.  Maybe I should adjust the above title.  Anyway, click on this to read an article identifying Hawaii beaches that are known to feature maybe more than just toplessness.  Interesting that the presentation begins with:

     Nudity is illegal at state beaches in Hawaii.

I guess nudity must mean no clothes. The Huffington Post has some beautiful photos of nude beaches, here to the left, Donkey Beach on Kauai.  If you've gotten this far, click on thisi mostly sanitized video of Little Beach, Makena, Maui, with some upbeat background music.

Changing subjects, when you read this headline, you would think our students are doing okay:


Further, if you clicked on the article, you'd be comforted to see:

“The improvements affirm our focus on supporting all students for success after high school,” schools Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi said in a statement. “A sustained focus on college and career readiness is showing results for our students. We’re very pleased to see steady progress.”

However, something sounded fishy to me, so I went to the ACT (the current national college admissions exam for English, Mathematics, Reading and Science--the SAT tests reasoning and verbal abilities) page to compare how Hawaii did with other states:
  • We were the absolute WORST in the nation in Average Composite Score.
  • We were the absolute WORST in the nation in English, Reading and Science.
  • We beat Louisiana and Mississippi in Math.
Of course, our DOE has said most (90%) of our students take this test, while other states are more selective, plus, a good portion of our students are immigrants.  Still....

With all those hurricanes threatening Hawaii, ironically, it turns out we are here and there suffering from drought conditions, so a headline like the following sounds illogical:


Huh?  Well, what happens is that when a lot of rain falls in a limited time period, much of the water washes away.  Plus there is soil erosion.  So while we fear those Category 4 and 5 hurricanes which head our way--and we're up to number 9 this season, Jimena--farmers agonize as these storms suddenly turn north or south, and they get little to no rain.

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Hurricane Jimena remains strong at 110 MPH, but all projections show a turn north away from the Hawaiian Islands:


There is another new storm east of Jimena, but that tropical depression will head for Baja.

I continue to be intrigued by Hurricane Kilo, no, now it's called Typhoon Kilo, which has weakened into a Category 1, but will soon zoom up to Category 4 status and head towards Japan:


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