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March 31, 2011

Shark (Boat) Attacks

Somebody is burning boats in Haleiwa, and it stinks. There is absolutely no reason to take one's personal beliefs, if that's what they are, and cause major property damage to make a point. Burning boats because you are not a fan of shark tours is not an effective way to make your point, other than to be an embarrassment to those who might want to see the practice ended, but are going about it in the proper ways. Whoever is involved, be it one individual or a group, should be persecuted to the full extent of the law when they are finally caught.

I realize that the issue of shark feeding and the lure of attracting tourists, as well as sharks, is an emotional issue on both sides- whether you believe businesses have a legal right to ply their trade out in the ocean or whether your position is that sharks are ancestral gods, amakua, and thus sacred and not to be toyed with. There is also a practical coalition involved in this debate that believes feeding sharks, even beyond the legal three-mile-from-shore barrier, actually lures them closer to our coastlines, and thus creates an unnecessary danger to swimmers and surfers.

Bottom line is that whatever individual (or group of individuals) is trying to take matters into its own hands by burning boats in Haleiwa and trying to scare away proprietors is simply going about this the wrong way, and you don't have the right to do harm to prove your point. It is a cowardly, illegal act, and it won't help to solve the problem, no matter what you think. Think about it…

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