Think About It: Paradise Revisited - KFVE, K5-Hawaii News, Weather and Sports

February 23, 2012

Think About It: Paradise Revisited

It's a constant struggle in paradise. Development in Kailua town and how it will affect the small town feel there. Koloa Camp property on Kauai and the ramifications of development. Commercial activity at beaches in Haleiwa, Kailua, and elsewhere, and the concern of potentially ruining what is so special for so many. Hamakua rezoning for housing, high rises in Kakaako, Superferry, H-3, a rail alternative for leeward Oahu… the list goes on and on.

This is not a market that readily embraces change, and sometimes that's a good thing. We like a lot of the things that make our small niches of Hawaii unique, special, and relatively unchanged from year to year, decade to decade. And it's great when conversations are had amongst those involved in proposing changes and those affected by changes. It's the way a civil society is supposed to be run. But keep in mind that we only have so much room for a growing population base here that will continue to require or at least request changes that might make some lives better or at least happier. More people, more traffic, more stress on services, more spreading out- it is part of Hawaii, like it or not, just like it is in other areas that are better equipped to handle urban sprawl simply due to their size.

The Kuhio Grill, Coco's, Arakawa's, and Liberty House are all gone. So are most of the sugar cane, pineapple and dairy farms of yesteryear. We cherish our nostalgia and try to hold on to those things we believe in or remember dearly, while at the same time sadly realize that maybe nothing is forever, including landmarks and landscapes. You can replace and remove, you can modernize and rationalize, but you can't easily erase memories, and sometimes, in some cases and somewhere down the line, that's all we're going to have. Think about it…

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