On the issue of Hong Kong

“He took a deep breath of air. Once again he caught a strangeness on the wind, neither pleasant nor unpleasant, neither odor nor perfume—just strange, and curiously exciting. “Superintendent, what’s that smell? Casey noticed it too, the moment Sven opened the door.” Armstrong hesitated. Then he smiled. “That’s Hong Kong’s very own, Mr. Bartlett. It’s money.” ― James Clavell, Noble House Before jumping into the new zeitgeist on the current situation in ...
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Coordination

Over the past week, our government officials in Hawaii have been pivoting their “public” focus from the re-opening of the local (we call it Kama’aina) economy to that of the tourism economy. To many, an exclamation of “about time” was raised as it is very clear that no real recovery can be made to Hawaii’s economy without the re-introduction of tourism into it. Direction on the re-opening of Hawaii is ...
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To the Class of 2020

Dear graduating class of 2020: I envy you. The proper way to express this feeling is “I am envious of you”, but addressing the day and age we live in, I am choosing to express my feeling in a blunter way. Now you might ask “why is a mid-Generation X, middle class home-owning father who is happily married be envious of us?” You might not be wearing a cap and ...
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The “New” Normal as Regular

You’re not imagining…. you’re getting used to this As week 6 of Hawaii’s work-from-home/stay-at-home rules came and went, a interesting feeling came over me. And I am sure that I am not the only one that felt this way. The feeling was an eerie sense of “normalcy” in all that is happening. Like whatever is happening now, we are all getting used to the new world this pandemic has created ...
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Now into May, a way forward perhaps?

With Hawaii now lumbering into May, the state enters the second full month of emergency laws that keep most things shut down and most people at home. They call it “stay at home/work from home”. One of those things that has been shut down, kinda, has been the governmental entities of our courts and our legislature. Yes, there is still legislators doing stuff, like having informational hearings. But by and ...
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