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January 31, 2011

No Make Stink

It's always great this time of year when national news and sports coverage of Hawaii features lush golf courses, beautiful waves, Aloha Stadium, and classic scenery. Imagine then what people must think then when they see or read reports of medical waste showing up on our supposedly pristine beaches.

Well, that has been the case out by Ko Olina after the mid-January deluges caused the city's leeward landfill to leak a bunch of syringes, plastic, and other distasteful flotsam and jetsam. Nothing like a few needles and waste products to literally mess up your swimming and snorkeling plans. So while bacteria levels quickly dropped, so had some people's interest level to swim while they were here. And those pictures and stories sure didn't help the image of our state as a veritable paradise like no other. News like this, while disturbing, is not unheard of in Secaucus, New Jersey or along Jones Beach in Long Island, New York, but in the aqua-colored waters off of Oahu?!

When the realities of man's waste meets nature's calling on and off our very shores, something needs to be done to ensure that this is a one-time aberration and that containment gets top priority throughout the state. We saw what happened when aged city sewers overflowed in Waikiki a few years back. Yech... Yes, it will rain and we will see some form of flooding again. Yes, landfills are getting filled to the brim. But let's be clear, on numerous fronts, we really can't afford this type of crap again. Think about it…

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